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2021 Award Ceremony


This page was published on: 10/20/2021

November 4 -5, 2021
Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center
Congratulations 2021 National Blue Ribbon Schools

Ceremony 2013

During this celebratory event, awardees will hear from several guest speakers, engage in topical discussions with peers, receive congratulatory remarks, hear from this year’s Bell Awardees, and join their peers in the presentation of awards.

The U.S. Department of Education’s Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Aba Kumi, will welcome and congratulate awardees.

Preliminary Agenda

You can preview an overview of the agenda here.

Special Guests and Speakers

Click here for information about special guests and speakers.

Registering for the Awards Ceremony

Each awardee school is permitted to send two (2) individuals to represent their school at the awards ceremony, plus the District Superintendent who will be invited separately. In the event the principal at the time of the school’s nomination and application is no longer the principal this school year, then the principal at the time of nomination is also invited to attend. Each school can decide who they want to represent their school. Some examples are school principal, principal at time of nomination (if different from current principal), teacher or staff, and/or school board member. Principals are responsible for registering all of their school’s attendees using their unique school identifier through the registration form. Registrations must be completed by October 22, 2021. After the principal registers all attendees, a confirmation email will be sent to the principal. Please be sure to bring your registration confirmation email with you to the ceremony as reference.

Hotel Reservations

There is no registration fee for the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony; however, attendees are responsible for the costs of travel and lodging. All ceremony activities will take place at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. We are holding a block of rooms at a special discounted rate of $188 a night plus applicable state and local taxes. Please reserve your room by Wednesday, October 13, 2021, through our personalized website at