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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… Continue Reading 2015 Celebration Stories

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… Continue Reading 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named!

Welcoming New Readers: Chadwick Elementary School Baltimore Public Schools Baltimore, Maryland Chadwick Elementary School, in western Baltimore, is home to many new immigrants from Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East as well an established African American community. Under Principal (and former reading specialist) Bonnie Hess, Chadwick students, whatever their native language, receive solid instruction in the English language and… Continue Reading Welcoming New Readers: Chadwick Elementary School

“That Woman” Was a Teaching Inspiration for Jeff Charbonneau, NTOY2014. Who Was Yours? To celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week, here is 2014 National Teacher of the Year responding to an question after his speech at the 2013 NBRS Ceremony. A member of audience asked: “I was wondering if you had a teacher who inspired you, especially in the field of science.” Here’s how Jeff Charbonneau answered: “I actually had… Continue Reading “That Woman” Was a Teaching Inspiration for Jeff Charbonneau, NTOY2014. Who Was Yours?

2013 Networking Session Podcast: Student Supports and Relationships  Speakers:  Dolly Harth Parker, Lakenheath Middle School, Department of Defense Education Activity Kurt Simon, Principal, West Side Elementary School, Cold Springs Harbor, NY Doug Smith, Principal, Ord Elementary School, Ord, NE Patricia Griffin, Principal, St. Jude’s School, Monroe, CT Joey Jones, Principal, Robert Frost Middle School, Rockville, MD Erlene Santiago, John Yehall Chin Elementary School,… Continue Reading 2013 Networking Session Podcast: Student Supports and Relationships

2013 Networking Session: Professional Learning and Invention Speakers:  Sam Machesky, Principal, Stonegate Elementary School, Irvine, CA Janice Womble, Principal, Thomas Magnet School, Shelbyville TN David Leach, Principal, Cherry Lane Elementary School, Suffern, NY Transcript: Professional Learning and Invention http://media.blubrry.com/nationalblueribbonschoolsaward/p/www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Professional-Learning-and-Invention2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:44 — 2.5MB) | Embed

2013 Networking Session Podcast: Community Connections Speakers: Cindy Presnell, Principal, Scott Elementary School, Scott Air Force Base, IL Judy Greer, Assistant Principal, Ellen Smith Elementary School, Conway, AK Gordon Goodman, Principal, Burwell Elementary School, Burwell, NE Transcript: Community Connections http://media.blubrry.com/nationalblueribbonschoolsaward/p/www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Community-Connections3.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:39 — 4.3MB) | Embed

2013 Networking Session Podcast: On Teachers and Teaching  Speakers: Sue Wilson, Principal, United North Elementary, Alexis, IL Beth Ann Bader, Principal, Chandler Traditional Academy-Liberty Campus, Chandler, AZ Darlene Braun, Principal, St. Joseph’s School, Pierre, SD Cindy Scwec, Principal, Fair Oaks Elementary School, Marietta, GA Transcript On Teachers and Teaching http://media.blubrry.com/nationalblueribbonschoolsaward/p/www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/On-Teachers-and-Teaching2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 4:12 — 3.8MB) | Embed

2013 Networking Session Podcast: Rigor and High Expectations Speakers:   Craig Menzel, Seoul American Middle School, Department of Defense Education Activity   Arlene Wallace, Principal, Mayo High School for Math, Science, and Technology, Darlington, SC   Mark Abramovich, Principal, Harmon Middle School, Aurora, OH Transcript: Rigor and High Expectations   http://media.blubrry.com/nationalblueribbonschoolsaward/p/www.nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Rigor-and-High-Expectations2.mp3Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 2:59 — 2.7MB) | Embed

Networking Session Focuses on Successful Practices Before the 2013 National Blue Ribbon School Recognition Ceremony officially began, several hundred 2013 school  representatives gathered for a networking session. Aba Kumi, NBRS Director led the session with Elizabeth Williamson, USDE Region III Communications Director, and Helen Littlejohn, USDE Region VIII Communications Director. Principals, teachers, and superintendents and shared ideas in open discussion and posted more… Continue Reading Networking Session Focuses on Successful Practices

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