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Developing The Whole Leader

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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

Listen to the Children

We listen to the research, the thought leaders, community members, boards of education, business, mental health and health care providers. But, someday, we need to remember that the children also have something to say. There is value to listening to the children.  Here, we are thinking about four.  Read more...See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

#tbt Reviewing Curriculum: A Look Back

One result of the introduction of the Common Core Standards is a need for a curriculum review.  District leaders are called upon to be sure that classrooms, grade levels, and subject areas are aligning their curriculum with the new standards. The Common Core may have been the provocation this time, but curriculum review, routine for some, should be for all; if not before, at least now. …See More
Sep 18
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Pro Sports Players, Leaders, and Domestic Violence

We shouldn't just watch this drama unfold.  Action to advocate for a zero tolerance for violence, not only in our schools, but in society, will help diminish the numbers of children affected...and they will be better learners and more whole as humans. Should we refrain from entering the domestic violence fray because what happens at home isn't our business?  Can we take another thing on? Do we have a choice? According to the research, there is a connection between hitting children and mental…See More
Sep 16
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a discussion

Developing The Whole Leader

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 writing about that. School districts are filled with educators struggling to understand what is being asked of them as they meet the needs of their students daily.  How much stress can we place on the people in our systems? …See More
Sep 15
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Achievement, Assessment, & Accountability

Since the performance measures (standardized) do not provide the information useful for improving performance, let's not try to make it so.  If we focus on those measures that do inform us about what students know and are able to do, and follow the paths that they lead, then results on standardized measures should follow.  If we continue to focus on the standardized results as meaningful, then we have to be clear about what they mean.…See More
Aug 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Plagiarism vs. Integrity

Often left to the pervue of the librarian, copyright information, as all else in our schools, needs to come out of its silo and be integrated into all of our classrooms. Understanding copyright and fair use is something that arises when we write but has relevance in so many other aspects of our lives. Students, teachers, and building and district leaders should be alert about these issues.  It is a matter of character. …See More
Jul 31
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders And Integrity

These turbulent times offer invitation.  Leaders can seize the moment and lead. Many others want someone to do that. Within the pubic there is a growing sentiment that educators are overpaid workers whose ranks are filled with incompetents who enjoy unprecedented job security, over-test children and fail to educate our youth successfully. Within education, there are those who believe teachers are underpaid, under inordinate pressure, challenged to do more with less, and facing increasingly…See More
Jul 23
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Change Schools to Create Possibilities

How we educate students must change.  Is there anyone among us who still believes that the paradigm in which we operate provides adequate preparation for the adult lives our students will live?  Teachers and leaders, along with communities of parents and those in business and health care, politicians and news reporters all know that change is needed. But why has change been so slow to happen? …See More
Jul 17
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Do You Think Summer School Needs a Redesign?

Summer schools traditionally have focused on test prep, helping students know enough information to be able to pass the course's final exam, be it locally or state developed.  What does this say about what we value in education and do we need to change the message we are sending?  What kind of information do we need to collect in order to analyze this summer school question?  And why is it important that we do so?…See More
Jul 13
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Jul 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Do We Need to Change the Way We Lead?

Surely, our schools are in need of major overhauling. The thought that we knew or could predict the world for which we prepared students has, itself, become archaic. Now, we must prepare students to become part of change itself, those who envision what can be and make it real and those who navigate rapid change skillfully while never forgetting who they are.  Limits are being pushed.…See More
Jul 8
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Investing in Online Learning Means Investing in Teachers

If we want to  use the potential that technologies offer our learners, investment in teachers is required. Knowing teachers' mindsets, their fears, and concerns and attending to them while leading forward is crucial. Developing their interest in and their appreciation for the application of these technologies is essential. (Read more)See More
Jun 25
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What if we are wrong about teacher observation?

We have negotiated boundaries around observation and evaluation. We have laws and mandates we must follow. It is time for them to change. Maybe there can be some kind of shift, even within existing boundaries, that can allow for newer and richer and more worthwhile processes to emerge. Read more...See More
Mar 25
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Did We Get 'Career Ready' Right?

Could we have unwittingly prepared students to be career ready by teaching them how to work together?  Might it be feasible that business has caught up with something we knew previously? What do you think?See More
Dec 30, 2013
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

We Need 'A Little Bit of Mandela' in All of Us

Most of us will never be so great but all of us can be 'a little bit Mandela.' Those of us who choose to lead in education know the calling to make a difference in the world. We have followed it and made it our own. Most of us will not be asked to sacrifice as he did nor will the differences we make be as large. For those like Nelson Mandela and Dawn Lafferty Hochsprung who set extraordinary examples for us, we are grateful. They spent themselves on worthy causes. Their smiles endure and…See More
Dec 9, 2013
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Is There A Relationship Between Schools, Violence, and Mental Health?

What drives us to use angry and destructive behavior and what drives us to be violent may be an inability to successfully express what is happening inside of us. Public schools have the opportunity to impact more future citizens of the world than any other institution.  Creating and maintaining emotional environments that teach, nurture, and maintain healthy behaviors is an essential element of our responsibility to maintain physically safe environments in which our students can learn. Read…See More
Oct 28, 2013

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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

Listen to the Children

Posted on September 28, 2014 at 6:32am 0 Comments

We listen to the research, the thought leaders, community members, boards of education, business, mental health and health care providers. But, someday, we need to remember that the children also have something to say. There is value to listening to the children.  Here, we are thinking about four.  Read more...

#tbt Reviewing Curriculum: A Look Back

Posted on September 18, 2014 at 7:37am 0 Comments

One result of the introduction of the Common Core Standards is a need for a curriculum review.  District leaders are called upon to be sure that classrooms, grade levels, and subject areas are aligning their curriculum with the new standards. The Common Core may have been the provocation this time, but curriculum review, routine for some, should be for all; if not before, at least now. …

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Pro Sports Players, Leaders, and Domestic Violence

Posted on September 16, 2014 at 7:05am 0 Comments

We shouldn't just watch this drama unfold.  Action to advocate for a zero tolerance for violence, not only in our schools, but in society, will help diminish the numbers of children affected...and they will be better learners and more whole as humans. Should we refrain from entering the domestic violence fray because what happens at home isn't our business?  Can we take another thing on? Do we have a choice? According to the research, there is a connection between hitting…

Continue

Achievement, Assessment, & Accountability

Posted on August 14, 2014 at 5:30am 0 Comments

Since the performance measures (standardized) do not provide the information useful for improving performance, let's not try to make it so.  If we focus on those measures that do inform us about what students know and are able to do, and follow the paths that they lead, then results on standardized measures should follow.  If we continue to focus on the standardized results as meaningful, then we have to be clear about what they mean.…

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