California Department of Education
Taking Center Stage – Act II


E-mail can be a tool for busy administrators and teacher leaders. Both e-mail and electronic calendars speed the transmission of administrative details so that faculty meetings can focus on student achievement.

In some schools where e-mail and e-calendars are new, administrators may have to attach receipts to e-mail messages to keep track of who has, and who has not, opened important notices. If the notices help teachers by streamlining their day, most teachers will quickly learn to view it as a tool rather than as a burden.

Leaders may have to monitor the effect of using e-mail as a means of communication in his or her school. For example, a quick show of hands could give the administrator a sense of how valuable e-mail is as a communication tool. Depending on the staff members’ comfort levels, they can view e-mail as a stressor rather than a help.

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