2013 Ceremony Highlights

Some 800 NBRS representatives attended the program’s 2013 ceremony November 18 and 19. The 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony photographs are available on flickr.

Videos are also available. One is an “Ask Arne” session between NBRS representatives and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the second is an inspiring congratulatory talk by Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education Deborah Delisle. Click on an image to view videos on YouTube.

screenshot of Deb Delisle, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education,

“You are the ones who are helping to turn the tide across America.” — Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S.D.E.

screenshot of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan

“For every challenge we face in education, folks somewhere have solved it–and it’s often you guys.” –U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan









Summaries of the four roundtable discussions are now available as pdfs:
2013 Common Core summary
2013 Educator Evaluation summary
2013 Professional Learning summary
2013 School Culture summary

U.S. Department of Education photograph Paul Wood captured several moments at the exciting event:

An informal networking session yielded new contacts and a rich discussion about best practices for school success.
The Severna Park Windjammers Jazz Ensemble, Severna Park High School, Severna Park, MD, kicked off the opening ceremony.
Aba Kumi, Director, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Office of Communications and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, served as master of ceremonies.
Arya Anoush Balian, 4th grade student, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C., introduced Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle.
Deborah Delisle, Asst.Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. D.E., recalled her own teaching experience in recognizing the challenges National Blue Ribbon Schools face--and overcome. 
L to R: Washington Teaching Ambassadors Greg Mullenholz (2011), Laurie Calbert (2010; now U.S.D.E. Teacher Liaison, Lisa Clarke ( 2013) Joiselle Cunningham (2013), and Josh Klaris, U.S.D.E. Principal in Residence, introduced topics for interactive roundtable sessions. Not pictured: Gillian Cohen-Boyer, Director, Teacher and Principal Ambassador Fellowships, U.S.D.E.
Sheila Harrity, Principal, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA, NASSP-Met Life National Principal of the Year, recruited business and community members in Worcester Tech's transformation.t
The Myrtilla Miner Glee Club, Miner Elementary School, Washington, D.D., opened the Awards Luncheon.
Sang Bobbitt Hanna, 7th grade student, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, Bethesda, MD, introduced Secretary Arne Duncan.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan applauded National Blue Ribbon Schools for “shining a light on excellence,” called for bipartisan agreement on educational improvement, and took questions from participants. 

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