Best Practices

Concordia continues to excel

Students at Concordia are noted for their outstanding performance in and outside the classroom. They are immersed in a culture of caring-a learning community that prepares them for success in all aspects of life. Here are some recent accomplishments by Concordia and its students: Concordia again received an A Rating (Exemplary) from the State of… Read more »

What kids need

“Sit and get.” “Corruption of our schools.” “The newest ‘newest thing’ turns out to be ‘child-centered,’ ‘project-based,’ ‘cooperative,’ and ‘hands on.’ The only difference is the technological veneer.” These are quotes from a recent blog post. The author tells the reader to critique and dismiss many contemporary classroom innovations as misguided distractions from what really… Read more »

Is the tail wagging the dog?

I was recently blessed with the opportunity to visit the Atlas Rubicon Training Center in Portland, Oregon, to spend time learning more about the curriculum-mapping process. Here are my major takeaways.

Making an IMPACT

What’s the one thing that could be changed in your school that would increase student achievement? Smaller class sizes? Better facilities? Less standardized testing? All of these improvements would make teachers, students, and parents happier and could increase student achievement. But none of these strategies directly impact students. Wouldn’t we do better to design strategies… Read more »

Filter bubbles

Recently there has been much debate about whether Indiana should continue to adopt the Common Core State Standards. I have fielded questions from many who are concerned about a “national” set of standards or believe a conspiracy exists to introduce our children to dangerous ideas.

Digging up dirt on PBL

How does soil give us everything we need? Curious first-graders at Central Lutheran School in New Haven spent several weeks trying to answer this question. Small groups of students read books, conducted research online, and examined soil close up to “dig a little deeper” into this critical question. In the end, they shared their findings… Read more »

IMPACT 2012 another success

Imagine a group of first-grade students covered in mud. As messy as that sounds, students at Central Lutheran School may need an extra change of clothes as they explore the question: How does dirt give us everything we need? Meanwhile, fifth-grade students at Concordia Lutheran Elementary School are creating a living-history museum in an effort… Read more »

The Lutheran Schools students achieve impressive 96-percent IREAD-3 pass rate

The Lutheran Schools Partnership is extremely pleased to announce that 96 percent of students within The Lutheran Schools passed the IREAD-3 reading proficiency test that was administered to third-grade students throughout the state this year. Moreover, 100 percent of students at eight of the 17 Lutheran elementary schools in northeast Indiana passed the test. In… Read more »