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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

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
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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
Sunday
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
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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
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

"The Imitation Game" as a STEM Lesson

In order to lead a STEM learning environment, it is important to understand what it provides for and what it demands of teachers. STEM can reach more learners because hands-on collaborative inquiry invites more learners into the process, gives purpose to study and quells the age-old question, "Why do we have to learn this?".  Content is relevant to the 21st century workplace. It brings science, technology, engineering, and math to the center of the learning and uses the skills required in those…See More
Feb 17
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Place of Love in Leadership

Leaders announce and compliment but joy is what love brings into our toolbox. It takes risks and practice. No, we can't be huggers without being careful but we do need to ask ourselves how our teachers and children know we love them? How do we show our joy at the success of children or the passing of a bond issue?In a 2005 keynote, Otto Scharmer asked twelve questions. Just these two might offer an opening:"When…See More
Feb 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Integrity Lessons From News Anchor Brian Williams' Fall From Grace

On a professional level though, how can we hold our educational community accountable? Have we slipped there? Is it our role to model integrity and to hold others to the same bar? Test scores are such a small part of the equation...yet we've allowed ourselves to be reduced to them. Accountability as a check on conscience is not a bad thing. As educators, we have each made a commitment to the children we serve. We will deliver the best education we can, by being the best teachers and leaders we…See More
Feb 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders Take Notice: Care Counts

A recent TIME Magazine article entitled  "Leaving Tests Behind" reported on the call to re-examine the use of standardized tests to account for the meeting of a national standard. The trend to use standardized tests to account for common benchmarks of student achievement and, of course, a way to hold all schools accountable has given rise to questions about the impact on children.  Legislating these standardized tests came from the belief that it would be beneficial if all children in the…See More
Feb 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Principal as Lead Reader

Most of what is written about reading is focused on children, their parents and their teachers. We contend that principals can have an impact by playing a role in the development of a culture of readers by leading reading forward. As "head reader" the principal must first ask him or herself:Am I a "reader"? Am I always reading a book?Do I pack and read a book when I travel?Do I know if my teachers are "readers"?If the teachers aren't  "readers" how will I invite them to become "readers"? …See More
Feb 8
Bruce Deitrick Price commented on Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.'s blog post Longer School Days and Years are Not the Answer Yet
"There is no amount of days or hours that a careful use of Common Core won't totally nullify.   Conversely, you could shorten the day and shorten the year and results would go up, if you had people at the top who were devoted to fulfilling…"
Feb 8
Dr.Jesse Hargrove commented on Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.'s blog post Do Superintendents Matter?
"Read Closing the Achievement Gap in America : A National Imperative for a Super Man, a Super Woman, and a Superintendent which is on Barnes & Noble website as a free sample. Yes, Superintendents do make a difference in student learning. - - JH"
Feb 8
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

STEM Is More Than A Learning Experience

STEM does not mean teaching more. It means teaching differently. It requires project and problem based learning. It requires partnerships with businesses and the health care industry. Science and technology are pushing our lives forward simultaneously. Math, in the service of science, technology, and problem solving, is a partner. New engineers will benefit from innovative design programs supported by the arts and informed by history to break open how we illuminate our homes, play games,…See More
Feb 5
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders: Improve Teacher and Student Performance with Effective Evidence

As the list of 21st century learning attributes grows, what is included in the learning process to be evaluated grows along with it. Are we willing to rely on the existing manner of assessment and grades as evidence of learning? Or, is evidence of successful teaching and learning a mixture of achievement on tests, motivation of all learners to engage in the process, reduced discipline incidents, increased attendance rates, and, just maybe, increased student membership in the school community?…See More
Feb 3
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leading Technology Requires Knowing How To Do It Ourselves

Leaders' beliefs about technology and lack of understanding about the dynamic and sometimes invisible nature of the use of technology are two barriers to progress.  If a systematic plan for increasing technology applications does not exist in a school or system, question why.  When new standards are required, schools traditionally have planned out professional development, purchases of new texts and/or supplies, and observed as teachers have adopted and used these new methods and tools.  Why is…See More
Feb 1

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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

Common Core and PARCC: What About the Children?

Posted on March 4, 2015 at 7:25am 0 Comments

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…

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What Are We Teaching About Winning?

Posted on March 1, 2015 at 7:09am 0 Comments

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…

Continue

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

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

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…

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Build Trust in Schools

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:28am 0 Comments

Instead of incapacitating people's ability to problem-solve or try new ideas -- which is what fear does to us -- research on school reform strongly suggests that policy-makers should be encouraging school leaders to take a more humane approach. In their …

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