RMC has assisted the U.S. Department of Education in the management and implementation of the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program for more than ten years. The comprehensive program annually honors academically superior or dramatically improving public and non-public schools in the United States including schools with high percentages of students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
RMC carries out technical assistance activities such as convening assessment specialist and screening panels for review of state school nomination plans and school applications ensuring the quality of the program criteria. RMC supports ED’s operations, including preparing speeches and presentations for ED staff; assists with the award ceremony planning and implementation; develops and manages the database of schools’ descriptive information on the public website https://nationalblueribbonschools.ed.gov/; and provides reports and report variations in response to questions from policymakers.
Through video and audio profiles and case studies, RMC documents and disseminates strategies and practices of high performing schools and those closing the achievement gap. Topics have included early childhood programs, college and career readiness strategies, and STEM programs.