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NBRS Express Newsletter

July 2018

Summer Greetings from Washington, DC!

Welcome to the Summer 2018 NBRS Express Newsletter.

We recently heard from over 225 of the 2017 NBRS principals. This newsletter shares how the 2017 schools are leveraging the award and paying it forward.

To keep you up-to-date on the 2018 NBRS cohort, the schools finalized their applications. They are waiting for the September announcement. We are looking forward to welcoming them into the NBRS family.

In the meantime, wishing all of you a restful and enjoyable summer with family and friends!

Aba Kumi,
Director of the NBRS Program,
U.S. Department of Education

In this edition

NBRS Practice Feature: Student-Centered Instruction

Learn more about how NBRS elementary and secondary schools are providing instruction through personalized learning opportunities, engaging and relevant high school courses, and a museum discovery approach.

2017 application excerpts address:

Previous application excerpts address:

How are you leveraging the NBRS Award?

2017 NBRS schools indicated that they were:

  • Distributing tangible products,
  • Holding appreciation events,
  • Presenting at community events and conferences,
  • Enhancing connections with community and businesses, and
  • Utilizing social, local, and state media.

Ways schools are paying it forward!

2017 NBRS schools said they were:

  • Hosting a site visit for other schools,
  • Making presentations,
  • Sharing through a blog or other platforms, and
  • Participating in conference calls or group chats with other schools.

See what principals had to say about the benefits of the NBRS Experience.


What makes NBRS schools successful?
New Video Profiles!

Each year, the NBRS program features videos that highlight and share successful school practices of awarded schools.
      This year’s videos include:

Game Changer

The story of rapid school #turnaround at White Street Elementary School of Springfield Public Schools - Massachusetts, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School #nbrs2017. Read more...

Still Making the Grade

Learn what happens when a G&T school becomes a zoned, neighborhood school; the story of the Brooklyn (NY) School for Global Scholars @NYCSchools, a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School! #nbrs2017 Read more...

Hearts and Minds

Learn how @pinewoodjenison, a Michigan elementary school and #nbrs2017 awardee, used a whole-school #SocialEmotionalLearning approach to increase both student engagement and learning. Read more...

Teaching with Art and Heart

Learn how @skylandelem, a #nbrs2017 school in rural South Carolina, uses an arts-integrated approach to create a positive, structured, and engaging learning environment. Read more...

Announcing Professional Development Funding Opportunities!

  • A reminder for teacher leaders!  Do you have an idea to improve science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) in your school, district, or state?  The Teach to Lead team is accepting idea submissions through July 9 for its Teacher Leadership Summit, September 28-30 in San Jose, where teams will receive critical support to turn their ideas into action.

It's a Wrap!
The National Blue Ribbon Schools Team

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