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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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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 Read More

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, Read More

2015 Celebration Stories From blue tee-shirts to blue ice cream, from parades to official ceremonies, National Blue Ribbon Schools celebrate their recognition in a host of creative ways. Here are some videos produced by or about 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Students, staff, and parents of Eastover Elementary School (Bloomfield Hills, MI) composed a song to celebrate their Read More

2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named! Education Secretary Duncan Announces the 335 National Blue Ribbon Schools of 2015! U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015. The award is based on a school’s overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. National Blue Ribbon Schools demonstrate that all Read More

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