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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

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

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

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

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