NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPALS PROGRAM
The National Distinguished Principals Program was established in
1984 as an annual event to honor exemplary elementary and middle school
principals who set the pace, character, and quality of the education
children receive during their early school years.
The program is
jointly sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and the National
Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), in corporate
partnership with AIG/VALIC. The recognition afforded by the NDP
designation instills pride in principals' accomplishments and
reinforces their continued leadership in helping children develop a
lifelong love of learning.
One principal is chosen annually from
each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia. Principals
representing private K-8 schools, Department of Defense Dependents'
Schools, and the U.S. Department of State Overseas Schools are also
Florida public school principals are nominated by
their peers and the final selection for Florida’s NDP is made by the
Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals.
Criteria for Selection
following criteria reflect elements of existing requirements in current
state principal recognition programs. Nominees must meet all criteria
for selection as a National Distinguished Principal.
The selected principal:
- is an active principal at the time of nomination;
an active principal of a school in which a commitment is clearly
evident through programs designed to meet the academic and social needs
of all students, and through firmly established community ties with
parents and local business organizations;
- has been an active principal for at least five years;
- will be an active principal during the year in which he/she will receive the award;
a strong commitment to the principalship through active membership in
professional associations including the Florida Association of
Elementary and Middle School Principals (FAEMSP), the Florida
Association of School Administrators (FASA) and the National
Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP);
- is respected by students, colleagues, parents, and the community at large;
an active role in his/her community, distinguishing himself/herself as
a leader in civic, religious, or humanitarian activities;
- shows strong educational leadership by setting high expectations for school staff and students;
- maintains an orderly, purposeful learning environment.
Evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community include:
in which the principal's leadership has benefited curriculum, staff
morale, community support, student interest, and the learning
- ways in which the principal provides creative
leadership to inspire teachers and others to achieve and contribute to
the school environment;
- examples of service or achievements above and beyond what is expected in the usual school program;
- ways in which others have acknowledged the principal as a force for positive change.
Nomination Form Information
The 2016 packet has just been released by NASSP. Please download the nomination form and complete your application packet following the timeline below.
| "Intent to File for NDP" Form Due to FAEMSP|| Jan. 10, 2016|
| Nomination Packets Due to FAEMSP|| April 10, 2016|
| Florida NDP Selected|| April 25, 2016|
| Nominee Information Submitted to NAESP|| May 15, 2016|
| NAESP NDP Event and Recognition|| October 2016|