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NBRS Liaisons


State Liaisons: The Critical Link

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 schools through the application process, and promote National Blue Ribbon Schools and their effective practices statewide. Non-public schools submit applications to the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) for consideration.

This series, based on interviews conducted in 2017 with six state liaisons and two non-public school association representatives, covers topics such as how schools are chosen, the value of the application process, how the recognition benefits states and schools, how states use NBRS schools and practices as models of excellence, and how participation in NBRS has influenced the liaisons’ work.

 

State Liaisons

Photo of Erika Bolig
Erika Bolig,
Michigan
Photo of Cathi Rust
Catherine Rust,
Missouri
Joe McTighe,
CAPE

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.

 

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.


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.

 

 

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.


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.

 

 

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.


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.

 

 

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.


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.

 

 

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.