Join Us for the 2017 Blueprint for Excellence National Conference

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Over 60 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. 


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.

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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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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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