Linda Darling-Hammond and John Merrow to Be Recognized for Lifetime Achievement at Bammy Awards

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Academy of Education Arts and Sciences acknowledges individuals whose distinguished lifelong commitments to education have made a difference.

Today, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, comprised of 164 of the nation’s most prominent education leaders, announced that Linda Darling-Hammond and John Merrow have been selected to be honored for their lifetime achievements in education at the 2012 Bammy Awards. The inaugural interdisciplinary Bammy Awards will be presented on September 15, 2012 at the landmark Arena Stage at the Mead Center in Washington, D.C. Darling-Hammond and Merrow will be among the first to be honored for their distinguished lifelong commitment and accomplishments in the field of education.

Based on the notion that it takes a village to raise a child, the Academy is hosting the honors to identify, recognize and celebrate excellence in education throughout the entire field -- from teachers, principals and superintendents to school nurses, support staff, advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, school facilities maintenance staff, special needs professionals, school board members, education school professors, parents and more. The red-carpet event will include a VIP reception after the awards presentations, where Academy members and this year’s honorees will mingle and be available for interviews and photographs with their awards.

The Bammy Awards were created in response to the tremendous national pressure on educators and education leaders to improve student outcomes and the intense scrutiny that today's educators face as a result. The Bammy Awards acknowledge that teachers can't educate children alone and don't do it alone. The awards aim to foster cross-discipline recognition for the vital role played by every member of the education village, encourage collaboration and respect across the various domains, elevate education and education successes in the public eye, and raise the profile and voices of the many undervalued and unrecognized people who are making a difference in the field every day.

There will be two honors presented in every category -- the Bammy Award and the Educator's Voice Award. Members of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences select the winners of the Bammy Awards. However, the online education community will determine the winners of the Educator's Voice Award by public voting on the Bammy Awards web site.

Nominations are still being accepted online at The deadline for nominations ends April 30th.

Academy judges include a widely eclectic cadre of persons involved in education, including Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Nancy Poliseno, president of the National Association for Middle Level Education; Jay Mathews, veteran education columnist at the Washington Post; Dr. George A. Giuliani, executive director of the National Association of Special Education Teachers; Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care; Dennis J. Randolph, executive director of the National School Plant Management Association; Donna Mazyck, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses; and Glenda Bean, executive director of the Southern Early Childhood Association.

“The Bammy awards will provide an opportunity for education stakeholders from all sectors to finally recognize and reward the most influential and impressive contributors. I am excited to serve on the Council of Peers to take part in applauding my colleagues and the work they do,” said Jennifer Cohen, New America Foundation.

“It’s crucial that we recognize and honor our educators and educational problem-solvers, and I’m excited that the Bammy Awards will do just that” stated Rick Hess, director of education policy studies, American Enterprise Institute.

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