School leaders can find themselves responding daily to a plethora of requested tasks that may not align to the main goal of ensuring student learning and mastery. Although all issues and needs must be addressed in a timely manner, It is imperative as leaders to keep the main thing the main thing. When we ask leaders to put blinders on, it does not force blindness to the distractors but forces a concerted effort to move the eye from the designated target of student learning and mastery. We can still pivot when needed but our eye always reconnects with the goal. Comments welcome below.
Dr. Emily Abrams Massey is a former Associate Superintendent in a metro-Atlanta school district, principal and leadership advocate, educational consultant and career educator.