Sunday, April 27, 2014


Dear Members,

We are excited to be your officers for the 2014-2015 school year! We bring to Kappa Delta Pi our various experiences in the educational field. Both of us have completed our undergraduate education at Santa Clara University and were college ambassadors for the Liberal Studies program. We were also members of the Future Teacher's Project. Bianca will be graduating this summer from Santa Clara University with her Masters of Arts in Teaching and Teaching Credential (MATTC). She will be a middle school science teacher next school year. She has been a KDP member for two years. Puneet graduated last summer from Santa Clara University with a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Education. Puneet is currently an elementary school first grade teacher. She has been a KDP member for five years and has served as both president and vice president of KDP in the past.

We plan on having our first KDP event sometime in May. We will be discussing your role as a KDP member in the Phi Omega Chapter and congratulate our graduating members. We will also notify you of the two major events to look out for during the next school year. Your attendance to this event is requested. Food and drink will be served. An invitation to the event will be sent out shortly.


Bianca Johnson (KDP President) & Puneet Gill (KDP Vice President)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

2013 Spring Initiation

Kappa Delta Pi has been organized to recognize scholarship and excellence in education. Those individuals elected to membership exhibit the ideals of scholarship, high personal standards, and promise in the teaching and allied professions recognized by the Society. An invitation is extended to undergraduates who have obtained an overall grade point average of 3.25 or above, and who have completed 60 units in a preteaching/subject area degree.

The initiation ceremony for new members will be held on Friday, May 17, at 5:00 p.m., in the Arts and Science Building, Wiegand Room 102. You must participate in the ceremony to become a member.

Please apply by going to KDP's website: and complete an application. A fee of $54.00 will need to be collected before your application will be complete. Please use your debit or credit card online or bring a check to Varsi Hall 2nd floor, payable to Liberal Studies by May 8th.

The Kappa Delta Pi Membership Committee hopes that you will take advantage of this unique opportunity to add to your educational credentials and be honored as a scholar and outstanding educator.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Dear Prospective Graduate Student,

Are you considering applying to graduate school? Find out how to unlock your potential and become a successful applicant in the fields of:
·       Teacher Education and Preparation
·       Professional Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology

Information presented will be applicable to graduate programs nationwide. This one-day conference will take place on Saturday, April 20th, 2013 on the beautiful and historic campus of Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California.

The conference will feature experts in the fields of Teacher Education and Preparation; Professional Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology; and Graduate Admissions. Presenters will be candid, upfront, and entertaining as they provide practical tips and insight into becoming a successful graduate school applicant and student. The day will conclude with an outdoor reception and allow for an invaluable opportunity to interact with other conference attendees.

After attending this conference, you will be able to:
·       Align your personal values, interests, and skills with your graduate school   goals
·       Recognize the essential components of the graduate school application and process
·       Analyze and improve your online persona
·       Evaluate the characteristics of a competitive graduate school candidate

This conference is intended for undergraduate students, second-career seekers, and others interested in the graduate school application process. Please see the conference program below.

Register for the conference at The registration fee is $30 and includes refreshments, lunch and a cocktail reception. If you are unable to attend in person, register to
live-stream the day’s program online for $10.

Registration is limited, so please register early. Registration closes on Wednesday, April 17th at 11:59pm PST.

For more information, please contact Kelly Pjesky, Admissions Director, or
We hope to see you there!

Conference Agenda
Williman Room
Check-In, Continental Breakfast & Networking

Welcome Address

10:00am to 10:40am

Williman Room
Know Thyself: Finding Your Graduate Program
Understand how your skills, interests, values, and goals are essential in guiding your graduate school choices. Prospective graduate students will explore how personal and academic aspirations can further your graduate school and career goals.
Nick Ladany, Ph.D., Dean, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Session 1

10:45am to 11:30am

Parlor C
A Behind the Scenes Look at the Graduate Application Process
Learn how to craft a successful resume, understand the purpose of purpose statements, prepare for standardized tests, obtain relevant experience, and acquire letters of recommendation.
Megan France, Ph.D., Director of Assessment, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Kelly Pjesky, M.A., Director of Admissions, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
Session 2

11:35am to 12:15pm

Parlor C
The Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media: Preparing Your Virtual Self for Graduate School
Does your online persona require some polishing? Recognize what to do and what to avoid when packaging your online identity.
Pedro Hernandez-Ramos, Ph.D., Department Chair of Education; Coordinator, Science Technology, Environmental Education, Mathematics (STEEM) Program, Santa Clara University
Steve Johnson, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer of Education; Director, Character Education, Catholic Education Advisor, Markkula Center, Santa Clara University
12:20pm to 1:20pm
Williman Room
Session 3
1:20pm to 2:00pm
Parlor C
Interviewing for Success
Experience what to expect and how to respond during individual and group admissions’ interviews.
Harold Hoyle, Ph.D.  Lecturer of Education, Santa Clara University
Cheryl McElvain, Ed.D., Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Education and Teacher Credential Programs, Santa Clara University
Priscilla Myers, Ph.D., Senior Lecturer, Reading Specialist in Education, Santa Clara University
Concurrent Sessions 5

2:05pm to 2:45pm

Session 5A, Parlor C
Session 5B, Parlor A
Discipline Specific Admissions Applications
Prepare for the journey that you will take as a graduate student in specific disciplines.
Session 5A: Graduate Programs in Teacher Education and Preparation
Marco Bravo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Santa Clara University
Melissa Gilbert, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Education, Santa Clara University
Lisa Goldstein, Ph.D., Director of Teacher Education; University Coordinator of CTC Credential Programs, Santa Clara University
Session 5B: Graduate Programs in Professional Therapy, Counseling, and Psychology
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
2:50pm to 3:15pm
Williman Room
Santa Clara University School of Education and Counseling Psychology Information Session (optional)
Kelly Pjesky, M.A., Director of Admissions, School of Education and Counseling Psychology, Santa Clara University
3:15pm to 4:30pm
Williman Patio
Cocktail Reception & Networking
                                                        For registration, please visit

Monday, March 4, 2013


The KDP leaders are planning on holding this year's Spring initiation ceremony sometime in April-May. We will also be introducing your new KDP President and Vice President for the 2013-2014 school year!

Dear KDP Members,

It's still not too late to participate in this year's Literacy Alive! event. The event will be ending this week on Friday, March 8th. My goal is to have at least 6 more members to participate so that we can have a total of 10 participants. Thanks a lot to the following four members:

1. Kiera Lloyd has read Olivia by Ian Falconer to her class and the other third grade classes in her school.

2. June Mazon will be reading Oh the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss this week to the class of fifth graders she is student-teaching.

3. Imelda Kusuma will be reading to her class this Thursday.

4. I have read The Lorax by Dr. Seuss to my transitional kindergarten class!

Happy reading!

Puneet Gill

Kappa Delta Pi, Phi Omega Chapter
Santa Clara University

Friday, February 22, 2013

KDP Literacy Alive! Event Extended

This year, you will get to share the joy of reading with students in the classroom you are working in or the group of children you are working with. Pick a day and time that works for you and pick up your favorite book to read! This event will be held from Monday, February 25th to Friday, March 8th. 

Pledge to read and inspire today!

Email at with the title of the book you plan on reading.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dear KDP Members,

Like every year, we will be holding our annual Literacy Alive! event to spread the love of reading and inspire students to read. I have tried to make this year's event as flexible as possible so that all members can participate. Below is the information on this year's event:

Event Date: February 25th - March 1st (Dr. Seuss Week) You will pick a day and time that suits your schedule sometime during this week.

Event Description:
Kappa Delta Pi members will pledge to read to students in schools they are volunteering, student-teaching, or teaching in. (A pledge is simply emailing me whether you are willing to make this commitment.)  On the day of the event, members will read a book that speaks to them and makes profound connections to students’ lives. Members will use the book and engage students in an activity/discussion to find commonalities and connections between themselves and others.
After you finish this lesson, email me ( the title of the book you read and a short description of your activity.

Take care,

Puneet Gill
KDP President