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Best Practices
Alicia Levitt | Dec 01, 2019
Putting the Vision in Writing
In my last article, I wrote about National Lutheran Schools Accreditation, or NLSA. One of my goals as Academic Excellence Coordinator is to help schools with Section 5 of the NLSA Self-Study, called “Teaching and Learning”. I seek ways to support our schools as they discover areas of strength and areas of desired improvement in the area of teaching and learning. In this article, I’d like to highlight the second and third required indicators of success in Section 5. The second indicator is “The written curriculum is developed and is implemented for religion, mathematics, science, reading, language arts, social studies, art, music, physical education and any other subject taught by the school.” This is a long statement that boils down to this: schools must have, in writing, a plan for what is taught in their school at all levels, in all subject areas. While this may seem simple, it is an ongoing process which requires attention to multiple areas that are ever-changing. The third indicator ties very closely with the second. It says, “The school community builds and maintains a vision, direction and focus for student learning.” Written curriculum can include many things: textbooks, online resources, teacher created materials, Scripture, and more. Most teachers today use a combination of these things to meet the standards their school has set for their course and grade level. Most of our schools begin with the Indiana Academic Standards as the starting point for those standards. While it may seem that textbooks should be written to meet all the standards in a meaningful way, that is not typically the case. Additionally, most mainstream textbooks also include their own worldview, which is often contradictory to our Biblical worldview. Textbooks can be a very useful resource, but teachers in our Lutheran schools must use them judiciously and supplement in many cases. Our schools must be more intentional with written curriculum than simply providing a list of textbooks used. That is a starting point, but what about all the other things teachers and students do? What novels are used in the classroom? What field trips supplement what happens in the classroom? How do teachers help students make faith connections to what they are learning? These things are not written in the textbook, but are essential parts of the curriculum. The Indiana District uses Atlas, an online curriculum mapping and planning tool, as a resource for teachers to organize curriculum. Many teachers no longer use traditional textbooks, but instead gather materials from a variety of sources. The standards, content, skills, assessments, resources, and more that go with each unit taught can be recorded in Atlas. Teachers can use Atlas as hub to keep all these things together in one place. Teachers can also collaborate on these maps, sharing them with others and working together to gather resources. In fact, teachers from the Lutheran Schools Partnership started developing some shared maps several years ago, and now has joined with the rest of the Indiana District to create shared maps for Social Studies. These curriculum maps are one aspect of building and maintaining a vision, direction, and focus for student learning. The maps can provide a written means to show how a school plans for education from enrollment to graduation. However, even more important is that schools have ongoing conversations about their curriculum. They should regularly revisit how they keep the written curriculum current, and how they ensure that their curriculum avoids gaps in a student’s education. Our schools and teachers can also be instrumental is helping students identify their God-given talents for use later in life. School administrators regularly monitor instructional practices and support teachers in ongoing improvement. Teachers must receive ongoing professional development, which the Lutheran Schools Partnership helps to provide. The development of written curriculum will never be finished. Needs and resources are always changing. The shared vision and direction of our schools to proclaim the Gospel and help children grow in their faith remains unchanged. Being intentional about what we do across the grade levels in all areas of teaching and learning is a critical part of the success that National Lutheran Schools Accreditation promotes.
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Christian Leadership
Mark Muehl | Jan 19, 2020
All Smiles? Why not?
While this photo doesn’t include Jenny and Lynn or the gang at BIG, I’m sure their smiles would also be present as we consider the joy of working together even as we face the challenges in front of us. As this new year is well underway, it comes with opportunities. Opportunities in terms of relationships with school boards. Opportunities happening at the state legislative level. Opportunities to share the value of a Lutheran education. Opportunities to garner new support for our work with TLSP. However, there is no doubt that as the leader of this TLSP endeavor, I’m most thankful and aware of the opportunities God has given in allowing us to work together for the good of Lutheran schools. It’s not an accident that Jon in his knowledge and experience with fundraising is leading the efforts of our scholarship granting organization (LutheranSGO.org) and our new efforts to raise money for TLSP. It’s not an accident that as schools are challenged with an almost overwhelming amount of data, programs and social change that Alicia is guiding, informing and gathering our school leaders into opportunities to wrestle together to determine answers and courses of action. Jenny and Lynn? They keep us looking good with their eyes for details and their strong work ethic. It’s a joy to work as a team. It’s amazing how often these words from Paul ring in my head as I think of our TLSP staff- “I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” (Philippians 1:3-5) While your prayers for our school ministries and TLSP are treasured, you will soon be asked to consider a new opportunity of support. Stay tuned!
 
Funding the Mission
Jon Dize | Feb 26, 2020
It’s Thrivent Choice Dollars Do or Die Time Again
If you are a Thrivent Financial member, that is, you have investments or certain insurance products, you can direct dollars from Thrivent to approved charities like The Lutheran Schools Partnership or any of our Partner schools and their associated churches. (Of Note: TLSP might be listed as, “The Lutheran Schools Service Organization”; I know, confusing, but it is our legal name.) You have to decide before March 31, or you lose the power to direct those dollars. Here are the instructions to use the online portal, but you can also call 800-847-4836, say, “Thrivent Choice”, and press 1 to get the process rolling. Or you can work with your Thrivent Financial Representative. Free money to support 19 Lutheran schools and 250 principals, teachers, and other staff serving nearly 4,000 students every year? What a deal!
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News and Events
Mark Muehl | Feb 16, 2020
Be a VIP!
Introducing The Lutheran Schools Partnership’s first ever fundraising event, Very Important Partnerships (VIP). As a reader of this post, you are one of our VIPs as you value Lutheran education and follow the activities of TLSP. As a VIP, we enjoy your support through prayers, interest in TLSP and by attending TLSP activities. We are challenging our VIPs to even greater support this year. Recognizing 10 years of service to our 19 schools, we are hosting what we expect to be an annual signature event. This year’s theme is "Boldly & Without Fear" and will feature the inspiring message of the Rev Dr Greg Seltz. Rev. Seltz served for years as Speaker for the Lutheran Hour. Now as executive director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty, Rev. Seltz is practicing what he will preach- being bold in confession and partnering with others who value religious freedom. Also as part of the night, we will award the first ever TLESPY recognizing our region’s Lutheran educator of the year. This event will occur at the International Ballroom, on the campus of Purdue Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, IN on Thursday, April 16, 2020 from 5:30-9:30 PM Tickets are $100 with a variety of ways for individuals and corporations to provide sponsorship. Contact Mark Muehl (markm@tlspartnership.org) or Jon Dize (jond@tlspartnership.org) with your interest in supporting this event.
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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 | Feb 23, 2020
"Boldly and Without Fear" - TLSP VIP Signature Event
“Boldly and without fear.” That’s the message that the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz will share for TLSP’s inaugural VIP Signature Event, Thursday, April 16 at the Walb International Ballroom of Purdue Fort Wayne University.  Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz serves as the Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. Prior to Seltz’s work in Washington D.C., he served as the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program. Before joining Lutheran Hour Ministries, Seltz served as the Director of the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center, as well as professor of Theology at Concordia University in Irvine, California. The need for boldness and confidence is a necessity as we witness the deceit that makes up our culture today. While our God says, “Knit together in the womb,” too many consider pregnancy a “clump of cells,” or “blobs of tissue.” While our God uses pictures like the Body of Christ and the Church to encourage dependence and care for one another, our society  wallows in loneliness, depression and broken hearts. While we embrace the truth of God’s unconditional love for all, divisions based on man’s self-seeking pleasure continue to cause harm to families and individuals. The attached video message from Rev Seltz serves as a strong encouragement for all of us as Christians, and certainly as those of us who are part of the Lutheran education community. Please pray for the ongoing ministry support of TLSP and consider your financial encouragement of TLSP.
 
SGO
Mark Muehl | Feb 23, 2020
"Boldly and Without Fear" - TLSP VIP Signature Event
“Boldly and without fear.” That’s the message that the Rev. Dr. Gregory Seltz will share for TLSP’s inaugural VIP Signature Event, Thursday, April 16 at the Walb International Ballroom of Purdue Fort Wayne University.  Rev. Dr. Greg Seltz serves as the Executive Director of the Lutheran Center for Religious Liberty. Prior to Seltz’s work in Washington D.C., he served as the Speaker of The Lutheran Hour® radio program. Before joining Lutheran Hour Ministries, Seltz served as the Director of the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center, as well as professor of Theology at Concordia University in Irvine, California. The need for boldness and confidence is a necessity as we witness the deceit that makes up our culture today. While our God says, “Knit together in the womb,” too many consider pregnancy a “clump of cells,” or “blobs of tissue.” While our God uses pictures like the Body of Christ and the Church to encourage dependence and care for one another, our society  wallows in loneliness, depression and broken hearts. While we embrace the truth of God’s unconditional love for all, divisions based on man’s self-seeking pleasure continue to cause harm to families and individuals. The attached video message from Rev Seltz serves as a strong encouragement for all of us as Christians, and certainly as those of us who are part of the Lutheran education community. Please pray for the ongoing ministry support of TLSP and consider your financial encouragement of TLSP.