A Look Back at the ASCD Conference in San Antonio

In early March, Rochelle and I headed to San Antonio to take part in the ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development) Conference and Exhibition.  Besides reminding ourselves to speak slowly (hey- it’s Texas and we are a bunch of  ‘fast talkin’ Easterners’) we had a great time speaking to teachers, principals, and school administrators from across the country and around the world.

We showed off our rolls of ribbon, medals, and the popular Field Day and Honor Roll multicolor ribbons.  Teachers were impressed that our prices enable even those on a tight budget to give an award to a deserving student.

Outside of the conference, we had fun visiting the Alamo, strolling the Riverwalk,  taking a Riverboat tour, and generally being tourists.   Scroll down for the fun stuff… the pictures!

Rochelle and I in front of our booth.

The entrance to the Exhibit Hall.

Can you find us? I gave you a little help.

Here I am posing with the Britannica SmartMath mascot.

the requisite Alamo shot

Our Riverboat guide, who was from Missouri....hmm...

They do things a little differently in Texas!


Use Ribbons and Medals to Help Motivate Students

Awards help motivate children to learn

Awards help motivate children to learn

How can you use inexpensive ribbons and medals to help motivate your students?  I am going to give you a few ideas, but you should know that they just scratch the surface of what is possible. 


Just because an award is simple and inexpensive does not mean that it is not effective.  Sometimes it’s the little gestures in life that make you want to strive for excellence.  Memorizing facts for a good grade isn’t always appealing to students.  Immediate and tangible rewards can make reaching their goal more enjoyable.  Receiving a ribbon for the spelling bee can be exciting!  Giving a ribbon just for effort can let your students know how proud you are and raise their self-confidence!  For just a little more than the cost of a pencil or pen, teachers can reward the efforts and successes of their students with custom printed ribbons – uniquely designed and themed for a particular event. 


Generally, you’ll see ribbons used for school field days, student of the month, and of course Red Ribbon Week, but why not use them when your student raises their grades after so much work? Or maybe when they have perfect attendance?     Every child is different and has their own special abilities that deserve to be praised.  You can design your own ribbons to be as unique as your students or choose from our economical stock awards.  Every week we are surprised to see new examples of creative teachers rewarding students in new and innovative ways.


Common themes for our ribbons include birthdays, scholarship and promotion.  The best product for this is a roll of custom printed ribbons – 600 ribbons cost less than $.11 each.  You store them in a drawer until they are needed, and then just cut off as many as you need on the day you are using them.  Having a roll of ribbon at the ready is convenient and budget friendly.


Medals are another great choice for your shining stars!  We have many popular colors of neck ribbon for your selection.  You could add a little personalization with custom printing on our premium satin neck ribbon to match your medal color for a specific event, or use one of our full color dye sub neck ribbons created by our in-house Art department to add a little jazz. 


Today’s medals aren’t just for athletic events.  We have many medal themes including music, art, photography, and writing.  Imagine the look on the face of the science fair winner or the choir soloist when they get their very own shiny medal!   Sometimes even getting caught “doing good” warrants a special prize.  We have so many designs and finishes available, you’re sure to find the best product for your budget. 

Ordering is as easy as A B C!  Decide on your medal style, select your design, choose your neck ribbon, and then specify if you’d prefer a shiny or more antiqued finish.  From school colors to school mascots, we can help your special student stand out from their peers! The possibilities are endless!