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The Institute’s Purpose 

Make the 2018-2019 school year a transformational year for your school!  Join colleagues from across the country as we explore ways to achieve excellence in education. Learn from experienced educators and administrators who have increased the performance of their schools. Discover ways to implement their best practices into your school environment. The Institute will provide you with tools to create a culture of understanding, respect and growth in your school that will lead to positive academic outcomes for children. 


Topics will include 

 Transforming Schools

Student Leadership

Creating Positive Culture, Climate and Community

Innovative Technology and Social Media

Leading with Purpose

High Leverage Instructional Leadership

Effective Staff Development

Brain Based Teaching

Creating Trauma Informed Schools

Effective Grant Writing


Time will be set aside for focused discussion with national experts, team building, and strategy sessions to kickstart the 2018/19 school year.

Featured Speaker

David Walsh, Ph.D. is an award-winning psychologist, best-selling author, and international speaker. He has been a frequent guest on national programs including NBC’s Today Show, Good Morning America, The CBS Early Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, Dateline, 20/20, National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Morning Edition, He has presented workshops throughout the world, and served as a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Ministries of Education in Japan, South Korea, Portugal and Singapore. 


Dr. Walsh has written ten books, including the national best sellers Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen and No: Why Kids – of All Ages – Need to Hear It and Ways Parents Can Say It.

 “Whoever tells the stories defines the culture.”

 ~ Dr. Dave Walsh


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

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Blueprint for Educational Excellence National Institute

March 23, 2018


Special Lodging rates available at online reservations Link: Hilton, Boston/Woburn Or call 781-932-0999 or 800-445-8667

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.

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 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’


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