"To The National Distinguished Principals: Thank you for the wonderful work you do every day for our nation's students, teachers, and families. School leadership is so important in education. We must have great principals who lead talented organizational teams that drive improvement in student performance." - U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan
The National Distinguished Principals program honors outstanding elementary and middle-level administrators who ensure that America's children acquire a sound foundation for lifelong learning and achievement. The program was established in 1984 to recognize and celebrate elementary and middle-level principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staffs in their learning communities.
Each year, NAESP congratulates principals from across the nation in both public and private schools and schools from the United States Departments of Defense Office of Educational Activity and the the United States Department of State Office of Overseas Schools for their exemplary achievements.
The 2015 NDP event will be held on October 15 and 16 in Washington, D.C. Starting in 2011, all National Distinguished Principals must be members of NAESP. For more information about the National Distinguished Principals program, contact your state affiliate. State Executives, click here to access application materials (you will need to login, materials will be available beginning November 7th).
VALIC is pleased to sponsor the National Distinguished Principals Program, honoring those principals across the nation whose contributions inspire children to reach farther and higher, to build a brighter future and a better world. We are honored to be the sole sponsor of this program for the last 25 years, underscoring our commitment as a leading national provider of retirement plan services to educators, as well as to healthcare and government organizations. We would like to thank all of the honorees for their commitment to the children of their communities, and we congratulate them on their exemplary success.
2014 Class of National Distinguished Principals
- Meet the 2014 class of NDPs.
- The 2014 National Distinguished Principals program was held in Washington, D.C. October 16 and 17. Here are some highlights from the event.
2013 Class of National Distinguished Principals
- Meet the 2013 class of NDPs.
- The 2013 National Distinguished Principals program was held in Washington, D.C., October 24 and 25. Here are some highlights from the event.
2012 Class of National Distinguished Principals
- Meet the 2012 class of NDPs
- The 2012 National Distinguished Principals program was held in Washington, D.C., October 18 and 19. Click here for a recap of the program highlights.
2011 Class of National Distiguished Principals
2010 Class of National Distinguished Principals
Click here to learn more about The National Distinguished Principals Fundraising Challenge.