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NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Georgia Georgia liaison Keisha Ford-Jenrette stresses the importance of recognizing schools that are making great improvements as well as high-achieving schools.   Keisha Ford-Jenrette Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact your… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Georgia

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Council for American Private Education (CAPE) Joe McTighe, Executive Director of CAPE, describes CAPE’s role in nominating exemplary non-public schools for National Blue Ribbon School recognition and affirms the importance of honoring outstanding educators.   Joe McTighe Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Council for American Private Education (CAPE)

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Ohio Ohio liaison Sherry Panizo discusses how her state brings evidence of National Blue Ribbon Schools to bear on discussions of raising achievement in low-performing schools.   Sherry Panizo Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Ohio

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Florida Florida liaison Lindsay Douglas links her investment in the National Blue Ribbon Schools program to her own experience of graduating from a school that later won NBRS recognition.   Lindsay Douglas Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Florida

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Michigan Michigan liaison Erika Bolig describes ramping up NBRS involvement after Michigan’s 10-year hiatus from the program. She highlights the program’s vital role in Michigan’s ambitious new education goals.   Erika Bolig Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Michigan

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Missouri Missouri liaison Catherine Rust reflects on her long history with the program and its impact on the Missouri Gold Star Schools.   Catherine Rust Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria for both public and non-public schools. Contact… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Missouri

Ellen Oh “Once Upon a Time”–How Diverse Books Benefit Everyone Play an excerpt (5:14) from Ellen Oh’s NBRS ceremony talk on how diversity in our stories and storytellers benefit everyone. The We Need Diverse Books http://weneeddiversebooks.org/ organization, which she co-founded, offers a range of resources for readers as well as supports for authors. Download a transcript of Oh’s talk.

Ellen Oh Reminds Attendees: “We Need Diverse Books” Ellen Oh, an author and co-founder of  We Need Diverse Books, began her address to the 2016 NBRS educators with a statistic: although 37% of Americans of persons of color, they are reflected in 10% of all children’s books. This lack of inclusive representations deprives both minority and majority children (and their parents) access to the… Continue Reading Ellen Oh Reminds Attendees: “We Need Diverse Books”

2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools – Selected Stories 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. Books and Ballet. Hired to bring her school  turnaround skills to troubled Blackshear Elementary School (Austin, Texas), Principal Betty Jenkins pushed to make… Continue Reading 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools – Selected Stories

Revolutionizing School Meals Plus Play The Active Learning Elementary School (TALES) New York City Department of Education Queens, NY  The Active Learning Elementary School (TALES), Pubic School 244 in Queens, New York was founded on the belief that giving students high quality nutrition and physical play and teaching them about healthy choices will benefit their academic achievement. Since it opened in 2008,… Continue Reading Revolutionizing School Meals Plus Play

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