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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

STEM is Based Upon Progressive Thinking

Schools are struggling to become schools of this century, making sense of whether this important work is the result of mandates or whether they are really left to discover what lies beneath those surface fixes. Behaviors required for learning include attention, focus, interest, motivation and, yes, readiness. Those behaviors are difficult to engender, simultaneously, for all students in a classroom. To create that space requires the highest art and the science of teaching and the open heart and…See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Longer School Days and Years are Not the Answer Yet

The different use of the time has merit, and there are barriers that need to be addressed first.  There are required minutes of instruction in different areas from K through 12.  Those requirements vary from state to state. But often schedules are built based upon past practice without realizing that there may exist an opportunity for change that is not being used. And there are barriers because of state requirements.      …See More
Oct 23
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Finding Common Ground

The Nobel Committee has chosen two advocates for children to share the Nobel Peace Prize. Those two advocates come from different countries, with different religions. Those trying to lead education forward all with different voices, coming from different perspectives, are all fighting for the quality of the system. All the constituencies, parents, teachers, leaders, policy makers, pundits, enter the conversation about education with different opinions, but all are fighting for what they believe…See More
Oct 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leadership Standards Now and A Look Back #TBT

The proposed newer version of the ISLLC Standards increases the number of standards to 11 and consistently adds the words "well being" when talking about the success of every student as the introductory stem to every standard descriptor.  As in the earlier standards, the 2014 standards are followed by functions that describe ways in which leaders can demonstrate each standard. It is about action. The functions include words like those in the standards: develop, nurture, provide, facilitate,…See More
Oct 16
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Prepare for the Advances in e-leafing

e-Learning is growing in its capacity and accessibility.  As an increasing array of courses are developed, and the levels of instruction reach down into our high schools, they offer potential for variety and individualization that otherwise cannot exist. Getting in on the action now, before policy makers decide their use and impose limitations, is a good way to seize the moment. If school districts joined with state departments of education to analyze whether these online courses are aligned…See More
Oct 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Authentic Learning and Assessments Are Needed More Today Than Ever

Schools continue to struggle to make sense of student engagement and its relationship to student achievement.  Some students come to class ready to learn and remain engaged no matter the lesson. This has always been the case. But far more students become increasingly disengaged with their learning. The response is to intervene with more teaching and learning time, counseling, removing privileges like clubs or sports, and/or the "call home" to engage parents in the solution. With the number of…See More
Oct 2
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
Sep 28
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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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

STEM is Based Upon Progressive Thinking

Posted on October 30, 2014 at 6:23am 0 Comments

Schools are struggling to become schools of this century, making sense of whether this important work is the result of mandates or whether they are really left to discover what lies beneath those surface fixes. Behaviors required for learning include attention, focus, interest, motivation and, yes, readiness. Those behaviors are difficult to engender, simultaneously, for all students in a classroom. To create that space requires the highest art and the science of teaching and the open…

Continue

Longer School Days and Years are Not the Answer Yet

Posted on October 23, 2014 at 7:50am 0 Comments

The different use of the time has merit, and there are barriers that need to be addressed first.  There are required minutes of instruction in different areas from K through 12.  Those requirements vary from state to state. But often schedules are built based upon past practice without realizing that there may exist an opportunity for change that is not being used. And there are barriers because of state requirements.      …

Continue

Nobel Peace Prize Winners: Finding Common Ground

Posted on October 19, 2014 at 5:58am 0 Comments

The Nobel Committee has chosen two advocates for children to share the Nobel Peace Prize. Those two advocates come from different countries, with different religions. Those trying to lead education forward all with different voices, coming from different perspectives, are all fighting for the quality of the system. All the constituencies, parents, teachers, leaders, policy makers, pundits, enter the conversation about education with different opinions, but all are fighting…

Continue

Leadership Standards Now and A Look Back #TBT

Posted on October 16, 2014 at 6:49am 0 Comments

The proposed newer version of the ISLLC Standards increases the number of standards to 11 and consistently adds the words "well being" when talking about the success of every student as the introductory stem to every standard descriptor.  As in the earlier standards, the 2014 standards are followed by functions that describe ways in which leaders can demonstrate each standard. It is about action. The functions include words like those in the standards: develop, nurture,…

Continue

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