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Across the Nation
2009 Principal of the Year Finalists Named
Principal Spends Summer Making House Calls
For Many Student Athletes, Game Over
Senator Urges Students to Skip First Day of School
New Schools Using Eco-Friendly Elements
Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?

In Federal Policy
Congress Overhauls Major Higher Education Law
NASSP Executive Director to Discuss the Future of NCLB
Secretary Spellings Addresses Principals on "NCLB 2.0"

Other News and Highlights
ANTSEL School Leadership Video Online Conference

Principal's Poll:
What effect is digital-media interaction having on students' literacy skills?



Across the Nation

2009 Principal of the Year Finalists Named
Meet this year’s finalists for MetLife/NASSP National Principal of the Year. One middle level and one high school principal will be chosen from among these outstanding educators who exemplify the meaning of effective, collaborative leadership.

Developing Teacher Leaders, Second Edition: How Teacher Leadership Enhances School Success
The latest selection of the Principal’s Book Club builds on the most current research and theories to define teacher leadership as a transformative process that not only enhances teaching and learning in the school, but ties a school and community together. The book presents the concept of parallel leadership, which allows teachers and principals to collaborate to develop teacher leaders. Join the Principal’s Book Club by September 15 to receive the October selection.

Principal Spends Summer Making House Calls
Armed with a gas-powered scooter that tops out at a mean 35 mph, Principal Damon Hunter of Saghalie Middle School in Federal Way, WA, is a man on a mission. At the beginning of the summer, Hunter made the commitment to visit every single one of his 600+ students at their homes, delivering back-to-school flyers. With a month left before school starts, his goal of meeting parents and getting them more involved in their child’s education is almost realized. He has already been to 375 households and plans to visit the rest before mid-August. News Tribune, 8/1/08

For Many Student Athletes, Game Over
Sinking under the weight of budget shortfalls, school districts across the country are quickly dropping cocurricular activities and sports from the lineup. While some schools are cutting teams all together, others are trying to save money by reducing the number of games in each team’s season. Students and parents, however, aren’t planning to give up athletics without a fight. A group of parents in New York started a charitable organization—Wantagh SOS (Save Our Students)—to collect money for the 100 sports teams and cocurricular clubs cut by the district, and has already raised more than $334,000 through various fundraisers. New York Times, 7/28/08

What About Student Activity Fees?
Although schools are struggling to keep cocurricular activities and sports afloat, NASSP believes that students and their parents should not have to bear the financial responsibility for any school or school district–sponsored programs, activities, or courses. View the proposed position statement on fees for student activities. NASSP invites members to send comments through September 30, 2008.

Senator Urges Students to Skip First Day of School
To protest inequalities in urban school funding, Chicago community leaders and Sen. James Meeks (D-IL) are asking inner-city students to skip their first day of school and instead, spend the day trying to enroll in the neighboring suburban district of New Trier. State data show that the wealthier district spends $17,000 per student per year, compared to $10,000 spent on each student in CPS. The protesters plan to enroll based on state rules that allow students to transfer to another district if their safety is at risk—and according to Sen. Meeks, the insufficient education they receive in CPS is "not good for the safety of their futures." AP via Comcast.net, 7/28/08

New Schools Using Eco-Friendly Elements
In an effort to address rising energy costs, new schools are climbing abroad the green train at a rapid pace. While green schools may cost 1% to 2% more to build, experts say that the payoff of cheaper utilities and better student achievement, far exceeds the initial expenditure. Some schools have installed waterless urinals, solar panels, geothermal cooling systems, and low-flow faucets to cut down on energy usage. USA Today, 7/31/08

NASSP Member Seal
Highlight your commitment to your own continuing development by placing the official NASSP member seal on the principal's page of your school's Web site. No tech-savvy required. Visit www.nassp.org/memberseal for complete instructions.

Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading?
Blamed for slashing attention spans and diminishing literacy, the Internet can now add another accusation to its list—destroying the common culture of reading books. Critics call the hours teens spend online the very "enemy of reading," while those on the other end of the spectrum value reading in any form. Although the quality of online reading is often times questionable, some supporters believe that students who develop online reading skills will be better prepared for digital-age jobs. They also argue that online reading engages students who would otherwise be apathetic or struggle to read in the traditional form (such as those suffering from dyslexia). New York Times, 7/27/08

Principal’s Poll: What effect is digital-media interaction having on students' literacy skills?

In Federal Policy

Congress Overhauls Major Higher Education Law
Ten years since its last reauthorization, Congress has finally passed legislation (H.R. 4137) reauthorizing the Higher Education Act. Most notably, the bill reauthorizes the Teacher Quality Partnership Grants program that includes provisions for mentoring prospective principals; helping principals create a data-driven professional learning community within their school; and helping principals understand how to engage and involve parents, community members, businesses, and others to leverage additional resources to improve student academic achievement. Principal’s Policy Blog, 8/4/08

NASSP Executive Director to Discuss the Future of NCLB
NASSP Executive Director Gerald N. Tirozzi will be among several of the nation’s leading education experts participating in a discussion on No Child Left Behind. Members are encouraged to join in on the discussion that runs from 9 a.m. on Tuesday, August 5, through 5 p.m. on Thursday, August 7, 2008, at www.newtalk.org.

Secretary Spellings Addresses Principals on "NCLB 2.0"
In late July, U.S. Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings spoke before 450 leaders of state principals organizations during the annual NAESP-NASSP National Leaders’ Conference (NLC) in Washington, DC. Acknowledging that No Child Left Behind is in need of some significant revisions, the secretary introduced the concept of NCLB 2.0. Listen to Secretary Spelling’s remarks.

Make Your Voice Heard
Even if you weren’t able to attend this year’s NAESP-NASSP National Leaders' Conference, you can still take action today! Visit the
Principal’s Legislative Action Center (PLAC) and contact your representatives to urge them to increase federal funding for education and support legislation to improve services for K–12 schools.

Other News and Highlights

ANTSEL School Leadership Video Online Conference
Principals and administrators are invited to participate in one of the first international online conferences dedicated exclusively to school leaders. The conference, sponsored by the Association of Northern Territory School Educational Leaders (Australia), will feature customized videos from key education policy makers. Registration is free and anyone can sign up at www.cybertext.net.au/antsel2008.htm.