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Best Practices
Alicia Levitt | May 26, 2019
Reflecting on Another School Year
The end of the school year has come, and rather quickly, it seems! The final days of a school year are often filled with many emotions. Joy, sorrow, regret, fulfillment, and more can mingle together in our hearts and minds. As students, teachers, and parents say goodbye to a school year, the way we reflect upon the year can be a powerful tool.Recent research on the topic of reflection by Dr. Carol Dweck, Dr. David Yeager, and others has focused on how reflection affects our mindset and ability to change our thinking. When we intentionally reflect on an experience by thinking or talking about it and especially by writing about it, our ability to grow and learn from that experience increases significantly (Dweck, et al., 2014). Our school year is an experience through which we can grow by reflecting. Perhaps there is a particular area in which a student has been struggling. How can we point him or her toward the growth they have achieved? How can we reflect upon the struggle in ways that demonstrate that change is possible? How can we remind students of their successes? We can guide reflection in many powerful ways. Having a discussion during which we share our “roses and thorns” helps us to reflect on the good and the bad. Writing ourselves a letter to be opened in a number of years can be a fun way to think about how our growth will look in the future. Keeping a journal is another powerful reflection tool. Looking for more ideas? Here is a fun list of reflection questions that can be used with students in a classroom or at home, and it includes a link to another list of questions teachers can ask themselves, as well. No matter what, let us not forget that we are reflecting on the blessings that the Lord has provided for us. Scripture tells us often not to forget, notably in Psalm 103:2, “Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” May we always do so!
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Christian Leadership
Alicia Levitt | May 26, 2019
Reflecting on Another School Year
The end of the school year has come, and rather quickly, it seems! The final days of a school year are often filled with many emotions. Joy, sorrow, regret, fulfillment, and more can mingle together in our hearts and minds. As students, teachers, and parents say goodbye to a school year, the way we reflect upon the year can be a powerful tool.Recent research on the topic of reflection by Dr. Carol Dweck, Dr. David Yeager, and others has focused on how reflection affects our mindset and ability to change our thinking. When we intentionally reflect on an experience by thinking or talking about it and especially by writing about it, our ability to grow and learn from that experience increases significantly (Dweck, et al., 2014). Our school year is an experience through which we can grow by reflecting. Perhaps there is a particular area in which a student has been struggling. How can we point him or her toward the growth they have achieved? How can we reflect upon the struggle in ways that demonstrate that change is possible? How can we remind students of their successes? We can guide reflection in many powerful ways. Having a discussion during which we share our “roses and thorns” helps us to reflect on the good and the bad. Writing ourselves a letter to be opened in a number of years can be a fun way to think about how our growth will look in the future. Keeping a journal is another powerful reflection tool. Looking for more ideas? Here is a fun list of reflection questions that can be used with students in a classroom or at home, and it includes a link to another list of questions teachers can ask themselves, as well. No matter what, let us not forget that we are reflecting on the blessings that the Lord has provided for us. Scripture tells us often not to forget, notably in Psalm 103:2, “Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” May we always do so!
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Funding the Mission
Jon Dize | Jun 10, 2019
Monday Morning Musings
A few months ago, at the suggestion of John Schoedel, I started sending weekly fundraising sound bites on Monday mornings. Maybe a quote I read recently, perhaps a link to a good article, etc. I send it to our Partner school cohort; those who are responsible for fundraising at area schools. I also send it to some of our TLSP committee members. Here is a recent MMM: I was going through an old ALDE presentation by David Novak, and found the following to be very interesting: Individual congregations (not Denominational Foundations) rank near the bottom of US charities in soliciting and closing both major and planned gifts. Yet churches and schools have: A prospect base any organization would love to have!Concentrated group of donors in one locationConsistent giving Strong affiliation Grateful members Daily, weekly, monthly, annually message opportunitiesAnd I will add, every year religion is the top funding destination. Next is education. Therefore, our churches and schools, teaching Christ, with cute kids in the classrooms should be busting at the seams with donors. Just sayin’. Interested in getting onto the distribution list for Monday Morning Musings? Let me know at jond@tlspartnership.org.
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News and Events
Jon Dize | Jun 06, 2019
How to Find your Roy, Who’s Parking your Car, and other Gems from Learn & Lead 2019
We just wrapped our 3rd annual “Learn & Lead: Marketing and Fundraising in the Fort” conference. Or was it a retreat? Either way, the 35 attendees from schools, churches, and faith-based nonprofits in Fort Wayne and as far south as Columbus, Indiana will tell you that the two days of sessions -- training on Marketing, Customer Service, Fundraising the “Disney Way” -- felt like a group of friends discussing best practices, led by a guy from Alabama with some great illustrations and stories… and freebies! Below are the top 8 takeaways I had from our two days together (even after 25 years in this business, this old dog still needs to review tricks): Who parks your car; who is on the front lines with your customers and donors and makes that first/last impression on them.What are your fireworks; Disneyland added fireworks at the end of each day to give families something to look forward to and stay to the end of the day.Ask people what they think; you may plan one view, but your customers see other things that matter most to them.Give people a memory; emotion and passion always win.Everything speaks; everything a customer and donor sees, hears, and experiences add to the potential positive and negative results.You can gain a donor one at a time but can lose them hundreds at a time.Pave the pathway; instead of putting fences around flowerbeds, Walt Disney paved pathways through the flowerbeds at Disneyland.Who is your Roy; Walt Disney had his brother Roy as a sounding board and confidant.; we all need someone.People will donate when the emotion received when giving is greater than the comfort received in keeping their money.And don’t just take my words. The following are comments from attendees: Outstanding!The speaker had a great approach to the subject.More people need to attend these!Thanks for putting this event on again this year. Always of value.There was nothing not to like!Strong presentation, good materialThe speaker took a very complex discussion and made it manageable.I only wish you could have recorded the sessions so that I could watch them again and share with colleagues who couldn’t be here.And perhaps most surprising, but I suppose expected from attendees, were the positive comments on the time, date, and location of the conference, so I guess we will keep this early June format going forward. Mark your Calendars accordingly! June 1 & 2, 2020. What’s next? Learn & Lead 2020, of course! We are toying with the idea of a mid-year Learn & Lead specifically for pastors and called workers… more on that soon… and we are looking at ways to offer recorded sessions and remote “attendance”... more on that later as well. Let’s see… 35 people in a room for two days, a speaker that gave us gifts, practical ideas to start using tomorrow, attendees wishing their other staff members were there, and only positive comments from our feedback survey... I would say Learn & Lead 2019 was a Treat, so I think “retreat” is more apt than “conference”. Would you agree? P.S. Thanks to our sponsors: The Lutheran SGO of Indiana provided ½ scholarships for staff and leaders who attended from the 53 schools in their family of schools, and The Lutheran Schools Partnership who provided partial discounts for Lutheran nonprofit partners. (Pictured: our presenter, Wayne Olson, with Jon before Wayne had to leave for home in Alabama.)
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Quality Education
Jessica Neuman | Jun 16, 2019
Beyond Islands
Technically the IDCI - Social Studies Curriculum Team finished three days ago. However, I can’t stop thinking about the great experience I had being a part of this team and pilot program. I had the opportunity to work on something bigger than my own classroom. Together we worked to create something that could be used not just by ourselves but by other teachers and classrooms. This Social Studies Curriculum we created will be made available to pilot schools this Fall. These schools will use the curriculum and critique and leave notes for revision before this curriculum is made available district wide in the Fall of 2020.Here was something I poured passion into. I am passionate about teaching and helping students grow of course, but I am especially passionate about Lutheran Education. Here was the opportunity to work on something that was not only for the efforts of teaching students Social Studies and meeting standards, but something that was especially for us in our Lutheran Schools. A curriculum that was challenging and goal-setting but also Lutheran. Distinctly Lutheran with faith tie-ins to each unit. In Lutheran Schools we know Jesus isn’t a subject that gets taught in a 40 minute block. Jesus is throughout our day and here was the chance to help fuse Jesus into Social Studies. There are times in teaching in Lutheran Schools where you may feel like an island. You may be the only teacher in your building teaching your particular subject or your particular grade level. You don’t always have the opportunity to talk to others about what they’re doing in their classrooms. When you see teachers at conferences or even at round tables you exchange a few ideas but you still go back the following day to your island. In our Social Studies efforts, we created something that can help your island feel a bit closer to the mainland. Here is a chance to see what each other is doing and use it to help all of our students grow and learn- not only in subject matter but also in The Word and their faith.Initially when I read about the team I was skeptical to sign up. I was sure there were people more knowledgeable and more qualified than I to serve on this team. At the urging of my husband I went ahead and applied and was placed on the 5th grade team. I had the opportunity to get to know another teacher from another school in another part of the Indiana District. I enjoyed comparing notes on teaching 5th grade as well as comparing notes on ministry opportunities and future plans and goals. In a room of Lutherans it’s not uncommon to see someone you recognize and certainly not uncommon to know some of the same people. Through this opportunity I grew in my own community and had the chance to get to know people not only from other schools in Fort Wayne, but also from other parts of the Indiana District. I had the opportunity to learn how other Lutheran schools operated and heard about the challenges and successes that other schools have. This unique opportunity to work together and get to know others is not something I will soon forget.
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School Choice
Mark Muehl | Feb 11, 2019
Religious Liberty White Paper
The Indiana Non-Public Education Association (INPEA) supports the religious diversity and religious liberties of our member school communities. Every child is an individual, and every student arrives at school with a unique set of abilities, needs, and goals. That’s why the diversity of Indiana’s schools is one of our state’s greatest strengths. Hoosier families choose from a broad range of school types, academic settings, and educational programs. The choices available in Indiana help ensure that every child’s individual needs are met.Schools are not all the same, but all contribute to an educated citizenry. All of Indiana’s schools — public and non-public, secular and faith-based — serve the common good. This is no less true of religious and parochial schools. The first schools in our state were founded by religious communities long before public schools were organized, and many continue to serve students today.Many Indiana families voluntarily choose to enroll their children in faith-based schools. This choice is protected by Indiana law. Among INPEA’s 400 members are schools affiliated with Catholic, Lutheran, Christian, Jewish, Adventist, Muslim, or independent and non-denominational faiths.Religious faith and expression are not purely private matters to be confined to the four walls of a church, synagogue, or mosque; rather, faith is something to be lived out in community. Therefore, every faith-based school has the right and the responsibility to define its mission, programs, and practices according to the sincerely held religious beliefs and traditions of its faith community.Hoosier families and students participating in the income-based Indiana choice programs do not, and should not give up their right to select a faith-based school. In 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Choice Scholarship Program does not violate the Indiana Constitution. In 1925, the United States Supreme Court, in Pierce v. Society of Sisters, affirmed as a fundamental principle of liberty that the child is not the “mere creature of the state.” This landmark decision excluded any general power of the state to force children to attend only public schools, consequently upholding the natural right of parents to choose the means of educating their children. Likewise, non-public schools choosing to participate in state accreditation or choice programs do not forfeit the right to define their missions, programs, and practices according to sincerely held religious beliefs and faith traditions.INPEA encourages its members to disclose information about school mission, religious beliefs and practices, curriculum, and expectations of students, parents, employees, and guests. Our faith-based schools should share detailed information about religious beliefs and practices, school mission, admissions procedures, religious instruction, employment criteria, facility use policies, expectations of student conduct, disciplinary procedures, and handbooks for students, parents, and personnel. These resources must be clear, consistent, and affirmed by all associated with the school. Religious belief and expression are the first liberties guaranteed by the Bill of Rights of the United States Constitution. INPEA supports the religious diversity and the religious freedoms of our member school communities, and their ability to educate all students who choose to attend. (This whitepaper was adopted by the Board of Directors of INPEA in February 2017. The Lutheran Schools Partnership (TLSP) is a member of INPEA.)
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SGO
Jon Dize | Apr 29, 2019
Attend Learn & Lead 2019
It's time again for our annual Learn and Lead, a conference for area schools, churches, RSOs, and other faith-based nonprofits. Staff, boards, committees, etc. can all benefit. And you can send staff to one day, both days, or either day. We have discount codes available, so contact us at 260-203-4510 or jond@tlspartnership.org. To sign up, visit here.