School Leadership eCollection

The big rocks: priority management for principals

Marshall, K

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How can a dedicated principal work really hard but fail to get significant gains in student achievement? The answer is obvious: by spending too much time on the wrong things and not enough on the right things. That sounds pretty straightforward—but after 15 years as a Boston principal, the author of this article wasn’t clear enough about the “right things” and often fell victim to H.S.P.S. (Hyperactive Superficial Principal Syndrome). As a result, students didn’t do nearly as well as they could have. Since leaving the principalship, he pondered his mistakes, learned from the masters of time management, and now, within this article, offers valuable advice to principals. [Introduction]