Standing Ovation for DC Teachers
Great teachers and principals are the foundation of student success. With Chancellor Kaya Henderson‘s support, Standing Ovation was created to showcase and reward great educators and reinforce DC Public Schools’ efforts to develop the most effective teaching and leadership force in the country.
The idea to celebrate DC teachers came from George Stevens, Jr.—an award-winning film and television writer, director, and producer. In 2009, he approached DC Public Education Fund (DC Ed Fund) and asked how he could support the reform efforts in DC Public Schools. The result was the inaugural Standing Ovation for DC Teachers held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
This year marks the fourth annual Standing Ovation celebration, which recognizes a record number of great educators at DCPS. Thanks to the generosity of David Rubenstein, the celebration features the presentation of the Excellence in Teaching and Excellence in Leadership Awards, and showcases the Rubenstein Awards for Highly Effective leaders, teachers and support staff. To our great honor, Jim Vance will continue to join us and host this grand event.
DC Ed Fund proudly engages the wider community in the transformation of our schools and could not celebrate these extraordinary educators without the generous support of local and national sponsors, co-chairs, and the host committee.
Proceeds from Standing Ovation benefit DC Ed Fund and its efforts to mobilize private philanthropy to accelerate innovation at DC Public Schools, so that every student receives a quality education. Since 2007, DC Ed Fund has invested and managed over $75 million in private funds to support excellence in teaching, create innovative schools and classrooms, and engage students and families.