Altering Education salutes this years group of top principals who were recognized at the National Blue Ribbon School’s Ceremony. Each year the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program invites nominations for the esteemed Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding Leadership. This year, seven principals of 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools have earned this distinction. Great schools are in large part the vision of excellence that top principals instill in their students and staff. Principals looking for exciting ways to innovate their schools can take a look at the successes of this years award winners. Read more
This week The U.S. Department of Education announced that the University of Florida will receive a $5 million special education grant. This grant will help establish a center to support the development of effective educators to serve students with disabilities. “These funds will help equip teachers and other personnel with the skills to serve students who have unique needs,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The goal of this grant is to improve the standards for Special Education student instruction. Read more
This year’s listing of 2012 Blue Ribbon Schools has been posted at the Department of Education website. The 269 schools recognized this year represent 40 states, the District of Colombia and the Department of Defense Education Activity. According to the Department of Education, National Blue Ribbon Schools are the “best in their class,” of public and private elementary and secondary schools. These schools are noted for producing outstanding results for all students.
All Blue Ribbon Schools have one thing in common–high or improving academic achievement –each great school has an inspiring story to tell about excellence in teaching and learning. It is wonderful to see the Department of Education awarding this recognition to such a wide variety of school types. There is also a wide representation of locations within each state.
Congratulations to all of the schools who received the award this year. Having been through the process while on staff in both private and public schools, we understand the rigor that is required of teachers, administrators and parents to accomplish this goal. It is of particular note that having a National Blue Ribbon Schools flag waving overhead has become a trademark of excellence and pride for the entire school community. If your school is interested in applying for the National Blue Ribbon School designation be sure to check out the website for online forms.
Source: Department of Education
Educational excellence for all students should be the academic goal for every school. At his address on Wednesday July 25, 2012, President Obama addressed the National Urban League. He discussed an initiative to improve educational excellence for African-American students. Read more
Reading and exercising should be a part of the school curriculum in order to maximize opportunities for student success. Read more
The U.S. Department of Education announced the final application period for the $285 million Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) 2012 competition. The current round of the competition includes a focus that supports district-wide evaluation systems rewarding success, offering greater professional opportunities focused on recruitment, development, and retention of effective teachers and principals. Read more
Teachers and administrators should plan to log in to check out the Education Labor Management Conference that will take place on in Cincinnati from May 23 to 24, 2012. The conference, sponsored by the Department of Education, is designed to help share innovative ideas and successful policies that strengthen the teaching profession. Read more