Alpha Delta Kappa Builds Educational Excellence, Altruism
and World Understanding Through Fellowship.

Why Become a Member? Membership Benefits

  • Friendship, support and association with professional peers
  • Honor and recognition of professional achievement
  • Professional and personal growth and development opportunities
  • Informative publications and peer-reviewed publication opportunities
  • Leadership development opportunities and training
  • Extensive members-only website
  • Scholarship and travel opportunities
  • Group insurance programs

Membership, which is honorary and based on peer recognition, provides a wealth of opportunities for leadership development and networking through workshops, training sessions, conferences and conventions. But, perhaps the greatest opportunity Alpha Delta Kappa provides is the opportunity to make a difference. Around the world, Alpha Delta Kappa members combine their energies and talents to enrich their lives and the lives of others through thousands of heartwarming, community-based altruistic projects.

In the past two years alone, Alpha Delta Kappa members have given nearly 12 million dollars in monetary and other gifts, nearly 2 million dollars in scholarships and have provided more than 2 million hours of volunteer service to their communities.  Opportunities for professional and personal networking abound in Alpha Delta Kappa.  From state/provincial/national conventions and regional conferences every even-numbered year to International conventions every odd-numbered year, talented women educators gather to share ideas, fellowship, recognition and support.  Alpha Delta Kappa conferences and conventions feature informative and inspirational seminars by some of the most effective and renowned speakers today.

More than 30,000 women educators around the world have discovered the many opportunities provided by membership in Alpha Delta Kappa — opportunities for recognition of their commitment to educational excellence, for personal and professional growth and for collectively channeling their energies toward the good of their schools, communities, the teaching profession and the world.

Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Alpha Delta Kappa has more than 1,200 chapters located in towns and cities in every state in the U.S., and around the world in Australia, Canada, Jamaica, Mexico and Puerto Rico.




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AΔK Announcements


Posted On Tuesday, March 7, 2017

"Hone your leadership skills by volunteering to serve on an International Board or Committee!" Volunteer for Service on International Boards/Committees for the 2017-2019 Biennium! (MS Word) (PDF) 

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Chapter Presidents: Exciting news!

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Shout out to all Chapter Presidents! Now you can update your chapter roster on the website eliminating the use of the H-119, Report for Member Changes form (with the exception of chapter transfers). Go to the Alpha Delta Kappa website and login. Then go to the DIRECTORY and click on “My Chapter Roster”. Click on the name of the member you’d like to update.

For further instructions, click here.

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Disaster Relief

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2017
Pamela Gould - KS Alpha Rho - Her home was destroyed in a recent fire. Her family members are fine but their home and all belongings were lost. Click here to donate online and type "Pamela Gould Disaster Relief" in the notes box. Or you can send a check to Headquarters (made payable to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation) and designate " Pamela Gould Disaster Relief" in the memo line. International Headquarters will then forward the donations. 
Donations are tax-deductible for members in the U.S. when made through the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation. Many thanks for your ongoing prayers and support.

Recently we have been experiencing more and more natural disasters across this country. Many of them are endangering our sisters and the communities where they live. There have been floods in Louisiana and North Carolina recently as well as in Maryland and West Virginia this summer plus the fires in California. I checked with sisters in Alabama and Mississippi as well since they were in the line of all the rains and at this time I have no report of any problems from these two states. The storms (heavy rains) were moving Northeast and I have no report from this area at the time of this note.  

I have been in touch with sisters in these areas and can report to you that we do have sisters in Louisiana who have lost their homes or have severe water damage. The fires in CA are very close to the same area where schools were destroyed last year. Our Alpha Delta Kappa sisters are affected by these disasters. Let us keep them in our thoughts and prayers at this time as they assess their damage and work to move forward. 

Keeping up with the weather and disasters of this magnitude is difficult at times.  Please keep in touch and let us know if you have something to be shared or reported regarding our Alpha Delta Kappa family.  

There are many states and agencies who are moving to get supplies and assistance to those in need at this time according to news reports that I’ve seen. 
What can we do?  The Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation has a line item in its budget for disaster relief. Donations can be sent to HQ written to the Alpha Delta Kappa Foundation and you can indicate on the subject/memo line “disaster relief” or more specifically to a S/P/N (ex:  Louisiana flooding).  Online donations may also be made through the website. When it is specific to a S/P/N, those monies will be sent to the S/P/N treasurer and that S/P/N Disaster Relief Committee will decide how to distribute the funds to assist our members affected.  A donation with only “disaster relief” will go into the fund and be distributed as needed depending on the number of inquiries. Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive a donation statement for tax purposes in February. 

Let us pull together and embrace our sisters with support, love and care who are in need at this time. 
With love in sisterhood,
Ruth Ann and Barbara 
2015-17 Alpha Delta Kappa President & International Ex. Board Chairman

A note about membership badges lost in natural disasters:  If chapters have extra badges in their badge banks, please send them to International Headquarters (1615 W 92nd St, Kansas City, MO 64114) with a personal note to a sister who may have lost hers in a disaster, and we will see that they are appropriately distributed. Thank you so much! Executive Director Laura C. Bourgeois

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New Membership Eligibility Revised!

Posted On Wednesday, January 25, 2017

November 2016—The entire International Executive Board (IEB) realized that the time had come to make some changes in Alpha Delta Kappa and this was one of them.  We recognize that there are those retired educators who are still interested in education, who are still in contact with working educators and who want more than a social club.  Those women can bring a lot to Alpha Delta Kappa and we can offer many opportunities to them.

Our mission remains the same, Alpha Delta Kappa builds educational excellence, altruism and world understanding through fellowship.  Alpha Delta Kappa remains an organization for women educators, now some new members will be in the classroom and some will have retired.  Our membership still needs to grow and we need to initiate both active educators and retired educators who are still interested in and connected to education.

1) This change was effective January 1, 2017.
2) The Membership Application (H-103) is being revised and simplified.  Look for the R-17 at the top of application page.  (the “R” refers to revised and number is year)  
3) Allowing Fidelis Chapters to initiate retired members must be voted on at the International Convention by delegates as it requires a Bylaws change.

From the Constitution, Article III-Membership Eligibility.  (Section 3 is the new addition.)

   Section 1.  A member of Alpha Delta Kappa is a woman educator who shall have been initiated into the organization.

   Section 2.  To be eligible for membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, a woman:

        a. Shall have been in the education profession for two or more years.
        b. Shall be under contract in teaching, administration, or some specialized field of education.
        c.  Shall meet one of the following requirements:
   (1)  Shall have graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in education.
     (2)  Shall, in the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certification, or certification in a specialized field of education in the state in which she was employed:
          (3)  Shall, in a country other than the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certifications, or certification in a specialized field of education in the country in which she was employed.

   Section 3.  To be eligible for membership in Alpha Delta Kappa, a woman who is retired must meet the following requirements:
        a. Shall have been in the education profession in teaching, administration, or some specialized field of education for two or more years.

        b.  Shall have met one of the following requirements:
    (1)  Shall have graduated from an accredited college or university with a degree in education.
       (2)  Shall, in the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certification, or certification in a specialized field of education in the state in which she was employed:
          (3)  Shall, in a country other than the U.S., have met the requirements for teacher certification, administrative certifications, or certification in a specialized field of education in the country in which she was employed.

         c.  Continues to demonstrate a genuine interest and active involvement in the current educational process.  

Section 4.  To be eligible for membership in a new chapter, a woman must be approved by a screening committee of Alpha Delta Kappa members.

Section 5.  To be eligible for membership in an established chapter, a woman:
         a.  Must be sponsored by one active and endorsed by two active members of the chapter.
         b.  Must receive the vote of the active members as provided in the International Bylaws.  The voting shall be conducted by ballot.

Section 6.  Eligibility for International, State/Provincial/National or Chapter honorary membership may be found in the Bylaws.

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Advertise in the KAPPAN!

Posted On Thursday, December 8, 2016
The Alpha Delta KAPPAN Magazine, circulation 31,000+, is now accepting advertising! Published six times a year (February, April, June, August, October and December), Alpha Delta Kappa’s KAPPAN magazine reaches a fully paid readership base of more than 30,000 women educators. Our members serve as teachers and administrators at all levels, from pre-kindergarten through university. Our website,, reaches our membership daily with up-to-the minute news about our organization.

The KAPPAN magazine highlights our members’ many altruistic and scholastic accomplishments, and features peer-reviewed scholarly articles on a variety of subjects pertinent to today’s educators. Topics include improving classroom practices, strengthening leadership skills and collaborating with other educators. With chapters in all 50 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, Jamaica and Australia, Alpha Delta Kappa members represent a geographically diverse group with a single focus—serving as outstanding educators in their communities.

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