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The world café is a social technology for engaging people in conversations on essential topics and creating opportunities to share knowledge and make connections. Based on the understanding that conversation is the core process that drives personal, business, and organizational life, the café model enables the cross-pollination of ideas in a dynamic environment. Think: Speed dating for school practices.

Each cafe will consist of 4 or 5 tables; each table will be hosted by a representative(s) of 2016 National Blue Ribbon Schools. Table hosts will briefly describe a practice at their school and facilitate a conversation with table participants. After about 15 minutes, hosts will move to a new table and facilitate a new conversation until all participants have talked with all hosts. This will be a good way to learn about successful practices at other schools and to network with like-kinded educators.

There will be seven cafes at the 2016 Ceremony:

Family and Community Engagement

Whole Child Education

College and Career Readiness

Special Populations

Teacher Development

Early Childhood Education

Dual Language Education 

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