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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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Charters and Vouchers: Who Will Lead Their Development?

With the appointment of Betsy DeVos for education secretary, many are understandably predicting a proliferation of vouchers and charter schools. It is her espoused solution for guaranteeing a fair and equitable education for all students, no matter their zip code. Since that is also the goal of public education... equal access to success... and zip codes may be one of the problems that prevents success for all, why can't we get behind the voucher and charter solution? …See More
Dec 18, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Fake News & School Leadership

 Whether it is TV news or online, most are getting news from a screen and the younger the population the more the source is online. This past summer the Pew Foundation reported that four-in-ten Americans often get news online. School leaders have to identify their own capacity to separate true news from fake news and then ascertain what skill levels exist among the adults in the school…See More
Dec 15, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

The Subtle Undoing of the Education of Our Students

As you read this blog, in your home or office or somewhere in the world on a mobile device, chances are you are not hungry or cold or in pain. Chances are during this season you are making a list and checking it twice.  And, for many educators, it is likely you are contributing to help a family in need. Yes, educators are safe from the life realities of the students they serve. It may be literally impossible to remain openhearted and empathetic if we do not walk in the shoes of others.  Some…See More
Dec 13, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Teachers' Views of Leaders: Feedback From Our Readers

Our recent post Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both? provoked comments from our readers that captured our attention. We found them eye opening and wanted to respond. As we thought about them, we realized a larger reality. What do teachers think of the job their leaders are doing? Is that how the leaders think they are perceived? When we wrote …See More
Dec 11, 2016
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With Betsy DeVos at the Helm, We Need a Plan!

Why wouldn't policy makers, business people, and those who have never lived a day in a public school think that if they opened the doors to competition, schools would improve? Here is why. It defies imagination that teachers working with students would work harder or better or differently if they were competing to keep them in their classrooms and schools.  It is offensive to think that we don't bring our biggest hearts and highest skill to the school and classroom every day. But, there have…See More
Dec 6, 2016
Kelly Smith liked Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's blog post Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both?
Dec 6, 2016
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Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both?

Leaders have many functions to perform. That myriad of roles complicates the nature of the relationships a leader can develop and maintain within the organization and the community. Leaders will inevitably be faced with situations where they must require the faculty and staff to respond with immediate compliance. But, most issues and situations allow for the space and time to act with understanding and compassion, to be the lead listener.  …See More
Dec 4, 2016
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Responding to Hate Speech and Bullying in the Digital Age

 In the wake of a bitter and unprecedented election cycle, and a wave of hate speech and bullying in American schools. it is hard not to feel discouraged. I wake up at night, fearful for the many communities targeted with hateful rhetoric and violence. Social media can help us repair communities and document incidents, but it can raises new questions for educators.For example, a video of students in Royal Oaks, MI …See More
Dec 1, 2016
Robert Tymann commented on Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's blog post Education: Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed?
"Well said, I agree 100%. What do we do??"
Nov 22, 2016
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Current Events: We Have To Talk About Them

It is disheartening to hear that leaders are preventing teachers from helping students make sense of what is happening in their country, their democracy, their news, their competing truths and the fuzzy lines between fact and speculation and interpretation. We remember when news was on once a day and it was for 30 minutes. Now news is 24/7 and that amount of time simply can't be filled with repeating the same facts and command an audience. So, we have commentators, not journalists or reporters.…See More
Nov 22, 2016
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Now That The Election Is Over What Will We Teach?

 The news reported students chanting, "Build the wall" in Michigan, and in California.  It has now reported that students on a university campus have done the same adding graffiti including swastikas.  And, the protests against Trump have spread from urban streets to high school walkouts across the country. The election may be over but the forces that were released during the campaign are certainly not.  …See More
Nov 17, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Learning How to Lose a Presidential Election: A Primer for Students

Even when the stakes are low, you still need to know how to handle defeat. It was this driving principle that motivated Laura Pasek, a third and fourth grade general studies teacher, to conclude her simulation of a presidential election at the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor with drafting acceptance speeches--and concession speeches.  Since the early days of September, her students had enthusiastically thrown themselves into a simulated election of 1800, incumbent John Adams vs. Vice President…See More
Nov 15, 2016
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Mental Health and School Safety

The term "safe school" has become another of those terms that means many things and can be narrowly or widely interpreted. Physically safe school has always meant protecting students from physical danger.  If you were in schools in the 1950's and early 1960's in addition to fire drills, you may remember duck and cover drills.  Getting under a desk or going into the hall and covering your head to protect you from nuclear attack was as regular as leaving the building for a fire drill. Then,…See More
Nov 13, 2016
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We Need Leaders Strong Enough To Be 'Humble and Kind'

Some of you may have watched the Country Music Awards last week. It offered a break from the incessant speculation that now serves as news. A new poll every day followed by a myriad of partisan interpretations. If there is one thing that might unite the nation right now, it is the desire for Tuesday to come. It was on the CMA's that we heard a story and a song. The story was of a mom and the prayer she had for her children every day when they left for school. Tim McGraw heard it and it became…See More
Nov 6, 2016

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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.
Ann Myers and I write a blog for EdWeek called Leadership360. Here we link to our work for your convenience. Together we wrote The STEM Shift, a book to help leaders shift into leading 21st century learning environments.
What is your present job title?
University Faculty
At what school level do you work?
K-12, College/University
Where do you work?
Other location in NY State

Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's Blog

Charters and Vouchers: Who Will Lead Their Development?

Posted on December 18, 2016 at 6:39am 0 Comments

With the appointment of Betsy DeVos for education secretary, many are understandably predicting a proliferation of vouchers and charter schools. It is her espoused solution for guaranteeing a fair and equitable education for all students, no matter their zip code. Since that is also the goal of public education... equal access to success... and zip codes may be one of the problems that prevents success for all, why can't we get behind the voucher and charter solution? …

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Fake News & School Leadership

Posted on December 15, 2016 at 8:02am 0 Comments

 Whether it is TV news or online, most are getting news from a screen and the younger the population the more the source is online. This past summer the Pew Foundation reported that four-in-ten Americans often get news online. School leaders have to identify their own capacity to separate true news from fake news and then ascertain what skill levels…

Continue

The Subtle Undoing of the Education of Our Students

Posted on December 13, 2016 at 7:23am 0 Comments

As you read this blog, in your home or office or somewhere in the world on a mobile device, chances are you are not hungry or cold or in pain. Chances are during this season you are making a list and checking it twice.  And, for many educators, it is likely you are contributing to help a family in need. Yes, educators are safe from the life realities of the students they serve. It may be literally impossible to remain openhearted and empathetic if we do not walk in the shoes of…

Continue

Teachers' Views of Leaders: Feedback From Our Readers

Posted on December 11, 2016 at 7:40am 0 Comments

Our recent post Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both? provoked comments from our readers that captured our attention. We found them eye opening and wanted to respond. As we thought about them, we realized a larger reality. What do teachers think of the job their leaders are doing? Is that how the leaders think they are perceived? When we wrote …

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