Last week, the NAESP Board of Directors greeted its two newest board members as they hit the ground running, attending orientation and participating in all board activities. Fidelia Sturdivant, principal of College Park Elementary School in East Orange, New Jersey, represents principals in Zone 2. Jerry DeGrange, principal of Liberty Elementary School in Frederick, Maryland, represents principals in Zone 3. During the three days of meetings, board members made key decisions that will have a lasting impact on principals and the students they serve. Board members also learned firsthand of the positive influence NAESP staff members have had with legislators on Capitol Hill on behalf of principals. 
One area of importance has been the language used to draft NAESP’s recommendations for the reauthorization of ESEA. The board approved the changes that updated the language, focusing on the role of the principal and addressing current trends and priorities as well as many other items of interest to principals. The board participated in substantive discussions and actions that will advance NAESP's mission and goals throughout their meetings. The board also received an overview of the planned activities for the National Distinguished Principals who were arriving on October 22nd as well as their role in the program.