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The Ten-Minute Principal

The Ten-Minute Principal
Free Up Your Time to Focus on Leadership

First Edition
  • Evan Robb - Principal, Johnson-Williams Middle School; Berryville, VA

June 2019 | 176 pages | Corwin

Rebuilding your day--How ten minutes can make the difference between ordinary and fantastic leadership

A principal’s enthusiastic vision is often thwarted by daily demands. There never seems time for carefully laid plans. But what if you made the most of ten-minute blocks scattered through your day? Could you make progress? 

This book says Yes! and will help you improve, but not overwhelm yourself or staff. It will show you how to intentionally use ten-minute opportunities to consider, kickstart, and execute your vision. Based on six pillars of school leadership, vision, relationships, trust, efficacy, student-centeredness, and instructional knowledge each chapter will:

  • Introduce a leadership topic
  • Offer a ten minute opportunity to consider where you are and what you might change
  • Give a ten minute tip on how to get started, as well as overcome challenges
  • Provide ten minute collaborative opportunities to gain buy-in and participation

Discover how to build the foundations of effective leadership and be a school [helping teachers and students grow and improve] despite daily demands. Make the most of chunks of time to refine your craft and become a reflective and intentional leader.

The Challenge Ahead  
The Journey Begins  
Features of the Book  
A Quick Chapter Overview  
Chapter 1: The Six Pillars of School Leadership
A Student-Centered Environment  
Instructional Knowledge  
10-Minute Reflections on Opportunities for Change  
Chapter 2: The Principal, Communication, and School Culture
Email: I Need Some Strategies  
Build Your School’s Brand  
Social Media Tips  
Customer Service and Building a School’s Brand  
Professionalism: Modeling Expectations, Culture and Communication  
10-Minute Reflections on Opportunities for Change  
Chapter 3: Efficient and Purposeful Meetings
Accentuate the Positive, Eliminate the Negative  
Build Commitment in Your School Community  
Administrative and Teacher Relationships  
Disrupting Routines  
Expectations and Specific Praise  
Tell Your Story  
10-Minute Reflections on Opportunities for Change  
Chapter 4: Relationship Building
Focus Initiatives on Teaching and Learning  
Creating Effective Agendas and Effective Meetings  
Teaching-Centered Faculty Meetings  
Meetings With Administrative Staff  
Team and Department Meetings  
Post-Observation Meetings  
Mentoring Sessions  
Student Meetings  
Parent Meetings  
10-Minute Reflections on Opportunities for Change  
Chapter 5: Fostering Creativity
Mindset and Creativity  
Creativity and Growth Mindset: You Can Make It Happen!  
Think Creatively About Professional Learning  
Get Creative with Google Docs: Professional Article Studies  
Encourage and Celebrate Innovative Instructional Practices  
School Libraries: Designing Creative, Dynamic Spaces  
Create Student Centered Fluid Classrooms  
10-Minute Reflections on Opportunities for Change  
Chapter 6: Choose Your Path
Moving Forward  
Find Your Path  
New to Administration  
Experienced Administrators  
Give Yourself the Gift of Time  

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ISBN: 9781544345574