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Eligibility & Guidelines

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The Spirit of the Bammy Awards 

The Bammy Awards are about celebrating the spirit of collaboration -- it's about "WE," not "me.” In that spirit, the Bammy Awards process is set up to select one of the many extraordinary educators in each sector of the education community to "represent" his or her part of the education village in a collective, national celebration of all the good being done in American education. We are looking for world-class contributors and model collaborators.

At the personal level, a Bammy Award recognizes the individual's "contributions" to his or her sector of the education village and this grand collaboration we call education.

What the Bammy Award is, what it is not

The Bammy Award is based on the notion that collaboration, making a contribution and making a difference is more significant than personal achievements. Consequently, a Bammy Award is not a statement or measure of the honoree’s superior professional performance, abilities, credentials, qualifications, certifications, professional accomplishments or personal achievements (though all of these may be relevant). Ultimately, all individuals are being honored for their contributions. Consequently, making the short list or eventually receiving a Bammy Award is a community-wide honor for being an exceptional contributor, not a statement of superiority or a badge of victory. The word "winner" is simply out of step with the spirit of the Bammy Awards.

Congruent with the spirit and intent of the program, all participants and honorees acknowledge that a Bammy Award cannot be “won.” That the term “won” should not be used in referring to the Bammy Award, and that the use of the word “win”or "winner" when referencing the award or the recipient is a breach of the spirit of the awards.

Who can be nominated

The Bammy Awards are open to all individuals involved in the field of education and working within the 26 defined categories and domains.

Nominees must have been active in the field for at least part of the current school year. Individuals may be nominated for multiple categories where appropriate.

Re-nominations are allowed. Every awards season is new and past nominees as well as past honorees can be submitted for consideration each new year.

There are two types of honors

Nominations are being accepted for two separate awards: the Bammy Awards and the Educators' Voice Awards. Nominations for the Bammy Awards are made exclusively by members of the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Nominations for the Educator's Voice Awards can be submitted by anyone. Self-nominations for the Educators' Voice Awards are accepted and encouraged. Community and self-nominated individuals who receive enough community votes may catch the attention of the Academy and be upgraded to an Academy nomination, making them eligible for a Bammy Award.

Only Academy-nominated individuals are eligible to display the official Bammy Awards nominee badge on their web sites. Official Academy nominees' badges should be linked to their profiles on the Bammy Awards web site. Only sites that are linked as described are confirmed Academy nominees.

Disqualification

Ineligible entries may be disqualified at any phase of the selection process without notification.

Acknowledgment of nomination

All nominees will be listed on the Bammy Awards web site. Academy-nominated individuals will be designated and flagged "Academy review." Individuals nominated by the general education community will be designated as "community review."

Terms and conditions of entry/usage

All nominees must be associated with a web site or email address and must be accessible via the Internet.

Timely submission of an entry meeting the eligibility requirements ensures that an entrant will be reviewed and considered for recognition. No other representation or warranty is made by the Bammy Awards organization concerning nominees and all implied warranties are hereby expressly disclaimed.

If a nominee receives an award, the manner and details of announcing such nomination and award is strictly within the discretion of the Bammy Awards organization. Nominees understand that all awards may not be given or publicized in the same manner and some might be presented in a ceremony and others might not. Advance notification will be made available.

Note: The Academy reserves the right to eliminate any category that receives fewer than 50 nominees for the awards period.

Timeline - nomination and public voting period

Call for nominations begins in April. The nomination and public voting period closes on May 15, 2015. The Educator's Voice Awards honorees will be announced in June. Bammy Awards will be presented at a black-tie event in September.

Administrator; Release; Limitation of Liability

The Bammy Awards are administered by an Executive Committee that reserves the right to make all final decisions regarding the awards in its sole discretion.

The Executive Committee reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to suspend or cancel the Bammy Awards at any time. By participating in the Bammy Awards, whether as a nominee, a voter or otherwise, each participant agrees to release and hold the organizers, its employees, officers, directors, shareholders, agents, representatives, affiliates, advertising and promotion agencies, consultants and legal advisors, harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the awards, including, without limitation, personal injury, death, and property damage, and claims based on publicity rights, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

PARTICIPANTS AGREE THAT PARTICIPATION IN THE BAMMY AWARDS SHALL BE AT THEIR SOLE RISK. IN NO EVENT SHALL THE ORGANIZERS BE LIABLE UNDER CONTRACT, TORT, STRICT LIABILITY, NEGLIGENCE OR OTHER LEGAL THEORY (I) FOR ANY LOST PROFITS OR SPECIAL, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER, SUBSTITUTE GOODS OR SERVICES (HOWEVER ARISING) OR (II) FOR ANY DIRECT DAMAGES IN EXCESS OF (IN THE AGGREGATE) $100. THE FOREGOING LIMITATION OF LIABILITY SHALL APPLY TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW IN THE APPLICABLE JURISDICTION. PARTICIPATION IN THE BAMMY AWARDS IS PROHIBITED IN JURISDICTION WHERE PARTICIPATION IS PROHIBITED BY LAW.

User submissions; appearance release

Any person who uses the web site, attends the awards ceremony or any other event associated with the Bammy Awards hereby grants us the irrevocable, worldwide, perpetual, royalty-free, sublicensable and transferable right to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display and perform any photographs, video or other images in which such person may be included that are taken at such event, whether accurate or distorted in character or form, without restrictions to changes or transformations, in conjunction with such person’s own name or a fictitious name at our discretion, or no name at all. The use of any trademark, service mark or logo of Twitter, YouTube or any other organization or media outlet is not meant to imply such media outlet’s endorsement of, or affiliation with, the Bammy Awards in any way.

Special Categories

The education talk show host category is wide open for the Educators' Voice Award. ANY program on ANY network can be nominated and receive the Educators' Voice nomination and award. To receive a Bammy Award in this category, the show host(s) must be on the BAM Radio Network. BAM Radio Network is the exclusive sponsor of the talk show host category.

Nominee submissions

All nominations are made online at the Bammy Awards web site through the online entry system. You must first register on the site and log in to submit a nomination. All nominations should be accompanied by title/name, rating and summary of the reason for the nomination.

The Academy reserves the right to re-categorize entries and to create new categories if appropriate.

Once registered and logged in, you will get access to a submission link. Clicking the link will take you to a drop-down menu from which you will be able to select the appropriate category for your nomination. You will then be presented with a single-page nomination form in which to officially enter information. For questions or comments related to the Bammy Awards, Call for Entries, please contact Jeannette Bernstein, awards administrator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at 818-539-5971.

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