Alpha Delta Kappa was founded in 1947 by Agnes Shipman Robertson, Marie Neal, Marion Southall and Hattie Poppino. They were visionary women who saw a need to recognize and support the professional efforts of outstanding women educators. More than 40,000 members in more than 1,400 chapters around the world have discovered the many opportunities provided by membership in Alpha Delta Kappa. These opportunities include recognition of their commitment to educational excellence, personal and professional growth, and collectively channelling energies for the good of their schools, communities, the teaching profession and the world.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri, Alpha Delta Kappa has chapters in the 50 states of the United States and Puerto Rico, Australia, Canada, Jamaica and Mexico. Chapters are the foundation of the organization. All members are encouraged to serve on committees and participate as officers when the opportunity presents itself. Involvement goes hand in hand with member satisfaction. Additional leadership roles are available to members at the district, state/provincial/national, regional and International levels. Chapters are grouped into seven regions — Gulf, North Central, Northeast, Northwest, South Central, Southeast and Southwest.
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.