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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).