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An Expeditionary Learning School Takes Off in California’s Mountains Sierra Expeditionary Learning School Truckee, CA In 2008, in a small town in northern California, a dozen or so parents of preschoolers started dreaming about a different kind of elementary school and chartered SELS—the Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, in Truckee, California in March 2010. This podcast features Kim Bradley, a founding parent and current board… Continue Reading An Expeditionary Learning School Takes Off in California’s Mountains

Audio: College Readiness Through Mastery Learning and Teaching University Academy—Upper School Kansas City, MO University Academy Upper School is a 9-12 high school located in Kansas City, Missouri and is on a mission to prepare students, not only for college admission, but also for college success. With a high school graduation rate of 100%, this mission-focused public charter high school located in an… Continue Reading Audio: College Readiness Through Mastery Learning and Teaching

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—National Catholic Educational Association Annette Jones, the Assistant Director of Leadership Development at the National Catholic Education Association, describes her past experience as an NBRS principal of a non-public school and her current work supporting schools on the path to NBRS recognition. Annette Jones Interview Transcript   For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—National Catholic Educational Association

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Maryland Maryland liaison Darla Strouse reflects on the value of educator recognition programs and describes some special ways that Maryland celebrates National Blue Ribbon Schools.   Darla Strouse 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… Continue Reading NBRS State Liaison Interviews—Maryland

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

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