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2012 National Blue Ribbon School Profiles

Each year, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program conducts site visits at selected schools in the year’s cohort. Often these schools are characterized by high student performance and populations with high numbers of disadvantaged students. The 2014 site visits took place in Alabama, Texas, Massachusetts, and Connecticut.
 
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Engaging Questions at Boston’s First Pilot School: Fenway High School. Students at Fenway High School (Boston, MA) participate in year-long investigations of essential humanities questions, from “What is it to be human?” to “How do we govern ourselves?”
 
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Learning By Inquiry: STEM Magnet at Annie Fisher (K-8). Inquiry-based learning at Annie Fisher STEM Academy in Hartford, CT learn to think like scientists and engineers by generating their own questions.
 
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Show Up, Work Hard, Read. A different kind of relationship-building—many 5 – 10 second interactions many times a day—is at the heart of student success at J. Walter Graham Elementary School (Austin, TX).
 
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How One School Closed the Digital Divide and Brought Broadband to Town. School, district, and civic leaders teamed up to bring universal broadband access to the population at Piedmont High School (Piedmont, AL).