It is rare that Eduflack is at a loss for words.  I make my living speaking and writing, providing observations, analysis, and recommendations at that intersection of education policy, research, and communications.

But last week, I was truly at a loss for words.  On Friday, Bulldog Reporter — the PR/communications industry’s largest circulation publication — announced its 2011 Bulldog Stars of PR Awards.  Stars of PR recognizes “outstanding achievement by communications agencies and professionals.”  Winners are added to the Bulldog Awards Stars of PR Hall of Fame.
I am humbled and honored to announce that I was named Bulldog Reporter’s 2011 Nonprofit/Association Communications Professional of the year.  Somehow, despite all of the great work being done across the not-for-profit sector, Bulldog Reporter determined my body of work from 2010 was tops in the industry.
According to Bulldog Reporter, I was “chosen exclusively by working journalists from hundreds of entries representing the very best strategic and tactical prowess that PR/corporate communications has to offer.”  Further, the selection was based on an “ability to achieve extraordinary visibility and influencer opinion, as well as on … creativity, command of media and technology, and tenacity.”
Yes, I am overwhelmed by the recognition.  I also realize that this honor truly belongs to all of the terrific education nonprofits and associations I have been fortunate to work with over the years.  The education space is a special challenge, with growing white noise and countless organizations seeking to be heard and bring influence.  Being saluted for my work in the field is really a royal bow to those organizations I’ve been fortunate enough to partner with.
That includes research organizations like American Institutes for Research, Stanford University School of Education, and Knowledge Alliance.  Education improvement groups like Aspen Institute, Bellwether Education Partners, KnowledgeWorks, and New Leaders for New Schools.  Foundations like Broad Foundation, Lumina, and Team Pennsylvania Foundation.  Associations like American Federation of Teachers, International Society for Technology in Education, and National Governors Association.  And content groups like Common Core, Pennsylvania STEM Initiative, and EdWorks.  All part of an enormous patchwork of which I am extremely proud.
So a big thank you to all of the organizations I’ve had the pleasure of working with, all of the groups I’ve partners with, and all of the nonprofits, associations, and advocacy groups that are committed to real, lasting school improvement.  This Bulldog Award belongs to you, and is further proof the strength, impact, and and high expectations facing the education sector and the nonprofits that are leading its reform.

2 thoughts on “Humbled

  1. Hi Pat,Congratulations! You won the Bulldog Award, simply, because you deserve it for your provocative, well-written entries that go right to the heart of the heart of the matter(s) in education today. I know, for me, I have commented on several pieces where I felt knowledgeable (after thirty-four years of teaching in inner-city public schools/NYCDOE), and also, because I was motivated and inspired by your points, insights, and triggers that got me thinking, reflecting, and creating, some of those fundamental 21st century skills/tools we’re trying to teach our kids. Getting your audience involved is all about MOTIVATION, and I know that that is what you want from your readers and what any educator would want to instill in her children. Most important, and please don’t take this the wrong way, I think that your “royal bows” should not only be directed at the organizations you mention in the “Humble” response, but to the teachers in the trenches you must have communicated and collaborated with over the years. I still find now, as a teacher, who intends to return to the classroom after ten years in retirement, that I felt, many times, like a nobody in the foundations of education. The teacher in a classroom, on the computer screen, online, or wherever she may be, in my opinion, is and remains at the top of the education hierarchy: you can’t leave school without her. After all the classes, coursework, reading, writing, studying, preparing, tests, thought, anxiety, and stress, what remains at the end of the day, I believe, in our heads, hearts, minds, imaginations, and spirits, are the voices of our “teachers’ past,” which come to us in those out-of-nowhere moments on an unconscious or very conscious emotional, psychological, and cerebral channel. Teachers are part of the democratic forces that help make all kids equal, if we only let them…

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