Another school year has started, and nearly every state
in the SREB region is facing major human capital challenges
including teacher shortages. Schools now face
shortages not only in STEM courses and special education but
in most subject areas.
The Eisenhower Matrix can help busy leaders make the most of their limited time to get things done. During World War II the matrix helped General Dwight Eisenhower plan and carry out the most complex military operation in history, the D-Day invasion of Normandy. He used it as a tool to ensure that he spent his time on the right work.
As legislatures convene regular sessions, we at SREB have
observed an uptick in bills focused on school safety. Some
propose dramatic changes in the way school districts hire and
train security personnel, develop emergency plans, or address
students’ mental and emotional health. Others make technical
changes to standing laws in order to lower the barriers districts
face in creating safe learning environments.
Assistant principals supervise the hallways and the lunchrooms.
They observe teachers and coordinate testing.
They serve as the first line of response for discipline
referrals, guide wayward students with humor and compassion
— and do their best to make their principals look good.
It’s a lot, but most assistant principals truly love their jobs
and know that what they do is critical to their school’s success.
Pinellas Park Middle School is about as challenging a school as
you can find in Florida. The state has assigned it a grade of D
for the past several years. All of its students receive free
lunch. Twenty-three percent of its students have already been in
some form of drop-out prevention program prior to enrolling at
The Florida Turnaround Leaders Program is a big hit in
Florida that will ultimately result in better principals, better
schools, and higher-performing students. “This program has
provided the best professional development I have ever
experienced in my 25 years as an educator,” said one participant.