Join Us for the 2017 Blueprint for Excellence National Conference
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.
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 ConnectSafely.org 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 https://aws.passkey.com/go/BRSENationalConvention2017.
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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