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Ceremony FAQs

The annual awards ceremony will be held Thursday, November 14, 2019 – Friday, November 15, 2019 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, MD.

Not at this time.

There is no registration fee for the ceremony, but the costs of travel and lodging are the school’s responsibility. For your planning purposes, we are holding a block of rooms at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, MD at a reduced conference rate of $181 per night plus estimated government taxes and fees. This rate is valid for attendees to the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony. Our room block will be available in September following the official announcement. Please do not contact the hotel at this time to make room reservations. You will not receive the discounted rate until September.

Due to our limited budget for this year’s awards ceremony, it is not possible to increase the number of school representatives beyond the number of representatives outlined below.

Each school may be represented by the building principal and one teacher (or staff member) at the ceremony. If the principal at the time of the school’s nomination for the award (i.e., the principal at the time of nomination/application) is no longer the current principal, then the principal at the time of nomination is also invited.  School District superintendents will receive a separate invitation and will be included as part of the official school representatives if they choose to attend the ceremony.  The maximum number of representatives for each school will be either three representatives (Principal, Teacher/Staff and Superintendent) or four representatives (Principal, Principal at time of nomination, Teacher/Staff and Superintendent).

The principal is responsible for registering all representatives. Registration is not open yet.

Please note that the dates for the actual National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony are November 14 and 15.
Public Schools: please do not purchase non-refundable airline tickets until you are certain about the status of your school’s performance targets for the 2018-2019 school year. You may contact your state liaison in August to confirm your school’s status.

School representatives are advised to book travel home after 5:30 pm on Friday.

There is no registration fee for the ceremony, but the costs of travel and lodging are the school’s responsibility. For your planning purposes, we are holding a block of rooms at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, MD at a reduced conference rate of $181 per night plus estimated government taxes and fees. This rate is valid for attendees to the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony. Our room block will be available in September following the official announcement. Please do not contact the hotel at this time to make room reservations. You will not receive the discounted rate until September.

In addition to presentations, networking, and small group discussions, awardees will attend a special awards luncheon. Following the luncheon, school representatives will go onstage, school by school, to be greeted by Program Director Aba Kumi and receive the National Blue Ribbon School flag and an engraved plaque as symbols of their success. A ceremony agenda will be sent out prior to the event.

Contact NBRS or Aba Kumi, Director of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program at: Aba.Kumi@ed.gov or Phone: (202) 401-1767

School supporters and family may attend breakout sessions however there are no accommodations for attending or watching the awards ceremony.

The event is not formal; wear what you would normally wear to school.

The agenda for the Ceremony is very full. If you can extend your stay there is much to see and do in our beautiful city. To find out about events, access Destination DC, Washington, DC’s travel and tourism site: at http://www.washington.org, the Washington Post site: at http://washingtonpost.com, or the Washington Times site: at http://www.washingtontimes.com. The Washingtonian Magazine at: http://www.washingtonian.com also includes a best restaurant guide.

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