New resources from NAESP; Apply now for California’s 2018 NAESP NDP recognition

February 23, 2018 Staff Writer

The National Association of Elementary School Principals, in partnership with ACSA’s Elementary Education Council, is seeking the best and brightest school leaders. The deadline is March 30 to submit nominations for California 2018 National Distinguished Principal.

The NDP program was established in 1984 to recognize Pre-K-8 level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character and climate for the students, families and staffs in their learning communities. The program is based on three fundamental ideas:

  • Children’s attitudes toward learning and their perceptions of themselves as lifelong learners are established in the beginning school years.
  • The scope and quality of children’s educational experiences are determined primarily by the school principal, who establishes, through the important work of teachers and the support of caring parents, the character of a particular school’s program.
  • The dedication and enthusiasm of the outstanding principals who guide children’s early education experiences should be acknowledged to both show appreciation for their work and allow them to serve as models for others in the field.

Each year, NDPs represent Pre-K to eighth grade public schools from all across the country, as well as principals in U.S. private schools and those from the U.S. Departments of Defense Office of Educational Activity and the U.S. Department of State Office of Overseas Schools. Public school elementary and middle-level principals are nominated by peers in their state, and final selections are made by committees appointed by each of NAESP’s state affiliate offices. Honorees from private schools and overseas schools are selected by special committees.

Nominees must be active principals, have served in the principalship for at least five years, and remain active in the role through the 2018-19 school year. Nominees must display a strong commitment to the principalship through active participation in professional associations and must assume an active role in the community. NDPs are leaders who truly make a difference.

The application is quite comprehensive, must be completed by the nominee, and must include letters of reference and support from the nominee’s superintendent, a fellow principal, a teacher on the nominee’s staff and a parent/community member.

The 2018 National Distinguished Principal will be invited to attend honors ceremonies in Washington, D.C. in the fall.

For an application packet, contact ACSA’s Mary Gomes at or call (800) 608-ACSA.


Principals advised of new resources

The National Association of Elementary School Principals is touting new resources and opportunities aimed at helping principals hone their craft. NAESP’s offerings include:

  • Webinar Wednesdays. This fall, NAESP launched its newest free member benefit: Webinar Wednesdays. Each month, NAESP members will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field on a wide range of school leadership topics. Archived webinars are available only to members using your NAESP log-in. Learn more at
  • Principals of Literacy Institute. Looking to learn more about literacy instruction? Need to expand your expertise as an instructional leader and learn how to develop and implement a strategic, school-wide literacy plan that empowers your teachers, families and students? Gather your leadership team and join NAESP and Scholastic for this institute, Sept. 20-22, in Nashville. Learn more at
  • Afterschool and summer learning. NAESP has partnered with the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation to offer a new portal to help principals support and champion quality afterschool and summer programs. The initiative – which launches this winter – features a special supplement to Principal magazine, an interactive web-based portal with state-specific tools and resources, best practice videos, and a research report. Visit to learn more.
  • NAESP annual conference in Orlando. Join NAESP for its Pre-K–8 Principals Conference, July 9-11, at the Orlando World Center Marriott. This conference for elementary and middle-level principals is an opportunity to connect with peers, learn best practices, and have access to today’s education movers and shakers. To date, three keynote presenters have been confirmed: Sal Kahn, Daniel Pink and Sean Covey. Find out more and register at
  • Principal Insights delivered to your email. NAESP has relaunched its bi-weekly news aggregate, Before the Bell, or Principal Insights. It’s still delivered to your email twice a week, but the new content is geared toward leadership development for principals.
  • Social media takeover. Every month, principals can connect with their peers to find practical solutions to the challenges of being a school leader. #NAESPChat is hosted by members of NAESP’s newly formed Digital Leadership Ambassador Program.
  • Resources for Your Students. Help build the next generation of leaders with the American Student Council Association (ASCA) – NAESP’s newly relaunched program that recognizes and supports student councils across the nation for making a difference in their schools and communities. Visit the new ASCA website,, to access information, activities, awards and a student council store.

In addition to new resources, NAESP reminds principals it offers a solution to uncertain or inadequate liability coverage: a professional liability plan with legal assistance benefits. Learn more at

NAESP also administers the President’s Education Awards Program (PEAP) and the American Citizenship Awards (ACA). Both are now open for the 2018 awards season. These programs offer an opportunity for principals to reward student success. For more information on the awards, visit

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