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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 & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Advocacy Doesn't Have to Begin With a Scarlet 'A'

Recently a parent I know told me about an experience she had at an IEP meeting. She described to me how she said, "My advocate suggested..." and watched the whole tenor of the meeting change. People sat up straighter. The principal looked wary and the note taker began typing more carefully. The parent asked me what I think happened."Why did they get so nervous? I used the word 'suggest' and wasn't demanding," she said.As a non-attorney advocate, I always tell people my job is to put myself out…See More
Tuesday
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

School Leaders Build Trust by Inviting Others to the Table

Much of what happens in schools is a reflection of what is happening in society. Mistrust of leadership has risen but schools and districts have an advantage that state and national leaders do not. Most schools and districts are small enough that reaching out to the public who supports them is possible if the leader makes it a priority.  Although there is an expected annual effort to do this during budget season and board election times, school leaders can make themselves a part of the…See More
Sunday
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

How Do You Weigh A Teacher?

 Attending to the whole teacher, we suggest evidence of the growth and development of Habits of Mind can be collected by triangulating data between self-observation, peer observation, and administrator observation.  Many schools have developed surveys, group process observation tools, and journals to offer data regarding the habits. This data should be weighed as significantly as that of student performance. It is data about how effectively teachers are continuous learners who can both give and…See More
Nov 16
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Can Schools Be Inclusive? Examine The Data.

 We can just look around and see examples of exclusivity, all those places where only like-minded people or those with some other shared characteristic are welcome. Meanwhile, public schools struggle to be inclusive.  Back in the day when the nation was distinguished by being a melting pot, it was the public school that made all the difference in who we were as a people. Questioning beliefs is not a bad thing, in fact it might even be a good thing. Reexamining past practice helps to update,…See More
Nov 14
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Developing the Courage to Report Sexual Abuse Begins in Schools

Schools are certainly part of the foundation where students learn about power and submission, power and shame. Sexual predatory behavior has no place in schools or anywhere. We are concerned that educators may think this is not a 'school problem'. We think it is. We listened to swimmer Diana Nyad speak about being abused by her coach from the time she was 14. At 21, after discovering that another team mate had also been abused, she went back to the school and told the principal what had…See More
Nov 12
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

When Evaluation Teaches

There is a commonly held belief in the world of teachers. That belief is that schools have a responsibility to teach students how to follow rules.  Compliance is a good thing. Red lights are not a suggestion and if they were, the number of car crashes would be on the rise.  But teaching through grades as punishment, that is another story. The stakes are higher certainly, the older the learner is. But using grades as punishment runs counter to all the work that needs to be done as schools learn…See More
Nov 9
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Are We Leading Change or Leading in a New Era?

 We have always highlighted our contention, and the convincing research and perspective of others, that leadership matters. Followership matters equally. Students benefit from strong, inspired leadership. Leadership brings the community together in times of crisis, articulates the direction and the purpose of movement forward, is vigilant to keep all safe as they travel on the learning journey, and keeps everyone coming back each day, not out of fear or consequence or retribution but of…See More
Nov 7
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

'Personalized Learning' is for Everyone in the System

At a recent conference, Bena Kallick demonstrated this truth to be evident in the room of 80 or so educators.  A thundering silence followed the question, "How do individualization and differentiation differ from personalized learning?" Can you answer this question?  If you answer it to yourself, how do you know you are right? If you ask one other person, how do you know you are both correct? If you research it on the web, how do you know your source is correct? These are the questions that…See More
Nov 5
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Should Leaders Stay or Go?

Often, the signs are right in front of us and are ignored. Other times, we simply refuse to recognize them at all. The will to pull our heads out of the sand and face the reality of what is happening is a survival choice. It comes with risk and courage. Facing the reality does not require that once we see view the landscape with unveiled eyes we must take a particular action. Not taking in the information, seeing it, feeling it, and deciding what to do or not do is a far more empowering route…See More
Nov 2
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

What Oysters Can Teach Us About Dealing With Stress

 Stress is one of the invisible enemies of the demands a learning organization imposes on its learners. Stressors affect all those working in learning organizations, children, teachers, and leaders. How that manifests in each individual is different. Stress is not observable and not all stress is negative. The response to stress is what we see.  It is most difficult for the students. They have not yet developed the coping mechanisms that help to maneuver through stress. They come to schools…See More
Oct 31
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Leading a School Culture Without Sexual Harassment

Educators need to know about #MeToo for multiple reasons. The barrier of silence is being broken. Vulnerability and shame which protected offenders for so long are losing power over victims. Among our staff and our student body are women and men, girls and boys who are victims. We have an obligation to teach what sexual harassment is and how to deal with it. There may be among us, as leaders, those who have experiences similar to the ones begin told in other fields. If so, we need to be…See More
Oct 29
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Why We Desperately Need to Re-Think College and Career Readiness

The 21st century answer to preparing students for both college and career is STEM.  Schools that have opened their minds to the possibilities of project and problem based learning, to interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary subjects, to business and higher education partnerships, embrace both academics and vocational training as valued endeavors.  As a matter of fact, schools that have made the shift to this 21st century model have continued to successfully marry the academic experience with…See More
Oct 26
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Why Should All School Leaders Address Racism?

When we talk about educating ALL students, our calling is to include the brilliant and the disabled, the rich and the poor, the global citizen and those who remain rooted in the community of origin. Sometimes we have difficulties having conversations about these groups as well. But anecdotal data reveal that it is almost treacherous to open a conversation about race.  Before working to change that, we are called to question our beliefs about race.  What is it? What do we believe about it?  How…See More
Oct 24
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

The Importance of Play, Recess, Mindfulness and Leadership

What will be the results from the shrinking childhood today's children are experiencing? We hope people will not passively wait and see what the lasting effects will be. We urge educators to begin considering this issue and make proactive decisions. Teachers of the early grades have found themselves responsible for more and more academics and increasingly numbers of schools have limited or eliminated recess as the academic press took hold. Recess and physical education were places where…See More
Oct 22
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

The Role of the Teacher Changes in a Problem-Solving Classroom

How can teachers help students develop problem-solving skills when they themselves, even though confronted with an array of problems every day, may need to become better problem solvers? Our experience leads us to conclude that there is an expertise in a certain kind of problem-solving that teachers possess but that broader problem-solving skills are sometimes wanting.There are a few reasons why this happens. One reason may be that teacher preparation programs remain focused on how to teach…See More
Oct 19
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

How Is Homework Helping Students Learn?

Homework is the best example of how educators can improve the use of practice. No matter whether as an educator or a parent, homework as practice remains a standard that might serves many purposes. Teachers use homework to offer students a chance to reinforce what they have learned and what they complete contributes, most often, to a grade. Parents use homework to see what their children are learning and some use it to become partners in the learning experience. Interesting, if it happens that…See More
Oct 17

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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.
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University Faculty
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K-12, College/University
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Other location in NY State

Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's Blog

Advocacy Doesn't Have to Begin With a Scarlet 'A'

Posted on November 21, 2017 at 6:48am 0 Comments

Recently a parent I know told me about an experience she had at an IEP meeting. She described to me how she said, "My advocate suggested..." and watched the whole tenor of the meeting change. People sat up straighter. The principal looked wary and the note taker began typing more carefully. The parent asked me what I think happened.

"Why did they get so nervous? I used the word 'suggest' and wasn't demanding," she said.

As a non-attorney advocate, I always tell people my job is…

Continue

School Leaders Build Trust by Inviting Others to the Table

Posted on November 19, 2017 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Much of what happens in schools is a reflection of what is happening in society. Mistrust of leadership has risen but schools and districts have an advantage that state and national leaders do not. Most schools and districts are small enough that reaching out to the public who supports them is possible if the leader makes it a priority.  Although there is an expected annual effort to do this during budget season and board election times, school leaders can make themselves a part of the…

Continue

How Do You Weigh A Teacher?

Posted on November 16, 2017 at 6:53am 0 Comments

 Attending to the whole teacher, we suggest evidence of the growth and development of Habits of Mind can be collected by triangulating data between self-observation, peer observation, and administrator observation.  Many schools have developed surveys, group process observation tools, and journals to offer data regarding the habits. This data should be weighed as significantly as that of student performance. It is data about how effectively teachers are continuous learners who can both…

Continue

Can Schools Be Inclusive? Examine The Data.

Posted on November 14, 2017 at 7:05am 0 Comments

 

We can just look around and see examples of exclusivity, all those places where only like-minded people or those with some other shared characteristic are welcome. Meanwhile, public schools struggle to be inclusive.  Back in the day when the nation was distinguished by being a melting pot, it was the public school that made all the difference in who we were as a people. Questioning beliefs is not a bad thing, in fact it might even be a good thing. Reexamining past practice helps to…

Continue

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