The NSPRA Learning & Liberty Award reflects the symbolism of The Education Flag of Learning and Liberty and is given in recognition of outstanding collaborative efforts between schools, business and community, and the home, and to foster respect, understanding and civic cooperation between people of all backgrounds and beliefs. This is a special purpose recognition used to honor individuals deemed to embody the tenets and symbolism of the award and who demonstrate a deep commitment to education and strong support for effective communication and the mission of NSPRA.
2010 Learning & Liberty Award Recipient
Public Education Advocate, Speaker, Author, Vollmer and Associates, Fairfield, Iowa
A true friend of public education, Jamie Vollmer was once a harsh critic who is now an articulate champion of America's public schools. A former businessman and attorney, he is committed to strengthening community support for public schools and building professional pride among our nation's educators.
Jamie is a powerful ally in the effort to create schools that provide all students the opportunity to unfold their full potential. He believes that education has a "systems problem, not a people problem" and that we cannot touch the system without touching the culture of the surrounding community. He advocates for substantive reform, but he also insists that public education must be broadly and aggressively supported if America is to remain great. A popular national speaker, he is the author of Schools Cannot Do It Alone: Building Public Support for America's Public Schools, which chronicles his journey from critic to advocate for public education. Jamie Vollmer is a passionate advocate and a true champion of public education and educators, and he truly embodies the spirit of the Learning & Liberty Award.
Complete list of previous award recipients.