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Developing The Whole Leader

Started Sep 15 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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Open Hearted Teaching and Leading

If educating the "whole child" is becoming a central theme in the work of schools, we must know the whole child: the whole child includes their family life circumstances, their needs, feelings, and experiences. Poverty and incarceration exist in the lives of some of our children. Hour Children...in Long Island City is an organization worth considering as a model. The organization's name reflects the belief that the lives of these children are formed around three hours: the hour of the mother's…See More
Dec 23
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Carnegie Units and Standardized Testing Use Need To Be Replaced With a Newer Model

Standardized testing (now dubbed 'high stakes testing') has something in common with Carnegie Units. They are boundaries educators face, push against, and climb over. They are also barriers that in some cases are perceived rather than real. But they do go hand in hand with each other. At this point we are all keenly aware of the negative views of the use of standardized testing and some are becoming aware of the clash between the need for flexibility in 21st century schools and the time-based…See More
Dec 21
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Are Grades a Thing of the Past?

Grades are part of schooling and of how teachers communicate progress and development to parents.  How can this idea ever take hold especially in a public school?  Or, for that matter, how can the use of standardized tests used as high stakes measures ever be diminished?  We wonder. As the power of social media grows and the engagement of those who are advocating to abolish grades catches fire, is living in the "can't happen world" becoming a dangerous place?…See More
Dec 18
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leading Us Deeper into 21st Century Schools

Schools need to be re-designed now but across the nation bond issues to refurbish existing facilities continue. Change is demanded by the times we live in, by those who are at the edge of the new economy and, most importantly, by the children who are arriving at school. Once the world starts spinning, it is natural to hold to what has worked in the past. Public schools have served well for a century or two. They are also one of the few remaining relics of communities that used to be part of the…See More
Dec 16
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Do Superintendents Matter?

Confounding findings from the recent Brookings Institute reported that superintendents could not be directly connected to student achievement. The report found that,  "In the end, it is the system that promotes or hinders student achievement. Superintendents are largely indistinguishable."…See More
Dec 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Solve the Inbox Paradox

No one, no teacher, no school leader, no one escapes the complex responsibilities our jobs and our lives include.  Balancing our lives and our work requires thoughtful organization...think of it as our life's inbox.  Clutter in our minds is tantamount to clutter in our inbox and visa-versa.  The effect of making a To Do List in order to de-clutter our minds and help us accomplish what needs to be done, unpacking and organizing thoughts can be duplicated by taking control of our bulging inboxes.…See More
Dec 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

While Teacher Preparation Programs Catch Up, Heroes Emerge in Our Schools

Teacher preparation programs have to catch up.  Until then, filling the gaps that those shortcomings create has become the responsibility of the teachers and leaders in schools which hire recent graduates. Those districts large enough have teacher leaders, including department chairs, and curriculum personnel in the district office who can support the principals. Together they carry the burden of developing the novice teacher. But, many more schools have only the principal and the teacher…See More
Dec 4
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Dec 2
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Changing School Start Times Can Leverage Deeper Change

We think sleep is an important factor contributing to good physical and emotional health. We think good health is part of the foundation needed for learning. And we think the time is right to reexamine school schedules. But why not take advantage of the interest in changing school schedules and roll the rest of what needs to change for 21st century learning into this conversation? Schools for this century include research, re-designed curriculum, integrated technology, partnerships with…See More
Dec 2
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leading Means Protecting the Children

Outrage at the Los Angeles Unified School District case comes from the incredible possibility that school officials knew there was a serious problem and no action with consequence was taken. It comes from the fact that there are over 80 known victims and likely dozens of others. It comes from a school attorney who acknowledges that if the allegations had arisen now they would be taken more seriously. This is progress that we struggle to be proud of. Weren't there child abuse laws back then as…See More
Nov 23
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Principal as Leader

If we look at the present, we see the federal government has attempted to not leave any child behind and then asked us to race to the top, with little notable result. Now, the support for P-TECH and other STEM initiatives hold promise. We need to step up and meet these system changes with the engagement necessary to make a positive difference. Otherwise, the wheel will turn, energy will be spent, and little will change. The question remains how to step up and meet these system changes.  …See More
Nov 20
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Who Needs College?

The role of public education is to educate ALL children and to prepare them all for their lives as adults who are informed and productive citizens in our democratic society. In the age of dreams and start-ups, college may not be the only path but it is likely only a few who will become hugely successful without it.  Read more...See More
Nov 16
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Can We Be Captains Again?

With the acceleration of every kind of communication and information, technological developments from 3D printing to cars that drive themselves, a national fixation with the quality of schools is inevitable. But still, the voices heard remain those from outside of schools. Corporate magnates and politicians are forcing school change, albeit with little understanding of the school- community complexity.     …See More
Nov 13
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leading Teachers Through Change: Ask New Questions & Listen Carefully

What may be holding back one teacher may not be holding back another. What may seem overwhelming to one may not be to another.  What may be encouraging to one teacher may not be to another.  How to find the answers and move everyone forward?  Leaders need to be able to ask the right questions for each person. Read more...See More
Nov 11
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Three Steps Toward Understanding

 People say things and do things that offend.  It is human nature.  But for those in public service, and those who work in service of children, teaching and leading, learning how not to say or do things that offend is essential. There are opportunities for learning how to communicate, how to institute new programs or follow new mandates. Professional development about the use of social media, training from developers of newly adopted programs, and information from the sources of the mandates…See More
Nov 9
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Time Magazine Tackles Tenure

The quality of the education students receive in a school rests largely on the teachers in it. The achievement of the students in schools, however, depends on a vast array of factors that all in education know and can easily list.  Poverty, disability, language, health, mental health, life situation, parents, the leaders, all play a role in how far teachers can bring their students forward. So to look at one factor is both misleading and most importantly, potentially destructive, even if data…See More
Nov 4

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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

Open Hearted Teaching and Leading

Posted on December 23, 2014 at 6:24am 0 Comments

If educating the "whole child" is becoming a central theme in the work of schools, we must know the whole child: the whole child includes their family life circumstances, their needs, feelings, and experiences. Poverty and incarceration exist in the lives of some of our children. Hour Children...in Long Island City is an organization worth considering as a model. The organization's name reflects the belief that the lives of these children are formed around three hours: the hour…

Continue

Carnegie Units and Standardized Testing Use Need To Be Replaced With a Newer Model

Posted on December 21, 2014 at 6:31am 0 Comments

Standardized testing (now dubbed 'high stakes testing') has something in common with Carnegie Units. They are boundaries educators face, push against, and climb over. They are also barriers that in some cases are perceived rather than real. But they do go hand in hand with each other. At this point we are all keenly aware of the negative views of the use of standardized testing and some are becoming aware of the clash between the need for flexibility in 21st century schools and…

Continue

Are Grades a Thing of the Past?

Posted on December 18, 2014 at 6:34am 0 Comments

Grades are part of schooling and of how teachers communicate progress and development to parents.  How can this idea ever take hold especially in a public school?  Or, for that matter, how can the use of standardized tests used as high stakes measures ever be diminished?  We wonder. As the power of social media grows and the engagement of those who are advocating to abolish grades catches fire, is living in the "can't happen world" becoming a dangerous place?…

Continue

Leading Us Deeper into 21st Century Schools

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 7:19am 0 Comments

Schools need to be re-designed now but across the nation bond issues to refurbish existing facilities continue. Change is demanded by the times we live in, by those who are at the edge of the new economy and, most importantly, by the children who are arriving at school. Once the world starts spinning, it is natural to hold to what has worked in the past. Public schools have served well for a century or two. They are also one of the few remaining relics of communities that used to be…

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