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The Ever-Evolving Role of Pupil Personnel Service Providers

Started Mar 18 0 Replies

 Guest blogger, Principal Christopher Wojeski, Ed.D. writes, "In light of the horrific events in Parkland, Florida, school counselors, psychologists and social workers are being called on to help…Continue

Tags: Pupil Personnel, mental health, leadership

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

The Women We Need in Leadership

 In all fields, women are seeking and finding greater voice. As they do, we remind all who lead that voice is what matters. Allow a person voice and they will speak and sing, become orators and actors and work together on teams. But, not just any voice because voice can also have dreadfully negative effects. No, the voices must be ones of truth and courage and respect and civility. Strong voices will bring change and will create discourse. They can uplift and enlist collaboration or humiliate…See More
Apr 29
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Does The School Schedule Serve Teaching and Learning?

Considerations about scheduling and faculty assignments for 2018 - 2019 are more than likely in the planning stages right now.  In states like New York, much remains tentative until the school district budget is voted on and passed, but the development of the budget requires planning conversations and a course of direction. Often, last year's schedule is simply rolled over with minor changes, most reflecting grade level and course enrollments. The schedule is framed by start and end times of…See More
Apr 15
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

10 Step Process to Evaluate Non-Instructional Technology

Schools, their leaders and their faculty, have invested time and money into technology systems that collect data and communicate with others. Moving from paper for communication, attendance, grades, and discipline has been a goal for schools over these past decades. Two different types of professionals have been involved in the transition from paper to technology. One group is teachers who have an interest and ability in technology who have stepped up into these leadership roles. The other…See More
Apr 8
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Are There Unseen Children In Your School?

White people can take for granted that there are models of successful adults to watch and learn from. They grew up looking to presidents, military leaders, movie stars and characters in literature and in all sorts of positions of leadership including in education were of white models. They learned their exceptionality was by ethnicity or religion.They are told stories about names being changed as they came through Ellis Island or lived through the first Catholic president controversy. They…See More
Mar 27
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Stop Bullying: Schools Can Hold Hope

The use of Twitter to share news and to congratulate individuals or teams, or to remind of meetings or events has become a part of many educational leaders' work of the day. Many, if not most students and parents are 'on' Twitter. It has become a favored way to communicate quickly and briefly. At first a vehicle for young people to speak to each other in brief terms, it has been swept up by adults and businesses. Its use was welcomed and used for good. The use of social media helped school…See More
Mar 20
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a discussion

The Ever-Evolving Role of Pupil Personnel Service Providers

 Guest blogger, Principal Christopher Wojeski, Ed.D. writes, "In light of the horrific events in Parkland, Florida, school counselors, psychologists and social workers are being called on to help formulate plans to assist in the prevention of such atrocities and to provide coping strategies to students and school community stakeholders. The stressors adolescents face in the 21st century are unlike those of previous generations (Bor, Dean, Najman & Hayatbakhsh, 2014). Many of our students…See More
Mar 18
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' '60 Minutes' Interview Should Motivate Us

How many of you tuned into 'Sixty Minutes' on Sunday night in anticipation of the Stormy Daniels interview? It didn't happen. But, if you stayed with the show, you saw the interview segment with Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. She had visited Stoneman Douglas High School this past week (though we haven't heard that she spoke with any of the students) and she will be somewhere at the table of decision makers about school safety federal policy. The interview did little to change minds about her…See More
Mar 13
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

No Guns for Teachers!

Guns in schools that are not on the hips of police officers strikes us as a very dangerous idea. There are several reasons why. First, however, let us say in no uncertain terms, the safety of the children is paramount. Educators are fully aware of the responsibility they have from drop off to pick up. We have written about that before, actually as recently as last week. It is a responsibility educators take seriously and carry every minute of their working lives. …See More
Mar 8
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

Don't Let STEM Become a Fad

STEM has become the subject of community, curriculum, business, and budget conversations. The media gives it attention. Children's lives are changing because of it. This movement is grounded in the understanding that science, technology, engineering, and math are where the jobs of the future wait for our graduates. It also arises from a demand for schools to focus more in these fields. But, these are not the only reasons we should be learning about and implementing STEM in schools. …See More
Mar 6
Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers posted a blog post

What School Safety Means for Teachers

 Sandy Hook taught the nation that little children could become gun violence victims in their classrooms. It taught us, or it at least showed us, that teachers, school psychologists and school leaders could be killed in schools as well. School leaders began to respond with preparation in securing facilities, training staff and student drills, in building relationships with law enforcement, and in bringing community mental health agencies into schools. The leadership of the response was mostly…See More
Feb 27
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
Feb 20
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
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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
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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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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
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K-12, College/University
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Other location in NY State

Jill Berkowicz & Ann Myers's Blog

The Women We Need in Leadership

Posted on April 29, 2018 at 7:00am 0 Comments

 In all fields, women are seeking and finding greater voice. As they do, we remind all who lead that voice is what matters. Allow a person voice and they will speak and sing, become orators and actors and work together on teams. But, not just any voice because voice can also have dreadfully negative effects. No, the voices must be ones of truth and courage and respect and civility. Strong voices will bring change and will create discourse. They can uplift and enlist collaboration or…

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Does The School Schedule Serve Teaching and Learning?

Posted on April 15, 2018 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Considerations about scheduling and faculty assignments for 2018 - 2019 are more than likely in the planning stages right now.  In states like New York, much remains tentative until the school district budget is voted on and passed, but the development of the budget requires planning conversations and a course of direction. Often, last year's schedule is simply rolled over with minor changes, most reflecting grade level and course enrollments. The schedule is framed by start and end…

Continue

10 Step Process to Evaluate Non-Instructional Technology

Posted on April 8, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

Schools, their leaders and their faculty, have invested time and money into technology systems that collect data and communicate with others. Moving from paper for communication, attendance, grades, and discipline has been a goal for schools over these past decades. Two different types of professionals have been involved in the transition from paper to technology. One group is teachers who have an interest and ability in technology who have stepped up into these leadership roles. The…

Continue

Are There Unseen Children In Your School?

Posted on March 27, 2018 at 7:30am 0 Comments

White people can take for granted that there are models of successful adults to watch and learn from. They grew up looking to presidents, military leaders, movie stars and characters in literature and in all sorts of positions of leadership including in education were of white models. They learned their exceptionality was by ethnicity or religion.They are told stories about names being changed as they came through Ellis Island or lived through the first Catholic president controversy.…

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