1st National Education Tweetup Draws Twitterati to the Oscars of Education

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Leading education micro- bloggers dressing up and “looking forward” to connecting and being recognized at the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences’ celebration of the education village.

Today the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences announced that the first National Education Tweetup has attracted some of the most influential micro-bloggers in the field of education. The list includes prominent online thought leaders like Harvard alum Shelly Blake-Plock, co-executive director of the Digital Harbor Foundation; Alec Couros, professor of educational technology and media at the Faculty of Education, University of Regina; Kyle Pace, instructional technology specialist; Shannon Miller, award-winning teacher and librarian; George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning for PSD70; and Eric Sheninger, principal of New Milford High School (NJ), member of the Academy of Education Arts and Science and ambassador of the Tweetup. Though not household names, each of these individuals is an influential and prominent member of the education Twitterati, with 14,000 to 23,000 educators following their daily tweets.

The first National Education Tweetup will be held concurrently with the Bammy Awards on September 15, 2012. The invitation-only event will take place at the landmark Arena Stage at the Mead Center in Washington, D.C. One hundred of the most influential and prominent education bloggers and micro-bloggers have been invited. Eighty invitations were accepted within 24 hours.

Invitees will not only participate but also will be honored at the event, which has apparently struck a chord with this sector of the education community.
“This event really resonates with educators,” said Eric Sheninger, charter member of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. The sentiment is supported by comments posted by invitees on the RSVP site:

"What an honor to be included with such an amazing group and event." -Shannon Miller

"Wow! What a fabulous opportunity to meet up and celebrate what we do together in the education blogosphere. Thank you so much for the invitation." -Joan Young

"Super excited for this!" -Nicholas Provenzano

"Outstanding - looking forward and honored to be in this cohort!" -Rich Kiker

"Honored to be part of this amazing community and excited to be there with you all." -Adam Bellow

“There is a lot of brilliant thinking expressed on Twitter about the future of education, but sadly it is not read by enough people in the best position to act on this thinking. This event seems like a great opportunity to bridge that gap." -Mark Moran

Bridging the Gap, acknowledging that it takes a village to educate a child and recognizing the valuable contributions made by the diverse groups that make up the education village are what this event is all about. For more details on the Education Tweetup, go to http://www.twtvite.com/bammy.

About the Bammy 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.

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 and professional associations. At the inaugural black-tie event in September, awards will be presented in 24 categories. In addition, Linda Darling-Hammond, John Merrow and Diane Ravitch will receive special honors for their distinguished lifetime achievements.
For a complete list of nominations and more information, please visit http://www.bammyawards.org.

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