The National Distinguished Principals Program was established in 1984 as an annual event to honor exemplary elementary and middle school principals who set high standards for instruction, student achievement, character, and climate for the students, families, and staff in their learning communities.
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 recognized.
Florida public school principals are nominated by their peers, and the Florida Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals make the final selection for Florida's NDP. The Florida NDP Application deadline is April 7, 2023 by 5:00 p.m. Please submit the Application Packet and Nomination Form to firstname.lastname@example.org, awards liaison.
The 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:
Evidence of outstanding contributions to the well-being of the educational community including:
2023 NDP Application Packet
2023 NDP Nomination Application
2023 NDP Public School Selection Procedures
2023 NDP Letters of Reference
Heidi L. Keegan
Peace River Elementary
Charlotte County Schools