2013 National Blue Ribbon Awards Ceremony
The Recognition Ceremony for the 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools attracted some 800 enthusiastic participants to share their success, discuss school improvement ideas and best practices, and draw inspiration from a roster of extraordinary speakers.
Many attendees have requested photographs from the Awards presentation. Taken by the U.S. Department of Education’s official photographer, Paul Wood, they are currently available via Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/departmentofed/sets/72157637905783356. Schools are listed in state alphabetical order, from Alabama to Wyoming. (To download, click on the image and either right-click, select a size, and “save image as [name] to your computer or left-click the share icon (an arrow leaping from a box), and email it or post it to social media.)
Paul Wood also captured many moments of the exciting event.
An informal networking session yielded new contacts and a rich discussion about best practices for school success.
The Severna Park Windjammers Jazz Ensemble, Severna Park High School, Severna Park, MD, kicked off the opening ceremony.
Aba Kumi, Director, National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Office of Communications and Outreach, U.S. Department of Education, served as master of ceremonies.
Arya Anoush Balian, 4th grade student, National Cathedral School, Washington, D.C., introduced Assistant Secretary Deborah Delisle.
Deborah Delisle, Assistant Secretary of Elementary and Secondary Education, U.S. Department of Education, recalled her own teaching experience in recognizing the challenges the National Blue Ribbon Schools overcome to lead students to excellence.
Left to right: Washington Teaching Ambassadors Greg Mullenholz (2011), Laurie Calbert (2010 and now Teacher Liaison for the U.S. Department of Education), Lisa Clarke ( 2013) Joiselle Cunningham (2013), and Josh Klaris, 2013-1024 U.S. Department of Education Principal in Residence. New York, NY introduced discussion topics for “Adding Your Voices to the National Conversation” roundtable sessions. Not pictured: Gillian Cohen-Boyer, Director, Teacher and Principal Ambassador Fellowships, U.S. Department of Education.
Sheila Harrity, Principal, Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, MA, NASSP-Met Life National Principal of the Year, recounts her high school’s transformation from one of the state’s lowest performing schools to a national model for college- and career-ready high school education.
The Myrtilla Miner Glee Club, Miner Elementary School, Washington, D.D., opened the Awards Luncheon.
Sang Bobbitt Hanna, 7th grade student, Thomas W. Pyle Middle School, Bethesda, MD, introduced Secretary Arne Duncan.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan addressed 2013 National Blue Ribbon Schools applauded National Blue Ribbon Schools for “shining a light on excellence,” expressed hope for bipartisan agreement on educational improvement, and answered questions from 2013 NBRS teachers and leaders.
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