December 12, 2013 by

Busy Administrators Review “Short on Time,” a New ASCD Arias Publication

Arias.ShortOnTimeMeeting teacher and student needs, fostering ingenuity and innovation, and applying best practices across your work are all worthwhile endeavors that require an investment of time—a resource that there never seems to be enough of.

School leadership expert and award-winning former principal William Sterrett is no stranger to your busy schedule and the many responsibilities you juggle. This October he published Short on Time, a short-format ASCD Arias™ publication that answers a crucial question that you may often ask yourself: How do I make time to lead and learn as a principal? With your concerns in mind, Sterrett offers advice on how to effectively manage time and priorities, maximize learning, and foster collaborative growth in any school.

Praise for the publication has poured in. “Very practical” and “chock full of information,” is how assistant principal and education blogger Amber Teamann described it.

Renowned educator Budd Dingwall, who, as principal, helped several schools earn the U.S. Department of Education’s National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence Award, says, “Bill Sterrett has hit a home run. Short on Time gives practical, clear, concise strategies on effective use of time that are illustrated by outstanding practicing principals from around the country.”

In a recent post on his blog, administrator and blogger Spike Cook weighed in, saying,”Once you read this book, you will see that becoming organized, communicating effectively, and prioritizing your day is not as hard as you might imagine.”

“Dr. Sterrett gives practical, impactful strategies to take control of your calendar and communication to give you the time to be the instructional leader you aspire to be,” observed John Bernia, a middle school principal based in Lake Orion, Mich.

To offer you an exclusive sneak peek, we’ve excerpted the first few pages below.

For more, stop by You’ll find a free PDF of 100 action steps that go along with the book as well as information about the author. The publication is available in print and e-book formats in the ASCD Online Store.

Editor’s note: To hear additional insight directly from author William Sterrett, tune in live for his guest appearance on the PrincipalCast podcast on Sunday, December 15, at 9:30 p.m. eastern time at