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Founded in 1982 by U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel Bell, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors exemplary public and private American schools. Each year, elementary, middle, and high schools across the country are recognized for the exemplary academic performance of their students or for making significant improvements in their students’ levels of academic performance.

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Founded in 1982 by U.S. Secretary of Education Terrel Bell, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors exemplary public and private American schools. Each year, elementary, middle, and high schools across the country are recognized for the exemplary academic performance of their students or for making significant improvements in their students’ levels of academic performance.

    Advancing Racial Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Advancing Racial Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching

    Barret Traditional Middle School



    Louisville, KY



    Advancing Racial Equity Through Culturally Responsive Teaching. Like many schools across the nation, school leaders at Barret Traditional Middle School realized that they faced academic achievement gaps among students by race.



    With support from their district, and through the work of committed educators willing to address this difficult topic, the school engaged in professional development and implemented a range of culturally responsive teaching strategies. In the podcast, they discuss their challenges and successes, and reflect on what other schools can learn from their ongoing endeavor.



    As Amy Strite, the school’s academic instructional coach, explains, “we know that we are still in the very early stages of this work”, but “ we also have evidence that our strategies are improving things for our kids.” Principal Tom Wortham agrees, and notes that by opening up conversations around racial equity, “you'll make a tremendous difference in the lives of your kids.”



    For those interested in learning more about Barret’s strategies, the school has shared its Racial Equity Improvement Plan Development Tool, which illustrates the reflective, data-driven process they used to identify inequities, set a vision for change, and create a plan for reaching their goals.



    To listen to the full podcast, scroll down. You can download the transcript here.



    Contact InformationBarret Traditional Middle SchoolMr. Tom Wortham, Principal at time of Nomination2561 Grinstead DriveLouisville, KY, 40206-2862

    (502) 485-8207http://barret.jcps.schooldesk.net/

























    Student Demographics 2019











    Number of students 6-8

    636





    Students eligible for subsidized meals

    34%





    Students receiving special ed services

    2%





    ELL

    6%





    African American students

    22%





    White students

    63%





    Hispanic or Latino students

    7%





    Two or more races

    8%





    Student mobility rate

    1%

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    Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School

    Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School

    Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School



    Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama



    Supporting Highly Mobile Students at a Department of Defense School. Meeting the academic, social and emotional needs of highly mobile students is a challenge faced by many schools and districts. Teachers and school leaders at Maxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle School in Alabama are well acquainted with such challenges. “Most of the students that we have are here for a very short time due to the nature of the military base”, explains principal Paul Hernandez. Additionally, many Maxwell students and their families contend with the stresses of deployment abroad, including to active war zones.



    By investing in direct supports to students, providing collaboration time and training for teachers, and using a little creativity, Maxwell has been able to help all learners thrive. Because collaborative planning using a common tool was such a helpful strategy for their school, Maxwell has shared their mathematics common planning tool as an example for other schools that may also find it useful.



    By investing in direct supports to students, providing collaboration time and training for teachers, and using a little creativity, Maxwell has been able to help all learners thrive. Because collaborative planning using a common tool was such a helpful strategy for their school, Maxwell has shared their mathematics common planning tool as an example for other schools that may also find it useful.



    To listen to the full podcast, scroll down. You can download the transcript here.



    Contact InformationMaxwell Air Force Base Elementary/Middle SchoolMr. Paul D. Hernandez, Principal at time of Nomination800 Magnolia Blvd, Bldg 538Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama, DD, 36112-6147

    (334) 953-7804https://www.dodea.edu/MaxwellAFBEMS/

























    Student Demographics 2019











    Number of students PreK-8

    359





    Students eligible for subsidized meals

    11%





    Students receiving special ed services

    17%





    ELL

    31%





    African American students

    10%





    White students

    60%





    Hispanic or Latino students

    12%





    Asian

    3%





    Two or more races

    15%





    Student mobility rate

    20%

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    2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony Frank Brogan Congratulations Speech

    2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony Frank Brogan Congratulations Speech

    During the 2019 recognition ceremony, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Elementary and Secondary Education, Frank Brogan, congratulated the 362 NBRS award winners. The winners represented schools from 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the Department of Defense Schools in Alabama, Netherlands, and Italy. Mr. Brogan talked about school issues not happening in a vacuum. National Blue Ribbon schools take on a team effort to create a vision and mobilize around that vision and keep it invigorated to continually hit the mark. He encouraged schools to share their practices and strategies with other schools in their area to lead the way to a better education for all children.







    Transcript available here.

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    2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony Student Speaker Nate Tinbite

    2019 National Blue Ribbon Schools Ceremony Student Speaker Nate Tinbite

     





    FEATURED STUDENT SPEAKER: Nate Tinbite







    Nathaniel TinbiteNathaniel Tinbite, a senior at John F. Kennedy High School (JFK), is the 42nd student member of the Montgomery County School Board of Education. Mr. Tinbite is a member of the Board’s Strategic Planning Committee and the Policy Management Committee.



    Nate shared his experiences as the President of the Montgomery County Student Government Association, leading the district’s 163,000 students to fight for English Language Learner program funding and frank classroom discussions of implicit bias. He encouraged educators to engage students by asking for and listening to their opinions on any decision that involves students. He suggested that every school board should have a student representative.



    For more information about Nate Tinbite, please visit: https://www.natetinbite.com/.







     









    Transcript available here.

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    2019 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Honored for Outstanding School Leadership

    2019 Terrel H. Bell Awardees Honored for Outstanding School Leadership

     



    The 2019 Terrel H. Bell awardees for outstanding leadership have been named. The ten National Blue Ribbon School principals were recognized on November 14th during the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in National Harbor, MD. Read about each awardee below:



     





    2019 Terrel H. Bell Awardees









     





    Michelle DuBose Adams Eichold-Mertz Magnet School of Math, Science & Technology Mobile, AL









     

    George Petersen Liberty Elementary School Fresno, CA









     



    Daniel Crispino John Barry Elementary School Meriden, CT









     



    Alisa Bender Lt Col Horrace Meek Hickam Elementary School Honolulu, HI







     







    Shane Staszcuk Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy Chicago, IL









    Ray Helmuth Van Buren Elementary School Plainfield, IN











    Lily Albright Unionville Elementary School Unionville, IN







    a title="Lisa Ditillo Speroni, PS 253, The Magnet School of Multicultural Humanities Brooklyn,

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    Building Culture and Enriching Learning through Art

    Building Culture and Enriching Learning through Art

    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 sad, when we want to explore things, when we want to celebrate. There's nothing like the arts to build a culture.” Teachers work with visual and performing artists to design lessons that align with content standards, and which allow all students to explore and express their creative potential. In the early grades, students are exposed to many art forms; as they enter high school, they are able to focus on diverse college and career pathways, including earning a Certificate of Artistry in a specific art form, earning dual enrollment credit from local universities, and participating in an engineering-focused program of studies.

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A great way to nationally recognize high achieving schools. Their website showcases many other videos and podcasts for award winning schools

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