Assistant Secretary of Education Thelma Melendez to Honor National Blue Ribbon Schools on First Day of Award Ceremony Activities

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U.S. Assistant Secretary of Education Thelma Melendez will give the keynote address on the first of two days of activities honoring the nation's 314 Blue Ribbon Schools for 2010 on Monday, Nov. 15 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C.

The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools whose students achieve at very high levels or have made significant progress and helped close gaps in achievement, especially among disadvantaged and minority students. The program is part of a larger Department of Education effort to identify and disseminate knowledge about best school leadership and teaching practices.

A list of the 2010 Blue Ribbon Schools is available at

Note to editors: The awards luncheon with Education Secretary Arne Duncan is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 16.