Short on Time: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal? (ASCD Arias)
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About This Book
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.
Related resource: 100 Action Steps (PDF)
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Reviews and Testimonials
"Dr. Sterrett gives practical, impactful strategies to take control of your calendar and communication to give you the time to be the instructional leader you aspire to be."
—John Bernia, Middle School Principal, Lake Orion, Michigan
"The book discussed time management, tackling your calendar, staff meetings, and communication. Each hot topic was explained, evaluated and then provided a couple of excellent ‘management’ tips."
—Amber Teamann, Technically yours, Teamann blog
Reprinted with permission.
"Once you read this book, you will see that becoming organized, communicating effectively, and prioritizing your day is not as hard as you might imagine."
—Spike Cook, Dr. Cook’s Blog
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"Dr. Sterrett provides an excellent tool to assist those seeking to manage the overwhelming number of tasks asked of building leaders through the use of practical examples and real-life perspectives. In my work supporting school leaders, this is the type of book I look forward to incorporating into our professional development programs."
Executive Director, Region 8 Education Service Center of Northeast Indiana & Indiana ASCD
About the Author
WILLIAM STERRETT is an educational leadership faculty member and program coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. A former principal and teacher, he is the author of the 2011 ASCD book Insights into Action: Successful School Leaders Share What Works. He may be reached at the Watson College of Education, 601 South College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403; via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org; or on Twitter: @billsterrett.
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