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Building Culture and Enriching Learning through Art

7/9/2019
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In New Orleans, Louisiana, Lusher Charter School serves students in grades K-12 by integrating the arts across all grade levels and disciplines. As the school’s CEO puts it, “Lusher is a school where a student can come and thrive regardless of the level of their talents. We’ll use the arts when we’re happy, when we’re Read More

Duration:00:06:08

Learning from the World Around Them

7/1/2019
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Teachers at Paramount School of Excellence (now called Paramount Brookside) in Indianapolis, Indiana enrich their lessons using a variety of on-site school features, including a planetarium, farm, and beehives. These unique features help students learn from the world around them. However, the key focus for educators at this K-8 charter school is on providing high-quality Read More

Duration:00:06:11

Bringing High School to College

6/11/2019
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High school goes to college at Lorenzo Walker Technical High School, which shares a campus and a vision for success with its partner institution, Lorenzo Walker Technical College. Students travel from all over the county to attend Lorenzo Walker, where they take academically rigorous classes while also receiving professional training in 25 career programs. After Read More

Duration:00:06:10

No Excuses: Sustaining Success at a Former Turnaround School

5/15/2019
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Turning around a low-performing school is no easy task – and sustaining that turnaround over the years to come can be just as challenging. In this video, teachers and school leaders from Evergreen Elementary School in Spanaway, Washington explain how the implementation of a “No Excuses” model helped them improve and sustain their success over Read More

Duration:00:05:25

Audio: Building School Culture by Leading with HEART

3/4/2019
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Village Oaks Elementary School Novi, Michigan Building School Culture by Leading with HEART. One of the most challenging tasks for any new principal is creating school culture, particularly when a strong culture already exists. This podcast walks you through the process Principal Alexander Ofili used at Village Oaks Elementary School in Novi, MI, to do Read More

Duration:00:02:48

Audio: Learning Through Real World Application

2/12/2019
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Mount Lebanon Elementary School Pendleton, SC Learning Through Real World Application highlights how one school expanded on a STEM theme to create a teaching and learning culture matched to the way young students learn. When each of the four K-6th grade elementary schools in Anderson County School District 4 were tasked with creating a unique Read More

Duration:00:03:38

Audio: An Expeditionary Learning School Takes Off in California’s Mountains

6/29/2018
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Sierra Expeditionary Learning School Truckee, CA In 2008, in a small town in northern California, a dozen or so parents of preschoolers started dreaming about a different kind of elementary school and chartered SELS—the Sierra Expeditionary Learning School, in Truckee, California in March 2010. This podcast features Kim Bradley, a founding parent and current board Read More

Duration:00:05:32

Hearts and Minds: Social-Emotional Learning Improves Content Learning

6/27/2018
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 Hearts and Minds features Pinewood Elementary School in Jenison, MI, a suburb of Grand Rapids, where teachers and staff found themselves dealing with extreme student behaviors that disrupted learning. When Principal Rachael Postle-Brown and her staff adopted a “Whole School” approach to supporting positive student behaviors, a host of benefits followed. The approach has Read More

Duration:00:06:04

Audio: College Readiness Through Mastery Learning and Teaching

6/19/2018
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University Academy—Upper School Kansas City, MO University Academy Upper School is a 9-12 high school located in Kansas City, Missouri and is on a mission to prepare students, not only for college admission, but also for college success. With a high school graduation rate of 100%, this mission-focused public charter high school located in an Read More

Duration:00:03:18

Teaching with Art and Heart: A Rural School Reaches the Whole Child

6/12/2018
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 Teaching with Art and Heart highlights the resources a dedicated principal has secured for the 700-plus students in her rural South Carolina school, Skyland Elementary. For more than two decades, Dr. Carolyn Styles has created a thriving community of passionate educators and young scholars. In addition to identifying and remediating students’ educational gaps and Read More

Duration:00:06:02

Still Making the Grade: From a G and T District School to a Top Neighborhood School

5/21/2018
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 Still Making the Grade showcases the Brooklyn (NY) School for Global Scholars, P.S. 748. Originally designed as a district-based application school for gifted and talented students, P.S. 748 featured a self-created and evolving curriculum that used project-based learning and departmentalized, interdisciplinary learning to prepare global citizens for the future. It opened in 2010. Two Read More

Duration:00:06:43

Game Changer: Educators Turn Around a "Failing" School

5/15/2018
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Game Changer tells the story of struggling White Street School in Springfield, MA, where “demographics” had been the steady explanation for low student achievement. Families were reluctant to send their children to a school were only 4% of fifth graders scored Proficient in any subject. In 2010, the State Education Department had singled the school Read More

Duration:00:06:41

Acting Assistant Secretary, Jason Botel Welcomes 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

2/22/2018
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Acting Assistant Secretary, Jason Botel Welcomes 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools During the 2017 awards ceremony, Acting Assistant Secretary and Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Jason Botel was a keynote speaker. Mr. Botel identified the NBRS awardees as the nation’s education “all stars” and acknowledged their innovation, inspiration, and commitment. He Read More

Duration:00:11:39

Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos Recognizes 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools

2/15/2018
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Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos Recognizes 2017 National Blue Ribbon Schools During the 2017 recognition ceremony, U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, congratulated the 342 NBRS award winners. The winners represented schools from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Schools in New York, Germany, and Japan. Secretary DeVos praised the Read More

Duration:00:13:01

2017 NBRS Keynote Speaker Sydney Chaffee

2/2/2018
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Keynote Speech The Hero’s Journey: What Role Will You Play? For the ceremony’s keynote speech, National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee drew on the myth of The Hero’s Journey—a quest story that takes its actor from the comforts of the known world into a wider, unknown world of threats and challenges. Critically, at certain Read More

Duration:00:43:26

NBRS State Liaison Interviews—National Catholic Educational Association

12/20/2017
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Annette Jones, the Assistant Director of Leadership Development at the National Catholic Education Association, describes her past experience as an NBRS principal of a non-public school and her current work supporting schools on the path to NBRS recognition. Annette Jones Interview Transcript For more information on becoming a National Blue Ribbon School, please visit Read More

Duration:00:02:34

2017 Terrel H. Bell Award Presentations

10/25/2017
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The eight National Blue Ribbon School principals recognized this year for outstanding leadership were honored with the Terrel H. Bell Award on November 6, 2017, during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, DC. The VIDEO coverage of the award presentation is posted below. 2017 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Access the 2017 Read More

Duration:00:09:19

Innovating Math Instruction

8/22/2017
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About 12 years ago, following a careful analysis, The Cranbury School (Cranbury, NJ), began “The Math Shuffle.” Taking advantage of its K-8 structure, Cranbury leaders revamped the schedule so that every morning, middle school math teachers “push in” to math instruction classes in grades 3-5. During the Shuffle, students, and sometimes teachers, move around to Read More

Duration:00:07:46

New Faces in STEM Careers

8/15/2017
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The DSST (Denver School of Science and Technology) network, part of Denver Public Schools, was founded in 2005 to expand educational opportunities through open enrollment in STEM-focused schools. Green Valley Ranch High School opened in 2011 and has seen 100% of its seniors graduate and go on to college. Green Valley Ranch High School operates Read More

Duration:00:07:16

High Tech Makes Learning Personal

7/31/2017
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About five years ago, the community of Deerfield, Illinois, came together to anticipate the educational needs of future generations. Alan Shepard Middle School has led the way. First converting the junior high school to the more student-centered middle school model, leaders at Shepard then expanded students’ encore options (as distinct from core—math, ELA, science, and Read More

Duration:00:06:45