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Learning from Great American Schools

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.

2018 National Blue Ribbon School Ceremony Featured Speakers and Breakout Sessions


Wednesday Afternoon General Session
Mandy Manning
2018 National Teacher of the Year, Mandy Manning, will deliver the keynote address, Building Community: Compassion, Connection, and Commitment.
Liberty Ladd
Featured Student Speaker, Liberty Ladd, of Falmouth Maine, will talk about the importance of student voices and perspectives.
Thursday Morning Concurrent Breakout Sessions
Annette Jones
Strategies for Leveraging Your National Blue Ribbon Award by Annette Jones, Assistant Director at National Catholic Association and co-speakers.
Sheila Harrity
Life After National Blue Ribbon by Sheila Harrity, Superintendent-Director, Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School (Fitchburg, MA).
Cheri Sterman
Creative Teaching and Learning Matter by Cheri Sterman, Crayola Director of Education and Vice-Chair of Partnership for 21st Century learning.
Hadley Ferguson
Spark Professional Development with the Edcamp Model by Hadley Ferguson, Executive Director, Edcamp Foundation.


School and Leadership Awardees

Filter the awardee database by year, state, school type, or grade level to find recognized schools, applications, and contact info.


Learn about the Terrel H. Bell school leadership awardees.


Learn from NBRS Schools

Successful School Practices Include: