JBL Awards for Excellence in Public Advocacy
The Jane Bagley Lehman Awards "JBLs" seek to recognize individuals who have exhibited a deep commitment to the public interest and whose work demonstrates innovative approaches to social change.
An ideal nominee would be someone who has sought to share their experiences and findings with as wide an audience as possible, and who has worked to bridge the gap between those at the grassroots level and those who make policy. The nominees should be chosen for a body of work, rather than a specific accomplishment, and they should be respected not only by peers, but also by fellow workers and employees.
Jane Bagley Lehman was one of the founders of the Tides Foundation in 1976, and the Chair of the Board until her death in 1988. An unconventional philanthropist, her insatiable curiosity was matched by a willingness to take risks. Jane was most intrigued by the approaches and strategies of advocates and organizers and their willingness to challenge traditional assumptions. She also cared deeply that the results of these efforts be translated into the broader area of public policy.
It is in this spirit that the Jane Bagley Lehman Awards for Excellence in Public Advocacy were established. It is our hope that the awards will reflect Jane’s spirit as well as her commitment to issues of social justice.
2014 JBL Awards for Public Advocacy - Nominations Now Open!
Tides is proud to announce that nominations are open for the 2014 Jane Bagley Lehman Award for Public Advocacy. Each year the JBL Awards honor policy activists and advocates by recognizing work that demonstrates innovative approaches to social change and a deep commitment to the public interest. The issues and geographic areas in which we make awards vary from year to year.
2014 Award Criteria: Expanding access, equity and opportunity in education
Since “A Nation at Risk,” through “No Child Left Behind” (NCLB) and into the “Elementary and Secondary Education Act” (ESEA), our national conversation has centered on the importance of access to an excellent education for every child in America. It is uncontested that educational achievement is a leading indicator for an individual’s quality of life. Yet the challenges that confront our education system are far-reaching. These challenges include unequal access for diverse learners and underserved populations in K-12 education, through high school and college students graduating with inadequate mathematical, scientific, cross-cultural and linguistic skills needed to compete in the global workforce. These concerns are not new, but the ways in which we tackle these issues can be.
The 2014 JBL Awards will recognize grassroots advocates who are working diligently to bring about educational equity. Eligible nominees are activists who are working at a state level and collaborating with others to:
- Develop innovative approaches and systems
- Support responsive and effective teachers and leaders
- Identify and more deeply involve key stakeholders such as families, educators, and agencies
- Remove obstacles to making all levels of education affordable, accessible and attainable
- The award recipients will be honored with up to $10,000 each.
Nominees will have organized and mobilized educational resources, stakeholders or personnel to affect statewide policy or education systems. They will be tireless advocates for educational equity and access. The nominee’s actions and attitude will be one that strives for accountability and excellence, all while promoting collaboration and inclusion.
To download a NOMINATION FORM click here.
Nominations are due no later than Tuesday, April 1st 2014 to firstname.lastname@example.org
The JBL Awards support individual grassroots activists. We will not consider requests to fund organizations and institutions, lobbying, political or fraternal activities.