The Academy of Education Arts and Sciences presented Van Henri White, Chair of the National School Boards Association’s (NSBA)Council of Urban Boards of Education (CUBE) and President of the Rochester City School Board (N.Y.) with a Bammy Award in the school board category.
The Bammy Awards were given out on Sept. 27 at an awards gala in Washington. The Academy is comprised of more than 300 prominent education leaders who select the honorees. Two awards are presented in each of 24 categories, the Bammy Award and the Educator’s Voice Award.
“To be selected as the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences' school board member of the year is quite a humbling experience. It is an honor that I am only in a position to accept because of the hard work of countless, parents, students, teachers, non-instructional employees, and principals in my city and across this nation,” White said.
White is an outspoken advocate for improving school safety, raising graduation rates, decreasing truancy rates, and attacking the problem of lead poisoning -- which is proven to have a detrimental and devastating effect on the academic performance of urban children.
Last year, the Academy awarded NSBA's 2013-1014 President David A Pickler with a Bammy, also in the school board category.
Organizers said the awards were conceived to recognize the collaborative nature of education and raise the awareness of often-unrecognized hard-working, dedicated educators.