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Roberta Flack to Headline DCPS Event Tonight at Kennedy Center

1/14/2013, 3:01 p.m.

"A Standing Ovation," which honors the District's highly effective public schools teachers and leaders, will be presented this evening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where renowned vocalist Roberta Flack will be the headlining performer.

The third annual event that will be attended by city officials and individuals from the business, education, arts, and philanthropic communities, is sponsored by the D.C. Public Education Fund.

"Standing Ovation thanks our highest performing educators for the incredible work they do every single day in their classrooms," said Chancellor Kaya Henderson. "These educators are gifted, dedicated and truly exceptional. I am thrilled to celebrate with them tonight and to showcase their talent, their commitment and their outstanding achievements."

Standing Ovation rewards a record number of District Public School educators. From nearly 1,000 highly effective educators, seven extraordinary teachers will receive the 2012 Excellence in Teaching Award, and one principal will receive the 2012 Excellence in Leadership Award.

"Standing Ovation is a great opportunity to gather with people from across the city to showcase the extraordinary teachers and principals that are transforming D.C. Public Schools and accelerating student achievement," said Catherine Townsend, president and executive director of the Education Fund. "The event, which wouldn't be possible without the vision and support of George Stevens Jr. and David Rubenstein, is our unique way to celebrate and to give back to the highly effective educators who give their best to our students every day."

(Source: DCPS Office of Communications)