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Daniel Crispino Three years ago, Mr. Daniel Crispino assumed a major leadership role in transforming John Barry Elementary from a designation of “failing” to receiving the National Blue Ribbon School recognition in 2019. Principal Crispino played a pivotal role in moving one of the lowest performing schools in the district to one of the highest performing schools. Read More

Alisa Bender Growing up in Hawaii, Alisa Bender always hoped to be a strong leader and to inspire leadership in others. After an early career in journalism, she switched to education, becoming a Special Education teacher, English Language Arts co-teacher, Vice Principal and eventually, Principal. Throughout Principal Bender’s administrative career, she cultivated a leadership style that is Read More

Current Ceremony Watch DAY 2 Awardee Ceremony here. The 2019 Annual National Blue Ribbon School Ceremony on November 14th and 15th in Washington, D.C. brought more than 1000 educators together to recognize 362 public and private schools receiving the award. Aba Kumi, Director of the NBRS program, presided over the celebratory luncheon and ceremony on Day 2 Read More

The NBRS Experience National Blue Ribbon School representatives generally find the program valuable throughout the process. Program participants are surveyed after completing the application, after attending the annual ceremony, and a six-month follow-up survey on the impact of the recognition. Selected remarks on the application, ceremony, and impacts:

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