Dear PES members,
It is time to renew your membership in the Philosophy of Education Society! As explained in the September members bulletin, PES has switched to Wild Apricot, membership software that should be less expensive and better suited to our needs than what we had been using. Click here to renew/join PES.
To renew your membership, you'll need to join, and you may need to update your personal information (name, address, etc). You'll be sent a password, which you can login to change, from the Wild Apricot system. There is no renewal option right now because as far as the new system is concerned we are all new members this time around.
Here are a few other changes and notes:
In response to member feedback, we have made subscriptions to Educational Theory optional. In a survey, some members said they wanted it, others said that they'd prefer lower membership rates since they could get the journal through the library anyway. We've found the means to accommodate both preferences. If you want to continue receiving Educational Theory (hard copy and online), click yes and the $25 subscription cost will be added to your bill. Because Educational Theory is no longer included in the standard cost of membership, all fees have been reduced by $25. .
Wild Apricot offers a range of privacy settings for member information. This enables members to make their information available to other PES members, in case you want to get in touch to organize symposia, sessions, projects, etc. The default privacy setting has your first name, last name, and email address available to other members (and only to other members). This information is not publicly available (i.e. to anyone who visits the site) unless you make it so. After you log in, you can change the privacy settings to suit your preference.
Wild Apricot offers auto-renewal, and standard memberships are set up to renew automatically. For those members who prefer not to have their memberships auto-renew, there is also a manual renewal option. In June, before memberships renew, you will receive reminders that your membership is ending, and you can choose at that point to change your membership level. If you are now making more money or less money, want to add or drop automatic renewal, want to add or drop a subscription, etc, you can and will need to log into the system and do it. Memberships are, as previously, set to run from July 1- June 30, i.e. the PES business year.
The two-year option has been discontinued. It was put in place in 2017 to address the problem with reminding members/members remembering to renew, at a time when PES software did not allow auto-renewals. Auto-renewal better solves that problem.
If you are in the second year of a two-year membership, I will add your final year to the system.
Payment is set to accept Visa and MasterCard (not American Express or Discover, which incur extra charges for PES). Members are still welcome to send a check to the Executive Director.
I'm confident that in the long run, this system is going to be better, easier, and cheaper for PES and its members than the one we were previously using. There will probably be some glitches as we use it for the first year, so please bear with it and let me know if you encounter difficulties.
Executive Director, Philosophy of Education Society