Finalists Announced in First Cross-Discipline Education Honors

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117 nominees move closer to receiving Bammy Award, first community-wide honor of its kind for excellence in education presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences

Today the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences announced the final list of candidates for the inaugural, interdisciplinary Bammy Awards recognizing excellence in education in 24 categories across the field. The radically diverse and eclectic list of candidates includes teachers, principals, superintendents, school nurses, education advocates, researchers, early childhood specialists, education journalists, education school professors, school facilities maintenance staff, special needs professionals, school board members, education bloggers, parents and other members of the broad education community.

The Bammy Awards’ nomination process began in February and ended on April 30th. Nominations were accepted in 31 categories across the education field. During the week of May 10th through May 17th, the Council of Peers, members of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, voted by secure and anonymous online ballots on 435 nominees submitted from across the nation. Three to five finalists were selected in each category. The results of the votes cast by the Council of Peers were computer-tallied, entered into finalists’ ballots and sent to the Academy’s Board of Governors, who are currently voting to determine who will receive the Bammy Award for 2012 in each of the 24 categories that qualified. The full list of all finalist in all categories can be viewed at http://www.bammyawards.org.

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.

"Education is a complex field with many people engaged in various roles, the totality of which add up to provide quality services for our children. It is right and appropriate to select individuals for recognition by the entire education community, not just the particular sector they represent,” said Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators. “That is what the Bammy Awards are about."

The Bammy Awards are presented by the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, made up of 164 of the nation’s most prominent and influential education leaders. Voting judges include Diane Ravitch, former Assistant Secretary of Education; Dr. Mark Ginsberg, former head of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and now dean of the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University; Andrew J. Rotherham, a co-founder of Bellwether Education and former Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy during the Clinton administration; Dr. Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators; Caroline Hendrie, executive director of the Education Writers Association; Dr. Anne L. Bryant, executive director of the National School Boards Association; Gayle C. Manchin, president of the National Association of State Boards of Education and former first lady of West Virginia; Victoria Risko, president of the International Reading Association; Jim Kohlmoos, executive director of the National Association of State Boards of Education; Dennis J. Randolph, executive director of the National School Plant Management Association; Betsy Landers, president of the National PTA; Ken Griffith, president of the National Association of Secondary School Principals; E. Lander Medlin, executive vice-president of APPA, the association of school facilities administrators; Keith R. Krueger, CEO of the Consortium for School Networking; John D. Musso executive director of the Association of School Business Officials International; Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association; Paula A. Cordeiro, dean of the School of Leadership and Education Sciences at the University of San Diego; Nancy Poliseno, president of the National Association for Middle Level Education; Jay Mathews, veteran education columnist at the Washington Post; and Dr. George A. Giuliani, executive director of the National Association of Special Education Teachers.

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