Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: February 22, 2010 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412957403 | Print ISBN: 9781412956642 | Online ISBN: 9781412957403| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)
A. William Place & Tracey R. Smith
This entry presents a brief history of the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP), with emphasis on the role NAESP has played in national educational reform. A group of more than 50 principals convened in 1921 to promote the profession and share ideas and formed what became the NAESP. At its inception it was part of the National Education Association. However, in the early 1970s, with the onset of collective bargaining in schools, laws emerged in many states that would not allow administrators to be within the same bargaining unit as the teachers they supervised. As a result, though individuals could remain members of the National Education Association, the majority of the membership determined it was in their best interest for NAESP to become a separate organization. Early on, many schools had what was referred to as a principal teacher with less than 25% of schools in 1946 having ...