September 19, 2011
Redskins’ Rocky McIntosh to Join A Standing Ovation Tonight
Linebacker among celebrity presenters at celebration of outstanding DCPS educators
Washington Redskins player Rocky McIntosh has added his name to the roster of celebrities who will honor more than 660 of the best teachers in District of Columbia Public Schools Chancellor at tonight’s A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers.
McIntosh, a linebacker, will present one of the awards at tonight’s event at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, joining a list of local and national celebrities who will present awards.
Presenters include: Eli Broad, entrepreneur and philanthropist; Chuck Brown, “Godfather of Go Go”; DC Mayor Vincent C. Gray; Men’s Basketball Coach John Thompson III, Georgetown University; John Legend, Grammy Award-winning artist and philanthropist; Rocky McIntosh, Washington Redskins; David Rubenstein, Kennedy Center Chairman of the Board; and Alfre Woodard, Emmy Award-winning actress.
The second-annual event features a live performance by Grammy Award-winning recording artist John Legend and will honor hundreds of DCPS educators who earned ratings of Highly Effective under the IMPACT educator evaluation system.
Hosted by the DC Public Education Fund, A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers is the highlight of a year-long initiative to celebrate and reward DCPS’ most effective educators. Proceeds from the event benefit DC Public Education Fund efforts to advance excellence in DC Public Schools.
Earlier this month, DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced the names of 33 educators who have received 2011 teaching and leadership awards, which come with $10,000 or $5,000 prizes, in recognition of their work on behalf of DCPS students. Tonight, eight of those educators (seven teachers and one principal) will receive Excellence Awards.
The cash awards are made possible through the generosity of David Rubenstein, co-founder and managing director of the Carlyle Group and chairman of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Rubenstein first pledged to support these awards at last year’s A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, held in November 2010.
For more information about the award winners, including bios of last year’s recipients, visit dcps.dc.gov. For more information about A Standing Ovation for DC Teachers, visit standingovationfordcteachers.org.