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Today the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, comprised of 281 prominent influential education leaders and organizations, announced the opening of nominations for the third annual Bammy Awards, the national cross-discipline honors created to celebrate what’s right in American education. Sixty-five new national organizations and prominent educators have come on board to support the Bammy Awards, including Rhian Evans Allvin, Executive Director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC); Bill East, Executive Director of the National Association of State Directors of Special Education; Kari Arfstrom, Executive Director, Flipped Learning Network; John Hill, Executive Director, National Rural Education Association; and Betsy Corcoran, CEO, EdSurge.
This year’s focus is on students and two new student categories have been added. “The center of all education initiatives should be the students, and this year we are spotlighting the myriad ways that students are taking responsibility learning, for the future of education and the world. This is one of the biggest underreported stories of what’s going right in American education,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, Executive Producer of the Bammy Awards.
The Bammy Awards were created in response to the relentless national criticism of America's public schools that is driving the negative perception of public education, while what is right in American education is largely ignored.
The awards put attention on education successes and raise the profile of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field every day. In addition, the cross-discipline Bammy Awards acknowledge that it takes a village to educate a child and recognizes the vital role played by every member of the education community.
Members of the Academy include an eclectic cadre of persons involved in education, including Dr. Linda Darling-Hammond, professor of education at Stanford University; Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III, President of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County; Dennis Van Roekel, president of the National Education Association; John Merrow, veteran PBS education reporter; Brian Lewis, chief executive officer of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE); Randi Weingarten, President of the American Federation of Teachers; and thought leaders Daniel Pink and Tom De Boor.
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