This was the first year of the Bammy awards, an effort to acknowledge educators who have achieved distinction in many different sectors of education. The Bammies are supposed to be the new equivalent of the Oscars for educators, presented by the Academy of Educational Arts and Sciences.

Emmy award-winning producer, broadcaster and journalist Errol St. Clair Smith organized this event, with red carpet, black tie and a sense of grandeur.

I was one of three who received awards for lifetime achievement. The others were Linda Darling-Hammond and John Merrow.

Many other Bammy awards were given to outstanding educators, and if you check the website you will see them (Linda received two!).

Randi Weingarten presented the award to me, and I must say she was at her best. I thought you might want to see this.