"The positive response to the inaugural Bammy Awards in 2012 was overwhelming. Clearly the notion of collaboratively acknowledging what is going well in American education is an idea whose time has come," said Errol St. Clair Smith, executive producer of the Bammy Awards. "We commend and appreciate all of the early supporters of this national initiative."Modeled on the broad scope of the Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys, the Bammy Awards accepts nominations from the public in dozens of education categories, selects nominees for awards, and holds a red-carpet event that brings together constituents from the entire education community to recognize the honorees. The nominations and first round of voting will happen online at www.bammyawards.org. Two honors, the Educator's Voice Award and the Bammy Award, will be presented in every category. Educator's Voice Award honorees are selected by popular online vote and will be announced in June. Bammy Award honorees are then selected by members of the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences and will be announced at the Bammy Awards red carpet event on September 21st in Washington, D.C., at the Arena Stage Theater. Nominations may be submitted at www.bammyawards.org. About the Academy of Education Arts and SciencesThe Academy consists of a Board of Governors, Council of Peers, and the executive committee and includes a cadre of some of the nation's most prominent educators, education leaders, professors, journalists, activists, visionaries, and pioneers. The Academy also includes the executive directors from the leading national education associations, among which are the American Association of School Administrators, National Association for Middle Level Education, National School Plant Management Association, National Association of School Nurses, National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National School Boards Association, National School Supply and Equipment Association, and National PTA. The full list of Academy members is available at www.bammyawards.com/index.php/about-us/academy-of-education-arts-and-sciences. About Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc., and the Responsive Classroom® approachThe not-for-profit Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc. (NEFC) was established in 1981 by elementary school educators who envisioned a way of teaching that would bring together academic and social learning throughout the school day. That way of teaching, called the Responsive Classroom approach, is now being used in schools across the country. It has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as one of the nation's most effective academic and social-emotional learning programs. NEFC offers Responsive Classroom onsite consulting services for schools and districts; workshops and institutes for educators in locations around the country; and numerous books, videos, and other resources for teachers and administrators. SOURCE Northeast Foundation for Children, Inc.