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 Crystal Scillitani, Director



Student Leadership Institute Daily Schedule

Students will be divided into three grade levels:  Elementary, Middle, and High.  The daily schedule and select programs will vary slightly per the grade level of the student attendee.  

TUESDAY, November 28

5:00 – 7:00 PM  
Welcome Room- BOLT Student Groups Leaders / Students
Pick-Up T-Shirts, Schedules, etc

9:00 – 10:00 PM
Fireworks at Epcot
Meet the group at Cape Cod A at 8:30 PM to walk to Epcot

WEDNESDAY, November 29  (*RED SHIRT)

8:00 – 8:30 AM 
Continental Breakfast

8:30 – 9:30 AM
BOLT PROGRAM – Elementary and Middle Only

9:00 - 12:00 Noon
Disney's YES Program - Energy and WavesHigh School 

9:30 - 10:30 AM
BOLT Program - Elementary Only

9:45 AM -2:30 PM
Elementary and Middle School - Focus on developing student leaders by building leadership skills, creating abilities to overcome obstacles, and encouraging teamwork!
Transition to Magic Kingdom- Scavenger Hunt

 12:00 - 2:00 
BOLT Program - High School 

2:30 PM
Parent Check Out


6:30 AM - Breakfast - High School Only

7:00 AM
Continental Breakfast - Elementary and Middle School

7:15 AM - Disney's YES Program - Properties of Motion Physics Lab - Magic Kingdom, High School

7:30 AM
Depart to Animal Kingdom - Middle School

 8:00 AM – 11:00 (3 hours)
Disney's YES Program - Elementary School - Discovery Marine Life Conservation
Disney’s YES Program – Middle School - Sustainable Practices in Wildlife Conservation 

11:00 -12:30 pm
LUNCH IN THE PARK - Elementary and Middle

11:00 - 2:00 PM - Lunch and BOLT Program @ EPCOT - High School

1:00 – 2:00 PM
Time in Park - Elementary School
BOLT PROGRAM - Middle School

 2:15 PM 
Parent Check Out

FRIDAY, December 1  (*BLUE SHIRT)

7:30  - 8:00 AM
Continental Breakfast

8:00 AM Group to walk to Epcot, meet YES leaders at World Showcase Entrance - Middle School

Disney's YES Program - Global Citizenship Program - Elementary School
Disney’s YES Program – Careers in Marine Services - Middle School
BOLT Program - Hollywood Studios - High School

11:00 - Lunch @ Hollywood Studios - High School

11:30 AM – 12:30 PM – Lunch - Elementary and Middle School

12:00 - 2:15 PM - BOLT Program @ Hollywood Studios - High School

12:30 – 1:00 PM- Transition to Yacht Club - Elementary and Middle School

 1:15 – 2:15 PM
BOLT PROGRAM - Elementary School
BOLT PROGRAM - Middle School

2:15 – 3:00 PM

CLOSING SESSION-Student Institute Participants Recognized (Parent Invited)

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 Students:  Explore the Leader in YOU in the Most Magical Classroom on Earth!


Join Us for the 2017 Blueprint for Excellence National Conference

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Over 70 professional development sessions for all grade levels and administrative structures featuring best practices from National Blue Ribbon Award Winning Schools.

Meet national and international educators and administrators who have made positive improvements in their classrooms and schools. Come prepared to learn and share. 

Keynote Speakers 

   Ron Suskind                             Dr. Barbara Jenkins                           Kerry Gallagher

Ron Suskind is a pulitzer prize winning author of six best-selling books, the most recent of which — Life, Animated, A Story of Sidekicks, Heroes and Autism — documents his family's two-decade struggle with regressive autism. Using a technique called Affinity Therapy, the book recounts how the Suskinds broke through to their autistic son Owen by exposing him to Disney movies, which Owen memorized and used as a pathway to communication. READ MORE - Ron Suskind

Dr. Barbara Jenkins is a recognized education leader. In January 2017, she was appointed a director on the board of the National Board of Education Sciences. She serves on the executive board of directors of the Council of Great City Schools, is a member of Chiefs for Change, a national education policy and advocacy transformation group, is a member of the Florida Council of 100, and is past president of the Florida Association of District School Superintendents. She was named the 2017 Florida Superintendent of the Year and is one of four finalists for U.S. Superintendent of the Year.  READ MORE - Barbara Jenkins

Kerry Gallagher, J.D. is a Digital Learning Specialist at St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Massachusetts. She’s also the Director of K-12 Education for and an EdSurge Columnist.  Kerry received the 2014 Yale-Lynn Hall Teacher Action Research Prize for her submission on the use of mobile devices for a paperless public school classroom. In 2015, she was a PBS LearningMedia Digital Innovator, the Family Online Safety Institute recognized her with the Outstanding Achievement Award. READ MORE - Kerry Gallagher 

Hotel Reservation Information

Special rate of $214/night at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.  Book reservations by calling Disney Group Reservations at 407-939-4686 or by using the online group website at 

Conference Participants

Interested in Presenting at the 2017 National Blueprint for Excellence Conference at Disney?

Please complete this Concurrent Session Form.  

Your proposal will be reviewed for its content, format and relevance to the conference theme.  We encourage sharing best practices and techniques in the classroom and in the school community.  Deadline for submitting proposals for the 2017 National Conference is October 31, 2017



Donate or Sponsor Educators and Students

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence is a 501c3 Organization and your donation is Tax Deductible.

Federal Tax ID 30-0151472.

If you are sponsoring a specific individual, group, or an activity, please specify or all donations will be used to support the entire event.

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Schedule at a Glance




How Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Improve Schools

“I just want to express the honor it was to receive a Lighthouse Award with Blue Ribbon Schools. The continuous process we went through to receive this honor gave us strength, showed us our strength, and helped us to address areas we needed to improve on. But overall with our community we are just extremely bless to receive this award. I would recommend anyone go through this improvement process to help address your school’s growth.”

 Barry Waller, Principal at Jeff Davis Middle School

Know Your Starting Point

By Bart Teal @BRSOE
January 5, 2017

At this time of year, we set forth with resolve to make improvements in our lives. Whether it's health and fitness, financial security, or personal growth, the first step in any improvement process is to document your starting point. Only after you know your starting point can you celebrate the steps toward your goal.

The same is true with school improvement. You have to know your starting point. And while test scores and graduation rates are critically important, they are measures that tell a story AFTER the fact. What we need are measures we can use everyday that will help us improve those end results. For example, if I want to lose 10 pounds, I won't be able to do it by simply focusing on the scale every day. My everyday attention must be placed on what I eat and a my commitment to exercise daily.

In schools, we need a daily focus on areas critical to school success such as a clear focus on students and student support, a commitment to excellent school culture, actively engaging students in rich curriculum, integrating (truly integrating) technology in the classroom, ensuring school safety, working with parents and the community, and supporting our teachers.

It may seem hard to measure all of these indicators of success at once ... but it's not. We have a tool that gives schools insight into nine areas critical to school success through the eyes of administrators, teachers, support staff, students, and parents. This tool identifies school strengths and provides a blueprint for making positive changes where needed.

Perhaps most importantly, like most successful change programs, our program offers a supportive network of other school officials who have been through the process and are committed to delivering excellent education in their own schools.

This year resolve to know how your school is doing... really doing... so you can have a positive impact on EVERY child.


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