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.
SREB’s Learning-Centered Leadership Program builds the capacity
of aspiring school leaders and empowers current school leaders to
lead changes in school and classroom practices that increase
student achievement and transform school cultures.
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.
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.
The publication takes an in-depth look at the kinds of principals
required to turn around the lowest-performing 5 to 10 percent of
public high schools in America. Schools stuck at the bottom of
the performance chart need first-rate principals with the
motivation, vision, skill and commitment to make dramatic
improvements in schools and student achievement. The report
describes how we can identify, prepare and support these
This report describes the findings of SREB’s study of the role of
the district office in creating the working conditions that
principals need to improve teacher effectiveness and student
performance. The Three Essentials of school improvement
described in the report emerged from close observations of the
inner workings of seven school districts, as SREB’s
Learning-Centered Leadership Program sought to answer this
essential question: What are the conditions school districts can
create that make it possible for principals to be more effective
in leading school improvement?
Each year, more than 18,000 principals in our nation’s public
schools leave their jobs. Decades of school leadership research
make it clear that these vacancies must be filled
immediately and must be filled with school leaders who have
the strength of character, the knowledge about learning and the
leadership savvy to thrive in what is arguably education’s most
challenging job. But who is next?
In 2004, Alabama Governor Bob Riley and State Superintendent
Joseph B. Morton convened the Governor’s Congress on School
Leadership to transform the state’s framework for educational
leadership and provide Alabama’s schools with leaders who can
improve instruction and achievement. This report outlines the
ways in which Alabama has changed school leadership throughout
the state, presents university and district partners’
perspectives on the reform, and provides recommendations for
further reform to continue improving school leadership in