Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.
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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

Success for ALL Students Depends Upon Thoughtful Words and Actions

The best of our leaders know how to maintain relationships and respect from both sides of the aisle even when strong differences exist.  It is an imperative if you are a community leader. How does that look in a school?  When decisions are made about whether to reduce class size, or cut an athletic activity, or terminate a popular  teacher, or close a school, there are those who will be pleased and those who will not... always.  …See More
yesterday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Symbols in Our Schools: What Messages Do They Send?

Symbols are powerful things. Just try to change one that has been around for a long time. Let it be associated with athletic teams or school names and its power is even more profound. Just ask anyone whose district has lived through decisions about keeping or changing a Native American school identity like Indians, Braves, Red Skins or Chiefs.  Grades can be considered symbols. Those letters and numbers can communicate "you are smart" or "you are not smart".  Those messages may not be the…See More
Tuesday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Use The Summertime to Rethink Teaching and Learning

Summertime is upon us, and a change of pace, bright sunlight, and a time for reflection accompanies it. Summertime is often when data is reviewed.  It invites us to look at mastery rates, failure rates and, now, maybe, a projection for teacher and principal evaluations.  We think these can be helpful only if they are part of a larger data set. There many options before us and so much information available in the extraordinary number of websites and books published that we may not know how to…See More
Sunday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The "Opt-Out" Movement Could Provide the Seeds for the Revolution We Need

The movement of parents to "opt-out" is exciting. Parents are coming together and standing up for what they believe is good for their children. It is democracy in action, a revolution of sorts. But, the stakes are unclear and misunderstandings abound. Parents are paying attention, asking questions, and investigating what is happening in classrooms. We have wanted this for a long time...right?  We need to capture and harness this energy so that it doesn't dissipate when the crisis of the moment…See More
Jun 25
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. commented on Michael Keany's blog post Football or Music? What's the Best K-12 Investment? By John R. Gerdy
"Great commentary. Arts are essential...maybe we need to frame them differently in our schools...instead of having them as one of the separate silos...if it were integrated into the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math...history,…"
Jun 25
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Common Core Is Not The Problem

We don't deny the necessity of accountability and the need for targeted support for teachers to address the needs of their students by learning how to fill their own gaps in teaching and learning. In schools, the continuously developing skills and knowledge of  is the goal.  Teachers need to be learning about the standards and content, the assessments, their students. At the nexus of these, teachers do their work. Standards are important and national standards in a country like ours,…See More
Jun 23
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

After Charleston: Our Actions Will Determine the Future of Racism

Every teacher and every school leader, remember today that racism detected in schools can more easily be eradicated than that which seeps, undetected, into and through the growing years of a child.  While we celebrate diversity, let's be sure the children know we are all members of the human race and our actions will determine its future. Our heads and hearts and hands are extended in this time and in this purpose to those will lead Charleston out of this night into a new light...one that…See More
Jun 21
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Question the Meaning and Purpose of Evaluation

 We find ourselves in a time when no matter the intention of the assessment of performance, whether of student, teacher, or principal, the result is an evaluation that is most often received as a judgment of and a stopping place for the evaluated...When principals, teachers, and students are being supported, encouraged, and motivated rather than graded and labeled, the path toward success for all is cleared. …See More
Jun 18
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

We Can Make Schools Places Where Students Can Succeed No Matter What

There have been a plethora of talented researchers who have presented us with new ways to teach, to offer students new opportunities to learn and to perform their learning. And there are districts, schools, and classrooms that have tried mightily to embed the new theories and methods into their centuries old structures.  But the national results have not changed. Cities continue to struggle with low graduation rates.  Schools in the suburbs and in rural areas investigate their records past and…See More
Jun 16
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Schools Are Interdependent Organisms; Ecosystems in Which Leadership Matters

Teachers need great principals who need great superintendents in order to be successful with our students. As far away as the superintendency may seem from the students, the responsibility for building and maintaining a healthy, dynamic, growing system ultimately resides with the superintendent. Read more...See More
Jun 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Who Do You Serve? Who Do You Lead?

Each of us has our own perspectives, beliefs, and biases. We see the world through our own eyes, carrying with us our past experiences and our present circumstances. How then, can we actually see and know what is the true problem or the best solution?  Grandmothers all shared the old adage "Two heads are better than one." We agree.  And ten heads may be better than two!  Whether planning for a learning opportunity for students or a meeting with colleagues, the perspectives of others opens…See More
Jun 9
Kari-Lee Grant liked Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D.'s blog post Parents as Active Partners: Reaching ALL Parents is the Challenge
Jun 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Are Grades and Evaluations Resulting in Feelings of Inferiority?

Feeling badly about an evaluation or an interaction is not necessarily a bad thing.  If one takes the time to reflect on the "bad feeling", it can be a motivator. Feeling bad is a part of life that all of us need to learn how to manage. We have a choice as to whether to allow it to turn into stress or to turn into an informant. Often it is the springboard from which we learn and change. Feeling bad about something can provoke our reflection on how to change "it" the next time. Let's just say we…See More
Jun 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Parents as Active Partners: Reaching ALL Parents is the Challenge

Many schools have worked hard to establish communication and maintain transparency with parents. Many are turning to technology for help with this goal.  Schools' missions, visions, codes of conduct, curriculum, requirements, contact information, emergency communications, and budget information have become standard information shared on websites and social media. Using social media to communicate about athletic events, emergencies, school closings, good news, homework and meetings have become…See More
Jun 4
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Don't We Want ALL Students to Graduate?

What we expect, what we believe, makes a difference. Our mindset matters. We do not have the right to pigeonhole children by not believing in their ability to learn better tomorrow than today. We do not have the right to stop trying to figure out how to engage more students and help them be more successful.  We do not have the right to determine, as Buchanan is willing to do, that "there were trade jobs and blue collar jobs and construction jobs" out there and that's good enough for some. …See More
Jun 2
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Welcome Back to New York, Commissioner Elia

What is leadership....really? Who wants a leader....really? Is leadership always just a moment in time when all things come together? Could we believe that the Florida Superintendent of the Year for 2015 was a leader? Who would believe how soon after receiving that honor the superintendent would be terminated with a buyout of over a million dollars? And, who would believe that this resilient woman would become the Commissioner of Education in New York State within months after the buyout? Well…See More
May 31

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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

Success for ALL Students Depends Upon Thoughtful Words and Actions

Posted on July 2, 2015 at 6:30am 0 Comments

The best of our leaders know how to maintain relationships and respect from both sides of the aisle even when strong differences exist.  It is an imperative if you are a community leader. How does that look in a school?  When decisions are made about whether to reduce class size, or cut an athletic activity, or terminate a popular  teacher, or close a school, there are those who will be pleased and those who will not... always.  …

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Symbols in Our Schools: What Messages Do They Send?

Posted on June 30, 2015 at 7:10am 0 Comments

Symbols are powerful things. Just try to change one that has been around for a long time. Let it be associated with athletic teams or school names and its power is even more profound. Just ask anyone whose district has lived through decisions about keeping or changing a Native American school identity like Indians, Braves, Red Skins or Chiefs.  Grades can be considered symbols. Those letters and numbers can communicate "you are smart" or "you are not smart".  Those messages may not be the…

Continue

Use The Summertime to Rethink Teaching and Learning

Posted on June 28, 2015 at 7:04am 0 Comments

Summertime is upon us, and a change of pace, bright sunlight, and a time for reflection accompanies it. Summertime is often when data is reviewed.  It invites us to look at mastery rates, failure rates and, now, maybe, a projection for teacher and principal evaluations.  We think these can be helpful only if they are part of a larger data set. There many options before us and so much information available in the extraordinary number of websites and books published that we may not know…

Continue

The "Opt-Out" Movement Could Provide the Seeds for the Revolution We Need

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 6:03am 0 Comments

The movement of parents to "opt-out" is exciting. Parents are coming together and standing up for what they believe is good for their children. It is democracy in action, a revolution of sorts. But, the stakes are unclear and misunderstandings abound. Parents are paying attention, asking questions, and investigating what is happening in classrooms. We have wanted this for a long time...right?  We need to capture and harness this energy so that it doesn't dissipate when the crisis of…

Continue

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