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The Cranbury School students at work In order to spread knowledge of innovative and successful school practices, the National Blue Ribbon Schools program profiles a number of schools from each year’s cohort. Stories are added as they are produced. Innovating Math Instruction explores how The Cranbury School (Cranbury, NJ), enables math middle school math teachers to “push in” to lower grades… Continue Reading 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools – Selected Profiles

Deer Park ES Deer Park Environmental Science Magnet Elementary School (Newport News, VA) seeks to develop engaged students who bring their learning to life through caring for the environment. Immersing students in critical STEM explorations both on campus and off, Deer Park is home to more than 50 animal habitats. Each classroom hosts at least one habitat, teaching… Continue Reading Field Experiences Spark Students’ Passion for Science

2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools Map Where are awardees from? What’s their demographics? What drives NBR schools to the top?

Practices Driving School Success What one practice has been most instrumental to your school’s success? 2016 and 2018 NBRS awardee application responses were analyzed to find commonalities, broad themes, and potential demographic differences for each cohort. Practices naturally fell into four categories, or key drivers influencing school success: Student Supports, Instruction, School Structure, and Curriculum. To learn more about… Continue Reading Practices Driving School Success

Students at South Ripley Junior High School Students at South Ripley Junior High School (Lawrenceburg, IN) found themselves racing downhill in a day of snow tubing, courtesy of a local business celebrating the school’s National Blue Ribbon Schools award. Read the local news story, and scroll to the bottom of the page for a 4-minute radio interview with S. Ripley Principal Destiny Rutzel… Continue Reading National Blue Ribbon School Students Earn Wintry Fun

Center City PCS Congress Heights Campus Center City PCS Congress Heights Campus (Washington, DC). Center City is committed to professional development of its staff and leaders. We provide extensive professional development opportunities, including workshops, professional learning communities, and coaching to improve the quality of instruction. Center City PCS Pre-Service August 10 – 28: Four days of these three weeks were district-wide dates… Continue Reading A Palette of PD Offerings

Chapel Hill Elementary School Chapel Hill Elementary School (Gladstone, MO). The development of lifelong learners at Chapel Hill applies not only to our students but also to our staff. Teachers participate in district-provided monthly PD modules to refine instruction and ensure fidelity to district expectations. The building Teaching and Learning Coach (TLC) presents these modules, giving teachers opportunities to collaborate… Continue Reading Teachers College

Williams Yates Elementary School Williams Yates Elementary School (Independence, MO). The district strongly believes that instruction and learning are improved through participation in high-quality PD. District curriculum and instruction team members tasked with designing and implementing professional-learning activities cull available best practices research to identify evidence-based, manageable, and practical programming applicable to most educational settings (Pathways; Reading, Writing, and Math… Continue Reading Sustained, Connected PD

Ar-We-Va Junior-Senior High School Ar-We-Va Junior-Senior High School (Westside, IA). Our approach to professional development is aligned to the Iowa CORE standards and benchmarks and the Iowa CORE Characteristics of Effective Instruction and is based on the Iowa Professional Development Model (IPDM). The IPDM framework includes peer collaboration, researched-based instructional practices, modeling, observation, and personal accountability. The goal of… Continue Reading Authentic Intellectual Work

Helemano Elementary School Helemano Elementary School (Wahiawa, HI). Highly trained medical professionals treat patients in intensive care units. Likewise, Title I schools require highly-trained teachers to effectively meet the needs of their students. As a Title I school, our professional development must be fine-tuned to meet our students’ needs. Professional development at Helemano Elementary is designed to develop capacity… Continue Reading Ongoing PD; Special PD for New Teachers

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