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Eric Caldwell Alaska liaison Eric Caldwell describes how the state’s nomination process ensures representation across a unique low population, large, rural state. Eric Caldwell 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 state liaison. Read More

Chris Kelly Virginia liaison Chris Kelly describes how he supports Virginia’s National Blue Ribbon award winners through a state-level plan and a social media framework to promote and share their success. Chris Kelly Interview Transcript For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit the FAQ page, which details the nomination process and criteria Read More

Shuwan Chiu In this interview excerpt, Illinois liaison Shuwan Chiu explains the benefits of interviewing schools to strengthen the state nomination process and to help schools share their story. Shuwan Chiu Interview Excerpt 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

Photo of Jason Botel Acting Assistant Secretary, Jason Botel Welcomes 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools During the 2017 awards ceremony, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Jason Botel was a keynote speaker. Mr. Botel identified the NBRS awardees as the nation’s education “all stars” and acknowledged their innovation, inspiration, and commitment. He Read More

Sydney Chaffee at NBRS Ceremony Keynote Speech The Hero’s Journey: What Role Will You Play? For the ceremony’s keynote speech, National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee drew on the myth of The Hero’s Journey—a quest story that takes its actor from the comforts of the known world into a wider, unknown world of threats and challenges. Critically, at certain Read More

Photo of GA State Liaison Keisha Ford-Jenrette To be eligible for National Blue Ribbon School (NBRS) recognition, a public school must be identified and nominated by its state’s Chief State School Officer (CSSO). NBRS state liaisons connect state education agencies and the federal National Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The liaisons develop state nomination criteria, identify eligible schools in their states, support nominated Read More

fab lab engineering Retired engineer Dale Johnson realized his mission to introduce students to engineering in his town of Mahtomedi, Minnesota, when local interest, energy, and funding culminated in the first Fab Lab (3-D Fabrication Laboratory) to be built in a US public school. In this latest National Blue Ribbon school site visit video, Mahtomedi High School Principal Read More

student discussion at Tibby Elementary School In an effort to spread best practices exemplified by National Blue Ribbon Schools, the program conducts site visits (including virtual site visits) to a number of schools each year. Three new videos draw on those site visits to highlight very successful practices. Meaningful Play: Pre-K Prepares Students for School Success. (5:23).  The pre-K program at Read More

National Blue Ribbon Schools Home Page Since 1982, the U.S. Department of Education has identified and celebrated excellence in education. The more than 8,500 recognized public and non-public National Blue Ribbon Schools represent U.S. states, the District of Columbia, Native tribes, territories, and military bases. Together they feature effective teaching and learning at all grade levels, in all geographic settings, and Read More

Ceremony 2013 Videos of National Blue Ribbon Schools receiving their 2013 plaques are now available for streaming. They are organized by state, alphabetically: Alabama – DOD Education Activity District of Columbia – Illinois Indiana – Maine Maryland – Nebraska Nevada – New York North Carolina – Oklahoma Pennsylvania – Utah Virginia – Wyoming

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