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The Lutheran Schools Partnership represents more than 4,000 students enrolled in 17 elementary and middle schools across northeast Indiana, plus Concordia Lutheran High School in Fort Wayne. With so many options available, you’re sure to find the right fit for your child!

Lutheran schools are Christ-centered, nationally accredited, and follow Indiana state standards. Private tuition assistance, SGO grants, and Indiana Choice Scholarships are available to help make the Lutheran schools affordable.

Our commitment to education runs deep. Lutherans founded the very first school in northeast Indiana in 1837, and it still serves students today. Come discover why Hoosier parents have been choosing Lutheran schools for more than 175 years!

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Best Practices
Mark Muehl | Apr 06, 2020
Face to Face in the Days of Home Based
Navigating the rapid changes for schools in the last few weeks has been a tremendous job for administrators and teachers. While some of our schools had participated in e-learning in the past, not all had experience with delivering instruction in this way. Extended remote learning is also very different from a few days of e-learning. Students not only need academic instruction, but they have new needs for social connection and encouragement. Administrators and teachers have made decisions not only about how to deliver instruction, but more importantly, how to make connections with students and families, and minister in new ways. What sets our schools apart during this time? It’s all about Jesus. While innovative and fun ways to educate our students remotely have been plentiful in our schools, much of the impact they are making is through ministering to students and families in meaningful ways. Daily devotions and chapel are being provided through emails and on social media. Led by principals, teachers, and pastors, these devotions connect our students to Jesus and God’s Word, and provide encouragement to those who are anxious, fearful, and lonely. Because social distancing can feel isolating, our schools are finding new ways to connect to students and their families. Many teachers are calling their students at home. Many classes are meeting virtually through Google Hangouts, Zoom, Facetime, and other online meeting platforms. Being able to hear the voice of their teacher or see the faces of their classmates is joining God’s people together and providing encouragement to students and teachers. Teachers are using these tools as a means to check in with their students and their families, letting them know that they are cared for and missed. Administrators are using the same tools to meet with their faculties to check in and have discussions. Classes are sharing prayer requests, singing together, and laughing together-good medicine, for sure! The Lutheran Schools Partnership is using Zoom to meet as a staff and to gather area principals for weekly meetings. These touchpoints with principals allow us to share ideas, discuss challenges, and pray together. This week, principals were joined in our Zoom meeting by the staff of Cross Connections Counseling, who offered words of wisdom for supporting students, families, and staff during these challenging days. We are tremendously blessed to have these opportunities for face to face connections and support.The amount of time and work that our educators are putting into caring for the whole child is commendable, for sure. While they care for their own families and needs, they are also learning how to use new tools, planning for quality instruction, and considering ways they can help students and families in need. God has provided us with great servants in our schools, who deserve our thanks and respect. May we have opportunities to show that to them and encourage them in their work!
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Christian Leadership
Jon Dize | Apr 20, 2020
Lead, Champion, and Collaborate for Today and Tomorrow
This is the hardest thing I've done in ministry… It's reinventing school to be virtual without any preplanning, training or even the right tools.... and trying to run the business of paying people and keeping revenue. -- TLSP Member School Principal The preceding quote was shared with us from one of the 19 Lutheran school administrators in northeast Indiana, as pictured here during a recent virtual principal gathering. But it could be the thoughts of any one of these leaders. During this COVID19 crisis, they are looking for effective ways to provide school ministry, to be responsive to the unavoidable changes and mandates currently in Indiana, to support their teachers with the best tools available, and to keep the doors open until things get back to normal. For over 10 years, your support has allowed The Lutheran Schools Partnership (“TLSP”) to be a leader, a champion, and a collaborator for 19 Lutheran schools in northeast Indiana, their associated churches, and their 300 educators by promoting academic excellence, enrollment growth, and financial sustainability... In good times and in times like now. TLSP school responses to COVID19 health precautions have been strongly supported by our TLSP staff. Be it within our non-public school network, through the councils formed by TLSP to share and equip, or providing constant spiritual and emotional support, we have been driven to walk alongside your schools. As Martin Luther wrote, "When schools flourish, things go well and the church is secure... God has preserved the church through schools." (Luther’s Works Vol 54) The picture above is just one of the many ways that your gift will continue the support of quality, Christian education, and educators, that have been the hallmark of Northeast Indiana since 1837 from Kendallville to Decatur, from Ossian to New Haven, and from in a building or at home. Your support will continue to lead, champion, and collaborate for a strong Lutheran education today and tomorrow. Sincerely, Mark Muehl Executive Director You can support TLSP with a donation to: 1601 St. Joe River Dr, Fort Wayne, 46805 or visit our website at https://www.thelutheranschools.org/support
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Funding the Mission
Jon Dize | May 26, 2020
How Does $5 turn into $Billions?
What is the magic formula? Vegas is not involved. And while compound interest is amazing, I am not referring to investment products. I want to talk about the investment of time. Investment in your alumni. Below is the story of a famous entrepreneur whose first gift to their alma mater was $5.00. After years of investment by the school leadership and fundraising staff, that alumnus recently committed over $1 billion for scholarships; actually, if you read the story excerpt, he has committed or given over $2 billion to the school over his lifetime. The story goes like this: “... I was lucky: My father was a bookkeeper who never made more than $6,000 a year. But I was able to afford Johns Hopkins University through a National Defense student loan, and by holding down a job on campus. My Hopkins diploma opened up doors that otherwise would have been closed, and allowed me to live the American dream. I have always been grateful for that opportunity. I gave my first donation to Hopkins the year after I graduated: $5. It was all I could afford. Since then, I’ve given the school $1.5 billion to support research, teaching and financial aid.… I want to be sure that the school that gave me a chance will be able to permanently open that same door of opportunity for others. And so, I am donating an additional $1.8 billion to Hopkins that will be used for financial aid for qualified low- and middle-income students.… we need more graduates to direct their alumni giving to financial aid. I’m increasing my personal commitment ... But it’s my hope that others will, too, whether the check is for $5, $50, $50,000 or more…” The Author? Michael Bloomberg. Please understand, I may not agree with the politics and worldview of this author, but I do agree with the need to connect with alumni, the very folk at the center of your connection circles. I believe in the potential benefits of connecting with alumni. They have an interest and connection.$5 to $billions. He believed, and still believes, in the mission of his school, and I am willing to wager that the author received a few thank you notes, newsletters, updates, lunches, and meetings over the years from fundraising directors, board chairs, and other alumni. Sounds as if the formula is: donor belief in your mission + keeping donors and other up-to-date on that mission = success now and tomorrow. Sure, our Lutheran K-8 and high schools probably are not in the running for a billion-dollar commitment, but I bet your school has received a surprise gift from “unknown” alumni via their will, or maybe a capital campaign. The capacity to give is a multiplier to the formula above, but if alumni are not connected to your mission, and are not connect with, then you are multiplying any capacity by Zero. As the author notes… $5, $50, $50,000… a donation in any amount will make a difference. The investment will produce results. Whether your church and school are 20 years old… 50… 150… think of the number of students and the families that walked through those doors and were given the tools to be, as stated before, “good citizens of God”. They are waiting to be re-connected to you. There are many benefits to alumni connection beyond just donations. TLSP has published previous articles on these benefits here, here, here, here, and here. We also have a Best Practices Outline available if you are interested.
 
News and Events
Mark Muehl | May 18, 2020
Sign, sign, everywhere a sign
5 dedicated team members. 1,000 delivery miles. 342 stops. 375 deserving saints. It started out as a crazy idea. A wonderful, crazy idea. Let’s put a sign in every teacher, administrator and pastor’s front yard to let them know we love them and appreciate all they do for their students, churches and communities.I wanted to let you know how much the sign that was placed in our yard meant to me. Obviously, it has been such a challenging past few months. Much of the joy in teaching has been gone since we are absent from the students. I am still so proud of what I do and the privilege it is to be a teacher in our Lutheran schools. It so often goes unnoticed, and that is not why any of us are Lutheran teachers. Your yard signs, though, proclaim to my community that what we do each day (whether in our building or in our home) matters. Of all the thank yous that I've received over the years, this one is right up there for meaning the most to me.A simple sign, a loving gesture, and a sincere thank you has deeply touched my heart - and also to my husband, my daughter in Philadelphia, and my son in Honolulu!Thank you for doing this - and for all that you do!Pam Brewer (St Peter’s)Thank you for the yard sign!Susan Mittelstaedt (LSUS)Thank you so much for the sign in my yard! It truly made my entire week! I am lucky to work for an amazing partnership.Blessings,Hannah Maresh (LSUS)Thank you for the Teacher Appreciation yard sign, posted in front of my house this week. It was a sweet and thoughtful idea. Your work on behalf of Lutheran teachers in our area is also appreciated. Please share my thanks with others in your organization who helped with this labor-intensive gesture of kindness and encouragement to all of us. God be with you.Yours, in Christ,Ann Fritz (St Paul)Thank you for your thoughtfulness and encouragement with the sign that I found in my yard. It was a great surprise! Please pass my appreciation on to your Board and all who were part of getting the signs produced and delivered!God Bless!Rev Alex Duff (Suburban Bethlehem)Thank you so much for the great sign you delivered to our house. You guys always go above and beyond for us to make us feel appreciated.Thank you for everything you do.Blessings,Amy Scott (Ascension Lutheran School)Happy to be principal and teacher at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School! Thank you to The Lutheran Schools Partnership for our sign! Happy teacher appreciation week to all our teachers! Andy Gavrun (Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School) Ran to the store, came home to this fun surprise in my yard!!Katie Ervin (Ascension Lutheran School)Blessed to be a teacher in our Lutheran schools! Thank you Lutheran Schools Partnership! Sara Goeglein (Concordia Lutheran School)Finding this sign in our yard made us feel pretty special this week! Thanks,Jessica & Jeff Neuman (St John-Kendallville)Thank you for the sign in my yard! So blessed to be a part of the Lutheran Schools and their ministry!Kelli Leighty (Holy Cross Lutheran School)
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Quality Education
Alicia Levitt | Jan 12, 2020
NLSA 5:05 - Instructional Strategies
As I have written about National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) Section 5, “Teaching and Learning,” I have tried to demonstrate that the process of accreditation is a rigorous one, with a focus on excellence for our schools. Schools undergoing the process of NLSA must examine their practices and provide evidence showing that they are focused on best practices in teaching that lead to learning for all students. The fifth required indicator of this section is, “Teachers use a wide variety of instructional strategies that engage students and ensure mastery of learning expectations.” While this statement isn’t long, it is full of meaning. The first part, “using a wide variety of instructional strategies,” indicates that teachers should be informed about best practices in teaching, be willing to try new strategies, and make new plans when the strategies they are using are not leading to the desired levels of success. Student engagement has become an educational buzzword. Edglossary.org defines student engagement as, “the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.” Generally, the term is used to indicate the involvement, attention, and investment students make in their own education. Certainly, teachers play a large role in engaging students in the classroom, and providing content that leads to high levels of student engagement. Research has shown that four things most frequently lead to high levels of student engagement by meeting important student needs: success (the need for mastery), curiosity (the need for understanding), originality (the need for self-expression), and relationships (the need for involvement with others). Teachers seek to help their students meet these needs, and NLSA visiting teams seek evidence that teachers are doing so. NLSA recognizes and places such high importance on relationships that there is an entire section of the accreditation process dedicated to it. Mastery of learning expectations is the final piece to this required indicator for which evidence is needed. How are teachers working toward all students mastering the standards set for the class? Teachers in our Lutheran schools strive not to only teach the content, but to teach the student. An accreditation visiting team looks for evidence that teachers are assessing students in a variety of ways throughout the learning process, seeking feedback about student progress, student needs, and the effectiveness of their own teaching methods. While each student is an individual that will attain mastery at a different pace, the goal should be that teachers strive to support all students as they progress toward ultimate mastery. It is exciting to serve on a National Lutheran Schools Accreditation visiting team, and there is always a great deal of learning on behalf of the team members. As students are observed, the visiting team sees new ways their colleagues are working toward this indicator-using a wide variety of instructional strategies, engaging students, and ensuring mastery of learning expectations. This can seem like a huge and overwhelming task at times, but with the Lord’s help, the teachers and students in our Lutheran schools are making it happen!
 
School Choice
Mark Muehl | Mar 08, 2020
"Costly or Invaluable" - TLSP VIP Signature Event
We know that no one can put a price tag on a quality education, but we still strive to make it very affordable. In fact, parents are often surprised at just how reasonable the cost is to attend one of our schools. We also offer various payment plans and tuition assistance to make it even easier. Be it Choice Scholarships, Tax Credit Scholarships, or other need based financial aid, money need not be an obstacle for a child to be enrolled in a Lutheran school. What do you get for your hard-earned dollars? You get something that can’t be measured in money. Lutheran schools provide a child with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in a safe, caring environment where faith and academic achievement are nurtured and celebrated. In the final analysis, the value of the educational experience realized through The Lutheran Schools is measured in your child's success, now and in the future- an eternal future. Moreover, we endeavor to ensure that money not interfere with your desire to give your child the gift of a lifetime- an excellent Christian education that prepares him or her for life in the world today, as well as life eternal.
 
SGO
Mark Muehl | Mar 08, 2020
"Costly or Invaluable" - TLSP VIP Signature Event
We know that no one can put a price tag on a quality education, but we still strive to make it very affordable. In fact, parents are often surprised at just how reasonable the cost is to attend one of our schools. We also offer various payment plans and tuition assistance to make it even easier. Be it Choice Scholarships, Tax Credit Scholarships, or other need based financial aid, money need not be an obstacle for a child to be enrolled in a Lutheran school. What do you get for your hard-earned dollars? You get something that can’t be measured in money. Lutheran schools provide a child with the opportunity to reach his or her full potential in a safe, caring environment where faith and academic achievement are nurtured and celebrated. In the final analysis, the value of the educational experience realized through The Lutheran Schools is measured in your child's success, now and in the future- an eternal future. Moreover, we endeavor to ensure that money not interfere with your desire to give your child the gift of a lifetime- an excellent Christian education that prepares him or her for life in the world today, as well as life eternal.