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logo of USED Homeroom blog The Homeroom blog of the US Department of Education reports on a meeting learning convened last month by the White House Domestic Policy Council and the USED’s Office of Innovation and Improvement to explore the impact of personalized learning and chart its future path. A key takeaway: “Since implementing personalized learning, districts and schools have seen Read More

john b king, sec of ed In praising the assembled educators in encouraging students and supporting their efforts, U. S. Secretary of Education John B. King, Jr., drew on his own powerful story of being saved as a young boy by teachers who saw value in him. In his remarks, he discussed the current education authorization act, ESSA, the Every Student Read More

nbrs logo since 1982 Office of Non-Public Education, U.S. Department of Education and the Council for American Private Education (CAPE) Your Blue Ribbon Year: A Private School Perspective Join us for a panel discussion with previous non-public National Blue Ribbon School awardees as they describe how they have leveraged the award to motivate students and teachers and increase community engagement. Read More

map of 2015 schools 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 Read More

nbrs logo since 1982 2014 Recognition Ceremony Draws Attendees from Across the U.S., Germany, and Japan More than 900 participants, representing 340 schools from Alabama to Wyoming, Germany, and Japan, gathered November 10 and 11, 2014 for the National Blue Ribbon Schools Annual Recognition Ceremony in Washington, D.C. An array of distinguished speakers, including Libby Doggett, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Policy Read More

Arne Duncan 2013 Ceremony Highlights Some 800 NBRS representatives attended the program’s 2013 ceremony November 18 and 19. The 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony photographs are available on flickr. Videos are also available. One is an “Ask Arne” session between NBRS representatives and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the second is an inspiring congratulatory talk by Read More

Arne Duncan Some 800 NBRS representatives attended the program’s 2013 ceremony November 18 and 19. The 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools ceremony photographs are available on flickr. Videos are also available. One is an “Ask Arne” session between NBRS representatives and Secretary of Education Arne Duncan; the second is an inspiring congratulatory talk by Assistant Secretary for Read More

Students in a science lab Following last week’s visit to Worcester Technical High School (Worcester, MA), a 2013 National Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, President Obama has announced that he will give the commencement address at the school June 11. Watch local news coverage of the announcement.  Highlights from Secretary Duncan’s visit During his visit Read More

nbrs logo since 1982 The Regional Educational Laboratory-Central will host a webinar on effective teacher development in mathematics on Thursday, January 30 from 2:30 – 4:00 pm (Mountain Time; 4:30 – 6:00 pm Eastern Time). Dr. Hilda Borko, Professor of Education at Stanford University, and recipient of the 2014  Excellence in Scholarship in Mathematics Teacher Education Award from the American Read More

Principal Katie Decker 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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