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Caldwell Early College HS Teacher with Students Caldwell Early College High School Caldwell County Schools Hudson, NC A partnership between Caldwell County Schools and Caldwell Community College & Technical Institute (CCC&TI) created Caldwell Early College High School (CECHS)  in 2006 with an emphasis on creating opportunities  The school’s five-year program is located on the CCC&TI campus and emphasizes creating opportunities for first-generation college students… Continue Reading A Secure Bridge to College: Caldwell Early College High School

nbrs logo since 1982 From blue tee-shirts to blue ice cream, from parades to official ceremonies, National Blue Ribbon Schools celebrate their recognition in a host of creative ways. Here are some videos produced by or about 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Students, staff, and parents of Eastover Elementary School (Bloomfield Hills, MI) composed a song to celebrate their… Continue Reading 2015 Celebration Stories

Photo of bell awards The Bell Award, named for the former U.S. Secretary of Education, recognizes outstanding school leaders. Principals nominated for this award are committed to fostering successful teaching and learning at their schools. The 2015 awardees are: Jon Cerny, Principal, Bancroft-Rosalie Elementary School – Bancroft, NE Edna Coia, Principal, Francis J. Varieur School – Pawtucket, RI Rosalba De… Continue Reading 2015 Terrel H. Bell Award Recipients

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… Continue Reading 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools Named!

student discussion at Tibby Elementary School Students at Ardella Tibby Elementary School in Compton (Los Angeles), CA are making great strides in writing and critical thinking through targeted professional development on teaching writing. Watch the new video featuring Tibby’s successful writing program.  

Photo of bell awards The seven 2015 Bell awardees for Outstanding Leadership generously devoted some of their time at the ceremony to share the experiences as school leaders. Five video interviews include an introduction to the seven principals; they offer their definitions of the term leadership; they recall a moment when they “got” the essence of their work; and… Continue Reading Video Interviews with the 2015 Terrel H. Bell Awardees

Early reader at Stewart Elementary School LaVace Stewart Elementary School Clear Creek Independent School District Kemah, TX Under the guidance of Principal Britani Moses, LaVace Stewart helps prepare qualifying three-and four-year-olds for successful school careers by immersing them in engaging learning experiences suited to young children’s natural curiosity and energy. Pre-K classes are in Spanish or English and feature constructive play—building,… Continue Reading Meaningful Play: Pre-K Prepares Students for School Success: Stewart Elementary School

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… Continue Reading 2014 National Blue Ribbon School Selected Stories

students at tibby elementary school Tibby Elementary School Compton Unified School District Compton, CA When Principal Ontrece Ellerbe arrived at Tibby, the data showed students were considerably more successful in math than ELA, leading Ellerbe and her team to conclude that the problem wasn’t with the students, but with the teaching. Through intensive professional development, coaching, and professional learning communities,… Continue Reading Evidence, Example, Elaboration: Developing Student Writers: Tibby Elementary School

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