Anyone who has read a newspaper, turned on the news lately, or read this blog can tell you that being an educator right now is more difficult than it has ever been. For a variety of reasons, most having to do with money and politics it's been becoming increasingly difficult to do what's best for our students.
But many educators are doing just that anyway. Even in the face of unreasonable scrutiny, unmerited criticism, and intense political pressure, many educators are deciding that they will not be swayed from preparing their students for the futures that await them in the 21st century. They refuse to let any of the intense criticism of education stop them from doing what's right.
Last year, the BAM Radio Network decided to counter the negative narrative being told about education by acknowledging those who exemplify the best in education - from teachers, to superintendents, to school nurses, to support staff. This is how the Bammy Awards were born.
This year, the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences International, which includes leading educators, education leaders, education professors, journalists, researchers, editors, commentators, advocates, activists, visionaries, and pioneers, will present two awards in each of 31 categories at a red-carpet event this September in Washington DC. The Educator's Voice Award will be determined by online voting, while the Bammy Award will be determined by the Board of Governors.
I am honored to be nominated for a 2013 Bammy Award in the category "Elementary School Teacher of the Year." As such, I am asking you for your vote.
In addition, I'd like you to consider nominating and voting for others in education that are doing great things.
Thank you for your support, and for your support of all that is good in education.