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Making Time to Lead
How Principals Can Stay on Top of It All



September 2003 | 96 pages | Corwin
"This book would be a wonderful guide for someone new to the profession. The practical strategies and ideas will truly help that first year principal."
—Rick Doss, Principal
Brownsburg Junior High School, Indianapolis, IN

"The examples and suggested activities are great with lots of simple suggestions that are real and practical—very effective!"
—Kevin Peterson, Principal
Red Bank Elementary, Clovis, CA

Get organized and find the time to succeed in leadership and excel as a principal!

Do your days seem increasingly shorter and your to-do lists increasingly longer? Do you struggle to find time to meet students and interact with staff? Do you wonder if you will ever see the bottom of your "in" box? This essential reference offers a multitude of ideas, tips, and strategies for organizing every aspect of a principal's job—from controlling your calendar to creating newsletters.

Making Time to Lead shows the busy principal how to organize in order to lead more effectively. Simon and Newman introduce practical concepts to simplify managerial tasks:

  • Organize to-do lists for use as future planning tools
  • Customize your filing and scheduling systems to get more out of less
  • Maximize your summer break by learning how to plan for the coming year
  • Energize your staff with innovative ideas for faculty meetings
  • Realize your leadership potential while encouraging your students
  • Develop your faculty and build relationships with parents

In the complicated and demanding world of a principal, organization is the key to sanity—and successful leadership.


 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
Introduction
 
1. Organizing
Setting Up Your Organizational System  
Make To-Do Lists  
Keep Up With Mail  
Make Special Folders  
Clip, Post, and Save Those Articles  
Creating Your Own Filing System  
Carry Your Desk With You  
Technology Can Set You Free  
Copying Is the Sincerest Form of Flattery  
Be Your School's Historian  
Be Ready For Prospective Parents  
Note Cards: The Best Invention Since Sliced Bread  
The Master Key Is a Must  
Student Planners  
 
2. Time
Building Your Calendar  
Being in Two Places at Once  
Meetings  
Getting Started  
Coffee Shop Time  
Telephone Time  
Save Your Calendars  
Accreditation  
 
3. Communication
How to Use a Telephone  
Visibility: Leading by Walking Around  
The Working Lunch  
Parents as Partners  
Public Presentations  
 
4. Delegation
Questions to Ask  
Use Your Staff  
Faculty Meetings Can Be Fun  
 
5. Summer
Staff Selection  
Save Those Resumes  
Student Placement Records  
Student Placement Procedures  
Keeping Your Files Active  
Getting Ready for the Year  
Remember Your Own Professional Development  
 
6. People
Know Your Faculty and Staff  
Learn Those Student Names  
Break Bread Together  
The Little Things Do Matter  
Buy Stock in Hallmark  
Everyone Values a Break  
Let Them Eat Ice Cream  
 
7. Self
Keep a Journal  
Conferences  
Study Groups  
Portfolios  
Preparing Future Principals  
Administrative Retreats  
Pamper Yourself  
Teach a Class  
Reading and Sharing  
 
Resource A: Today's Agenda
 
Resource B: Yearly Task List
 
Resource C: Faculty Note Cards
 
Resource D: Student Planner Memo
 
Resource E: Aspiring Administrator Training Brochure
 
Resource F: Administrative Retreat Memo

This book would be a wonderful guide for someone new to the profession. The practical strategies and ideas will truly help that first year principal.

Rick Doss, Principal
Brownsburg Junior High School, Indianapolis, IN

The examples and suggested activities are great with lots of simple suggestions that are real and practical--very effective!

Kevin Peterson, Principal
Red Bank Elementary, Clovis, CA

"This is not your ordinary time management tome. Making Time to Lead is a geared to the specialized needs of principals and will help you 'find the time to lead--as well as manage--schools.'"

Principal, September/October 2004
Key features
  • Helpful for all principals - elementary, middle, secondary
  • Should be popular addition to NAESP and NASSP mailers
  • Very good supplement or addition to leadership induction and training programs
  • This is the book principals really want - real-world, timesaving, simple tool
  • Principal management tool books typically sell well
  • Rick Simon received the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation Fellow for School Leadership and received his Master's in Education from Harvard University.
  • Response to his ASCD presentation was very strong, leading ASCD to include a summary of the presentation on their website's reading room of education updates. ASCD has offered to sign the project.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Introduction

Chapter 1: Organizing


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