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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 Snow Day Decision

The public's unforgiving criticism of the recent snowstorm that hit the northeast offers an exaggerated insight into the ongoing commentary about the work of educators and the politicians who they have voted into office. It is good to have open discussions.  But Monday morning quarterbacking is best only done by those who have made the decisions. For them it is called reflection. Including in that reflection those affected by the decisions is wisdom.  …See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Principals Have a Complex Job

The principalship is complicated. Along with the increasing responsibilities and demand for a growing knowledge base, principals have welcomed a variety of different types of learners, an increased number of English language learners, and a growing number of children living in poverty. They have had to learn how to coach and mentor teachers who have to learn about different abilities, second language acquisition, cultural differences for those entering our country, the impact of poverty on…See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Governor Andrew Cuomo: Understand the Problem Before Announcing Solutions

Though we are New Yorkers, we try to write with relevancy for all who lead education. But, sometimes, the best examples do come from our state....well, maybe not best, perhaps a better word is striking. New York's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was recently re-elected to a second term. He has enthusiastically claimed the  "we must improve schools" podium, stepping into his school improvement agenda including pre-k programs and teacher evaluation.…See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Tenure and Excellence

Can we deny that there are those who have bestowed tenure on those who didn't deserve it? Can we deny that there are those who could do a better job of developing their teachers and principals?  These debates bring with them confusion, resentment, and resistance. We have also seen top notch professionals commit daily to getting better and to caring even more. Most of us want a surgeon, if we need one, to have performed an operation multiple times before we come under the laser or the scalpel.…See More
Jan 22
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Learning the Way Out of Poverty

Whether a school has a majority of its students living in poverty, or only a small percentage of students living in poverty, keeping poverty on our minds is important.  Reading about, talking about, and doing something about those students living in poverty may cause us to do something different from what is happening for those students now   Read more....See More
Jan 20
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Can an Introvert Be a Leader?

Leaders, do not mistake an introvert as one without capacity to lead. Whether a superintendent looking at a pool of candidates for other leadership positions in the district, or principals looking for teacher leaders, or teachers considering teacher leadership, all need to pay attention. Create time and spaces for introverts to contribute and increase the number of opportunities for leadership and quiet leaders to emerge.  …See More
Jan 18
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Educational Reform Takes a Long View

Exhausted from the changes that have taken place in these last years, no one can accuse schools of not trying.  Before there is little energy left, we offer a solution that is both simple and enormous.  Stop.  Stop adding programs, changing programs, and exchanging programs. Stop responding to external pressures as they arise. Start thinking about the system as a whole. What is the central purpose? It must always begin with the children. If we begin and end with the welfare of the children,…See More
Jan 15
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Evaluation Lessons From Roger Ebert

The documentary "Life Itself" about the life of Roger Ebert is a multi-dimensional study of a very interesting man and his work.  He was the first film critic to receive a Pulitzer Prize (1975) for film criticism. His writing was recognized as being insightful and revelatory. As a critic, he was viewed as a true expert of the cinema. One slice of the documentary that is of particular importance to educators is when Martin Scorsese spoke about receiving reviews from Roger Ebert.  …See More
Jan 13
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Teacher Evaluation 3.0

Any current evaluation tool based upon established teaching and leading standards, no matter how they came to be, can serve as architecture. They are the "what" of the process.  Think of them as the steel beams of the process...and that is all.  What happens as the floors, ceilings, windows, HVAC systems, walls, and furnishings are put in place remains a locally controlled issue. They are the "how" of the process.  The "how" is most certainly a personal, and locally controlled, issue. …See More
Jan 8
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Positive Relationships with Parents and the Community Make a Difference

Developing and nurturing positive relationships with parents and community members is a key to a healthy school/community relationship. Parents who feel connected to the school and its leaders and teachers are active participants in the education of their children. They are also ambassadors to other parents in the community. Their positive and respectful attitude toward the school and education, we hope, passes to their children.  …See More
Jan 6
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

See Each Other: A New Year's Resolution for 2015

At this time of year, predictions accompany resolutions and often, by the time the trees bud and the crocus pop through the frozen earth, both the predictions and the resolutions are forgotten.  Now, there are predictions being made about the Common Core, eRate, high stakes standardized tests, teacher tenure and more. Resolutions are being made about behaviors that support good mental and physical health. But, we'd like to begin the New Year with a resolution that is more fundamental; let's…See More
Jan 4
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Open Hearted Teaching and Leading

If educating the "whole child" is becoming a central theme in the work of schools, we must know the whole child: the whole child includes their family life circumstances, their needs, feelings, and experiences. Poverty and incarceration exist in the lives of some of our children. Hour Children...in Long Island City is an organization worth considering as a model. The organization's name reflects the belief that the lives of these children are formed around three hours: the hour of the mother's…See More
Dec 23, 2014
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Carnegie Units and Standardized Testing Use Need To Be Replaced With a Newer Model

Standardized testing (now dubbed 'high stakes testing') has something in common with Carnegie Units. They are boundaries educators face, push against, and climb over. They are also barriers that in some cases are perceived rather than real. But they do go hand in hand with each other. At this point we are all keenly aware of the negative views of the use of standardized testing and some are becoming aware of the clash between the need for flexibility in 21st century schools and the time-based…See More
Dec 21, 2014
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Are Grades a Thing of the Past?

Grades are part of schooling and of how teachers communicate progress and development to parents.  How can this idea ever take hold especially in a public school?  Or, for that matter, how can the use of standardized tests used as high stakes measures ever be diminished?  We wonder. As the power of social media grows and the engagement of those who are advocating to abolish grades catches fire, is living in the "can't happen world" becoming a dangerous place?…See More
Dec 18, 2014

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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 Snow Day Decision

Posted on January 29, 2015 at 7:15am 0 Comments

The public's unforgiving criticism of the recent snowstorm that hit the northeast offers an exaggerated insight into the ongoing commentary about the work of educators and the politicians who they have voted into office. It is good to have open discussions.  But Monday morning quarterbacking is best only done by those who have made the decisions. For them it is called reflection. Including in that reflection those affected by the decisions is wisdom.  …

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Principals Have a Complex Job

Posted on January 27, 2015 at 6:56am 0 Comments

The principalship is complicated. Along with the increasing responsibilities and demand for a growing knowledge base, principals have welcomed a variety of different types of learners, an increased number of English language learners, and a growing number of children living in poverty. They have had to learn how to coach and mentor teachers who have to learn about different abilities, second language acquisition, cultural differences for those entering our country, the impact of…

Continue

Governor Andrew Cuomo: Understand the Problem Before Announcing Solutions

Posted on January 25, 2015 at 6:27am 0 Comments

Though we are New Yorkers, we try to write with relevancy for all who lead education. But, sometimes, the best examples do come from our state....well, maybe not best, perhaps a better word is striking. New York's Governor Andrew M. Cuomo was recently re-elected to a second term. He has enthusiastically claimed the  "we must improve schools" podium, stepping into his school improvement agenda including pre-k programs and teacher evaluation.…

Continue

Tenure and Excellence

Posted on January 22, 2015 at 7:02am 0 Comments

Can we deny that there are those who have bestowed tenure on those who didn't deserve it? Can we deny that there are those who could do a better job of developing their teachers and principals?  These debates bring with them confusion, resentment, and resistance. We have also seen top notch professionals commit daily to getting better and to caring even more. Most of us want a surgeon, if we need one, to have performed an operation multiple times before we come under the laser or the…

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