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

Bringing Humanness to Active Leadership

It is the leader who understands, on a deep personal level, what change asks of a person and who can operate off of that personal understanding who can engender trust. That was the difference between our friend's  failed attempt and the slower but more successful second attempt. He overcame resistance and resentment by becoming a sense maker as he invited the organization to accompany him on the change journey. …See More
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Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

3 Essential Personal Attributes of Leaders

Understanding the needs of 21st century school change, and working with districts that are struggling to do the work set before them on a daily basis while leading forward, takes more than developing, understanding, and leading a shared vision for change. It requires the capacity to understand one's self and to muster up the courage to do the work we were called to do. It calls for moral and ethical behavior. It requires the leader to have the strength to stand tall as the stress mounts, all…See More
Sunday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Is it Political Correctness or Simple Kindness?

We must be careful, as educators, not to allow being 'politically correct' be interpreted as weakness.  In our business, neither strength nor bravery can be associated with demeaning or deriding others. Both in children and adults, labeling and name-calling allows the speaker to express hostility, vitriol, or mockery.  Name-calling is brutal and hurtful and inflammatory.  For some, the shell of defense may be so hard that the receiver does not note the expression as immediately hurtful, but the…See More
Thursday
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Redefining Learning: The Goochland Journey Towards Deeper Learning, Anywhere, Anytime

A few years ago, we were asked to join Leadership360 to tell Goochland's story about Values-Based Leadership. Since that time, we have seen phenomenal enhancements to and recognitions for our school division; however, we believe it was that initial focus on placing values at the center of our work that has brought us to this place. From those values we created a…See More
Feb 2
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Power of Transcending Differences

The success of leaders depends, maybe more now than ever, upon the ability to know one's self, be one's self, and stay true to the purpose that guides one's life. If that ability can be paired with the ability to extend open minded and open hearted welcome to others, then break through moments can happen.  For a few, these seem to be naturally occurring co-creative, innate gifts. They inspire us but we cannot depend on those with natural gifts, only.  …See More
Jan 31
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Can STEM be Education's Disruptive Innovation?

We believe that a systemic understanding of what STEM can be and do in schools allows for a locally chosen disruptive innovation that can catapult education into a new learning design. Our definition of STEM is broader and different from others. It is an inclusive term that reaches beyond the four subjects of science, technology, engineering, and math. It is inclusive of other…See More
Jan 28
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

4 Critical Leadership Abilities Leading to Student Success

No matter from where the demands come, preparing students for college and career remains primarily in the hands of the educators. A global economy has impacted workplaces and technology is redefining required workforce skills. Educators must keep pace with the world outside our walls. Only with that growing understanding can we prepare students for their graduation into college or career. Teaching and learning, itself, must be alive and changing.  …See More
Jan 24
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Homework: Leading Unmandated Change

Conversations about mandated change are far easier than having conversations and leading non-mandated change.  It is familiar to attribute the problems associated with change (loss, resistance, reallocation of resources, relocations, etc)  to the source of the mandate, be it a legislature or a regulatory agency or a board. It is where the leader begins alone, this territory where he or she raises questions and initiates change that is not mandated.  'Let sleeping dogs lie' is a short term, safe…See More
Jan 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Addressing Childhood Adversity in Schools

The impact of childhood adversity and trauma--such as physical and emotional abuse or neglect, or mental illness, addiction or incarceration of a parent or close family member--can last through adulthood. Research shows that children exposed to adversity are at higher risk of chronic illnesses like heart disease and diabetes, learning difficulties in school, contact with the justice system, as well as addiction and economic hardship. The crisis crosses socio-economic, racial and geographic…See More
Jan 17
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Jan 17
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Best Type of Praise

Praise is certainly not a bad thing, but knowing what to praise and when makes the difference. Carol Dweck's research teaches more than mindset. In her 1999 article entitled "Caution-Praise Can Be Dangerous!", Dweck argues that one sentence of praise can have "powerful and pervasive effects."  Students are extremely sensitive and, from the interactions and experiences they have with adults, lasting beliefs about…See More
Jan 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Schools Can Influence Changes in Gender Defined Roles

Bias is a very personal and deeply stealth orientation, set of feelings, and frame of mind; so deeply, in fact, can bias be hidden that it can go totally unnoticed by the holder. Denial may not be dishonest. It may be the result from simply being unaware. Gender bias exists from the very beginning of life. It does not begin in schools. It begins at birth.  One might think that "we've come a long way baby" and in some ways we have.  But evidence that "we've got a long way to go" exists all…See More
Jan 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

More STEM Teachers is Not Enough

Although STEM is a four-subject acronym, it is not only the subjects themselves that prepare students for the future. It is the manner in which these subjects exist in service to each other, and the manner in which their application serves as an externalized learning process that becomes visible to the teacher and the learner.  Our belief about STEM is, as we have written often, that it is an expansive term that invites all subjects into the process all based upon the talents and resources that…See More
Jan 10
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Professional Development 2.0

Bringing the use of technology forward, embedded into teaching and learning, is the responsibility of school leaders. The words "professional development" create a picture of Superintendent Conference Days or trips to conferences. Without the leaders' attention, support, and modeling, pockets of use and resistance will remain within the school leaving uneven opportunities for use by students. Resulting changes may be seen in cases of individual efforts. Yet unless truly led by the school or…See More
Jan 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leader, Know Yourself

Each educator has a responsibility to create the environment in which every student can succeed. Roles may be different, but the responsibility the same. However, it is the superintendent, in concert with the central office and building leaders, who hold the responsibility for leading a community of faculty and staff. Certainly, if a teacher is dedicated to that end, within that specific classroom, there are successes which can become foundational for future learning. But, success for students…See More
Jan 5
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. commented on Michael Keany's blog post Are We Surrendering Too Easily to Digital Distractions?
Jan 5

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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

Bringing Humanness to Active Leadership

Posted on February 9, 2016 at 7:53am 0 Comments

It is the leader who understands, on a deep personal level, what change asks of a person and who can operate off of that personal understanding who can engender trust. That was the difference between our friend's  failed attempt and the slower but more successful second attempt. He overcame resistance and resentment by becoming a sense maker as he invited the organization to accompany him on the change journey. …

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3 Essential Personal Attributes of Leaders

Posted on February 7, 2016 at 7:44am 0 Comments

Understanding the needs of 21st century school change, and working with districts that are struggling to do the work set before them on a daily basis while leading forward, takes more than developing, understanding, and leading a shared vision for change. It requires the capacity to understand one's self and to muster up the courage to do the work we were called to do. It calls for moral and ethical behavior. It requires the leader to have the strength to…

Continue

Is it Political Correctness or Simple Kindness?

Posted on February 4, 2016 at 6:50am 0 Comments

We must be careful, as educators, not to allow being 'politically correct' be interpreted as weakness.  In our business, neither strength nor bravery can be associated with demeaning or deriding others. Both in children and adults, labeling and name-calling allows the speaker to express hostility, vitriol, or mockery.  Name-calling is brutal and hurtful and inflammatory.  For some, the shell of defense may be so hard that the receiver does not note the expression as immediately…

Continue

Redefining Learning: The Goochland Journey Towards Deeper Learning, Anywhere, Anytime

Posted on February 2, 2016 at 7:18am 0 Comments

A few years ago, we were asked to join Leadership360 to tell Goochland's story about Values-Based Leadership. Since that time, we have seen phenomenal enhancements to and recognitions for our school division; however, we believe it was that initial focus on placing values at the center of our work that has brought us to…

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