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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

Serial: A Free and Personal Professional Learning Experience in Objectivity

How can an open mind and an open heart be maintained in the heavily contentious environments educators find themselves in these days? Professional development can happen in a variety of forms.  It can come in structured learning from a instructor, reading a book, participating in a professional learning community or from witnessing an exemplar of a behavior and making a personal choice to employ that behavior or develop that skill. Here, we are writing about the opportunities to learn on our…See More
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Groupthink Does NOT Lead to Meaningful, Sustainable Solutions

Groupthink can be a powerful destructive force. Easily misunderstood as the values that sustain the organization, groupthink is more tied to the "view of the predominant group" and is "characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent." In this time of stress as standards and testing are being challenged, evaluation methods are questioned, schools are confronting failure to prepare every student for their future, and financial support is diminished, the ground for groupthink to…See More
Sunday
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Addressing Mental Health Concerns: A Key to School Improvement

Drs. Adelman and Taylor write, " Anyone who has spent time in schools can itemize the multifaceted mental health and psychosocial concerns that require attention so that schools and students can succeed. As a result, many stakeholders are interested in enhancing how schools address such concerns. The question is: How should society's schools address the many factors interfering with teaching and learning?" …See More
Apr 19
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Changing Expectations Can Improve Student Achievement #tbt

Clearly, teachers are no longer purveyors of information, but schools can still be incubators for learning.  Schools are places where questions are raised and answers explored, experiences are shared, and collaboration can be expected.  It is the work of schools to develop students as learners, thinkers, and knowers, all with the goal of preparing them to be independent, informed, college and career ready.In that spirit schools have adopted texts, software, methods, assessments, and…See More
Apr 16
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders' Integrity Can Grow One Decision At a Time

Leaders often play the role of investigator, and are always playing the role of decision maker. Whether in an elementary school or a secondary school, children break rules or behave in unkind ways that require intervention. Often if student's discipline has been raised to the level of a hearing, or a faculty or staff member has made a misstep, central office leaders are called to investigate. Listening deeply, asking the right questions, and remaining clear about the influence of bias are key.…See More
Apr 14
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Policy Leaders: Stop Blaming Educators and Help Us Change the System Instead

Creating chaos is not the path to a reinvented ...or even stronger...educational system. It is not fathomable to consider the mess that will be caused by the requirement for school leaders to leave their buildings to provide "objective" observations in other buildings and districts. Who believes that changing the location makes one a better judge of effective teaching? Are leaders that malleable or under the thumb of the local union? Hardly. And, by the way, what about the important function of…See More
Apr 12
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Are Legislatures Identifying the Problem or Imposing Biased Solutions?

The concern over the education system in the United States has taken off with a life of its own.  Can anyone identify what is wrong anymore?  Is it teacher performance, outdated curriculum, lack of staff, supplies, and technology, underperforming pre-service programs, limited resources, or ineffective leadership? Is it a lack of school design to meet the needs of 21st century learners? Is it our lack of capacity or will to educationally overcome the effects of poverty? Is it the federal…See More
Apr 9
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders Need the Wisdom of Owls

It is not uncommon when focusing on good communication to think of it as an exchange...something that comes from us to others or others to us.  Communication is related to how things are said, what medium is used...verbal or written words, personally or in a group, memo, email, letter, webpage, blog, article, phone call and so on. Word choice, tone, pacing, and intention are aspects of communication. But, we contend the best attribute for a school leader to develop as a good communicator is…See More
Apr 7
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Are Schools Developing The Next-Gen Women Leaders?

An interesting awareness has arisen recently with the movement to put the face of a woman on U.S. currency. Women have made political and social contributions, certainly. But, none has yet been president of the country. How do we take hold of the change in attitude, policy, and opportunity for the young women in schools, and the teachers and leaders in charge of them? What are the policies and practices in schools that shape the way young men and women are developing? How do these policies and…See More
Apr 2
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Evaluation Season: Do You Calculate or Motivate?

Teacher and principal evaluation season arrives with springtime. Evaluation season, unlike springtime, is rarely a time of excitement and color and new life. But, it is important to remember we can make a choice about how to approach the evaluation season. Perhaps, that choice may change the way the season is experienced, moving from a deficit model that focuses on what isn't, to one of what is and what can be.…See More
Mar 31
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Lead School Change with 'Colliding Worlds' Inside

It was once clearly so and is so again. School leaders are increasingly responsible in the public eye to prepare students for lives beyond the school walls. This responsibility involves addressing the needs students bring today and creating learning environments which serve them well by developing knowledge and skills they will need for tomorrow. There are challenges to that responsibility.…See More
Mar 29
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Redefining Boundaries: 21st Century Schools

Today's leader understands that vision is a collaborative endeavor, with permeable boundaries and moving goalposts. These leaders can enable the conditions that support new types of relationships between teachers, teachers and students, teachers and leaders, and school and the broader community. Read more....See More
Mar 26
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. liked Dr. Larry Aronstein's discussion Please, Don't Be Rude
Mar 24
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

What Happens To Disenfranchised Students?

A recent news reporter used the word 'gang' when referencing a young man wanting to join ISIS.  It was a word and idea that had been part of our thinking all these months, but there it was, the first time it was said out loud. What is it about gangs and gang-like activity that attracts young people? And what can schools do about it? Read more...See More
Mar 24
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

Leaders: Balance Knowledge and Heart

When accountability overtakes good work, heart is lost.  When worry, fear and stress overtake us, our head doesn't work at its best and our heart connection is lost.  When lists of "what to do" get too long and attention to "how to do" is regulated, the heart voice is diminished.  Read more...See More
Mar 22
Jill Berkowicz, Ed.D. posted a blog post

The Right Words Help Shape Your Message

Words are important.  They convey thoughts, ideas, concerns, feelings, and attitudes. They can be inviting and encouraging and they can be diminishing and limiting. We hope our use of words is intentional. We do know that in creating board policy and in reviewing and revising handbooks and Codes of Conduct words get a lot of attention, even little ones like 'can' and 'may'.  But emails and memos are often shot off without the same consideration and revision, so thinking about what words are…See More
Mar 19

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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

Serial: A Free and Personal Professional Learning Experience in Objectivity

Posted on April 28, 2015 at 7:18am 0 Comments

How can an open mind and an open heart be maintained in the heavily contentious environments educators find themselves in these days? Professional development can happen in a variety of forms.  It can come in structured learning from a instructor, reading a book, participating in a professional learning community or from witnessing an exemplar of a behavior and making a personal choice to employ that behavior or develop that skill. Here, we are writing about the…

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Groupthink Does NOT Lead to Meaningful, Sustainable Solutions

Posted on April 26, 2015 at 7:14am 0 Comments

Groupthink can be a powerful destructive force. Easily misunderstood as the values that sustain the organization, groupthink is more tied to the "view of the predominant group" and is "characterized by self-deception, forced manufacture of consent." In this time of stress as standards and testing are being challenged, evaluation methods are questioned, schools are confronting failure to prepare every student for their future, and financial…

Continue

Addressing Mental Health Concerns: A Key to School Improvement

Posted on April 19, 2015 at 6:38am 0 Comments

Drs. Adelman and Taylor write, " Anyone who has spent time in schools can itemize the multifaceted mental health and psychosocial concerns that require attention so that schools and students can succeed. As a result, many stakeholders are interested in enhancing how schools address such concerns. The question is: How should society's schools address the many factors interfering with teaching and learning?" …

Continue

Changing Expectations Can Improve Student Achievement #tbt

Posted on April 16, 2015 at 6:36am 0 Comments

Clearly, teachers are no longer purveyors of information, but schools can still be incubators for learning.  Schools are places where questions are raised and answers explored, experiences are shared, and collaboration can be expected.  It is the work of schools to develop students as learners, thinkers, and knowers, all with the goal of preparing them to be independent, informed, college and career ready.

In that spirit schools have adopted texts, software, methods,…

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