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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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Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both?

Leaders have many functions to perform. That myriad of roles complicates the nature of the relationships a leader can develop and maintain within the organization and the community. Leaders will inevitably be faced with situations where they must require the faculty and staff to respond with immediate compliance. But, most issues and situations allow for the space and time to act with understanding and compassion, to be the lead listener.  …See More
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Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Responding to Hate Speech and Bullying in the Digital Age

 In the wake of a bitter and unprecedented election cycle, and a wave of hate speech and bullying in American schools. it is hard not to feel discouraged. I wake up at night, fearful for the many communities targeted with hateful rhetoric and violence. Social media can help us repair communities and document incidents, but it can raises new questions for educators.For example, a video of students in Royal Oaks, MI …See More
Thursday
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Can PBL & PLC's Help Counter Growing Unbridled Hate Speech?

Those spewing hate speech seem to have no idea how their behavior is releasing a national phenomenon of resurgent prejudice. If any are still around who lived through the 1950's and 1960's, they will tell you that schools were at the center of much of the civil rights agenda. Why? Because schools are publicly funded places where children form multiple, micro communities come together. We tend to worship with those with whom we have much in common, we tend to shop close to home, we tend to have…See More
Nov 29
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Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation and Extended Play in our Schools

The truth is, a series of events in both my personal and professional life have led me to say with one-hundred percent certainty; high student test scores is not the purpose of schooling. I believe the purpose of schooling is to become educated and to improve your wellbeing as a person. Twelve years later I am proud to share, not only has my school district implemented yoga, meditation, mindfulness and increased recess; but this has made the deepest impact on all our students. …See More
Nov 27
Robert Tymann commented on Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's blog post Education: Too Big to Fail and Too Big to Succeed?
"Well said, I agree 100%. What do we do??"
Nov 22
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Current Events: We Have To Talk About Them

It is disheartening to hear that leaders are preventing teachers from helping students make sense of what is happening in their country, their democracy, their news, their competing truths and the fuzzy lines between fact and speculation and interpretation. We remember when news was on once a day and it was for 30 minutes. Now news is 24/7 and that amount of time simply can't be filled with repeating the same facts and command an audience. So, we have commentators, not journalists or reporters.…See More
Nov 22
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Now That The Election Is Over What Will We Teach?

 The news reported students chanting, "Build the wall" in Michigan, and in California.  It has now reported that students on a university campus have done the same adding graffiti including swastikas.  And, the protests against Trump have spread from urban streets to high school walkouts across the country. The election may be over but the forces that were released during the campaign are certainly not.  …See More
Nov 17
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Learning How to Lose a Presidential Election: A Primer for Students

Even when the stakes are low, you still need to know how to handle defeat. It was this driving principle that motivated Laura Pasek, a third and fourth grade general studies teacher, to conclude her simulation of a presidential election at the Hebrew Day School of Ann Arbor with drafting acceptance speeches--and concession speeches.  Since the early days of September, her students had enthusiastically thrown themselves into a simulated election of 1800, incumbent John Adams vs. Vice President…See More
Nov 15
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Mental Health and School Safety

The term "safe school" has become another of those terms that means many things and can be narrowly or widely interpreted. Physically safe school has always meant protecting students from physical danger.  If you were in schools in the 1950's and early 1960's in addition to fire drills, you may remember duck and cover drills.  Getting under a desk or going into the hall and covering your head to protect you from nuclear attack was as regular as leaving the building for a fire drill. Then,…See More
Nov 13
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We Need Leaders Strong Enough To Be 'Humble and Kind'

Some of you may have watched the Country Music Awards last week. It offered a break from the incessant speculation that now serves as news. A new poll every day followed by a myriad of partisan interpretations. If there is one thing that might unite the nation right now, it is the desire for Tuesday to come. It was on the CMA's that we heard a story and a song. The story was of a mom and the prayer she had for her children every day when they left for school. Tim McGraw heard it and it became…See More
Nov 6
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

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
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

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
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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
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

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

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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

Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's Blog

Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both?

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 6:22am 0 Comments

Leaders have many functions to perform. That myriad of roles complicates the nature of the relationships a leader can develop and maintain within the organization and the community. Leaders will inevitably be faced with situations where they must require the faculty and staff to respond with immediate compliance. But, most issues and situations allow for the space and time to act with understanding and compassion, to be the lead listener.  …

Continue

Responding to Hate Speech and Bullying in the Digital Age

Posted on December 1, 2016 at 8:00am 0 Comments

 In the wake of a bitter and unprecedented election cycle, and a wave of hate speech and bullying in American schools. it is hard not to feel discouraged. I wake up at night, fearful for the many communities targeted with hateful rhetoric and violence. Social media can help us repair communities and document incidents, but it can raises new questions for educators.

For example, a video of students in Royal Oaks, MI …

Continue

Can PBL & PLC's Help Counter Growing Unbridled Hate Speech?

Posted on November 29, 2016 at 7:16am 0 Comments

Those spewing hate speech seem to have no idea how their behavior is releasing a national phenomenon of resurgent prejudice. If any are still around who lived through the 1950's and 1960's, they will tell you that schools were at the center of much of the civil rights agenda. Why? Because schools are publicly funded places where children form multiple, micro communities come together. We tend to worship with those with whom we have much in common, we tend to shop close to home, we tend…

Continue

Mindfulness, Yoga, Meditation and Extended Play in our Schools

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 7:15am 0 Comments

The truth is, a series of events in both my personal and professional life have led me to say with one-hundred percent certainty; high student test scores is not the purpose of schooling. I believe the purpose of schooling is to become educated and to improve your wellbeing as a person. Twelve years later I am proud to share, not only has my school district implemented yoga, meditation, mindfulness and increased recess; but this has made the deepest impact on all our…

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