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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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Healthy School Culture Depends Upon Human Resource Leadership

Dealing with human resource issues is a challenge for anyone. Most often, they are responsible for the accountability system related to the performance of others.  They must be consummate communicators, balancing human compassion with organizational mission. They are the delivers of professional rewards and accolades and of the hard and tough decisions that disrupt people's lives in significant ways.  They are the eyes and ears, the barometers, of the organizational culture and, as such,…See More
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After a Careful Hiring Process, Then What?

In all cases, the recognition that professional development is a career long process is essential.  But, informed examination of alternatives and selection of options is essential to determine what professional development is needed for each individual.  Learning new ways of teaching and learning, or of leading a strategic planning process, or implementing the integration of technology or a shift into a STEM based learning environment, for example, is half the work.  The other half is the…See More
Jun 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Terror, Stress, and Leadership

Most schools across the country are on summer vacation. But a few northern schools are in their last week. Those educators will be deciding how to approach this tragedy to help children, faculty, and staff make sense of this horror and of the world as it is and can be. Listen to conversations around you. There are growing fears about air travel and heated debates about second amendment rights and privacy and safety. Cautions about movie theaters, sports events the like build concern, fear, and…See More
Jun 16
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Engagement of Every Student is Shared Work

It seems we all take for granted that, unless a child is disabled in some way, by the time they are five years old, she or he can both walk and talk. They understand basic language and they can follow simple directions. We expect that there are variations in the capacities of children to accomplish these but also expect that they all can do it in some form. These days in addition to walking, talking, understanding, and following directions, some can read a bit and use technology. They also have…See More
Jun 9
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders Must Be More Than Managers and Instructional Leaders

This is the time that calls for leadership with a capital "L".  Building leaders cannot be successful as one or the other, managers or instructional leaders, nor can their superintendents. In order to meet the demands of this century, the leaders' success can only be found in becoming a Leader. Those in positions of power, authority and responsibility, who are responsible for safety, making sure rules are followed, records are accurately kept, jobs are done properly, instruction is changing in…See More
Jun 7
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The Key to Student Success: Build Educator and Collective Capacity

Picture this: You have hired excellent teachers, set high learning standards, started numerous student intervention programs, managed resources efficiently, and aligned your school goals. Sadly, no matter how hard everyone works each day, your school still has not been able to close achievement gaps, significantly raise achievement for other students, and provide the most vulnerable students with the social/emotional programs they need.This was the problem we faced in Lexington Massachusetts…See More
May 22
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Schools as Instruments of Change: Transgender Students & Bathrooms

From those who have been vocal about their opposition to allowing transgender students use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, much of the objection seems not to be about the gender identity issue but rather that we are confronting imagined imposters who mean others harm. First, in what school, in this day and age, does anyone enter the building without checking in?  Second, in what schools do adult visitors in the building, use the bathrooms assigned for children?  If schools are…See More
May 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Why Successful Leaders Create Space for Questions

We are no longer at the threshold of the 21st century. It is running us over with its exciting opportunities and accelerated speed. If we do not capture the moment and create the learning environments students truly need, we will have failed. The same structures and methods of the past can inspire us but not constrain us. Read more....See More
May 15
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Comply or Defy: Bridging the Real and Ideal

Leading, like teaching and learning, is a multidimensional, highly relational endeavor. In a culture that emphasizes technical efficiencies over relational values, the principles that ground educational leadership can become compromised. This corruption of ideals can be traced to conflicts inherent in our roles, as public educators and leaders are asked to enact contradictory purposes. We are agents of the state whose salaries are paid by public funds; and we are agents of change, expected to…See More
May 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Problems of Race and Poverty Can't be Resolved by Schools Alone

 Race and poverty remain connected and neither can be resolved by schools alone but neither they can they be resolved without education. Schools may be segregated by a socio-economic gravity pull toward sameness. The historical phenomenon of moves to the suburbs was motivated by families pulled toward schools and communities where resources were more plentiful. It is also part of our history that schools can help students out of poverty, one by one, and attain higher achievement and be better…See More
May 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

National Standards and Local Control

Educators are responsible for and to their local schools and districts. But, a national value for a highly educated population to preserve our democracy and a highly prepared workforce to sustain our national economy gives the federal government an interest in our work that cannot be denied. It is the bigger picture that evades many. If we are to object to these federal mandates, then how can we be sure we are not only taking care of our local concerns?  How do we assert our obligation for the…See More
Apr 28
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Apr 26
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When Rethinking Schools Don't Narrowly Define STEM

We applaud the Secretary King's leadership on the value of STEM for all but offer a caution about a narrow definition of STEM as the advancement, only, of science, technology, engineering, and math.  If those four content areas are advanced without a concomitant shift within the entire educational system, we stand to lose the full potential offered by STEM and this decade. A slew of unintended consequences may occur. The most serious is the contribution to a widening achievement gap for the…See More
Apr 26
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Hate Speech is on the Rise

It was the day of this year's Boston Marathon. An ESPN radio host in New York's Capital District was commenting on the Ethiopian runners who took the top honors for the day. In doing so, he made remarks that were so repugnant we won't repeat them here. We wrote the channel to confirm we had heard correctly. We received a response stating that "in retrospect it was an inappropriate comment in a vain attempt to be funny." And there you have it. The harm was done. Hanging unrepentantly in cars,…See More
Apr 24
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Evolve as an Educator

Engagement in intentional professional growth opportunities is a key component of an evolving educator. For example, Twitter has taken the educational world by storm over the past five years. In my new book that I co-wrote with Billy Krakower and Scott Rocco, 140 Twitter Tips for Educators, it's made very…See More
Apr 21
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Americans Love their Local Schools. Invite Their Participation.

What is more important in a family than the children?  Many young couples chose where to live based on the schools. But every parent shares their little one's excitement and anxiety on that first day of school. Beginning at the young age of 5 in most communities, children are placed in our hands. We are the institution to them and we assure them we are an institution they can trust with lives that are most precious. Letting go of the young ones' hands, feeling it slip away as they walk onto the…See More
Apr 19

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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

Healthy School Culture Depends Upon Human Resource Leadership

Posted on June 21, 2016 at 6:34am 0 Comments

Dealing with human resource issues is a challenge for anyone. Most often, they are responsible for the accountability system related to the performance of others.  They must be consummate communicators, balancing human compassion with organizational mission. They are the delivers of professional rewards and accolades and of the hard and tough decisions that disrupt people's lives in significant ways.  They are the eyes and ears, the barometers, of the organizational culture and, as…

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After a Careful Hiring Process, Then What?

Posted on June 19, 2016 at 6:16am 0 Comments

In all cases, the recognition that professional development is a career long process is essential.  But, informed examination of alternatives and selection of options is essential to determine what professional development is needed for each individual.  Learning new ways of teaching and learning, or of leading a strategic planning process, or implementing the integration of technology or a shift into a STEM based learning environment, for example, is half the work.  The other half is…

Continue

Terror, Stress, and Leadership

Posted on June 16, 2016 at 6:41am 0 Comments

Most schools across the country are on summer vacation. But a few northern schools are in their last week. Those educators will be deciding how to approach this tragedy to help children, faculty, and staff make sense of this horror and of the world as it is and can be. Listen to conversations around you. There are growing fears about air travel and heated debates about second amendment rights and privacy and safety. Cautions about movie theaters, sports events the like build concern,…

Continue

Engagement of Every Student is Shared Work

Posted on June 9, 2016 at 10:24am 0 Comments

It seems we all take for granted that, unless a child is disabled in some way, by the time they are five years old, she or he can both walk and talk. They understand basic language and they can follow simple directions. We expect that there are variations in the capacities of children to accomplish these but also expect that they all can do it in some form. These days in addition to walking, talking, understanding, and following directions, some can read a bit and use technology. They…

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