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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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Successful Leaders Develop Their Expertise Through Daily Practice

Leadership, like life, is a journey best taken along with a healthy dose of self-knowledge, social conscience, empathy, compassion, and humility. What is taught and learned in administrative preparation programs are the nuts and bolts: the law, finance, labor relations, supervision, governance, the details of the daily responsibilities. These are all necessary knowledge and skills for the administrative role, but they are not all one needs to know. The successful ones, the ones who have led…See More
Sunday
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Leading Successful School / Business / Higher Ed Partnerships

One of the facets 21st century schools have in common is partnerships with business and higher education.  Many schools and districts already have partnerships that can be maximized with a willingness to recognize that:Students continue to fail to see a connection between what is happening in their classrooms and their future lives.Teachers do not have experience working in the fields of their content area.Targeted professional development that would bridge that gap is often an onsite visit or…See More
Apr 20
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Leaders, We Can Interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline

 The phrase 'tough on crime' sits atop a silent undertone. It is not about early intervention or after school programs or drug prevention programs. It is about punishments and putting "them" away.  Steven H. Cook, a former police officer who became a federal prosecutor based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has just been appointed as a top lieutenant in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' administration.  According to the Washington Post:"Sessions and Cook are preparing a plan to prosecute more drug…See More
Apr 18
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Racism and White Privilege: There is Always More to Learn

Schools reinforce societal values...but should they?  It is part of the intention of public schools, isn't it? Preparing children to grow into contributing citizens in our society is certainly part of the curriculum. Educators carry with them the limits and biases of the society as well as the mores that make us a civil society. Without realizing it, and with no bad intention, schools reinforce the effects of racism and send graduates off who are holding those very societal values we have to…See More
Apr 16
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Are We Teaching With Technology or 'Brain Hacking'?

We have an obligation to be mindful of how we teach and use the use of technology in learning. If you are wondering whether this applies to you or not, try spending a day without your phone attached to you, not checking your email, or looking for news alerts or suggestions for purchase. We would struggle to do that ourselves. Look around during faculty meetings and see whether there is focused attention or whether some are looking at their phones and iPads. Ask yourself if you've noticed your…See More
Apr 13
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4 Lessons for Leaders From Children

 We have discovered over the past election cycle that it was getting more difficult not to get dragged down. The more hateful the language, the more distasteful the attitudes, the more troubling the policy, the more invisible the values, the more we were challenged to stay optimistic. A school is just a building without those human qualities living within it. We do know, however, that our business is one of hope and of optimism and of potential. So we force ourselves forward. Then, it was as if…See More
Apr 11
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Evaluations: Exhausting Routine or Motivating Capstone?

Leaders become mired in the work of getting all of the required evaluations of faculty and staff completed.  Once finishing becomes the objective, all potential value is in jeopardy. But at this time of year, that is the weight one feels, to finish. Evaluation is intended to serve two masters: one is accountability and the other is professional development. Some might think that is an irreconcilable duality. One might say it is an impossible one. But it is a fact of life in schools. So consider…See More
Apr 9
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Charters and Vouchers: Who Will Lead Their Development?

With the appointment of Betsy DeVos for education secretary, many are understandably predicting a proliferation of vouchers and charter schools. It is her espoused solution for guaranteeing a fair and equitable education for all students, no matter their zip code. Since that is also the goal of public education... equal access to success... and zip codes may be one of the problems that prevents success for all, why can't we get behind the voucher and charter solution? …See More
Dec 18, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Fake News & School Leadership

 Whether it is TV news or online, most are getting news from a screen and the younger the population the more the source is online. This past summer the Pew Foundation reported that four-in-ten Americans often get news online. School leaders have to identify their own capacity to separate true news from fake news and then ascertain what skill levels exist among the adults in the school…See More
Dec 15, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

The Subtle Undoing of the Education of Our Students

As you read this blog, in your home or office or somewhere in the world on a mobile device, chances are you are not hungry or cold or in pain. Chances are during this season you are making a list and checking it twice.  And, for many educators, it is likely you are contributing to help a family in need. Yes, educators are safe from the life realities of the students they serve. It may be literally impossible to remain openhearted and empathetic if we do not walk in the shoes of others.  Some…See More
Dec 13, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Teachers' Views of Leaders: Feedback From Our Readers

Our recent post Boss and Buddy: Can a Leader Be Both? provoked comments from our readers that captured our attention. We found them eye opening and wanted to respond. As we thought about them, we realized a larger reality. What do teachers think of the job their leaders are doing? Is that how the leaders think they are perceived? When we wrote …See More
Dec 11, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

With Betsy DeVos at the Helm, We Need a Plan!

Why wouldn't policy makers, business people, and those who have never lived a day in a public school think that if they opened the doors to competition, schools would improve? Here is why. It defies imagination that teachers working with students would work harder or better or differently if they were competing to keep them in their classrooms and schools.  It is offensive to think that we don't bring our biggest hearts and highest skill to the school and classroom every day. But, there have…See More
Dec 6, 2016
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Dec 6, 2016
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

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
Dec 4, 2016
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
Dec 1, 2016

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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
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Other location in NY State

Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's Blog

Successful Leaders Develop Their Expertise Through Daily Practice

Posted on April 23, 2017 at 7:33am 0 Comments

Leadership, like life, is a journey best taken along with a healthy dose of self-knowledge, social conscience, empathy, compassion, and humility. What is taught and learned in administrative preparation programs are the nuts and bolts: the law, finance, labor relations, supervision, governance, the details of the daily responsibilities. These are all necessary knowledge and skills for the administrative role, but they are not all one needs to know. The successful ones, the ones who…

Continue

Leading Successful School / Business / Higher Ed Partnerships

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 7:07am 0 Comments

One of the facets 21st century schools have in common is partnerships with business and higher education.  Many schools and districts already have partnerships that can be maximized with a willingness to recognize that:

  • Students continue to fail to see a connection between what is happening in their classrooms and their future lives.
  • Teachers do not have experience working in the fields of their content area.
  • Targeted professional development that…
Continue

Leaders, We Can Interrupt the School to Prison Pipeline

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 7:53am 0 Comments

 

The phrase 'tough on crime' sits atop a silent undertone. It is not about early intervention or after school programs or drug prevention programs. It is about punishments and putting "them" away.  Steven H. Cook, a former police officer who became a federal prosecutor based in Knoxville, Tennessee, has just been appointed as a top lieutenant in Attorney General Jeff Sessions' administration.  According to the Washington Post:

"Sessions and Cook are preparing a…

Continue

Racism and White Privilege: There is Always More to Learn

Posted on April 16, 2017 at 6:34am 0 Comments

Schools reinforce societal values...but should they?  It is part of the intention of public schools, isn't it? Preparing children to grow into contributing citizens in our society is certainly part of the curriculum. Educators carry with them the limits and biases of the society as well as the mores that make us a civil society. Without realizing it, and with no bad intention, schools reinforce the effects of racism and send graduates off who are holding those very societal values we…

Continue

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