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2013 NBRS Ceremony Nearly 2013 Ceremony Recharges 800 principals, teachers, superintendents, and other school supporters gathered in Washington, DC November 18 and 19 for the 31st annual U.S. Department of Education recognition ceremony for National Blue Ribbon Schools. Representing 286 exemplary public and private schools across the country, participants shared best practices, conferred with U.S. Department of Education Read More

screenshot of USDE "homeroom" blog featuring National Blue Ribbon Schools US Education Secretary Arne Duncan follows up his September 24 announcement of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools with a post-shutdown testimonial. In it, he praises the National Blue Ribbon Schools for their educational excellence and directs readers to our 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools map.

Arne Duncan The National Association of Secondary School Principals and the National Association of Elementary School Principals have declared October 2013 as ‘‘National Principals Month’’ to honor principals’ dedication to students, teachers, and families all year long. The National Principals Month website contains a host of ideas for celebrating principals this month, including a video contest featuring “props” Read More

RELs Map The Regional Educational Laboratories (REL) Program works with school districts, state departments of education, and others to conduct research and build capacity in using data to improve academic outcomes. The RELs conduct rigorous research, from descriptive studies to randomized control trials (RCTs). They also offer many forms of technical assistance, including workshops and working groups Read More

Arne Duncan The U.S.D.E. invites school principals (i.e., the highest administrative official in the school building) to bring their unique perspective to bear on education policy through a new Principal Ambassador Fellowship. Modeled on the Teacher Ambassador Fellowship, offered since 2008, PAFs will spend time at the U.S.D.E. to gain a deeper knowledge of key federal programs Read More

logo for RESPECT teaching For Teacher Appreciation Week (May 6 – 10), U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan challenges education leaders to go beyond the usual celebratory breakfasts and bulletin boards. In a post on the USDE homeroom blog, the Secretary calls on education leaders to support teachers in the complex work of transitioning to higher standards. Secretary Duncan Read More

Aba Kumi 2012 Ceremony More than 700 principals, teachers, and school supporters gathered in Washington, DC November 12 and 13 for the 30th annual U.S. Department of Education recognition ceremony for National Blue Ribbon Schools. Representing 314 exemplary public and private schools across the country, participants deliberated on “what’s working” in their schools, conferred with U.S. Department of Education Read More

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