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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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Adolescent Suicide: An Urgent Call for School and Community Leaders

In a surprise ruling this week, Judge Lawrence Moniz found that 17-year-old Michelle Carter's words were the contributing cause of Conrad Roy III's suicide. She was found guilty of manslaughter in what was called a "texting suicide" case. This is a story of young lives: one lost and one ruined and two families left with lifetimes of sorrow. The actions of Mr. Roy, following the directions of his girlfriend, raises questions about his story. And hers. And the ongoing state of the mental health…See More
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Two Views on Welcoming Students and Parents

In a recent conversation with a parent who is sending her only child to kindergarten, we heard her concerns about the school district in which she lives. Although including a small middle class neighborhood, over 80% of the district's student population are on free and reduced lunch, a key indicator of poverty. For several months this young mother tried to make an appointment to visit the school but she received no follow up with an appointment time.  Finally, on kindergarten registration day,…See More
Jun 13
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Jun 6
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Define STEM Broadly Before Hiring STEM Teachers

The addition of highly trained STEM teachers and paying them, as well as all teachers, for work they do is a good direction.  But, without a fundamental structural change that supports a new way of teaching and learning, we will continue to get nearly the same results. Without the partnerships of business, community organizations, and higher education, we cannot leverage the change fully. Without architects who understand that STEM/STEAM learning labs must allow for flexible structure in…See More
Jun 6
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Sometimes The Best Teacher Is a Student

Peer feedback benefits the one giving and the one receiving feedback. Here guest blogger Ruth Ebenstein shares another story about learning as it takes place in a Hebrew Day School in Ann Arbor. No matter whether in public, private, or religious settings...how successful teaching and learning takes place can serve as a model and as a reminder.  We wonder if more students were taught how to give and receive feedback and found it empowering and helpful, if as adults feedback would be sought and…See More
Jun 4
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Increasing Gender Diversity in Leadership. Why Do It?

A few months back GE released an ad campaign featuring physicist Millie Dresselhaus. The 86 year old has been cast into stardom as the company announced its commitment to have 20,000 women employed in STEM positions by 2020. And, essentially, that's the dual purpose of the ad, not just to announce the program but to raise the question about whether female scientists can achieve celebrity status. Pair that with Rush Limbaugh's recent rant about his disdain for acknowledging women and minorities…See More
Jun 1
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Betsy DeVos Is Just Plain Wrong

In DeVos' model, parents should be able to choose if a child attending a 'failing' school can allow the child to attend a religious school or a private school. But what if the parent has a gender questioning child or a developmentally challenged child and the schools available either reject them or do not serve them because they don't have to. This is not a new issue but it is still a problematic one. Choice for all children really belongs only to some.   …See More
May 30
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Cyberbullying Challenges Mental Health in Our Schools

Guest blogger J.M. Myers, M.D. writes:How ironic that during this month, May, Mental Health Month, we have seen videos of torture, murder, rape, and threats widely distributed on social media. In fact, these Internet sites had previously publicized that they wanted live action.All this though represents only the most extreme actions of a few who have posted this material. I would maintain that day to day less publicized but very insidious cybermedia postings have introduced massive new waves of…See More
May 28
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Leaders as Problem Finders

In the frenzy of the day, with a 'the buck stops here' attitude, leaders can be caught in the 'solutions trap'.  There is graffiti in a bathroom so lock the bathroom. There are students who leave the building during the day so lock the doors preventing them from re-entering without being found out. There are too many students arriving late to class so place more adults in the hall to hurry the students along. There are growing numbers of students being disrespectful so write a new code of…See More
May 25
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Good News About Mental Health in Our Schools

May is mental health month.There is an intersection of mental health for children with their experience in the educational system.  Now it would be easy enough to explore the issues for the 14% of children who have definable mental health diagnoses and are significantly symptomatic. Their school function is impacted at the cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral levels. However, I thought we might turn to educational changes that have massively impacted the mental health of children in the…See More
May 23
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Leaders, Listen to the Opposition

Now is a good time to think about how people are addressed and included when decisions are being made. How many decisions are made that leave dissenters behind? Think it takes too much time and energy to pay attention to those who are not supportive of you or your decisions?  How much time does it take to deal with the aftermath when their dissatisfaction translates into behaviors?  In a faculty when a change is made and not everyone was on board, doesn't it take time and energy to address the…See More
May 21
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2 Requirements for ALL Leaders

There are common advantages to having a leader who has been in a district for decades and bringing in someone new. There are common challenges as well. Why might some districts hold on to their leaders for the long run and others feel the need to reach out to new ones with regularity?  Do causes lie within the…See More
May 18
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

When School Discipline is for Learning School Culture is Affected

 Student discipline is defined in Codes of Conduct and lives within schools' culture. School leaders and boards of education with input from school attorneys and others develop Codes of Conduct. They reveal and inform the belief system of the adults responsible for supporting appropriate conduct of the students each and every day. Discipline begins in classrooms and, if necessary, progresses outward. In most districts, the discipline buck stops in the principal's or the assistant principal's…See More
May 16
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Honesty is the Best Policy

The political atmosphere in which we are leading reinforces a destructive belief... that there is one truth or alternative truths but there is no such thing a truth. How can that be? As sides polarize, heels are dug in, differences are heightened, and common ground becomes the treacherous ground that causes everyone to lose identity. As this occurs, belief in the honesty of the 'other' diminishes. For the work of educators in some areas there are absolute truths, in mathematics and science…See More
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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

Adolescent Suicide: An Urgent Call for School and Community Leaders

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 5:30am 0 Comments

In a surprise ruling this week, Judge Lawrence Moniz found that 17-year-old Michelle Carter's words were the contributing cause of Conrad Roy III's suicide. She was found guilty of manslaughter in what was called a "texting suicide" case. This is a story of young lives: one lost and one ruined and two families left with lifetimes of sorrow. The actions of Mr. Roy, following the directions of his girlfriend, raises questions about his story. And hers. And the ongoing state of the mental…

Continue

Two Views on Welcoming Students and Parents

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 7:38am 0 Comments

In a recent conversation with a parent who is sending her only child to kindergarten, we heard her concerns about the school district in which she lives. Although including a small middle class neighborhood, over 80% of the district's student population are on free and reduced lunch, a key indicator of poverty. For several months this young mother tried to make an appointment to visit the school but she received no follow up with an appointment time.  Finally, on kindergarten…

Continue

Define STEM Broadly Before Hiring STEM Teachers

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 6:58am 0 Comments

The addition of highly trained STEM teachers and paying them, as well as all teachers, for work they do is a good direction.  But, without a fundamental structural change that supports a new way of teaching and learning, we will continue to get nearly the same results. Without the partnerships of business, community organizations, and higher education, we cannot leverage the change fully. Without architects who understand that STEM/STEAM learning labs must allow for flexible structure…

Continue

Sometimes The Best Teacher Is a Student

Posted on June 4, 2017 at 6:30am 0 Comments

Peer feedback benefits the one giving and the one receiving feedback. Here guest blogger Ruth Ebenstein shares another story about learning as it takes place in a Hebrew Day School in Ann Arbor. No matter whether in public, private, or religious settings...how successful teaching and learning takes place can serve as a model and as a reminder.  We wonder if more students were taught how to give and receive feedback and found it empowering and helpful, if as adults feedback would be sought…

Continue

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