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In addition to the benefits outlined in the different type of membership the Tri-Association serves as an EDUCATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE AND provider of CONSULTING SERVICES.

The Executive Director of the Association works with tax-exempt educational organizations to provide information to member schools of regional associations. The Association also conducts surveys among members to provide statistical information requested. The organizations with which the Association works include:

  • AASSA, AISA, CEESA, EARCOS, ECIS, MAIS and NESA, are associations similar to The American Schools Association of Central America, Colombia, Caribbean and Mexico, serving American Schools in other regions of the world;
  • The Office of Overseas Schools of the U.S. State Department; U.S. State Department
  • OSAC - Overseas Schools Advisory Council;
  • AdvancED - Accrediting agency that serves as the umbrella organization for The North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement ( NCA CASI), The Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC), and The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement ( SACS CASI);
  • NEACS - The New England Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • CIS - Council of International Schools;
  • AAIE - Association for the Advancement of International Education;
  • NAESP - National Association of Elementary Principals;
  • NSBA - National School Boards;
  • NSDC - National Staff Development Council;
  • NAIS - Association of Independent Schools;
  • The Junior Achievement Program;
  • ASCD - The Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development,
  • IRC - the Inter-Regional Center,
  • The College Board.

As part of the Regular Membership, schools will received the following services from NAIS, NAESP, and EBSCO:


NAIS will deliver the following services and products to THE TRI-ASSOCIATION:

1. NAIS Career Center Access

All TRI-ASSN members will be able to post jobs and search resumes in the online NAIS Career Center database. NAIS will work with TRI-ASSN to create user accounts for all TRI-ASSN members, into the NAIS system to be delivered no later than July 31, 2019.

2. Organizational Membership Discounts

TRI-ASSN schools may purchase conferences, workshops, publications, and magazines from NAIS at member discounts. Both associations will work together to jointly promote programs of special interest to school heads in the United States and Central America, Colombia, Caribbean, and Mexico.

3. TRI-ASSN Members will receive subscriptions to the NAIS Bulletin electronic newsletter.


NAESP members worldwide have access to high-quality, targeted benefits and services—many at no or low cost—that deliver value far higher than the annual cost of membership. The TRI- Association membership, available to principals working outside the U.S. and its territories, includes the following benefits:

Included Free with Membership

Award-Winning Publications

  • Principal magazine—5 times a year online, for the information and insight you need to be a better principal. Includes exclusive access to a searchable archive.
  • Communicator—Monthly e-newsletter that highlights education-related news, research, and trends. “Report to Parents”— Delivered with Communicator, a bulletin you can reproduce and circulate to parents; features practical information on a range of family-friendly topics. In Spanish and English.
  • “Before the Bell”—An email brief on the latest U.S. education news delivered 2 times a week.

Professional Standards

  • Leading Learning Communities—Research-based, gold standard for what elementary principals should know and know how to do; sets priorities and provides specific tools and resources to help principals meet standards of highly effective leadership. Also: Leading Early-Childhood Learning Communities and Leading After-School Learning Communities.

Professional Networking

  • Global network—20,000 of your peers who share the complexities, rewards, and challenges of being a principal. Connect on the NAESP Facebook page, LinkedIn group, Twitter feed, the Principal’s Office blog, and our new members-only virtual community, Principal 2 Principal.

Best Practices

  • Online Samples—Project ideas, programs, and techniques principals have implemented in their own schools; excellent starting point for principals who want to improve their schools.
  • Best Practices for Better Schools—white papers and much more available online.

On-Demand Insight

  • NAESP Radio—Online interviews with education experts on topics of particular interest to elementary principals. Listen at

Discounts to Members

Professional Development

  • Annual Conference—The National Event of the Year, the conference features internationally acclaimed speakers, panel discussions, interactive breakouts, and more.

Professional Resources

  • Books—Visit our bookstore at for the latest books for principals.

Enhanced Purchasing Power

  • Principals’ Buyers Guide—Online guide that directs principals to vendors that offer products and services every school’s needs.


EBSCO Publishing is the leading provider of online resources for schools and has served the library community for more than 60 years. TRI Association member schools currently have access to these valuable resources – and they are not only for the students, but for educators as well! The EBSCO database package offer superior full text coverage from a variety of sources such as: periodicals, magazines, newspapers, biographies, primary source documents, essays, encyclopedias, almanacs, reference books, photos, maps, film and video. Databases are accessible via age-appropriate user interfaces including Student Research Center for middle and high school students; Kids Search for middle and elementary school students; and Searchasaurus for primary students. The powerful EBSCOhost interface is also available for teachers and more advanced users.

Ultra Online Package (for high school students):
Consisting of six databases, the Ultra Online Package™ offers a comprehensive collection of full-text reference resources available for secondary schools. This full-text package contains databases designed not only for students, but also for educators. This package provides access to the following:

1. Professional Development Collection:
This is the most comprehensive and most valuable collection of full-text education journals in the world. Professional Development Collection™ includes full text for the highest quality education journals.

2. ERIC®
ERIC®, the Education Resource Information Center, provides access to education literature and resources. The database provides access to information from journals included in the Current Index of Journals in Education and Resources in Education Index.

3. MAS Ultra – School Edition:
This comprehensive database, designed specifically for high school libraries, contains full text from the most popular high school magazines. Full text is also available for biographies, primary source documents and reference books.

4. Newspaper Source:
Newspaper Source™ provides cover-to-cover full text for national (U.S.) and international newspapers

5. Health Source: Consumer Edition:
Health Source®: Consumer Edition is a rich collection of consumer health information. This resource provides access to full-text consumer health magazines as well as full text for current health-related pamphlets and health reference books.

6. TOPICsearch:
This current events database allows researchers to explore social, political & economic issues, scientific discoveries and other popular topics discussed in today's classrooms including controversial opinions and viewpoints. It contains full text from nearly 260 diverse sources.

Middle Search Plus (for middle school students):
Middle Search® Plus contains full text from the most popular middle school magazines. Full text is also available for thousands of biographies and historical essays as well as primary source documents, reference books and thousands of relevant photos, maps and flags.

Primary Search (for primary grades):
Primary Search®, designed specifically for elementary school libraries, contains full text from the most popular elementary school magazines. Primary Search includes the Encyclopedia of Animals™, and features Funk & Wagnalls New World Encyclopedia, providing students with easy-to-read encyclopedic entries written specifically for kids. The database also provides thousands of relevant photos, maps, and flags.

Literary Reference Center:
Literary Reference Center™ is a comprehensive, full-text database that provides users with a broad spectrum of information on thousands of authors and their works across literary disciplines and timeframes. Literary Reference Center contains full text for plot summaries, synopses and work overviews, articles/essays of literary criticism, author biographies, literary journals, book reviews, classic and contemporary poems, classic and contemporary short stories, author interviews, classic texts, and much more.

Advanced Placement Source:
Designed to meet the extensive needs of high school students enrolled in various AP and IB courses, Advanced Placement Source™ offers a world of knowledge for students who seek to achieve academic excellence in humanities, sciences, history, geography, mathematics, and more. This database contains full-text academic journals and magazines, as well as relevant photos, maps and flags.

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