Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Conference


Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Conference brings educators together for peer-to-peer learning, instructional teaching from influencers in education, interactive discussions and more. This professional development opportunity includes power-packed programming, where educators collaborate and exchange best practices, learn about new tools and resources and hear from leading experts.

Designed to complement the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Assessment Process, the Conference is organized into 9 areas of critical school success.  Whether attending in conjunction with the School Assessment Process or participating as part of your individual professional development, this conference will enhance your effectiveness as a teacher or administrator and will give you tools for the classroom and the boardroom.

Building a Collaborative Community
Your job is unique. Build relationships that will support you for years to come. The Conference is a catalyst for ongoing training and collaboration that extend beyond the week in Orlando.  Opportunities to meet face-to-face with experts in the field such as Jayne Ellspermann, NASSP's Principal of the Year, and other nationally recognized teachers and administrators are a highlight of the event.

Well-Balanced Curriculum
The Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence National Conference is designed to complement the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence School Assessment Process. It is organized around nine areas of critical performance that research shows leads to educational excellence.

The nine critical areas are:

  • Student Focus and Support
  • School Organization and Culture
  • Challenging Standards and Curriculum
  • Active Teaching and Learning
  • Technology Integration
  • Professional Community
  • Leadership and Educational Vitality
  • School, Family, and Community Partnerships
  • Indicators of Success


16th Annual Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Conference




Tuesday, November 29, 2016

11:00 AM  - 7:00 PM    Registration

1:00 PM – 5:30 PM       Disney Leadership Institute

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM       Technology Tuesday

4:00 PM – 5:00 PM       Student Leadership Institute, Welcome Room

7:30 PM – 8:30 PM       Opening Ceremonies

8:30 PM                       Walk to EPCOT

9:00 PM– 10:00 PM      IlluminationsReflections of Earth Dessert Party, Isle de France, Epcot  

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM       Registration

7: 30 AM – 8:30 AM      Continental Breakfast / Visit Exhibitors

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM       Student Leadership

8:30 AM - 9:30 AM       Concurrent Sessions A

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM     Concurrent Sessions B

11:00 AM – 12 Noon    Concurrent Sessions C

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM     Lunch - Keynote Speaker: Thomas Wilson, Superintendent, Anderson Five, SC  Be Mrs. Dove


1:30 PM – 2:00 PM       Visit Exhibitors

2:00 PM- 3:00 PM        Concurrent Sessions D

2:00 PM – 4:00 PM       Maker Space

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM      How to Become a Blue Ribbon School of Excellence, Lighthouse School

Thursday, December 1, 2016

7:30 AM – 4:00 PM       Registration

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM       Continental Breakfast/Visit Exhibitors

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM       Concurrent Sessions E 

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM     Concurrent Sessions F

11:00 AM – 12:00        Concurrent Sessions G

12:15 PM – 1:30 PM     Lunch - Keynote Speaker Jayne Ellsperman, National Principal of the Year and President of NASSP

1:30 PM- 2:00 PM        Visit Exhibitors

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM       Concurrent Sessions H

3:15 PM – 4:30 PM       Special Session with Jayne Ellspermann

Friday, December 2, 2016

8:00AM – 3:00 PM        Registration

8:00 AM  - 9:00 AM     Continental Breakfast/ Visit Exhibitors

9:00 AM -10:00 AM      Concurrent Sessions I

10:15 AM- 11:15 AM    Concurrent Sessions J 

11:30 AM – 1:30 PM

Celebration Luncheon featuring Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse Awards and Recognition of National Blue Ribbon Schools Luncheon with Door Prizes

2:15 PM – 3:00PM

Student Closing Celebration




Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc. is pleased to announce a new school assessment tool that will enable school leaders to get feedback from stakeholders in nine areas of school success using a quick, inexpensive, process. This easy system includes an anonymous, online assessment of students, teachers, parents, administrators and support staff. The tool can be used with any computer or mobile device and is appropriate for student input from grades 4 on up.

Results from the school assessment will be returned within 5 days of closing the survey and will identify school strengths, opportunities for school improvement, and differences between stakeholder groups. This tool is great for grant pre- and post-tests or for measuring the impact of schoolwide interventions and initiatives.

Based on Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence’s proven school assessment and recognition program, this LITE assessment allows administrators to target areas of improvement, measure growth over time, and communicate with community stakeholders about the culture and learning and teaching environment within the schools. Ready to get started?

Ready to get started?


Moving Forward Together:  A National Summit of Schools, Communities, and Law Enforcement

Program at a Glance*


Monday, June 12, 2017

7:00am – 5:00pm                    Registration

9:00 am                                     Opening Session/Legislative Awards
                                                   Plenary 1 - Briggs v Elliott - The Impacts of Racial
                                                   Segregation and Poverty on Education

10:30 am                                   Plenary 2 - Challenges and Opportunities:  Why Poverty
                                                   Matters and How School and Community Stakeholders
                                                   Can Matter More.

11:45 am                                   Concurrent Session A
                                                   A-1: Creating Positive School Culture
                                                   A-2: School-Based Mental Health Counseling Program
                                                   A-3: SugarFree Talk: Bridging the Gap Between Law
                                                           Enforcement and the Community, Especially
                                                           Communities of Color
                                                   A-4: Superintendents' Panel
                                                   S-1: Understanding Identity and Combating Bias

12:40                                         Lunch on Your Own

2:00 pm                                     Concurrent Session B
                                                   B-5: Defining & Training School Resource Officers
                                                   B-6: Special Education Supports
                                                   B-7: Making an Impact with Male Role Models
                                                   B-8: #LeaD5: A Systemic Professional Development
                                                   S-2: Against All Odds - A Panel Discussion of Men

3:00 pm                                     Concurrent Session C
                                                   C-9: School Behavioral Health Models Including PBIS
                                                   C-10: Behavior - It's All About Culture and Climate
                                                   C-11: A Father's Role
                                                   C-12: Restorative Leadership: Building Social Capital
                                                           Among All Stakeholders
                                                   S-3: Bringing Out the Best In YOU

3:50 pm                                         Break

4:00 pm                                         Plenary Workshop 1:  Building a Community Action Plan

5:00 pm                                         Adjourn


Tuesday, June 13, 2017

7:00 am – Noon                         Registration

9:00 am                                      Opening Session - Sheriff Leon Lott
                                                    Plenary 3: Communities of Faith - Building Bridges for
                                                    Students and Communities (Panel Discussion)

10:00 am                                    Plenary 4: School Administrators and Law
                                                    Enforcement: Working Together to Protect & Nurture 

11:10  am                                   Concurrent Session D
                                                    D-13: Can We Tolerate Zero Tolerance? Use of
                                                               Restorative Practices in MA.
                                                    D-14: New and Innovative Programs at Richland
                                                              County Sheriff's Department
                                                    D-15: Understanding Islam and Muslims
                                                    D-16: Take A Stand Lesson Plan
                                                    S-4:    Conversation vs Confrontation; Citizen Contact
                                                               with Law Enforcement

12:10 pm                                 Box Lunch:  Blythewood HS & Richland NE High School
                                                 Students: Leading the Way to Appreciating Diversity

1:25 pm                                      Concurrent Session E
                                                    E-17: Something Special Happens Every Day in
                                                              Richland 2
                                                    E-18: Understanding identity and Combating Bias
                                                    E-19: CollaboraAction: Schools, Families, Communities
                                                              Uniting to Serve Students
                                                    E-20: Role of the Principal and the Superintendent
                                                    S-5:   Your Cell Phone v the Police Body Camera; Know
                                                              Your Rights

2:25 pm                                      Concurrent Session F
                                                    F-21: Call Me MISTER
                                                    F-22: Into the Mind of the Student: Connection our
                                                              school community with Anonymous Alerts & PBIS
                                                    F-23: View from the Hispanic Community
                                                    F-24: Beyond the Protest: Systematically changing
                                                              institutions for social and racial justice

3:15 pm                                      Break

3:30 pm                                      Plenary:  Exemplary SRO Awards
                                                    Community Action Celebration

4:30                                            Closing Wrap-up


*Program subject to change



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