ERIC Number: EJ786365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb-13
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Managers Help Principals Balance Time
Samuels, Christina A.
Education Week, v27 n23 p1, 18-19 Feb 2008
Most principals probably hope that at least half their working day is spent in meaningful interactions with teachers and students. But that's not likely. Investigators who shadowed principals for a week showed that a crush of managerial duties allowed them to spend only a third of their day--or less--on tasks that involved interaction with students and teachers. And often, the contact that did occur was too short and unfocused to lead to real instructional improvement. This article reports that a national project aimed at improving school leaders' effectiveness is seeking to change that situation by supporting the hiring of "school administration managers" (SAMs) in schools. Such administrators take over the managerial tasks that are important to a smooth-running school but have little to do directly with learning. At the same time, the SAMs are asked to focus the principals' attention on being good instructional coaches by keeping their schedules and actively directing the principals toward classroom work. Some of the principals are also receiving additional leadership training in constructive coaching techniques.
Descriptors: Instructional Improvement, School Administration, Administration, Leadership Training, Principals, Administrators
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