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Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has identified and celebrated excellence in education.The more than 8,500 recognized public and non-public National Blue Ribbon Schools represent U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Native tribes, territories, and military bases. Together they feature effective teaching and learning at all grade levels, in all geographic settings, and with all students.

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Hearts and Minds: Social-Emotional Learning Improves Content Learning

Hearts and Minds features Pinewood Elementary School in Jenison, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids. When staff adopted a “Whole School” approach to supporting positive student behaviors, a host of benefits followed. The approach has three elements: Mindfulness, Social Thinking, and Whole Brain Teaching.

School and Leadership Awardees

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Learn about the Terrel H. Bell school leadership awardees.


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