NAESP's Platform serves as the statement of beliefs for the Association and its members, elementary and middle-level principals. It consists of a summary of all resolutions adopted by business meetings, and since 1974, by Delegate Assemblies.The Platform is reviewed and updated annually and submitted to the Board of Directors in February.  The Board of Directors will inform the General Assembly of the Board’s action at NAESP’s National Leaders Conference.

The NAESP Resolutions Committee meet every November to update the statements to accurately reflect the realities of your profession. The results of the 2014-2015 Committee’s diligent work are changes (edits, combinations, and deletions) to the Introduction and 23 resolutions.  Member feedback is critical to the resolution process, so we ask that you review the statements and offer your comments and suggestions before January 23, 2015 by sending an email to

The timeline to review the proposed Resolutions is as follows:

  • The Resolutions Committee will review member feedback between January 23, 2015 and February 2, 2015 and determine if further revisions are necessary.
  • On February 4, 2015 at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time the Resolutions Committee will hold an Open Hearing conference call where any NAESP member may discuss the modification of any proposed resolution.  Call 866-290-3067, and enter conference code 02489 to join the call.
  • One week later on February 11, 2015 at 4:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, NAESP members may join a Committee conference call to learn the decision of the Committee on proposed changes presented during the Open Hearing conference call. Call 866-290-3067, and enter conference code 02489 to join the call.

The NAESP Board of Directors will review the proposed and recommended changes and inform the General Assembly of the resolutions and the board’s actions at the National Leaders Conference, February 22-24, 2015. Your careful review of the Resolutions Committee’s efforts on behalf of NAESP is encouraged and appreciated.

NAESP believes that the child is the focal point of the educational program and that education in our society must assist each child to realize his or her potential as a functioning and contributing member of that society. The Association believes that each child should have an equal opportunity to attain self-realization.

NAESP further believes that the elementary and middle-level school is the foundation of all educational efforts on behalf of the child, and that the primary responsibility for the development of an effective program in each elementary and middle-level school is vested in the principal.

Therefore, NAESP dedicates itself to achieving the recognition of the principal as the authority in the supervision and administration of the elementary and middle-level school.