Advocacy

NAESP's Platform serves as the statement of beliefs for the Association and its members, elementary and middle-level principals. The Platform is reviewed and updated annually and approved by the Delegate Assembly at NAESP's annual conference. It consists of a summary of all resolutions adopted by business meetings, and since 1974, by Delegate Assemblies. Read the full platform document here.

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.