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USDE “Homeroom” Blog Features National Blue Ribbon Schools

The U.S. Department of Education frequently draws on NBR schools for inspiration and examples. Below are some USDE blog entries featuring NBR schools and the NBRS program:

Duncan Addresses Passionate Leaders at National Blue Ribbon Ceremony
U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan heaped praise on the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools at the annual ceremony.

Great American Schools: 2012 National Blue Ribbon Winners
“Great schools don’t happen by chance. Great schools happen by design,” observed U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan in announcing the 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools.

Tie A Big Blue Ribbon on America’s Great Schools
The year 2012 marked the 30th anniversary of the National Blue Ribbon Schools program.

Bells Ring for Top Principals at National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony
Seven exemplary principals received the Terrel H. Bell award for outstanding leadership at the 2012 annual NBRS ceremony.

Beating the Odds and the Naysayers
Principal Blaine Helwig, 2012 NBRS Terrel H. Bell award-winner, is featured.


Lights, Camera, Action: NBR Schools Celebrate

Several 2012 NBR schools got out video cameras to showcase their National Blue Ribbon Schools spirit.
Click the headings below to watch the videos.

This witty drama about the spirit of the National Blue Ribbon School award was created by students at Westwood High School (Westwood, MA).

Student filmmakers at Basehor-Linwood High School (Basehor, KS) document congratulations from state, district, and school leaders, then use animation to recast inspiring teachers as dynamic superheroes.

Singer-songwriter Michael Curtis has an important day job: guidance counselor at Doudna Elementary School (Richland, WI). This video features his emotionally powerful original “blue ribbon song.”

A district news brief captures the pride students, faculty, and dignitaries displayed at the NBR celebration at Woodholme Elementary School (Baltimore, MD).

Teachers and students at the Charles Turner Joy Elementary and Middle School, a Department of Defense school for families stationed at the Command Fleet Activities Naval Base in Chinhae, Korea, celebrate their NBR award.

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