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

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
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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
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

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
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

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
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Is The Opt-Out Movement in NY at a Tipping Point?

New York State is a hotbed of this resistance and opposition movement. With the former Commissioner of Education now in DC, recent appointee Commissioner Elia has begun a walk back from her predecessor's agenda. She worked to find or develop better tests.  She has effected a temporary uncoupling of student results and teacher and principal evaluations. For this year's administration, tests are untimed and questions will be released at the close of the scoring window. In her brief tenure, she…See More
Apr 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Communication Builds Your Team

 March Madness...NCAA basketball for non-sports enthusiasts...is over. Villanova won the men's championship with a "buzzer shot". When an interviewer asked Kris Jenkins, the 3 point shooter, when he knew the shot would be a good one, Kris responded by saying he knew when he received the pass. It came to him exactly right. Here was the star of the night, a college junior, acknowledging the teammate who passed the ball. That's a team at work.What to do when your team isn't in alignment? With so…See More
Apr 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What is Educational Leadership?

Some believe leaders are born.  Whether that is true or not, in our profession, becoming a school leader most often begins in the classroom. Teachers feel the call to make a bigger difference or to fill a different role. They take the first step by entering graduate programs. Those programs, formerly known by the name 'Educational Administration', have, over these past years, become 'Educational Leadership' programs. But, too often, the difference in the names did not necessarily change the…See More
Apr 5
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Evaluations Don't Motivate. Leaders Do

Spring is a time of renewal. Leaves open into lime green brilliance.  Perennials pop from the earth and spread an array of color. For educators, the chapter called 2015- 2016 is racing to a close. The next year comes into focus with budgets finalized and assignments made. Students and teachers and principals will be evaluated and next year's decisions will be made.It may well be the time of year when educators feel most accountable. But is it motivating? Paid with public dollars, we must be…See More
Apr 3
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Distinguish Between Opinion and Fact: A Leader's Responsibility

A most responsible decision is to open discussions where people with all opinions, bias, concerns, and support can be heard and considered. Coming together to make sense of all sides and arriving at a place where most of those involved can agree is challenging and takes a good amount of open mindedness. It might even mean a leader has to change his/her mind and position as the cloud of opinions clear and the facts are clear. An example from outside of education can be found in Robert DeNiro's…See More
Mar 31

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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

The Key to Student Success: Build Educator and Collective Capacity

Posted on May 22, 2016 at 6:59am 0 Comments

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…

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Schools as Instruments of Change: Transgender Students & Bathrooms

Posted on May 19, 2016 at 7:00am 0 Comments

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…

Continue

Why Successful Leaders Create Space for Questions

Posted on May 15, 2016 at 7:28am 0 Comments

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…

Continue

Comply or Defy: Bridging the Real and Ideal

Posted on May 12, 2016 at 7:02am 0 Comments

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,…

Continue

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