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From the Editor

            Forward Moving Ever: Educators Embracing Change
               Realizing that changes in the world around them require ongoing attention to,
            analysis of, and evolution of theory and practice in education, Founder Annie Webb
            Blanton urged members to be “forward moving ever.” This key idea is embodied in
            this issue of the Bulletin: Journal—focused on the theme “Changing Perspectives
            on Teaching and Learning”—as authors explore innovative processes and curricular
            adaptations to meet the evolving needs of students and educators alike.
               Opening the issue, Cieminski explores design thinking as a process to develop
            innovative solutions in an ever-changing world. After describing the basic phases
            of this process, she describes her own use of design thinking as a pedagogy in a
            program that prepares educational leaders around the issue of developing ways to
            realize more equitable outcomes in their schools. With a nod to increasing diversity in
            classrooms, authors Godwin et al. extend this emphasis on equity in an increasingly
            complex  world  by  focusing  on  an  all-too-often-overlooked  population—students
            of Indigenous identity. Specifically, they unpack and apply Sabzalian’s (2019) six
            frameworks for instruction as guides to empowering Indigenous identities in the
               Szabo shifts the discussion to new perspectives on professional development as
            she offers a checklist tool that helps administrators think about and plan for a teacher-
            centered approach that replaces traditional one-size-fits-all models. The tool, called
            SATED  (Systematic  Approach  to  Teacher  Effective  Development),  encourages
            collaboration and educational community problem solving and is intended not only
            to improve teacher performance but also to help decrease teacher dropout rates.
               Focusing  on  specific  events  influencing  educators’  perspectives,  Melloy  and
            Murry  consider  the  impact  of  COVID-19  on  those  delivering  special  education
            services, and Powell explores the impact of a substantial manufacturing development
            project on schools in its area. Specifically, Melloy and Murry examine the challenges
            and triumphs experienced by graduate students in a leadership preparation program
            who worked to deliver services for students with disabilities during the pandemic.
            Through personal communications and research of regional media sources, Powell
            provides  an  comprehensive  example  of  how  educators  are  responding  to  major
            changes in an area’s needs for training and workers.
               The brilliance of Blanton’s vision for Delta Kappa Gamma lies in part in its
            relevance to an ever-changing world. May the articles in this issue provide members
            and educators throughout the world with  inspiration and direction for their own
            professional and personal growth and their efforts to promote excellence in education
            as they understand and embrace changing perspectives on teaching and learning.

                                                                      Judith R. Merz, EdD

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