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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 Read More

“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 Read More

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, Read More

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 Read More

Duncan Singles Out NBRS Principal for High Praise in Nevada U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan used a visit to a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School, Walter Bracken STEAM Academy in Las Vegas, NV, to highlight the role of high standards and expectations. Duncan  called Bracken’s story of transformation from a low-performing school to a national model “profound.” View a slide show of Secretary Duncan’s Read More

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