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Ceremony FAQs




What does the Ceremony cost?

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.


How many representatives may my school send and how to register?

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.


How soon should I book travel?

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.



How do I reserve a hotel room?

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.


What happens during the awards ceremony?

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.



Can my family attend?

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

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