Short on Time: How Do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?

Short on Time: How Do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?

Short on Time: How Do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?

Short on Time: How Do I Make Time to Lead and Learn as a Principal?

Synopsis

There's never enough time. Sound familiar? This might be the most common lament voiced by school principals today. How can we find time to meet students' and teachers' needs, foster ingenuity and innovation, and apply best practices when so much is demanding our attention right this minute?

School leadership expert and former principal William Sterrett comes to the rescue with practical advice on how principals can make the most of their time to achieve real success. Learn how to

• Balance district, instructional, school, and community events and responsibilities.

• Communicate about the work of the school in timely, innovative ways.

• Maximize instructional time by making smart use of transitions and recruiting teachers to build the school schedule.

• Cultivate professional growth by running effective, efficient faculty and PLC meetings and promoting collegial learning through peer observations and collaborative partnerships.

Excerpt

Principal Dwight Carter does not have a moment to spare. Now in his sixth year of leading Gahanna Lincoln High School, located on the outskirts of Columbus, Ohio, Carter maintains relationships with over 2,300 students and 200 staff members. Carter’s reach, however, extends far beyond the high school walls and district lines. Named a 2013 nassp Digital Principal, Carter’s presence can be found throughout the blogosphere as a tech-savvy, innovative educator who writes, speaks, and learns through his pln. It’s not always easy.

“I used to get frustrated every day at work,” recounts Carter. “I would start with a long to-do list of five or six items, and only complete one item. and then it hit me: I needed a shorter to-do list” (personal communication, July 24, 2013). He realized that sitting at his desk day after day, feeling defeated by his growing to-do list, was making him . . .

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