Join Us for the 2018 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.

 2018 National Conference Schedule at a Glance


Pre-Conference Workshops

Make the most of your conference stay by taking advantage of  pre-conference workshops to be held Tuesday, November th from 1:00-5:00.


Disney Institute - For over two decades Disney Institute has been helping transform organizations through custom solutions grounded in the time-tested success and insights from The Walt Disney Company. Based on examples from within the businesses we operate, we offer a collaborative approach from insight to implementation.  Discover how to bring elements of Disney leadership to your school.  Cost:  $439/person

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Hotel Reservation & Ticket Information

Special rate of $225/night at Disney's Yacht Club Resort.  Book reservations by calling Disney Group Reservations at 407-939-4686 or use this link for online registration.

CONFERENCE THEME PARK TICKET INFORMATION:  Use this link for information about park tickets during the conference.  Note the After 5:00 ticket option.  

Conference Participants

Interested in Presenting at the 2018 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 2018 National Conference is October 31, 2018



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.

Eventbrite - Summer 2015 Educator & Student Leadership Institute






 Day 1                              Tuesday, November 28th 

 Workshop: Teaching All Kinds of Minds

Edgenuity Special Session: Personalized Learning with Online Instruction

 Day 2                              Wednesday, November 29th

Opening Session and Keynote:  Ron Suskind—Life, Animated

Concurrent Sessions A

Session Description: On The Road to Excellence: How to Get the Right People on the Bus

Session Description: Creating a STEMtastic Lesson

Session Description: The Johns Hopkins Digital Portfolio for Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence

Session Description: "Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo" Finding the Magic Behind Blended Learning

Session Description: Teacher and Student Friendly Schools.

Concurrent Sessions B

Session Description: Hitting the “RESET” Button: The 21st Century Whole Child School

Concurrent Sessions C

Session Description: How to Become a Blue Ribbon Schools of Excellence Lighthouse.

Special Session Workshop

 Day 3                              Thursday, November 30th

 Concurrent Sessions D

Session Description: Behavior: It’s All About Culture and Climate

Session Description: Mastering the Master Schedule.

Session Description: Building Sustainable Leadership Throughout Your System

Concurrent Sessions E

Session Description: Brain-Friendly Classrooms and Strategies for Student Success

Concurrent Sessions F 

Concurrent Sessions G

Session Description: Intentional Focus: Strategic Planning as a District.

 Day 4                              Friday, December 1st

Concurrent Sessions H

Concurrent Sessions I

Session Description: Whatever it Takes-Personalizing your School!

Session Description: Bridging the Gap Between Research and Practice: Best Practices in Literacy Instruction.

Concurrent Sessions J

Session Description: Free Content at and Tools.

Session Description: The Artisan Leader: ‘Heart of a Servant. Mind of a Scholar, Inspiration of an Artist’


2018 Summer Student Leadership Institute


Registration Ends May 25, 2018

June 26 - 29, 2018

Walt Disney World® Resort, FL 
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort $168/night

Register your student (Grades 3-12) for an unforgettable collaboration project with students from around the country. Using the Walt Disney World® theme parks as a learning laboratory our team provides a one-of-a-kind leadership institute.



Disney Youth Education Series 

Provides students—and their teachers—a hands-on, educational adventure. These guided field studies are accredited, standards-based and designed to reinforce your classroom lessons. Practice teamwork, critical thinking and problem-solving as your group participates in one-of-a-kind learning moments using the magic of Disney. The program includes guided, in-park educational field studies with courses in Applied Sciences, Environmental Studies, Liberal Arts and Leadership Development.




Resort Lodging Information: Disney's Coronado Springs Resort @ $168 per night. Book reservations by calling Disney Group Reservations at 407-939-4686 or use the online group website at

Registration:  Click here to Register Today!


 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.  Most days start early in the parks "behind the scenes".  The program concludes between 2:00 and 3:00 each day to give students and families time to enjoy the parks together.

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Airport Transportation & Park Transportation: 
For those of you who are flying to Orlando, once you book your flight you will want to head over to the Disney Magical Express site to sign up for your free ride to Coronado Springs.  The Disney Magical Express will take you and your luggage to the hotel and you can schedule your return trip to the airport. From the Coronado Springs resort you can take a Disney bus to all of the parks as well as to Disney Springs where there are additional dining, entertainment, and shopping options. 
Magic Bands: 
If you haven't been to a Disney park in a while you may not know about the Magic Band. This is a waterproof wrist band that each person in your party will wear. This band serves as your room key and will hold your park hopper pass and fast passes. In addition, you can use it for purchases of food and souvenirs in the parks and resort. You will want to hop on over to My Disney Experience to get your Magic Bands ordered. 
Park Hopper Passes:
We will be ordering your park hopper passes through our group program. Once those tickets arrive we will scan and email you copies so you can log into  My Disney Experience to link your tickets to your Magic Band. From there you will be all set to begin scheduling your fast passes for rides. For those of you who registered early, we now have 5, 6, 7, and 8 day park hopper passes available. If you would like to upgrade to extend your stay please let us know and we will assist you.
Planning the Day:
We suggest you download the My Disney Experience app to your phone for ease of planning and tracking dinner reservations, etc. We will have your child(ren) from about 7:30-2:00 every day. During this time we will provide them with a hot breakfast that is included with the Student Leadership Institute and they will eat lunch in the park (for which they can use their Magic Band or you can provide them with cash if you prefer). This means you get time to enjoy the resort and parks, resort amenities, or shop on your own. The pick up point for the children will be at the Coronado Springs Resort near the conference center.



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




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