WASHINGTON, DC – Bob Wise, president of the Alliance and former governor of West Virginia, won the Bammy Awards’s Education Policy/Researcher award at the third annual ceremony Saturday, Sept. 27 in Washington, DC. There were twenty-six award categories, including Superintendents, School Librarians, Innovator of the Year, Secondary School Teachers, and Parent Group Leaders that honored the contributions of educators across a variety of fields in education. Wise was also a presenter at the ceremony, along with Tom Murray, state and district digital learning policy and advocacy director at the Alliance.
“I’m honored to receive this award as I believe education policy and research to be essential pieces to the puzzle of improving education for today’s students,” said Wise. “The two in many ways are the catalysts for greater academic outcomes from our schools and districts. Without either, we would have little basis for what is necessary for and how to go about cultivating greater academic and college and career successes for our young people.”
The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences, which is comprised of more than 300 education leaders, celebrates the achievements of those in education through the Bammy Awards. This year’s awards saw 378 nominations and 11,521 votes were casted for outstanding education leaders, according to the Academy. The awards were determined by an online voting process—giving the public the chance to vote for nominees in each category. The Academy then selected from a short list of six possible award recipients were selected for their collaborations, contributions, or being a model twenty-first-century educator.
“The Academy was honored to award Gov.Wise with the Bammy Award for Education Policy/Researcher,” said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive director for the Academy. “Gov. Wise has shown exceptional work and leadership at the Alliance for Excellent Education in this area that benefits all of our nation’s children and he continues to be a difference maker in education policy.”
Finalists in the Education Policy/Researcher category included Matthew DiCarlo, a senior research fellow at the Albert Shanker Institute; Susan Ochshom, founder and principal of Early Care and Education (ECE) PolicyWorks; Kathleen Porter-Magee, a senior advisor for Policy and Instruction at The College Board and a Bernard Lee Schwartz policy fellow at the Thomas B. Fordham Institute; and Caitlin Hannon, executive director at Teach Plus in Indianapolis, IN.
To learn more about the Bammy Awards, visit http://www.bammyawards.org/.
The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring all students, particularly those traditionally underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. www.all4ed.org.