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Chrissi Miles, ME, Dan Callahan, Hadley Ferguson
What if…. we honored educators with the same style and flair as celebrities and athletes?
Enter the 1st Annual Bammy Awards.
Hosted on September 14, 2012 in Washington D.C., this event sought to celebrate and distinguish the true champions of public education. The event was a black tie affair, complete with a red carpet and orchestra.
I was honored to participate in the event as one of the top 100 educational bloggers, and I had WAY too much fun on the red carpet. (How was I supposed to know that handing out Twizzlers to other red carpet go-ers like an eager soccer mom isn’t exactly appropriate?)
Although I’m not usually someone who relishes in awards or trophies, I believe the night was about more than glitz, glamour, and fun. To me, it signaled that the role of education and social media is changing. No longer are the “Twitterati” (Read: Educators who tweet resources) merely lingering on the fringes of the educational scene. Instead, they are becoming a powerful voice in important areas like educational policy, action research, and instructional innovation. During the Bammy Awards, even Diane Ravitch mentioned that social media has brought her a new community of connections.
As educators, it can be easy to bemoan unfavorable changes and intimidating shifts. However, we are the experts when it comes to teaching children. Our voices should be heard, and social media provides us with the tools to engage both local and national levels.
Want to get involved? Want to add your thoughts to the growing dialogue about how we should educate children?
Here are two simple ways you can get involved:
- Check out at least two educational blogs and leave comments. I recommend Diane Ravich’s new blog or Scott McLeod’s blog. Your comments will not only demonstrate that educators are ready to solve today’s pressing issues, but they are also articulate and prepared.
- Join Twitter and follow some educational leaders. Examples include @grantwiggins and @samchaltain. Enjoy their resources, get informed, and add your thoughts.
Things are changing. With any luck, continued momentum from this event will contribute to a positive shift in the American educational narrative. Maybe by that time I will have figured out how to navigate that tricky red carpet!