Melanie Olmstead

Sharing Blue Ribbon Strategies for Success

New one-page profiles of the 2013 National Blue Ribbon schools highlight each school's mission, demographics, culture, and goals.

The 286 schools—210 elementary schools, 22 middle schools, 53 high schools, and one K–12 school—represent promising ideas in different settings, from rural areas to major cities. Schools were recognized in one of two categories: Exemplary High Performing, based on overall academic excellence, or Exemplary Improving, grounded in improving student achievement. Now in its 31st year, the program celebrates schools that serve as admirable examples of the United States' vision and commitment to education.

In his recent blog post about the Blue Ribbon schools, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan writes, "They are safe yet stimulating environments where all students are valued and held to high standards." He emphasizes that the schools offer an opportunity "to take to scale what's working."

Review the profiles to read about how the Blue Ribbon schools are using professional learning communities, integrating classroom technology into instruction, and building community relationships and parent-teacher partnerships.

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