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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

Improving Education Takes More Than Minutes

Our public education system, the center of our democracy, lives within a global environment now. Technology and mobility have made it so. Our graduates from one place will probably work in another. Can we guarantee parity if there were no national standards? So the intention of Carnegie credits, minutes of instruction, and national standards is to guarantee all students, across the country, the same learning expectations. But they don't.…See More
yesterday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Teachers and Leaders: Stress and Burnout Can Be Ameliorated

If attention to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, encouraging and disciplined environments in which roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, engaging teaching and learning is taking place, respect and consideration for others is the norm, stress and burnout is in our control and can be ameliorated. It has to happen for adults before they can make it happen for our students. …See More
Sunday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Technology and Ethics: Essential Graduation Requirements

At a time when schools are feeling pushed and pulled from outside forces, this is another opportunity for the exercise of local control.  Any time anyone or any organization can take action, it is empowering.  Schools and the people within them need to feel empowered...for without that feeling, we are inviting students into a depressed environment, aren't we?  …See More
May 21
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders: Are You Listening or Hearing? It Makes a Difference.

It is difficult enough to truly hear what we are being told. We can turn to the Chinese symbol for listening to remember that deep listening involves eyes, ears, and heart.Pressures and stresses provoke a lot of negative feelings. Those negative feelings can easily be dismissed as "typical" end of year complaints. They well may be the same typical end of year complaints that have arisen year after year.  Perhaps no one was listening.  Or, perhaps the deep listeners understood but failed to plan…See More
May 19
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May 17
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Are We Preparing Students for College, Career, and Incarceration?

Whoever said "Sunshine is the best disinfectant" should have added "if you have the courage to face what the sunshine reveals and do something about it."  Perhaps it is our lack of courage, or simply a desire to not face what isn't pretty, but the matter of how children of different races are handled still needs some sunshine shed upon it. Read…See More
May 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Consensus in Action: I Understand. I Can Agree. I Will Support

"We'll just have to agree to disagree" a statement rife with dissent.  Considered a way to stand our own ground, it allows the conversation to stop, the wall between us to stand, and progress to be stifled. Anyone can take the lead in creating consensus as the mode of decision-making in an organization but the one with the true responsibility for making it a common practice is certainly the leader.  What is consensus, truly?  …See More
May 12
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Reflections on 3 of Gary Marx's 21 Trends for the 21st Century

Having spent the last two years focused on the potential for transforming schools by examining schools engaged in a STEM shift, it was with great interest we reviewed Gary Marx's new book, 21 Trends for the 21st Century: Out of the Trenches and into the Future.  His work underscores what we found as we studied school districts and the different paths taken to welcome 21st century designs into their schools.  Had his book been published before ours went to press, we surely would have included…See More
May 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Stop the Blame Game and Change the System!

It is not likely that the structure and standards for schools will ever again become a local design.  Nor should it be. The degree of interconnectivity across the country throughout the segments of economy, politics and society are too great. Technology is rendering the notion of local obsolete, except in farm products. Yet, there still remains the opportunity for local decisions and values to coexist with national standards. Schools and school districts that are pushing away from 20th century…See More
May 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Do Your Evaluations Improve Teachers' Practice?

Improved practice and achievement involves feedback, motivation, coaching, support and belief in the impact principals can have on teachers and teachers on their students.  It involves questioning the manner in which evaluations, all of them, are accomplished. If we want teachers to develop students, modeling it in the assessment of teachers by principals, and of principals by superintendents is key.  When principals, teachers, and students are being coached, supported, encouraged, and…See More
May 5
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Schools Need to Change and So Does Society

Educators are simultaneously creative (as they develop activities for learning and for extra-curricular opportunities) and stuck in the confines of a structure that is now centuries old. They continue to seek new ways to engage their students in learning while students are more and more distracted and uninterested. The paradox remains because the structure does not change. Schools are locked into time requirements, regulatory barriers, and contract limitations. Educators know what those…See More
May 3
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Success for ALL Students: Can You Answer These 10 Questions?

Attention to the success of ALL students focuses on curriculum and standards, differentiation and intervention, assessment and evaluation. All of that stands on the shoulders of the social emotional health of each child and adult. Whether we can take full responsibility for social emotional health of our students, and the people who work in our organizations or not, we must pursue it in earnest.  No one, child or adult, can bring their best selves to any task, if distractions, doubt,…See More
Apr 30
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Serial: A Free and Personal Professional Learning Experience in Objectivity

How can an open mind and an open heart be maintained in the heavily contentious environments educators find themselves in these days? Professional development can happen in a variety of forms.  It can come in structured learning from a instructor, reading a book, participating in a professional learning community or from witnessing an exemplar of a behavior and making a personal choice to employ that behavior or develop that skill. Here, we are writing about the opportunities to learn on our…See More
Apr 28
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Groupthink Does NOT Lead to Meaningful, Sustainable Solutions

Groupthink can be a powerful destructive force. Easily misunderstood as the values that sustain the organization, groupthink is more tied to the "view of the predominant group" and is "characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent." In this time of stress as standards and testing are being challenged, evaluation methods are questioned, schools are confronting failure to prepare every student for their future, and financial support is diminished, the ground for groupthink to…See More
Apr 26
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Addressing Mental Health Concerns: A Key to School Improvement

Drs. Adelman and Taylor write, " Anyone who has spent time in schools can itemize the multifaceted mental health and psychosocial concerns that require attention so that schools and students can succeed. As a result, many stakeholders are interested in enhancing how schools address such concerns. The question is: How should society's schools address the many factors interfering with teaching and learning?" …See More
Apr 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Changing Expectations Can Improve Student Achievement #tbt

Clearly, teachers are no longer purveyors of information, but schools can still be incubators for learning.  Schools are places where questions are raised and answers explored, experiences are shared, and collaboration can be expected.  It is the work of schools to develop students as learners, thinkers, and knowers, all with the goal of preparing them to be independent, informed, college and career ready.In that spirit schools have adopted texts, software, methods, assessments, and…See More
Apr 16

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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

Improving Education Takes More Than Minutes

Posted on May 26, 2015 at 7:07am 0 Comments

Our public education system, the center of our democracy, lives within a global environment now. Technology and mobility have made it so. Our graduates from one place will probably work in another. Can we guarantee parity if there were no national standards? So the intention of Carnegie credits, minutes of instruction, and national standards is to guarantee all students, across the country, the same learning expectations. But they don't.…

Continue

Teachers and Leaders: Stress and Burnout Can Be Ameliorated

Posted on May 24, 2015 at 7:11am 0 Comments

If attention to creating and maintaining a safe, welcoming, encouraging and disciplined environments in which roles and responsibilities are clearly defined, engaging teaching and learning is taking place, respect and consideration for others is the norm, stress and burnout is in our control and can be ameliorated. It has to happen for adults before they can make it happen for our students. …

Continue

Technology and Ethics: Essential Graduation Requirements

Posted on May 21, 2015 at 7:56am 0 Comments

At a time when schools are feeling pushed and pulled from outside forces, this is another opportunity for the exercise of local control.  Any time anyone or any organization can take action, it is empowering.  Schools and the people within them need to feel empowered...for without that feeling, we are inviting students into a depressed environment, aren't we?  …

Continue

Leaders: Are You Listening or Hearing? It Makes a Difference.

Posted on May 19, 2015 at 11:11am 0 Comments

It is difficult enough to truly hear what we are being told. We can turn to the Chinese symbol for listening to remember that deep listening involves eyes, ears, and heart.

Chinese - Listen.gif

Pressures and stresses provoke a lot of negative feelings. Those negative feelings can easily be dismissed as "typical" end of year complaints. They well may be the same typical end of year complaints that have arisen year after year.  Perhaps no one was listening. …

Continue

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