Quality Education

Reading Partners Program Spurs Relationships

Volunteers and First Graders Connect through Reading and Dogs If dogs are man’s best friend, then it’s no wonder they make a great pal for early readers. In Amy Scott’s first grade class last year, children were paired with reading volunteers and later, therapy dogs, encouraging young readers with their literacy development. It all began… Read more »

Concordia Elementary Highlights Character Education

Character Development Program Impacts Students Michael Rosin, principal at Concordia Elementary, saw the value in a tradition character education program, but wanted to meet the needs of a Lutheran school. He adapted a character education program to fit the school’s Christian focus. The program highlights seven character traits that include trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring,… Read more »

Music Program Thrives at St. John Lutheran

School Offers Keyboard, Guitar and Strings Gerald Ford said, “Music education opens doors that help children pass from school into the world around them—a world of work, culture, activity and human involvement.” At St. John Lutheran School in Kendallville, the music program is preparing children for the future with a variety of opportunities, including strings,… Read more »

Central Lutheran’s Preschool Gains Space

Building Expansion Links Preschool to Grade School “I always knew I wanted to do something with young kids,” Jenna Hicks, preschool director at Central Lutheran School, explains. Certified to teach children birth through third grade, she wanted to teach in an early education program and give students the best start in their educational journey. In… Read more »

Wyneken’s Heritage of Faith and Family

A Rich History Defines School When Marvin Drier arrived at Wyneken Memorial Lutheran School for his teaching interview, he knew it was a good fit after seeing two things: Mountain Dew and seed corn hats. “When I taught in Chicago I was an abnormality,” Mr. Drier says. “I have a rural heritage. I liked Mountain… Read more »

St. Paul’s Fosters Family Atmosphere

Rich Heritage Draws Alumni Back Not all schools can boast a rich heritage of 175 years. St. Paul’s Lutheran School is the oldest continually operating elementary school in Indiana. Because of their long history, there are family and church ties that go back several generations, even among today’s teachers and students. Carla Kleinschmidt’s family boasts… Read more »

Holy Cross Emphasizes Technology

Teacher Encourages Students Through Projects and Videos At Holy Cross, technology has grown leaps and bounds since Kevin Schroeder came on staff 32 years ago. From early computer games like The Oregon Trail to today’s coding apps, technology continues to evolve, keeping Mr. Schroeder on his toes so he can prepare students to be tech… Read more »

Consensus Curriculum Mapping

Collaborative Mapping Process Supports Teachers and Strengthens Schools Consensus mapping is an important process to ensure schools are hitting critical skills in their curriculum through all grades. Lead teachers have been established at each Lutheran school to head up the mapping process and make their curriculum even stronger. Now all teachers can participate in the… Read more »

Professional Development Opportunities for Teachers

Workshops Sharpen Teaching Skills in Math, Technology, Reading and Writing Summer is the perfect time for teachers to sharpen their skills and get fresh ideas for next year. Cindy McKinney, our academic excellence coordinator, is putting together this year’s IMPACT Conference, professional development workshops that offer educators the chance to expand their instructional techniques in… Read more »

Overwhelmed with Gratitude

Bethlehem Lutheran School Helps a Family Facing Cancer In 2012, Angie Mishler got the devastating news that she had cancer. As a mother to four children, she wondered how she would manage this diagnosis and her children’s needs. She struggled with tough decisions, including whether their family could afford to send their oldest son, Greyson,… Read more »