School & District Management Blog

Leadership 360

Leadership experts in the K-12 field Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers wrote about challenges and possibilities for administrators in the 21st century. (Leadership 360 ceased publishing in May 2018.)

Families & the Community Opinion Leadership Endings and Personal Lessons
Themes of inclusiveness, of passion and purpose, of questioning and listening, and of integrity, respect and courage permeate our five years of writing. They are attributes of leadership that go beyond the knowledge and skill of the work itself.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 15, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion Schools Must Continue to Teach and Practice Respect
We wish it were as easy for a respectful leader to build a respectful culture system-wide. It isn't, but it is definitely worth the daily effort. And, it has integrity.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 10, 2018
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Teaching Profession Opinion Students' Perceptions of Teacher Quality
John R. Jones and Misty Henry report: "Today, schools are under tremendous pressure to improve student achievement and sometimes at the expense of failing to help teachers get better at instruction. It seems the emphasis is placed on lack of student achievement and not on its remedy."
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 8, 2018
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Teaching Profession Opinion The Invisible Work of Teachers
Mostly, the public doesn't understand the work of educators. The invisible efforts of the teachers and their leaders that result in successes is often not broadcasted well.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 6, 2018
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Children Deserve Their Childhoods. Schools Can Do Something About That.
We still hope for some bits of innocence in childhood. We aspire to days that are carefree and playful. We think those days help form us as adults. Schools can play a role.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 3, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion The Effects of Unequal School Discipline Strategies
Guest blogger Amanda Ronan writes, "The harsh reality is that certain discipline practices are the reflections of institutionalized racism and outward discrimination against people of color and other underserved communities."
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, May 1, 2018
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Education Opinion 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.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 29, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion Learning and Safety in the Time of School Shootings
It is important to teach children to understand something beyond 'us and them' and 'good or bad'. It is in the opposition of terms that fear, and sometimes hate, can develop.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 26, 2018
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Unequal School Discipline Strategies Set the Stage for Lifelong Discrimination
Guest blogger Amanda Ronan says, "As a school leader, you probably don't need federal guidelines to tell you whether these practices are negatively impacting your school and your students. School climate is under your jurisdiction, so you know what's bubbling up in your environment."
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 24, 2018
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School & District Management Opinion The Superintendent's Paradox: Time vs. Complexity & Ethical Behavior
No matter what a leader is facing, when both sides hold strong and in their own way are right, it takes time for a leader to resolve within her or himself how to proceed.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 22, 2018
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Curriculum Opinion Teaching History With STE(A)M
We wonder if in teaching history as a story of facts, we have scrubbed it clean of the emotional story that carries the important messages.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 19, 2018
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Education Opinion Redefining Instructional Leadership
As a leader in any school, it is important to learn and study what great leaders do and have done. One thing that must be learned is that great leaders surround themselves with great people, and then get out of their way and let them do their jobs.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 17, 2018
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School Climate & Safety Opinion Does The School Schedule Serve Teaching and Learning?
The schedule should be developed to support the curricular needs of the teaching and learning.Teaching and learning should not be forced into a schedule's demands, but they have been and still do.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 15, 2018
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School Climate & Safety Opinion When Budgets Require the Loss of Teachers, Difficult Conversations Follow
As school budgets are being developed, in systems where funds are decreasing and student population as well or where priorities are shifting, excessing personnel often becomes a leader's reality.
Jill Berkowicz and Ann Myers, April 12, 2018
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