Identifying Priority Time for Instructional Leaders

Scott Siegel

How a principal utilizes his or her time has a great impact on the direction of the school they lead. The role of the principal has expanded significantly is recent years. With the increased number of demands, it can be difficult for any principal, especially one that is new to the profession, to effectively prioritize their time as an instructional leader.

Any task that does not fall under the umbrella of instructional leadership should not be a high priority for a principal during the school day. The paperwork, meetings, and phone calls are important, but they can also be distractions from the principal’s primary role: improving instruction and learning. 

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