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The Principal's Guide to Time Management
Instructional Leadership in the Digital Age



March 2016 | 256 pages | Corwin

Make the most of your time—and your leadership

Is your school’s vision getting buried under paperwork? Are goals constantly pushed aside for small emergencies? If you spend more time picking up pieces than putting them together, this is your book. Written by seasoned school principals, this plan of action will get you back to the instructional leadership that made you want this job in the first place.

As educational technology helps you maximize your efficiency, you’ll see improvement where it counts—in teaching, student achievement, morale, and resource management. This comprehensive guide features:

  • Easy-to-follow, single-topic chapters
  • Standards–based scenarios and questions
  • Time management self-assessments
  • Easily adaptable experiential exercises
  • Strategies for battling the “silent time thief”

Tailor-made for overworked administrators just like you, you’ll become the leader you want to be—and promote a positive school culture where teachers and students thrive.

"The authors have lived the demanding schedule as school leaders. They provide real advice on how to keep the balance with the demands of school leadership and to give the gift of time to family and self."
-Dr. Tricia Peña, Professor
Northern Arizona University

"This book should be a must read for every practicing or aspiring administrator. The authors take a fresh look at time management issues while maintaining a focus on principles of effective leadership and applications of emerging technology."

-Chris Hubbuch, Principal
Excelsior Springs Middle School, MO
 
Preface
 
Chapter 1. Time Management and Your Leadership
So Much Time and So Little to Do

 
Reflecting on Your Time Management

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application: A Self-Reflection on Your Time Management: Time Management Self-Assessment Instrument (TMSI)

 
 
Chapter 2. Vision, Mission, and Time
Time Management—At the Heart of Leadership; Vision and Mission—At the Heart of Student Success

 
A School Leader’s Thoughts on Vision, Mission, and Time

 
Goal Writing

 
Fostering a School Technology Vision

 
Seven Habits for Tech-Savvy Principals

 
Time Management and Tech-Savvy, Instructionally Focused Leadership

 
Technology Timesavers for Visionary Educators

 
Time Management and Campus Planning

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Self-Reflection on Lens 1: Vision, Mission, and Time

 
Case Study Application: The Madge Simon School

 
 
Chapter 3. Leading, Teaching, Learning, and Time
Structure Is the Key to Locking Out the Silent Time Thief

 
The Instructional Leader

 
Principles of Instructional Capacity and Maximized Student Learning

 
Saving Time When Time Counts

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Self-Reflection on Lens 2: Leading, Teaching, Learning, and Time

 
Case Study Application: Death by Meeting!

 
 
Chapter 4. The Learning Organization: Culture, Climate, Technology, Safety, and Time
Creating a Positive Climate and Open, Time-Efficient Culture

 
Managing Time and Building a Strong Leading, Teaching, and Learning Environment

 
Creating Safe, Effective, and Efficient Operations and Management

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Self-Reflection on Lens 3: The Learning Organization and Time

 
Case Study Application: As the Sun Sets Slowly in the West, or How to Develop a Learning Community

 
 
Chapter 5. Collaboration and Time: Two Keys to Instructional Success
Collaboration—First and Foremost!

 
Time-Saving Tips and Management Solutions

 
Collaborating With Students, Parents, and Community Members

 
The Informed School Community

 
Finding Time—Making a Difference!

 
Diversity Enriches the Learning Community

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Self-Reflection on Lens 4: Collaboration and Time

 
Case Study Application: If All Feedback Is So Positive . . . ?

 
 
Chapter 6. Ethics, Integrity, and Time
Shaping a School

 
PSEL Standard 2: Ethics and Professional Norms

 
A School Leader’s Thoughts on Ethics, Integrity, and Time

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Self-Reflection on Lens 5: Ethics, Integrity, and Time

 
Case Study Application: The Texting Coach

 
 
Chapter 7. The 21st Century Education System: Improvement, Time, and Technology
The Education System Today and Continuous School Improvement

 
Five Steps to Exceptional Teaching and Learning

 
Two Essential Principal Resources for Continuous School Improvement

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Self-Reflection on Lens 6: The 21st Century Education System and Time

 
Case Study Application: Has Our School eVolved?

 
 
Chapter 8. Technology: Staying a Step Ahead of the Silent Time Thief
Thoughtful and Selective Technology Integration

 
Digital Organization: Time Management 101

 
Working With Digital Tools—Saving Time and Making Hay!

 
Web Conferencing—A Timesaver to Avoid Death by Meeting!

 
Final Thoughts

 
Discussion Questions

 
Case Study Application: A New Leader, an Old Problem: How to Integrate Technology Into a School’s Culture

 
 
References and Further Readings
 
Index

"The authors have lived the demanding schedule as school leaders. They provide real advice on how to keep the balance with the demands of school leadership and to give the gift of time to family and self."

Dr. Tricia Peña, Professor
Northern Arizona University and Consultant, ECHO360 Education Consulting, AZ

"This book should be a must read for every practicing or aspiring administrator. The authors take a fresh look at time management issues while maintaining a focus on principles of effective leadership and applications of emerging technology."

 

Chris Hubbuch, Principal
Excelsior Springs Middle School, MO

Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1


Richard Dwane Sorenson

Learn more about Richard Sorenson's PD offeringsRichard D. Sorenson, Professor Emeritus, is the former department chairperson of the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). He also served as the director of the Principal Preparation Program. He earned his doctorate from Texas A&M University at Corpus Christi in educational leadership. Dr. Sorenson served public schools for 25 years as a social studies teacher, principal, and associate superintendent for human resources. Dr. Sorenson continues to work with graduate students at UTEP teaching school-based budgeting and school... More About Author

Lloyd Milton Goldsmith

Learn more about Lloyd Goldsmith's PD offeringsLloyd Milton Goldsmith is the director of the Principal Preparation Program and former chairperson for the Graduate Studies in Education Department at Abilene Christian University. He earned his EdD from Baylor University in the area of educational leadership. Dr. Goldsmith served public schools for 29 years as an elementary school teacher, assistant principal at a junior high school, and an elementary school principal. Dr. Goldsmith led the migration of the graduate education program to an online format. He is currently involved in developing an online EdD in educational leadership. Dr.... More About Author

David E. DeMatthews

David E. DeMatthews is an assistant professor in the Educational Leadership and Foundations Department at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP).  He received his PhD from the University of Maryland, College Park in the area of educational policy and leadership.  Dr. DeMatthews has also served as a high school social studies teacher in Baltimore City Public Schools and assistant principal and special education policy analyst for the District of Columbia Public Schools.  Currently, Dr. DeMatthews works with graduate students teaching coursework related to school personnel, curriculum renewal, special education, and... More About Author

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