Volume 93 | February 1, 2021
News from Ohio State Organization
From Diana's Desk
Often in the midst of unusual circumstances, such as the current pandemic, new opportunities come to light.  Your State Leadership Team is excited, grateful and yes, relieved, to be able to organize and bring the 2021 DKG/Ohio State Organization Convention to our state membership regardless of the avenue/platform or resolve needed to do so.  Albert Einstein once stated, “In the midst of difficulties lie new opportunities,” and this is so true for us, your State Leadership Team.  Please know and remember we will continue to make the best with what we have been given and will embrace this unique opportunity to continue to learn and grow as an organization. 

Indeed, our 2021 State Convention is an opportunity that awaits you all!  Your State Leadership Team views the above invitation as the perfect opportunity to attend, plus regards it as the best possible solution or opportunity to attend a state convention totally free from any Covid stress or anxiety.  Simply come as you are…no traveling involved, no special apparel required and for that matter, no other expenses required either. The only expenditure will be the commitment of your time.  Just “tune in” from the comfort of your own home, your own “easy chair,” and “Zoom” in on your own personal computer/iPad/smartphone.  Your attendance will be of immeasurable importance to us while being the perfect opportunity for you to discover and learn more about your Ohio organization. We truly need and value your voice and in order to succeed, we ask each of YOU to join us…to come rally around, lending us your hand of support, as we gather virtually on April 9-10, 2021 to believe, belong and build Ohio’s future!

Looking forward to seeing all of you!
2021 Convention Schedule at a Glance
OSO-DKG State Convention 2021 Update
A New Year, A New Way to Do the OSO Convention!
January was a busy month, and much planning has taken place in order to provide you with a meaningful and safe DKG/OSO State Convention which will allow for the business of our organization to be efficiently, effectively, and professionally completed.  A virtual convention is planned for April 9-10, 2021, and the breakout sessions that were planned for 2020 are being offered to you via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout March and April.  You will find the schedule for the virtual convention and the dates for the breakout sessions in this issue of The Voice.  

Since the convention and breakout sessions are being brought to you using Zoom, it will be necessary for you to register using the links that are provided for each event.  Only those members who register will be able to login to the convention on April 9-10, 2021.  There is a Zoom Convention Preview scheduled for Thursday, February 25, 2021, at 7:00 P.M. to share the schedules and protocol, as well as, to answer any questions members may have about the procedure for attending a virtual convention. In order for you to attend the Convention Preview, it is important for you to register in advance by clicking on the link belowTo stay abreast of the convention events, it is important for all members to read The Voice and E-Blasts that will be sent from Cathy Tenney, DKG Ohio State Editor.

Thank you to all who attended the author series session with Carol Trembath.  I’m sure you will agree the presentation of her book about fairies during a pandemic was interesting and time well spent.  Carol will kick off our convention breakout sessions on Tuesday, March 2, 2021, with a Zoom event on the life of Harriett Tubman.  Members can earn PDU credit by attending Carol’s session, as well as two other events.  

On Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 7:00 P.M., Libby French, School Counselor for Western-Reserve Middle/High School, will present, “Choose Hope:  Trauma Informed Teaching.”  On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, at 7:00 P.M., Ann Todd and Libby French will reflect on the science of the brain and child trauma, based on the book, The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog, by Dr. Bruce Perry. It is important for you to click on the links below to register for the four Zoom events (Convention Preview, Libby French, Ann Todd/Libby French, and Carol Trembath) described in this article.  

After registering for each Zoom event, mark the dates on your calendar, or do whatever you need to do to remember to attend the sessions.  There will be many Zoom invitations coming your way for the next three months, all of which will require that you register in advance and remember to attend.  

During the months of March and April, weekly E-Blast reminders will be sent for that week’s breakout sessions. As we keep hearing, these are unprecedented times.  Who would have thought we would be having a virtual DKG/OSO State Convention, but “forward moving ever,” we will do what we must do!!  Take care.  Be safe.

Linda Diltz, Beta Rho
Convention Coordinator
Listed below are the first four breakout sessions with a registration link for each. You must register in advance for each breakout session separately. All you have to do to register is click on the Registration Link. You will receive an email confirmation, be sure to save it and mark your calendar.
Tuesday, February 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Choose Hope: Trauma Informed Teaching
Tuesday, February 23 at 7:00 p.m.
A DKG/OSO Book Club Study
The Boy Who Was Raised as a Dog
Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 p.m.
Virtual Convention Preview
Tuesday, March 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Who Was Harriet Tubman? Carol A. Trembath
Listing of Virtual Breakout Sessions
DKG-OSO 2021 Convention
Cathy P. Daugherty
2021 DKG International Society Representative
Cathy Daugherty, the 2021 International Representative to Ohio, currently serves DKG as its Immediate Past International President and as a Director on the DKG International Educators Foundation. Daugherty has been a member of Alpha Alpha Chapter in Virginia since 1988 and was the 2016 recipient of the Achievement Award, the Society’s highest honor. At the international level Daugherty chaired the Constitution, Educational Excellence and Professional Affairs Committees and served as SE Regional Director and International First Vice President. She was point-person for the Schools for Africa project from its official adoption at the 2010 International Convention through July 2014, authoring all issues of the SFA Newsette

Daugherty retired in 2016 following a 35-year public school career and a nine-year position as a Latin instructor and supervisor of Latin student teachers at Randolph-Macon College. During her virtual visit to the Ohio State Organization, she will share information from the 2020-2022 DKG Administrative Board and lead a roundtable discussion for all state members on April 6.
Leila Kubesch, 2020 Ohio Teacher of the Year
Friday Keynote Speaker
"Leila Kubesch taps into her students’ interests and passions and enables them to reach their full potential.  She fundamentally believes that every child can succeed – and she holds herself and her students to high expectations to achieve that success.”

She helps students develop their own leadership skills, become global and civic-minded, and break away from limiting beliefs by guiding them in rising above challenges and advocating for community change.

Leila teaches Spanish and English to speakers of other languages at Norwood Middle School. Having committed to teaching in high-need schools, she became resourceful in securing unique opportunities for her students. With the goal of empowering all youth in the same manner as those in affluent communities, she fosters community partnerships, writes grants for innovative learning and instills a mindset of dreaming big through large-scale, service-learning projects that stem from youth initiatives. The work of her students has landed in museums around the country and won national recognition.

One particular lesson brings to light how Kubesch connects student learning to the Norwood community. Her students have collaborated with a local cable television station and other partners to create a talk show involving community experts on topics that interest youth. Her students developed connections and resources as they engaged in all aspects of publicity and production. The project was a tremendous success, earning Kubesch and her students the Ohio Education Association Media for Public Service Award for excellent educational programming. Kubesch also received a Martha Holden Jennings Foundation Grant to expand the studio and broaden the program.

Her passion for equity and social justice extends beyond the classroom. She served as an advocate for emancipated foster youth in Ohio by raising awareness of the plight of these youth. She has presented to large audiences, including TEDx Cincinnati, where she won the Audience Choice Award for her talk. She spoke with politicians and dedicated her effort until House Bill 50 passed, enabling foster youth in Ohio to have homes until age 21.

She places a high value on learning and has studied in eight countries. She is a National Board Certified Educator, earned a Master of Science in Educational Leadership from Purdue University and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Ball State University. She is a certified yoga instructor and her fellowships include Fund for Teachers, Christa McAuliffe, and Fulbright Hays.
Rebecca Psigoda
Saturday Inspirational Speaker
“I created I Believe in ME! to work with ‘at-risk’ youth. I soon discovered that ALL young people are at risk without the right tools to manage their own mind.” – Rebecca Psigoda

In addition to being a truly happy person, Rebecca considers herself a lifelong student with a passion for knowledge that has enticed her to study everything from art to dance, engineering and etiology. Until 2015, she operated her own private holistic therapy practice in Columbus, Ohio, where she combined counseling with a variety of additional modalities that include: deep-relaxation techniques, guided meditation, NLP, hypnosis, gentle massage, Reiki, healing touch, life coaching, and The Infinite Possibilities Program for a mind, body, spirit approach to therapy.

In 2015, she modified the adult Infinite Possibilities Program and created a youth version, Infinite Possibilities: I Believe in ME! She continues to facilitate the program through the Homeless Families Foundation of Columbus, Ohio, and marvels at the shifts that this program is bringing young people. While developing the program, she wanted to make it available to other trainers throughout the world. With a goal and dream of reaching as many young people as possible with the truth about their own power, Rebecca has distributed the I Believe in ME program into the hands of over 100 trainers, teachers, counselors, and non-profit organizations in 15 countries worldwide. 

In 2016, Rebecca became a first-time author with 2 books created to share the concepts of Infinite Possibilities: I Believe in ME! She has published a children’s book, I Believe in ME! School, Where All Students Have Superpowers, and a coloring book, I Believe in METhe Adventure Begins, both available on amazon.com. The books emphasize the same empowerment concepts as the educational program and are available to the public.

Rebecca will also be presenting a break-out session after the convention on Tuesday, April 13, 2021.  She lives with the fully–supportive and handsome father of their two grown children Mark Psigoda in Hilliard, Ohio.
Important OSO-DKG Dates to Remember

February 1, 2021 - OSO/ADSOEF Scholarship Applications Due

February 1, 2021 - Chapter Necrology Report Due

February 15, 2021 - Last Day to Submit
Arts & Humanities Submissions for Spring Gallery

April 9-10, 2021 - OSO Virtual State Convention

Remembering Our Lost Sisters