June 07, 2011

Grammy Award Winning Artist John Legend to Salute DC Public Schools' Highest Performing Teachers 

A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers is a celebration of the highest performing educators in DC Public Schools.

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DC Public Education Fund (‘the Education Fund’) today announced the addition of Grammy award-winning recording artist and philanthropist John Legend to the program for the second annual A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers event, which will take place on September 19, 2011.

“Great teachers can make all the difference in a child’s education,” said John Legend. “But too often those teachers are not celebrated for their hard work and commitment to student achievement. They deserve to be recognized for their efforts in the classroom.”

For the second year, the Education Fund presents A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, hosted by NBC4’s Jim Vance, and produced by award-winning director and producer, George Stevens, Jr. Standing Ovation is the highlight of the Education Fund’s year-round efforts to help DCPS recruit, develop, reward, and retain great teachers. 

Last year, at the inaugural Standing Ovation, the business, arts, and philanthropic communities joined together and contributed generously to celebrate the men and women of DC Public Schools who earned the honor of being rated highly effective on the IMPACT evaluation system.

A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers is a critical piece in raising the profiles of DCPS’s great teachers, and in doing so, encouraging effective teaching and high student achievement in every classroom, in every school, in DC Public Schools. 

“Great teachers provide the critical foundation that our children need to succeed,” said DCPS Acting Chancellor Kaya Henderson, “I am delighted that John Legend will be performing at A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, as a salute to the men and women that work hard every day to make sure that our children are prepared to excel in and out of the school yard.”

A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers takes place at 6:30pm on September 19, 2011, at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. For more information, and to support great DC teachers, visit: www.standingovationfordcteachers.org.


About DC Public Education Fund: The mission of the Education Fund is to advance excellence in DC Public Schools through private philanthropy. The Education Fund works closely with the school system’s leadership to support effective teaching and high student achievement in every classroom, in every school, in DC Public Schools. 

The Education Fund has focused its efforts on three areas where it believes private funding can have the greatest impact on student learning: compelling and effective schools, great people, and data-driven decision-making. 

Since November 2007, the Education Fund has raised nearly $80 million in commitments on behalf of DC Public Schools from a diverse array of supporters, approximately 80% of whom are based in the DC metro area. Visit www.dceducationfund.org to learn more about the Education Fund.

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