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nbrs logo since 1982 Facilitator: Leah Raphael, Charlotte Secondary School, Charlotte, NC, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow Leah invited participants to “Think of a challenge at your school and discuss the resulting solution. Report out the most salient ideas that emerge.” Educators relished having time to discuss best practices and share common experiences and challenges across their different states and… Continue Reading Engaging Effective Educators in School Improvement

nbrs logo since 1982 Facilitator:  Linda Yaron, Roybal Learning Center, Los Angeles, CA, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow How can schools engage families and the community to ensure student success? Linda invited principals and teachers to share strategies they use to involve parents as partners and how they meet challenges in their communities. Statements below reflect participants’ convictions and ideas about… Continue Reading Engaging Family and Community

nbrs logo since 1982 Facilitator: Laurie Calvert, Enka High School, Candler, NC, Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellow How should teachers and leaders be evaluated? Laurie invited participants to examine the strengths and shortfalls in professional evaluation practices and weigh in on teacher performance measures. Discussion centered on three themes: how to recognize effective teaching; multiple uses for student data; and… Continue Reading Evaluating and Developing Effective Teachers and Leaders

WHS Celebration Several 2012 NBR schools got out video cameras to showcase their National Blue Ribbon Schools spirit. Click the headings below to watch the videos. This witty drama about the spirit of the National Blue Ribbon School award was created by students at Westwood High School (Westwood, MA). Student filmmakers at Basehor-Linwood High School (Basehor, KS)… Continue Reading Lights, Camera, Action: NBR Schools Celebrate

NBRS 2012 Ceremony Coverage The 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony took place November 12 and 13 in Washington, DC. Coverage of the event, including photos of NBR school reps and highlights of the networking and discussion sessions, is now available!

Aba Kumi 2012 Ceremony About 100 educators gathered to exchange ideas before the official start of the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools Award Ceremony on November 12. Aba Kumi, Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, introduced the session, which focused on “what’s working” and strategies for promoting successful practices to relevant audiences. USDE Senior Policy Analyst Dennis Bega,… Continue Reading Networking Session Report

logo for RESPECT teaching The USDE’s national conversation on transforming the teaching profession, RESPECT (Recognizing Educational Success, Professional Excellence and Collaborative Teaching), was the focus of roundtable discussions at the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony. (Read the latest RESPECT discussion document.) Facilitated by Washington Teaching Ambassador Fellows and U.S. Department of Education officials, the discussions engaged participants in reflecting on four… Continue Reading Roundtable Discussion Reports

Aba Kumi 2012 Ceremony More than 700 principals, teachers, and school supporters gathered in Washington, DC November 12 and 13 for the 30th annual U.S. Department of Education recognition ceremony for National Blue Ribbon Schools. Representing 314 exemplary public and private schools across the country, participants deliberated on “what’s working” in their schools, conferred with U.S. Department of Education… Continue Reading 2012 Awards Ceremony

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