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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 & Ann Myers posted a blog post

A Serious Misunderstanding About Special Education and Discipline Problems

With the intention to bring awareness to racial inequity, over classification, and meeting quotas, apparently educators made some difficult decisions following the Obama-era rule on racial disparities in special education. Instead of taking stock of each school's classification process and causes and purpose, according to this Jason L. Riley's editorial in the WSJ, some districts turned away from…See More
Tuesday
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Are Children Lazy?

Lazy? How shocking it was to hear the Chief of Staff assume that some Dreamers were too lazy to apply for legal status! We wonder if the General can walk in someone else's shoes...one who has lived in fear, fled from home, learned to be suspicious of authorities and lived in shadows as the way to survive? Yet, before we rush to judgment, it takes only one moment to reflect on words we have heard in schools about certain students and certain parents. Before casting stones, let's take out our own…See More
Feb 11
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Essential Professional Development We Must Provide

Schools invest in professional development in order for teachers to learn something that will benefit their students. As funds dwindle, early in the budgeting process, professional development is too frequently considered for cutbacks. We conclude there is a professional development necessary not only for the faculty, but the staff in its entirety, the leaders, the parents, the community including the board of education, and most certainly, the students. As educational institutions, we have a…See More
Feb 8
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Can We Teach Acceptance and Compassion or Only Mandate It?

A valued colleague used to debate with us whether we should focus discipline policies on changing student behaviors or changing how they thought. Law changes behaviors; it establishes expectations and consequences for violations. School policies do the same. By law and policy, we can control behavior. While these are sometimes the result of long and involved processes, they are much faster than changing minds and hearts. Those change, not in a sweeping social way, but one person at a time. And…See More
Feb 6
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Multiple Grades: The First Step to Improving Grading and Reporting

Imagine going to your physician for a medical examination. During the exam, the physician records data on your height,weight, blood pressure, and heart rate, and asks you questions about your lifestyle and how you are feeling. After gathering all this information, imagine the physician entering the data into a computer that uses a mathematical algorithm to calculate a single number describing your physical condition. The physician then reports the number to you, suggests how you might improve…See More
Feb 4
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Leading and Teaching in an Equitable System

Whatever is going on in the country needs serious attention by educators. To assume that children aren't hearing the news, even with one ear, is misguided. They need help making sense of news about violence, lying, sexual harassment, racism, bias, and xenophobia. Before entering into conversations, or inviting speakers, or teaching these topics, leaders and teachers have to check in with themselves. Many of our Facebook friends have agreed to not speak about politics or the news and have turned…See More
Jan 30
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How Schools Teach Victims and Abusers: Leadership Lessons From Michigan State

How many voices does it take? Is one child enough to cause a leader to set everything else aside and listen? Will 20 voices make the difference if one story doesn't create enough credibility or move a leader to action? Or is it hundreds? When does the conscience of a leader take over and compel the defense of a student even if it might cost adults a job or an institution financial support? Both Michigan State and USA Gymnastics have given us examples these past few months....and those examples…See More
Jan 28
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

How Do Leaders Use Compromise and Consensus?

 Could we marry the processes of consensus and of compromise to benefit our work? Here's our take away thought and question. If we could get agreement on the 'what' by consensus, does that open the door to compromise on the 'how'? Consensus is based on these three statements...I understand. I can agree. I will support. Merriam-Webster offers these words as synonyms: accord, concurrence, concurrency, agreement, unanimity, and unison.  A recent headline read "Lawmakers remain in partisan…See More
Jan 23
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Your Moral Leadership Matters Now More Than Ever

 When the adults in the organization are offered specific processes that "build trust, develop relationships, and create a more mature and responsive professional community of colleagues with the moral and even spiritual commitment to their cause that is pursued with courage, commitment, and empathy" students will benefit. The striking fact remains that while we focus so much on curriculum development and delivery, responsibilities and obligations, problems and solutions, attention to the very…See More
Jan 18
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Why Professional Development Fails

Unless there is consistent support and practice, with feedback and evaluation, too often what is read, experienced, and taught have only a moment's life span. Children, parents and colleagues rarely learn what potential was offered and current practice returns. Schools change one teacher at a time or they will simply remain the same at their core. All of us know those who are the teachers on the edge...the ones who are pushing and pulling and agitating others with new thinking and why not…See More
Jan 14
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How Does the Public Learn About Our Schools?

Bitter cold is preventing some schools from reopening after the winter holiday break. Even the Deep South is shivering this week. Snow storms continue to pummel others where snowfall measurements seem incomprehensible. Whether returning to school this week or not, vast numbers of Americans traveled somewhere during these past few weeks. Families of multiple generations met to enjoy dinners and exchange gifts. We were among those and we realized that in each of those where young people where…See More
Jan 4
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Can Schools Teach Bullies and Bystanders About Common Ground?

Schools have always struggled with how to deal with the act of bullying. That struggle has changed as social values and technology change. Now, we have training programs to mitigate these behaviors.  Professional development for the adults and assemblies for the students hold lessons in how to recognize and respond to a bully. Witnesses are taught to speak up and not simply be bystanders. Those who exhibit bullying behaviors receive discipline. But, presently, a type of bullying is emerging…See More
Jan 2
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Loss of Freedom of Thought and Expression Threatens Schools

As a nation-wide system we have a loud voice. It should be used. The freedoms we have enjoyed on the shoulders of those who came before us are being threatened. It is our turn to fight for them. If we don't, what are we leaving for the next generation of students and teachers? Read more...See More
Dec 21, 2017
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Show Congress What Makes Teaching and Leading Schools Hard Work

In a school system, we must try to find the place where greatest common ground exists and maneuver form there to include everyone. And, as we write this, we wonder why legislators don't understand this better than anyone else. Read more...See More
Dec 17, 2017
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Holidays Can Present Dual Realities for Students

 Each year at this time of holidays our minds turn to family and traditions, to faith and to friends, food, and gifts. Newspapers are laden with ads and coupons. Our inboxes are also. Store parking lots are filled with cars, everyone is hurrying somewhere. Schools, too, prepare for the holidays. There is a frenzy…See More
Dec 5, 2017
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Can Schools Help Change The Sexual Harassment Culture?

Sexual harassment doesn't begin in adulthood. It is grounded in the earliest messages we get about men and women and how to treat one another. Choices about roles and relationships develop while young men and women are in our schools. Schools can become a breeding ground for the development of young women who are unsure of their responses when boys or men behave inappropriately. Or, schools can reinforce respect. Are young boys permitted the "boys will be boys" excuse for talk and actions that…See More
Dec 3, 2017

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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.
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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

A Serious Misunderstanding About Special Education and Discipline Problems

Posted on February 20, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

With the intention to bring awareness to racial inequity, over classification, and meeting quotas, apparently educators made some difficult decisions following the Obama-era rule on racial disparities in special education. Instead of taking stock of each school's classification process and causes and purpose, according to this Jason L. Riley's editorial in the WSJ, some districts…

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Are Children Lazy?

Posted on February 11, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

Lazy? How shocking it was to hear the Chief of Staff assume that some Dreamers were too lazy to apply for legal status! We wonder if the General can walk in someone else's shoes...one who has lived in fear, fled from home, learned to be suspicious of authorities and lived in shadows as the way to survive? Yet, before we rush to judgment, it takes only one moment to reflect on words we have heard in schools about certain students and certain parents. Before casting stones, let's take…

Continue

Essential Professional Development We Must Provide

Posted on February 8, 2018 at 7:18am 0 Comments

Schools invest in professional development in order for teachers to learn something that will benefit their students. As funds dwindle, early in the budgeting process, professional development is too frequently considered for cutbacks. We conclude there is a professional development necessary not only for the faculty, but the staff in its entirety, the leaders, the parents, the community including the board of education, and most certainly, the students. As educational institutions, we…

Continue

Can We Teach Acceptance and Compassion or Only Mandate It?

Posted on February 6, 2018 at 8:03am 0 Comments

A valued colleague used to debate with us whether we should focus discipline policies on changing student behaviors or changing how they thought. Law changes behaviors; it establishes expectations and consequences for violations. School policies do the same. By law and policy, we can control behavior. While these are sometimes the result of long and involved processes, they are much faster than changing minds and hearts. Those change, not in a sweeping social way, but one person at a…

Continue

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