NAESP Foundation

The NAESP Foundation advances excellence, innovation, and equity in schools by endowing leadership and learning for principals for the benefit of all children.

What We Do

The National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) Foundation takes an innovative approach to funding and partnerships. We work cooperatively with businesses, universities, government agencies, and foundations to ensure that principals have the tools, resources and recognition they need to succeed.

The NAESP Foundation, founded in 1982, is operated as the tax-exempt, charitable arm of the National Association of Elementary School Principals—a professional association serving administrators and other educators in the U.S. and overseas since 1921.

L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

L. Earl Franks, Ed.D., CAE

Alexandria, Virginia
Paul Wenger

Paul Wenger

Vice President, 2021-2022
    Jordan Creek Elementary School
    West Des Moines, Iowa
    Dave Steckler

    Dave Steckler

    Secretary, 2021-2022
      Red Trail Elementary School
      Mandan, North Dakota
      Liza Caraballo-Suarez, Ed.D.

      Liza Caraballo-Suarez, Ed.D.

      Treasurer, 2021-2022
        Magnet School of Architecture, Engineering & Design — P.S. 120
        Brooklyn, New York


        Since 1967, leading American business firms have helped bring educational excellence to American children attending schools overseas through the Overseas Schools Advisory Council (OSAC). The Department of State established OSAC to seek the advice of American leaders from the business, foundation, and educational communities in pursuing the goal of assuring quality education for American children attending Department-assisted schools overseas, which are known as American overseas schools. OSAC is one of the longest standing advisory committees in the Federal Government and is subject to review and renewal every two years under the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

        OSAC encourages U.S. corporate and foundation participation to support its principal objectives. These include: 1) providing advice on policy and sources of financial and personnel support for American overseas schools; 2) helping these schools become centers of excellence in education; and 3) helping make service abroad more attractive to American citizens with school-age children, both in the business community and in the U.S. government.

        School leadership is second only to teaching among school-related factors in its impact on student learning, according to research. NAESP partners with The Wallace Foundation to disseminate research-based insights into school leadership and how to improve our nation’s public schools, especially those serving the children with the fewest advantages in life.

        The National Elementary Honor Society (NEHS) was established in 2008 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) in partnership with the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP). NEHS recognizes students in both public and nonpublic elementary schools for their outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated personal responsibility. Through NEHS, students provide meaningful service to the school and community and develop essential leadership skills. NEHS supports these purposes by strengthening the lives of our nation’s elementary students and the schools in which they are enrolled.

        The Dawn Hochsprung Tree of Life Memorial was created to honor elementary and middle school principals who made an “extraordinary sacrifice” during their career as an educator.

        In honor of Sandy Hook Elementary School principal Dawn Hochsprung, the memorial was dedicated on February 21, 2014 and is located at NAESP Headquarters in Alexandria, VA.

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