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The Blueprint for Excellence

A Blueprint for Excellence can help your school determine how well it is doing in nine areas of critical performance that research shows leads to educational excellence. This comprehensive school assessment can guide the creation of a school-wide action plan that includes measurable student achievement.

The Blueprint for Excellence is the brainchild of Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence, Inc., an organization of seasoned education professionals with many years of experience in identifying schools of excellence. These individuals have dedicated their lives to immersing themselves in the finest quality research on school excellence.

Their understanding of the components that accumulate to form a first-class, high performing school has led them to create a challenging, online self evaluation tool that schools can use to compare their practices to the very best -- to identify their strengths and weaknesses. The process takes stock of the quality of a school's academic programs and assists the school in developing a school-wide action plan to ensure measurable student achievement.

The nine major categories of critical performance in excellent schools.

  • 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

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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.

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