This month the Flipped Learning Global Initiative will announce the launch of the Academy of Active Learning Arts and Sciences (AALAS). The newly formed nonprofit organization was formed to manage an exciting new FLGI project: The International Flipped Learning Awards. The awards will recognize Flipped Learning and active learning practitioners, researchers, and administrators, as well as model schools and universities around the world. FLGI has partnered with the creators of the BAM Education Awards to launch the International Flipped Learning Awards program. The primary role of the Academy will be to serve as an independent body to nominate candidates and vote on who will receive the international honors. The academy will also assume responsibility for the Flipped Learning Global Standards Project and will be the new home of the FLGI Fellows. FLGI is excited to launch a world-class program to recognize active learning around the globe. The first university honor will be presented at FlipCon Australia this summer.
About the BAM Education Awards
It began with a simple question: If we really valued educators like we value entertainers and celebrities, what would the quintessential, cross-discipline symbol, honoring all educators, look like?
With this goal in mind, the Bammy Award statuette was designed to be rich in symbolism and meaning, visually arresting and a world-class honor for educators across every domain.
Its base is comprised of 14 concentric circles representing the various disciplines and support groups that make up the education village — all of which are essential to successfully educate our children.
Integrated into the center of the Bammy statuette is a classic symbol of the earliest schools. People of a certain age will immediately recognize the hand-held school bell that was traditionally used to call students throughout the village. The Bammy bell is a call to everyone interested in education to remember that it takes a village to educate a child.
Crowning the Bammy statuette is a creatively sculpted and highly polished monolith signifying the effect of a good education in the life of a young person.
Intended from the outset to be an iconic symbol, the Bammy Award statuette places the recognition we give to educators on par with what we give to the actors, singers, and entertainers whom our culture so highly values. Each Bammy Award makes two quiet but powerful statements: that the recipient has made a difference and that it takes a village to educate a child.
Designed to precise specifications and handcrafted by sculptor Michael De Medina, the Bammy Award statuette is made of the same material as an Oscar, is two pounds heavier than an Emmy, and at 12 inches tall strikes a presence as impressive as both the coveted Oscar and Emmy Awards. Each Bammy statuette is hand-finished and individually numbered.
In combination with the distinction of the Academy members selecting the honorees, the elegant, iconic beauty of the Bammy statuette lends a distinction to the recipients of the Bammy Award that will grow in meaning and value over time.