Best Practices

Alicia Levitt joins The Lutheran Schools Partnership

The Lutheran Schools Partnership (TLSP) is pleased to share that Alicia Levitt has accepted the call to serve as its Academic Excellence Coordinator effective July 1. Levitt will be leaving her call as Assistant Principal of Emmanuel-St Michael Lutheran School, Fort Wayne to join the collaborative efforts of TLSP. The TLSP opening occurred as Cindy… Read more »

Be Ready to Speak

Peter writes, “…always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you”. (1 Peter 3:15).  Knowing the story and being ready to share it are integral to our witness. What are your ways of sharing Christ? How does technology support that effort? Social… Read more »

Critical Friend Visits

A Valuable Resource for our Schools This year, the Lutheran Schools Partnership has been doing Critical Friend Visits in six schools to keep academic programs strong and growing. This evaluation process allows a team of 5-7 people, including principals and teachers from other Lutheran schools, to collect data using an observational tool that covers six… Read more »

Lutheran South Unity School Encourages Young Authors

First Grade Teacher Inspires Students Through Writing Workshops In Judith Sabel’s classroom at Lutheran South Unity School, students are hunched over their desks, scribbling out words. Colorful signs remind students to use “sparkly words” and ask questions. These first graders are participating in a writing workshop, learning how to see themselves as authors who are… Read more »

Critical Friends Can Help Us All

Friends care about and want to help each other. Critical friends want the same things but are not afraid to say what needs to be said to help. The Critical Friend Visit process is designed to support both of these objectives in an educational setting. October was very busy for us at TLSP as we… Read more »

Meeting specialized needs

Lutheran South Unity School Meets Student Needs Through Enrichment Room   Triston Richards, a fourth grader at Lutheran South Unity School, is a kid who loves bugs, animals and science. His mom, Debbie, couldn’t believe his ability to identify dinosaurs at a young age. But school hasn’t always been easy for Triston. In kindergarten and… Read more »

Secret Shoppers for Schools?

Over the years, you have seen my posts about the importance of meeting the Endowment Match Challenge available from The Lutheran Foundation. You have also heard my spiel on the importance of donor relations, proper and prompt gift acknowledgements, following donor intent, etc. Last February, The Lutheran Schools Partnership initiated a “Secret Shopper” experiment and… Read more »

Curriculum mapping is taking root

Almost five years ago, TLSP determined it was necessary for our schools to begin the curriculum-mapping process. National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) was going to include this as a requirement for accreditation, and since all our schools were NLSA members, this was a proactive move. An online curriculum-management system was purchased for all our schools,… Read more »

YouTube’s Hidden Gems

Many fans of YouTube enjoy the comedy skits or song clips on a daily basis. Teachers have been using this site for great classroom purposes, too. I thought I’d share a few of my favorite educational channels that don’t really feel like you’re being educated, but you really are! Reading Rainbow Any fan of the… Read more »

IMPACT 2015 is almost here!

Every June, TLSP invites teachers and administrators to attend a series of professional-development activities focused on the craft of fostering critical-thinking skills. We call this week “IMPACT: Involving Minds in Problem Analysis and Critical Thinking.” This year, I’ve chosen quotes from fellow educators that sum up what each experience is about: “Technology won’t replace teachers,… Read more »