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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

Redefining Boundaries: 21st Century Schools

Today's leader understands that vision is a collaborative endeavor, with permeable boundaries and moving goalposts. These leaders can enable the conditions that support new types of relationships between teachers, teachers and students, teachers and leaders, and school and the broader community. Read more....See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What Happens To Disenfranchised Students?

A recent news reporter used the word 'gang' when referencing a young man wanting to join ISIS.  It was a word and idea that had been part of our thinking all these months, but there it was, the first time it was said out loud. What is it about gangs and gang-like activity that attracts young people? And what can schools do about it? Read more...See More
Tuesday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders: Balance Knowledge and Heart

When accountability overtakes good work, heart is lost.  When worry, fear and stress overtake us, our head doesn't work at its best and our heart connection is lost.  When lists of "what to do" get too long and attention to "how to do" is regulated, the heart voice is diminished.  Read more...See More
Mar 22
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Right Words Help Shape Your Message

Words are important.  They convey thoughts, ideas, concerns, feelings, and attitudes. They can be inviting and encouraging and they can be diminishing and limiting. We hope our use of words is intentional. We do know that in creating board policy and in reviewing and revising handbooks and Codes of Conduct words get a lot of attention, even little ones like 'can' and 'may'.  But emails and memos are often shot off without the same consideration and revision, so thinking about what words are…See More
Mar 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Email Security: Three Questions Leaders Should Ask

 Before today's students leave our schools and graduate into their independent young adulthood, they may all be wearing their technology on their wrists, and in their glasses. Banning the use of them or the wearing of them in our schools may be impossible. It makes much more public than ever before. Hillary Clinton thought having one device was "convenient". We wonder what she thinks now. Unless we grapple with the questions about proper use, potential outcomes and ethics regarding technology…See More
Mar 17
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Impact of Passion and Dispassion on Living, Leading, Teaching, and Learning

Here, author Gregg Levoy writes about passion an its impact on our lives as leaders and learners...The mechanics of inspiration being what they are, one person's passion can have a profound effect on the unfolding of other people's passion, and certainly for anyone in a position of leadership or stewardship--especially relative to children and young adults. Whether you're a teacher, parent, minister, mentor, manager, coach, counselor, politician, or CEO, this much is certain: your passion is…See More
Mar 15
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

21 Recommendations for Self-Directed Professional Development

Can we envision a system in which the local needs dictate the length of class sessions, the school day and year, the way subjects are organized and taught, and the manner in which external partnerships contribute to the education of teachers and their students? The design of the schools needs to be dictated by what we know about children's learning and organization capacity enhancements; then goals for the design of the instruction, and partnerships follow. The changes local school districts…See More
Mar 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Chevron's Partnership With NSTA Contributes To Teaching and Learning

Identify the needs that are most important and find a private sector partner that understands the local workforce needs and has a vested interest in the success of the local community. The most successful partnerships are between organizations with similar goals. This allows both partners to contribute their expertise and resources to create measurable and enduring value. An ideal partner will provide the resources to begin a program and see it through to successful and sustainable…See More
Mar 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What Does NSTA Have To Say About Schools Partnering With Business?

Partnerships between the private sector and education have the ability to leverage a unique set of resources, talent, involvement, and know-how from each partner that can maximize collective efforts. In this two part series on school-business partnerships, bloggers Ann Myers and Jill Berkowicz asked the same set of questions of Dr. David Evans, NSTA Executive Director and Blair Blackwell, Manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron Corporation. Today's answers come from Dr. David…See More
Mar 8
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Common Core and PARCC: What About the Children?

The Common Core and PARCC debacle continue to rage at conferences, in articles and blogs, at board meetings, in faculty meetings, PTA meetings, and in living rooms and legislative hallways. Actually we think this is a good thing. The attention of parents, board members, teachers, community members, politicians, and candidates on the quality of education is certainly larger than in recent memory. There are questions about the value of national standards, the appropriate nature of some of the…See More
Mar 4
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What Are We Teaching About Winning?

Winning is associated with competition. Children begin to learn about winning at home; before coming to school, they have played games with family members or friends or in preschools. Others will learn lessons in activities like Babe Ruth or Pop Warner....or dance competitions.  But, almost all will learn something about winning and losing in school. So, what are we teaching? Can there be a winner if there is not a loser? How important is it to learn how to win and how to lose and the values…See More
Mar 1
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Good Assessment Practices Used in Schools Offer the Oscars a Better Method

Awards are part of our culture. Just as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has the Academy Awards, schools and districts hold awards for students as the year comes to an end. Awards are like summative assessments. They are the conclusion of a value of the work done by a person or persons. What if school districts developed a culture in which a celebration of each other's work was an annual event?  What if we all held our own Oscars for teachers? We would call them the "The…See More
Feb 26
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Feb 24
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Higher Graduation Rates: How Did We Get There?

A curious part of Secretary Duncan's press release was buried at the end of the second paragraph where he noted the hard work of teachers, principals, students and families. Where is the evidence from which he based this statement? Does that mean for states that are recorded as having stayed the same, or declined a point or two, that the teachers in that state did not work hard? Or that the principals, students, and families in those states were not as hard working as in other states? We accept…See More
Feb 22
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leading Change: Communication and Relationships

Improving student achievement by teaching differently and testing differently is, at best, an outdated, narrow view. Schools are dynamic human institutions. They exist within larger systems. The type of change needed requires acceptance that school reform is dependent on the development of individuals and of crucial, interdependent connections within and beyond the school community.  …See More
Feb 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

Redefining Boundaries: 21st Century Schools

Posted on March 26, 2015 at 7:13am 0 Comments

Today's leader understands that vision is a collaborative endeavor, with permeable boundaries and moving goalposts. These leaders can enable the conditions that support new types of relationships between teachers, teachers and students, teachers and leaders, and school and the broader community. Read…

Continue

What Happens To Disenfranchised Students?

Posted on March 24, 2015 at 7:02am 0 Comments

A recent news reporter used the word 'gang' when referencing a young man wanting to join ISIS.  It was a word and idea that had been part of our thinking all these months, but there it was, the first time it was said out loud. What is it about gangs and gang-like activity that attracts young people? And what can schools do about it? Read more...

Leaders: Balance Knowledge and Heart

Posted on March 22, 2015 at 7:40am 0 Comments

When accountability overtakes good work, heart is lost.  When worry, fear and stress overtake us, our head doesn't work at its best and our heart connection is lost.  When lists of "what to do" get too long and attention to "how to do" is regulated, the heart voice is diminished.  Read more...

The Right Words Help Shape Your Message

Posted on March 19, 2015 at 6:24am 0 Comments

Words are important.  They convey thoughts, ideas, concerns, feelings, and attitudes. They can be inviting and encouraging and they can be diminishing and limiting. We hope our use of words is intentional. We do know that in creating board policy and in reviewing and revising handbooks and Codes of Conduct words get a lot of attention, even little ones like 'can' and 'may'.  But emails and memos are often shot off without the same consideration and revision, so thinking about what…

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