The purpose of Kappa Kappa Iota is to promote the advancement of education by providing an effective network for the exchange of education and teaching practices by educators.
Being a member of Kappa Kappa Iota is to be a part of an organization that:
- Unites top educators from a broad cross section of the country
- Encourages professional and personal development through workshops, meeting and scholarships
- Responds to the problem of child abuse and neglect
- Provides the opportunity to develop leadership skills.
Kappa Kappa Iota is comprised of state chapters which are given Greek names according to the order of sequence in which they are organized. A state chapter is formed by three or more local chapters within one state. California is known as Nu State. A local chapter must have 8 or more members to be recognized officially as a chapter. Meetings are held monthly during the school year.
Membership in Kappa Kappa Iota is considered an honor. Prospective members are invited into membership by a member from the local, state or national level. Membership dues are paid each fiscal year by July 1.
National and state conventions are held annually. Convention agenda include officer training sessions, business meetings and workshops to enhance the professionalism and effectiveness of members.
National Kappa Kappa Iota awards several annual scholarships at the national, state and local levels to help deserving teachers with professional and personal development and continuing education. States and local chapters also award scholarships to students majoring in education.
National Kappa Kappa Iota supports programs that assist battered adults and abused children. This fund is known as the Kempe Children's Foundation. Additionally, each state and local chapter support many other charities and causes across the nation.