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Across the Nation
Why Many Girls Avoid Science and Math
U.K. Principals Highest Paid in the World
Olympic Mother Debbie Phelps Returns to Job as Principal
Poverty Biggest Factor in Teen Pregnancy, Not Sex Ed
1 in 5 Students Is Latino
Principal Prevents Possible Tragedy
Being Popular May Not Be All it's Cracked Up to Be

Other News and Highlights
National Suicide Prevention Week
Need Help Writing Recommendations?
Help Your Students Understand 9/11

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Across the Nation

Why Many Girls Avoid Science and Math
New research by a team at University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee indicates that the self-confidence instilled in middle level and high school girls by parents and teachers is more important for learning math and science than their initial interest. ScienceDaily, 9/8/08

Hidden Stereotypes in Science and Math
There's a reason boys and girls perform differently in math and science, but it isn't their genes. "Equal Opportunity: Reframing Gender Differences in Science and Math" from the Principal Leadership archives explores the role that hidden stereotypes and confidence issues play in girls’ achievement in math and science. (NASSP member log-in required. Not a member? Join now!)

U.K. Principals Highest Paid in the World
U.K. principals are among the highest paid in the world according to a new study. Although U.K. school leaders’ earnings grew by 19% between 1997 and 2003, they also faced additional responsibilities and duties, making their role "much more demanding and challenging." Guardian, 8/29/08

U.S. Principal Salaries Meet or Exceed Cost of Living Increases
An annual survey by Educational Research Service has found that U.S. principals’ salaries are now keeping pace with the Consumer Price Index, which is used to gauge the cost of living. Salaries &Wages Paid Professional and Support Personnel in Public Schools shows a slight gain in purchasing power for U.S. principals over the last year.

Olympic Mother Debbie Phelps Returns to Job as Principal
Debbie Phelps, a middle level principal and NASSP member, celebrated the success of her son Michael and then returned from Beijing to welcome her 600 students at Windsor Mill Middle School in Baltimore, MD. Having raised a world-class athlete, she has set her sights on creating a world class school. Baltimore Sun, 8/26/08

Poverty Biggest Factor in Teen Pregnancy, Not Sex Ed
Teen pregnancy doesn’t deprive girls of a good education or future job prospects. Instead, they suffer from a more basic reason—they’re poor. Two-thirds of teenage mothers live at or below the poverty line. In a time when abstinence-only programs are in the spotlight because of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, there is still little data to prove that these programs work. Still, abstinence-only sex education programs draw $175 million in federal funds. San Francisco Chronicle, 9/4/08

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.

1 in 5 Students Is Latino
A recent study by the Pew Hispanic Center shows that 1 in 5 students in public schools is Hispanic. Since 1990, the number of Latino students has doubled, reaching 10 million in 2006 and possibly reaching 28 million by 2050. Now, more than ever, U.S. schools must take measures to prepare to handle a more diverse student body. U.S. News &World Report, 8/28/08

Principal Prevents Possible Tragedy
An Ohio assistant principal is being commended for intervening when a teen fired a gun twice in his high school, and then pointed the gun at himself. Assistant Principal Jeff Lyons talked the teen down and convinced him to surrender. Listen to the podcast. NPR, 9/3/08

Honor Outstanding Student Leaders
Principals have the opportunity to nominate one high school senior to compete in the Principal’s Leadership Award scholarship program cosponsored by NASSP and Herff Jones Inc. Top winner receives a $12,000 scholarship. Nomination information is available at www.nassp.org/pla. Nomination deadline: December 5, 2008.

Being Popular May Not Be All it's Cracked Up to Be
New studies show that teenagers’ rating of their own popularity—regardless of their peers’ ratings—was a strong predictor of psychological and academic adjustment. About 15–20% of teens have a likeability factor that results in close friendships, academic excellence, and good social skills; however, socially skilled—or popular—students were also found to be three times more likely to drink and display other risky behavior. Boston Globe, 9/2/08

Other News and Highlights

National Suicide Prevention Week
Did you know that suicide is the third leading cause of death among youth age 15–24? This week is National Suicide Prevention Week and the American Association of Suicidology is promoting awareness and advocacy about suicide prevention. Now is the perfect chance to get involved and sponsor an activity at your school about suicide awareness and recognizing the signs.

Principals Take the Lead for Greener Schools
In the latest School Leader’s Review podcast, Assistant Principal Aaron Steinly discusses the new initiative, Principals for Change, he and his colleagues launched to promote the greening of U.S. schools. Steinly offers tips for what principals can do right now to make their schools more energy efficient.

Need Help Writing Recommendations?
Every year, principals are inundated with requests for writing recommendations for scholarships and college admissions. NASSP has gathered some helpful resources to assist administrators through this important responsibility. Visit www.nhs.us/scholarships to read the articles. Additional information to assist your students and counseling staff is also available on the Web site.

Help Your Students Understand 9/11
The National September 11 Memorial &Museum has made resources available to schools to help students understand 9/11. Teaching guides and lesson plans can be downloaded at the National 9/11 Memorial Web site.