U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today announced the 2015 recipients of the Terrel H. Bell Award for Outstanding School Leadership. The seven principals from the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools will be honored with the Terrel H. Bell Award at an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Monday, Nov. 9th at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.
"Great principals shape a school's culture and nurture, retain, and empower teachers and serve as the catalyst for significant school improvement," Duncan said. "These principals inspire their teachers and have a positive impact on instructional practices that lead to improved learning outcomes. The Bell Award is recognition for the essential work they do every day."
Named for the second Secretary of Education, the award honors school leaders who are committed to education as a powerful and liberating force in people's lives. They are principals who do "whatever it takes" to foster successful teaching and learning and help their students meet high standards. The Bell Award is part of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, and principals are nominated by their school communities during the final stages of the program's application process.