I'm quite confused and looking for insight. Discovered the following from working with educators at all levels. I hear it all the time: teachers feel disrespected by principals; principals feel disrespected by superintendents;superintendents feel dissed by local school boards; school boards feel discounted by the feds; early childhood educators feel dismissed by the rest of the education community; and parents feel marginalized by all levels of professional educators. This led us to ask, why do so many educators feel disrespected by *other* educators? What can be done about it? Out of this came an idea to foster "cross-discipline" recognition of the critical role played by every person in the education field. In other words, to acknowledge that it takes a village to raise a child, that teachers can't do it alone and don't do it alone. We set out to invite educators from every sector to be part of a program to honor educators -from principals to parents. ( Think Oscars, Emmies, but for Educators) We were overwhelmed by the response. Leading educators from every sector of the field accepted the invitation including principals, superintendents, state departments of education, school boards, policy wonks, early childhood, advocates, deans and professors of education schools, day care providers, education columnists, afterschool programs, school nurses, even school janitors and maintenance staff. See the full list here: http://www.bammyawards.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=55&Itemid=75 The only group that demonstrated unwillingness to participate were actual classroom teachers. I was astounded. Why would teachers not be interested in honoring educators? Why would teachers not be interested in having a voice and a seat at the table with other educators? Every other group including parents groups are thrilled to be involved? What am I missing? Have teachers just given up any form of collaborative effort?