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Awards: National Distinguished Principal Criteria
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2017 - 2018 Timeline

  • Late October/early November: NDP application posted.
  • December 14: Nominations close
  • January 11: Nominee Interest Form/Intent to Apply due.
  • January 22: Completed application due.
  • By early March: Finalists announced and visits by State Selection Site Visit Teams scheduled.
  • By May 1: School visits to finalists complete.
  • By late May: Prize announcement team announces award recipient during surprise visits to schools.
  • June 13: NDP recognized at Summer Conference General Session and at TEPSA Awards Reception.




PreK-8 principals may be nominated by their peers, their employers, their faculty members, or members of their communities. Nominees for this prestigious award must meet all criteria for selection as a National Distinguished Principal. The selected principal:

  • Is an active principal of a school in which a commitment to excellence 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;
  • Shows a strong commitment to the principalship through active membership in professional associations (must be a TEPSA member for three years; finalists are required to be a member of NAESP);
  • Is respected by students, colleagues, parents, and the community at large;
  • Assumes 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:

  • Ways in which the principal's leadership has benefited curriculum, staff morale, community support, student interest, and the learning environment;
  • 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.



  • Anyone currently holding a position on the TEPSA Executive Committee, or the NAESP Board of Directors, including its officers, during the official nomination time period or during the year of NDP service, is ineligible for NDP selection.



Contact Elizabeth Kernan or Belinda Neal

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501 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Fax: 512-478-1502

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