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What Keeps National Blue Ribbon Schools Ahead of the Curve? 

>An analysis of responses to a question on the 2016 NBRS applications, as answered by all 330 recognized schools found four key drivers of school excellence: Two thirds of all responses cited Student Supports or Instruction; the remaining third cited school structure or curriculum. Our infographic lays it all out, as well as data on the 2016 schools--states, grade levels, settings.

We also began a library of signature practices identified by National Blue Ribbon Schools on topics such as preK education (8 school examples), professional development (6 school examples), and college and career readiness (15 school examples), among others.

Getting Social 

Program staff have conducted more than 40 videos site visits to selected National Blue Ribbon Schools.Access the videos via podcast. Videos are identified by a screen icon. You will also find audio interviews with program state liaisons, Bell leadership awardees, and ceremony attendees.

Behind the Scenes: The Work of NBRS Liaisons  

The National Blue Ribbon Schools state liaisons are the critical link between the national program and individual public schools, while CAPE, the Council of American Private Education, is the link between the program and private schools. They are all instrumental in selecting and supporting the NBRS nominees each year. We conducted brief audio interviews with six state liaisons (Florida, Georgia, Maryland, Michigan, Missouri, and Ohio, as well as representatives from CAPE and the National Associate of Catholic Educators. Each interviewee describes their role, how states tap National Blue Ribbon School expertise, and what the NBRS experience has meant to them.

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