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December

2013

Duncan Singles Out NBRS Principal for High Praise in Nevada

L_R" Sheri Davies, Academic Manager; Kim Wooden, Deputy Superintendent; Jhone Ebert, Chief Technology Officer; Pat Skorkowsky, Superintendent; Katie Decker, Principal; Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education; Andre Densen. Chief Educational Opportunity Officer; Carolyn Edwards, School Board Trustee; Dr. Linda E. Young, School Board Trustee
L_R” Sheri Davies, Academic Manager; Kim Wooden, Deputy Superintendent; Jhone Ebert, Chief Technology Officer; Pat Skorkowsky, Superintendent; Katie Decker, Principal; Arne Duncan, US Secretary of Education; Andre Densen. Chief Educational Opportunity Officer; Carolyn Edwards, School Board Trustee; Dr. Linda E. Young, School Board Trustee
Principal Katie Decker and Superintendent Pat Pat Skorkowsky
Principal Katie Decker and Superintendent Pat Pat Skorkowsky

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan used a visit to a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in Las Vegas, NV, to highlight the role of high standards and expectations. Duncan  called Bracken’s story of transformation from a low-performing school to a national model “profound.”

View a slide show of Secretary Duncan’s visit to Walter Bracken STEAM Academy.

Read coverage of Duncan’s visit in the Las Vegas Sun.

Learn more about Walter Bracken STEAM Academy.

Listen to a podcast interview with Katie

Decker on working with the business community, evaluating teachers, and creating a STEAM school (6:17).


Building Dr. King’s “Beloved Community” One Act at a Time

Poster advertising Dr. Martin Luther King Day of Service 2014This January 20, to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., schools and communities across the country are called to dedicate that day to serving others.

Register your local project or find a project near you at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service website. There you will also find more than 20 toolkits for projects, ranging from starting a community garden to organizing a prison book drive, and many other resources.

In a speech on April 15, 1960, in Raleigh, NC, Dr. King explained that the goal of non-violent action was reconciliation—“the creation of the beloved community.”


2013 Schools Take Up Video Cameras

National Blue Ribbon Schools have many ways to showcase their successes. Several 2013 schools have used video to celebrate and highlight what they do well.

On a mission from “President Obama,” a pair of bumbling, not-too-bright Blues Brothers stumble around the campus of Robert Frost Middle School (Rockville, MD), from the nurse’s station to the gymnasium, looking to deliver a national blue ribbon to “Dr. Jay” (principal Dr. Joey Jones). Includes an original rap/soul song.

Students and staff at Richard Shields Elementary School (Lewes, DE) produced an energetic video short about their “super” skills.

Brief interviews with the principal, teachers, students, and parents at Deephaven Elementary School (Wayzata, MN) describe how reinforcing systems, from behavior and study habits to parent involvement, make their school work.

Students at Lakenheath Middle School, a Department of Defense school in England, produced this video of some of the many ways they learn STEM, from primitive fire starting to sound-operated robots.

Intercut with video of students in motion, Missouri Governor Nixon honors students and staff at Nixa High School (Nixa, MO) for setting a “very high bar,” citing outstanding achievement scores and praising the “talented teachers, dedicated administrators, and sensible policies” that make Nixa outstanding.

Baltimore City Public Schools celebrate two National Blue Ribbon Schools this year, Charlesmount and Chadwick, as beacons for other Baltimore schools. State Superintendent Lillian Lowery is on hand for the festivities.

BCPS News Brief: Chadwick & Charlesmont Named Blue Ribbon Schools from Baltimore County Public Schools on Vimeo.

Superintendent Jeffrey Moss tells a jubilant crowd of students  at Okatie Elementary School (Okatie, SC) that their school has won the National Blue Ribbon School award.

Students, faculty, and clergy celebrate the 2013 National Blue Ribbon award earned by Holy Spirit Regional Catholic School (Huntsville, AL).


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