National Distinguished Principal
The National Distinguished Principals Program is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP).  This prestigious program, established in 1984, promotes and celebrates excellence in educational leadership for pre-k-8 education, and it highlights the fundamental importance of elementary and middle-level principals as primary catalysts for creating a lasting foundation for learning, driving school and student performance, and for shaping the long-term impact of school improvement. Criteria for selection of the principals, set by MAEMSP and NAESP and the U.S. Department of Education, require that the honorees are active principals of schools where programs are designed to meet the academic and social needs of all students where there are firmly established community ties with parents and local business organizations. 
The 2017 National Distinguished Principal Award nomination/application process is now OPEN and will close on December 12, 2016.  The NDP Award Winner will be announced at the MAEMSP Winter Conference on January 26, 2017.  Please click HERE to find link to nomination form. 
2016 National Distinguished Principal for Montana
Mr. Ron Goodman, Principal of Libby Elementary School in Libby, was selected as the recipient of the 2016 National Distinguished Principal for Montana at the 65th annual Montana Association of Elementary and Middle School Principals (MAEMSP) Winter Conference held January 27-29, 2016.
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Ron is a devoted educator who, through his focus on student success and a growth mindset, has brought about drastic improvements in the students’ reading proficiency in his community.  He is a distinguished leader, who sets meaningful, high standards, leads by example with integrity and strong commitment to success and personal improvement.
Ron has discovered innovative methods to build bridges with parents and the community so that all can partner together to better serve their children.  With irrepressible optimism, he encourages teacher-leaders and views them as the cornerstone of education.  
Ron has been described as “a man of great character and utmost integrity both inside and outside of school”.  Another nominator describes him as “an exemplary leader who approaches educational leadership with commitment to innovation and the relevant best practices needed to move forward.”   Ron is fondly named “The Grit Czar” by many of those that know him.
In October, Ron will travel to Washington, DC, for two days of activities planned to honor and bring well-deserved recognition to the elementary and middle-level principals chosen by the states, the District of Columbia, plus private and overseas schools.