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.


Sec. Duncan Commends Principals, Receives Honorary NDP Award

The celebration for this year’s National Distinguished Principals wrapped up Friday evening with an awards banquet at Washington, D.C.’s Capital Hilton Hotel. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan delivered congratulatory remarks, and was honored himself with NAESP’s Honorary National Distinguished Principal (NDP) Award.

“During these tough economic times, somehow principals are doing more with less,” he said. “Thank you for the example of service and commitment that you all show.” Read more...


NDPs Honored at the National Archives

The two-day celebration for this year’s National Distinguished Principals kicked off Thursday evening with a reception at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

Hailing from public and private schools around the country, the sixty 2012 National Distinguished Principals (NDPs) dressed to impress, posing for photos at dusk on the steps of the Archives. At the reception, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, principals had the opportunity to meet their fellow honorees and unwind from a day of travel and orientation sessions. Read more...