Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers
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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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Are Schools Valuing Ethics AND Academics?

Let's reclaim the honor and purpose of our profession.  We need teachers and leaders who are dedicated to the reality that children are our business and that we have the ability and the obligation to create an environment that can teach them far more than subjects. We have knowledge, training, responsibility and we have experience.  Many of these teachers and leaders are in schools right now. The daily urgent administrivia eats into their dedication and focus but cannot be allowed to distract…See More
Oct 23, 2016
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What Is Our Social Responsibility?

One reason schools are so cautious about change is that we aren't sure of our answer to the fundamental question about school and social values. Of course, educators are a reflection of society ourselves and so we don't agree among ourselves, making it even more complex to lead a system into and through one of these debates. No matter whether educated in the 40's and 50's or the 80's and 90's, the large percentage of us who went to public school were taught from a bank of knowledge being…See More
Oct 16, 2016
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Oct 9, 2016
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Lesson Plans & Observations: Are You Getting Value for Time Spent?

When something is used for more than one purpose, it loses it power. Three examples can be found in lesson plans, observations/evaluations, and PowerPoint presentations. When serving more than one master, value is diminished. Read more...See More
Oct 4, 2016
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No Room For Heroes and Rockstars in Education

Schools may not be reflecting the needs of the economy and society in regard to some things like how teaching and learning take place, how technology is used, how subjects are organized, standards are applied, or assessments are developed,  but they do reflect society's hunger for heroes.  Just like the world outside of schools, where athletes, movie stars, authors, and rock stars have fans and followers, educators choose their own rock stars to revere. …See More
Sep 29, 2016
Robert Tymann liked Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's blog post Education: Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed?
Sep 22, 2016
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Education: Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed?

Schools are local entities, basically funded by mostly local taxes and are subsidized by state and national government funds. Lobbies exist, even if shrouded in sheep's clothing.  There has been no time in recent memory when discussion of school improvement was not in the news, or on the minds of leaders, boards, parents, communities, and politicians. Each has a vested interest in the quality of education.  There are the plethora of businesses that offer advice through professional development,…See More
Sep 20, 2016
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Are You Moving Toward a New Harbor?

For some, a leader stands above us and apart from us, in a position of authority, and guides us toward a vision. For others, leaders are one of us, inclusive in process, and highly transparent as we move toward the vision. Both can be inspiring and also can be successful. The heavy lift rests in the blending of these; the yearning for the patriarch who vowed to take care of us all and so we followed and the yearning to own a part of the leadership process with efficacy seeking a leader who will…See More
Sep 18, 2016
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The Price Leaders Pay

Leaders are extraordinary people. To be clear, we are talking about persons who choose to take the responsibility of leading and do so with integrity and with courage and with purpose, not those who have simply attained positions of power and authority. The difference is often revealed in moments.  In schools, sometimes leaders can be found within those who step into that role when a crisis arises or who speak up when a wrong is being done or who become a champion for those who are without one.…See More
Sep 15, 2016
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All Children Matter, No Matter Their Zip code

Lack of funding, crumbling infrastructures, reduced faculties and administration, low salaries, corruption and poverty are all contributing factors to school failures. Now, the rise in the number of competing charter schools is either another causal factor for failures or the long sought solution. Just as it is not unusual for teachers to think of their sphere of influence as their classroom or school, we, as leaders, may limit our thinking to our local buildings or districts. But, policy…See More
Sep 11, 2016
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An Apology a Century in the Making

Schools are faced with moral dilemmas every day.  The implementation of a new set of standards may come accompanied with moral dilemmas.  Even more obvious are the dilemmas about team names and mascots. Schools who have taken on the fight between those who hold strongly to the tradition of a name and those who feel deeply the offensive meaning of a name know the difficult nature of the fray as they engae the two groups and come to a decision. Other moral dilemmas are presented in student and…See More
Sep 8, 2016
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Redesigning Teaching and Learning: Individual or System-Wide Effort?

Student engagement, project-based learning, interdisciplinary teaching and learning, inclusion, STEM, blended learning, online learning, writing across the curriculum, authentic learning and assessment, team teaching...all these goals and movements within education can become catchwords or overused phrases. Before the fall momentum takes over, there are opportunities to enter a deeper conversations about what we have chosen as priorities and why. Those conversations span the organization.  …See More
Sep 6, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Is a STEM Shift Fun? Yes, and Hard Work Too.

We have an achievement gap in schools that in many cases supports a national income gap. Our economy demands workers who are innovators, collaborators, communicators, creative thinkers, and critical thinkers.  It is important that educators understand and incorporate STEM as more than four subjects (or five if art is being discussed).  It is less about adding courses in four subject areas and more about how teaching and learning takes place, less about an elective or a club or event for a few…See More
Sep 1, 2016
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Leading and Teaching Knowing the Children are Watching

 What will it take to allow children to learn from this summer's intense series of events: shootings, questions about race and its role in our society, the Olympics, this election cycle, floods, earthquakes, and now a refusal to stand during the national anthem by an NFL quarterback, Colin Kaepernick? It is highly unlikely that students of any age have escaped being exposed to these issues. It is likely that students will return having seen adults argue, labeling each other by calling each…See More
Aug 30, 2016
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Aug 18, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Children's Mental Illness: The Shared Responsibility of Schools and Society

Each child arrives at our doors with abilities and gaps. We are responsible for helping each child reach the graduation stage having met the same standards; some struggle and never reach them, some reach them, and others surpass them. Among each group are students suffering with mental illness. Some have a diagnosis and doctors, educators and families working together on their behalf.  But, many remain undiagnosed.It takes time, observations, collection of evidence, alert educators and…See More
Aug 14, 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

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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? …


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…


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…


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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