Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance.

Baltimore County Public Schools (BCPS) Superintendent Dr. Dallas Dance has been nominated for the national LifeChanger of the Year award for 2014-2015.

LifeChanger of the Year is a national program that annually recognizes and rewards K-12 school district educators and employees who are making a significant difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Throughout his career, Dr. Dance has been dedicated to a mission of deliberate excellence. With the community’s input, Dr. Dance spearheaded the development of ‘Blueprint 2.0: Our Way Forward,’ a five-year improvement plan for BCPS. Blueprint 2.0 initiatives include transforming classroom instruction through digital learning, including the introduction of individual learning devices for all students, and by making second language acquisition part of the elementary school curriculum so that students have the ability to be bilingual by graduation.

Dr. Dance was nominated for the LifeChanger award by a student who wrote, “Dr. Dance is an inspiration to me and to the 110,000 other students in Baltimore County Schools. He includes students in decision-making that affects the education we get in school and he inspires us to achieve.”

In the past year, Dr. Dance has been honored twice by the White House; in August he was appointed to President Obama’s Advisory Commission for Educational Excellence for African Americans, and last November he was honored nationally as a Connected Educator Champion of Change. Earlier this year he was appointed to the board of directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE).

Each school year, the LifeChanger of the Year program receives hundreds of nominations. Ten winners are selected by the selection committee to receive cash awards that are split between the individual winner and their school or school district. The national Grand Prize award is $10,000. The top three winners also are honored at a national awards ceremony.

Nominations for the program will be accepted through the end of January 2015 with winners to be announced in spring 2015.

To view Dr. Dance’s LifeChanger of the Year nomination, or to nominate someone from your school community, visit www.LifeChangeroftheYear.com