2016 NBRS Ceremony Highlights

2016 ceremony agenda
The 2016 ceremony agenda included networking, learning, and celebrating.
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Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., addressed the 2016 ceremony participants.
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Audience members posed questions to Secretary King following his address.
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Vistancia Elementary School (Peoria, AZ), a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, sent its steel drum band to perform at the 2016 ceremony.
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The 2016 Terrel Bell honorees included one principal recognized for lifetime leadership.
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Ed World Cafes brought participants together to share knowledge and ideas on a host of topics.

Nearly one thousand representatives and supporters of the 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools attended the annual ceremony in Washington, DC over November 7th and 8th. The upbeat crowd heard from the U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., education researcher Russell Quaglia, diversity advocates Eileen Kugler and Ellen Oh, 2014 National Principal of the Year Sheila Harrity, and 2014 National Teacher of the Year Sean McComb. In addition, participants shared practices and learned valuable strategies by attending the various breakout sessions. As in past ceremonies, school representatives danced their way across the stage to accept their awards.

Secretary King on The Future of Education

US Education Sec John King

USED photo: Joshua Hoover

In one of his last public appearances, US Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr. addressed an audience at the Center for American Progress on December 14. Conceding that public education in America has made “stuttering” progress, Secretary King described public education as “the bedrock of American democracy and opportunity” and offered a nuanced view of accountability. Read Secretary King’s full speech


2016 Bell and Lifetime Leadership Awards

Seven principals were recognized for outstanding leadership with the Terrel H. Bell award. One principal, a 31-year veteran and three-time National Blue Ribbon School principal, received a Special Lifetime Leadership award. Learn more about the awardees.

Press Materials

Becoming a National Blue Ribbon School is a big deal!. To let your local news media know all about it, copy and adapt this press release template. For celebration inspiration, download some celebration ideas from former National Blue Ribbon Schools.

2016 Schools Celebrate!

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Blue balloons are only the beginning.

NBRS Award Photos

2016 Ceremony Award Winners

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Bell Award Photos

Bell Award Photos

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Tuesday Session Photos

Tuesday Session Photos

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