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About the BRSE Board

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 Members of the BRSE Board


Gary L. Burgess, Ed.D.

Education Consultant
Retired Superintendent
Pendleton, SC

Jim F. Chadwell, Ed.D.

Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
Fort Worth, TX

Stan DeJarnett

Director, Georgia Visions Project

Madison, GA

Jayne Ellspermann

2016-2017 President National Association of Secondary School Principals
2015 National Principal of the Year
Ocala, FL

Mike Hall

DMHC, LLC - "High School 101"

Macon, GA

Joann T. O'Connell

Paladin Capital Group
Washington, DC

Rocco Sugameli

Educational Consultant
National Distinguished Principal
Tuscon, AZ

Bart Teal

Blue Ribbon Schools
Chapin, SC

Cynthia Temesi, Ed.D.

Executive Education Advisory, North America at Cisco

San Jose, CA

Judy Warden

Blue Ribbon Schools
Atlanta, GA

The following articles reflect our presence in the educational market throughout the year.


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The growing body of research on best practices in education continues to reveal techniques, strategies, and recommendations aimed at developing the elements critical to educating all students successfully. Best practices in education center on curriculum and teaching, classroom practices that enhance student academic skills, and academic achievement.

Best practices in education also place an emphasis on the principal's leadership role, the articulation of clear and well-defined academic standards, and the involvement of parents and community members in the life of the school. Unfortunately, the potential of these best practices remains confined to the schools where they were developed and practiced, and are not readily available to other schools to study and implement. Until now...

The Interactive Library of Best Practices will contain a collection of best practices in education from schools across the nation; will provide educators, parents, and community members with access to the best practices; and will provide the opportunity for dialogue with those practitioners who developed and implemented them. This clearinghouse for model educational programs will develop a solid base of best practices that can lead to school improvement in all schools, including low performing schools, that choose to ensure measurable student achievement through systemic academic reform.

Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence staff identify best practices and programs through site visits, proven practices, and interaction with school communities. The best practice submission form utilizes a scientific method designed to incorporate specific information necessary for potential implementation of each best practice. All submissions will be validated by knowledgeable practitioners prior to publishing on the Web for public access. By developing a comprehensive interactive library accessible via the Internet, schools can share their best practices with other schools throughout the United States, as well as all over the world. A special feature of this database is the inclusion of schools designated as Intel/Scholastic School of Distinction Award winners – this awards program is administered by Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence. As all of your best practices are shared and implemented, we can continue to build awareness in the attainment of excellence in our schools.

We invite you to share the best practices in your school for the ultimate success of all children.

Role of the Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence (BRSE) Program in the comprehensive school reform movement.

The BRSE Program is a comprehensive school self-assessment experience utilizing the Blueprint for Excellence with guidance and support from Blue Ribbon Recognized School Educators. The program assists all schools, with a special focus on low socioeconomic, culturally diverse, and low performing communities of learning in assessing the quality of their academic and instructional programs and in developing a school-wide action plan to ensure measurable student achievement. Additionally, BRSE supports effective comprehensive school reform through the development and implementation of a web-based Interactive Library of Best Practices, K-12. The BRSE Program develops and supports educational policies that improve student performance and enable comprehensive school reform. BRSE also provides a network of educators from nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools, as well as researchers, business leaders, philanthropists and government officials, which allows these individuals to exchange information and ideas.

The BRSE reform differs from earlier efforts to improve schools.

The BRSE reform effort is very different from earlier reform programs because it utilizes a non-invasive, non-threatening approach to improvement, encompasses the entire learning community, gathers and shares best practices from high performing schools, and includes continuous guidance and support. The BRSE Blueprint for Excellence, designed for replication, is modeled after the United States Department of Education Blue Ribbon Schools Program. The Blueprint for Excellence criteria are the result of over 20 years of research about what it takes to become a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. The Blueprint for Excellence is a positive, collaborative school reform process designed to further school improvement.

The BRSE provides personalized services to schools based on their unique needs.

The BRSE program employs educators from nationally recognized Blue Ribbon Schools to provide guidance for the principal, school staff, parents, and community members. These educators assist the school community in identifying key academic and instructional strengths and weaknesses of their school and elicit positive motivation needed for the school community. This enables the school community to initiate and implement a school-wide action plan for improving their academic and instructional program to ensure measurable academic achievement for all students.

The BRSE Program provides each school with personalized instruction on how to complete a comprehensive self-assessment using the Blueprint for Excellence self-assessment instrument. This is followed by a site visit from the BRSE team who validates the school's self-assessment. The results of the self-assessment and site visit are analyzed by the school's leadership team and the BRSE team to develop an individualized action plan to meet the particular needs of the school. Additional services may be provided that include a professional development support program by our university centers and /or the Blue Ribbon team.

The BRSE assists schools in achieving success for all students.

Schools using the BRSE design can be assured they will be assessing the quality of their school program with an in-depth support system and a solid research base.

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