Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.
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Developing The Whole Leader

Started Sep 15, 2014 0 Replies

Presently, there is an extraordinary focus on the changes that need to be made in our schools.  A plethora has been written about the standards, assessment, and evaluation. We have been among those…Continue

 

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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders Need Strength and Soul

The morning newscasters around the world were reporting that a piece of an airplane wing has washed ashore on Reunion Island, it was big news, as it might be the first piece of an airliner that disappeared 15 months ago. One foreign correspondent reported that there had been "162 souls on board." The phrase caught us. It is not how an American would likely characterize the human lives that might be lost. Juxtapose that to a recent Time Magazine article "A jailbreak shows prisons are only as…See More
17 hours ago
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Will Your Leadership Help Teachers Develop Social-Emotional Skills in Their Students?

In the last few years, an attempt to extinguish bullying has taken center stage.  Few disagree with the premise that bullying is harmful and must not be accepted in our schools.  But, a narrow focus on bullying can be a distraction from the bigger value of overall social emotional health. Students' "emotional centers of the brain" have an impact on cognitive learning.  …See More
Thursday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What Are We Teaching Students About Gender Roles?

The potential for gender bias lies within all of us. There are educators in classrooms who tend to call one gender more frequently, accept a brief answers given by boys and expect and welcome longer answers from girls, throughout the building there are those who greet boys with a pat on the back and girls with a gentle hand on the shoulder. Encouragement is offered, even in the earliest of years, in ways that are gender defining. The long held term "guys" is considered gender neutral, yet…See More
Jul 27
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Integrating Mindfulness Into Education

Teachers need tools and support to be effective in their work and maintain emotional well-being. Although the rewards can be profound, educators face job stresses that challenge the maintenance of emotional balance. Teachers are tasked with creating a structured learning environment that promotes academic achievement, intellectual curiosity and social-emotional development. Accountability to standardized learning outcomes intensifies the demands of teaching. Successfully meeting these…See More
Jul 23
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Jul 21
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Trusted Leaders: An Indispensable Resource For Teachers

We recently wrote a post on shared values and the important way those shared values, when lived in practice, can help the organization. This is especially true when parents and students trust the invitation to join teachers and school leaders to contribute to student success.  Trust is essential in an efficacious and healthy organization. Stephen Covey described it as the bank account…See More
Jul 21
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Stop Comparing Yourself: Celebrate and Develop Who You Are

So much professional development is focused on skills and methods and so much is necessary to learn and do.  Unless we grow as confident, open hearted, resilient humans, the skills and methods we learn and implement will remain as work to be done...We can find wisdom and knowledge within that speaks to who we are and how we act. How we revere others must not be an act of comparison, but one of celebrating their uniqueness and, therefore, our own. If we can do that, then...and maybe only…See More
Jul 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Shared Values: Everyone Benefits

Leaders are cognizant of the need to have a strong and positive school culture, built over time among a community with shared values. They are also under pressure to incorporate change to the routines within the school and sometimes to the culture itself.     Read more...See More
Jul 16
JANICE PHILLIPS commented on Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.'s blog post Are We Preparing Students for College, Career, and Incarceration?
"Courageously written!"
Jul 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Coaching as Professional Development: A Powerful Change Accelerator

With all the attention being paid to improving student performance and the assessments designed to measure that improvement, trying harder and doing more is the first response. Sometimes, it is the only response. For students and teachers alike, after school sessions, tutoring, and practice are replacing exciting and engaging learning.  The attention paid to what is happening in classrooms, that teachers need to change some practices, and the hyper-focus on the standardized test results have…See More
Jul 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Goal Setting: An Antidote to Stress

Too often we choose a goal for ourselves or our school and because it isn't achieved quickly, frustration and stress replace passion and energy. Most educators end a school year knowing exactly what went well and what didn't and have a good idea of why they think that is so.  Summer comes and a more relaxed time and a step away from the school year pace allows for stress and angst to slowly wash away.  Yet, while that washing away is a relief, it also a loss.  Buried in that stress and angst,…See More
Jul 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Good Communication: A Complex Path Toward Meaning

Teachers and leaders both are expected to be masters of communication, carry the responsibility of communicating and making sure their listeners understand.  The larger the audience, the greater the possibilities for misunderstandings. Communication is complicated. Very complicated. Any time two people share a conversation there are possibilities for complete understanding and for a plethora of misunderstandings. The range of possibilities multiplies with the number of listeners. So, when…See More
Jul 9
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leading the Common Core: Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Leaders, the vision keepers, thinkers, and role models have an opportunity to take this tiger by the tail. Their role of enforcing the Common Core has not resulted in anything other than compliance for many.  Now, next steps are needed. For no matter who - teachers, parents, community members, even students - the school environment must remain warm and welcoming, inclusive and safe.  This Common Core business is not faring well and the students who are meant to be the beneficiaries are too…See More
Jul 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Success for ALL Students Depends Upon Thoughtful Words and Actions

The best of our leaders know how to maintain relationships and respect from both sides of the aisle even when strong differences exist.  It is an imperative if you are a community leader. How does that look in a school?  When decisions are made about whether to reduce class size, or cut an athletic activity, or terminate a popular  teacher, or close a school, there are those who will be pleased and those who will not... always.  …See More
Jul 2
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Symbols in Our Schools: What Messages Do They Send?

Symbols are powerful things. Just try to change one that has been around for a long time. Let it be associated with athletic teams or school names and its power is even more profound. Just ask anyone whose district has lived through decisions about keeping or changing a Native American school identity like Indians, Braves, Red Skins or Chiefs.  Grades can be considered symbols. Those letters and numbers can communicate "you are smart" or "you are not smart".  Those messages may not be the…See More
Jun 30
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Use The Summertime to Rethink Teaching and Learning

Summertime is upon us, and a change of pace, bright sunlight, and a time for reflection accompanies it. Summertime is often when data is reviewed.  It invites us to look at mastery rates, failure rates and, now, maybe, a projection for teacher and principal evaluations.  We think these can be helpful only if they are part of a larger data set. There many options before us and so much information available in the extraordinary number of websites and books published that we may not know how to…See More
Jun 28

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Tell our School Leadership 2.0 community a little bit about yourself. Feel free to post your email address and website. Also feel free to list your areas of interest. This will help other members dialogue with you.
I am the Director of Curriculum and Instruction at the Spackenkill UFSD in the Hudson Valley in New York. Twitter: Jill_V_B and Blog: http://schoolsasplacesforchildren.blogspot.com/
What is your present job title?
Curriculum Director
At what school level do you work?
K-12
Where do you work?
Other location in NY State

Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.'s Blog

Leaders Need Strength and Soul

Posted on August 2, 2015 at 6:59am 0 Comments

The morning newscasters around the world were reporting that a piece of an airplane wing has washed ashore on Reunion Island, it was big news, as it might be the first piece of an airliner that disappeared 15 months ago. One foreign correspondent reported that there had been "162 souls on board." The phrase caught us. It is not how an American would likely characterize the human lives that might be lost. Juxtapose that to a recent Time Magazine article "A jailbreak shows…

Continue

Will Your Leadership Help Teachers Develop Social-Emotional Skills in Their Students?

Posted on July 30, 2015 at 7:30am 0 Comments

In the last few years, an attempt to extinguish bullying has taken center stage.  Few disagree with the premise that bullying is harmful and must not be accepted in our schools.  But, a narrow focus on bullying can be a distraction from the bigger value of overall social emotional health. Students' "emotional centers of the brain" have an impact on cognitive learning.  …

Continue

What Are We Teaching Students About Gender Roles?

Posted on July 27, 2015 at 6:55am 0 Comments

The potential for gender bias lies within all of us. There are educators in classrooms who tend to call one gender more frequently, accept a brief answers given by boys and expect and welcome longer answers from girls, throughout the building there are those who greet boys with a pat on the back and girls with a gentle hand on the shoulder. Encouragement is offered, even in the earliest of years, in ways that are gender defining. The long held term "guys" is considered gender neutral,…

Continue

Integrating Mindfulness Into Education

Posted on July 23, 2015 at 6:42am 0 Comments

Teachers need tools and support to be effective in their work and maintain emotional well-being. Although the rewards can be profound, educators face job stresses that challenge the maintenance of emotional balance. Teachers are tasked with creating a structured learning environment that promotes academic achievement, intellectual curiosity and social-emotional development. Accountability to standardized learning outcomes intensifies the demands of teaching.…

Continue

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