Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

    Student-Centered Instructional Strategies My goal as a graduate-student instructor is to model and enhance each student’s journey toward becoming an educational leader. Modeling student-centered instructional strategies helps prepare future leaders to implement those strategies in their schools and districts to maximize their own, teachers’ and students’ learning. As an instructor, it is important to model […]

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Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

Student-Centered Instructional Strategies My goal as a graduate-student instructor is to model and enhance each student’s journey toward becoming an educational leader. Modeling student-centered instructional strategies helps prepare future leaders to implement those strategies in their schools and districts to maximize their own, teachers’ and students’ learning. As an instructor, it is important to model […]

The Last Word

Love and Learning in a Time of Coronavirus       In The Great Divorce, a masterful little book about sin, death, and forgiveness, C. S. Lewis paints a fascinating image of Hell. Distinctly lacking are devils, pitchforks, flames, and overt suffering. Instead, the denizens of the great abyss are living what would appear to be ordinary […]

Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

Student-Centered Instructional Strategies My goal as a graduate-student instructor is to model and enhance each student’s journey toward becoming an educational leader. Modeling student-centered instructional strategies helps prepare future leaders to implement those strategies in their schools and districts to maximize their own, teachers’ and students’ learning. As an instructor, it is important to model […]

The Last Word

Love and Learning in a Time of Coronavirus       In The Great Divorce, a masterful little book about sin, death, and forgiveness, C. S. Lewis paints a fascinating image of Hell. Distinctly lacking are devils, pitchforks, flames, and overt suffering. Instead, the denizens of the great abyss are living what would appear to be ordinary […]

Words for Thought

Thinking about Learning       I began thinking about doctoral studies in the early 2000’s, as I was completing my Master’s degree. I put the thought aside as I accepted a call to lead a school at my home congregation. It would be too demanding as a wife, mother, and principal/teacher to add “doctoral student” to […]

Book Review

A.D.Chronicles    Fourth Dawn (2005)    Fifth Seal (2006)     Sixth Covenant (2007)     by Bodie and Brock Thoene    Tyndale Fiction Part of a Twelve-Book Series on the Life and Times in Israel during the Earthly Life of Jesus Christ, Our Lord and Messiah       Discover the truth through fiction? I agree! I have […]

Book Review: From Backpacks to Broadway: Children’s Experiences in Musical Theatre

From Backpacks to Broadway: Children’s Experiences in Musical Theatre by Rajan, R.S. 2017, Rowman & Littlefield Isbn 1610485629, 9781610485623       From the moment Rekha Rajan begins the book From Backpacks to Broadway: Children’s Experiences in Musical Theatre, with the prologue to the end of the book, her enthusiasm about musical theater and how it impacts […]

Ministry in the Classroom

Parish: The Thought       Ministry in the classroom?       Oh, there’s so much more!       Long ago, educators called to minister in Lutheran schools needed a “parish perspective” if they were to be a highly valued part of their congregation. It was good to be parish -minded—good for the congregation and good for the school. […]

Improving Professional Relationships and Organizational Leadership in Congregations: Starting with Pastors and Preschool Directors

Editor’s Note: This article grows out of the PhD work in Organizational Leadership that the author completed in 2019. His interest in early childhood education has developed out of the two centers his congregation is growing in Houston, TX, where he is the pastor.       In order to be a leader in the church one […]

Let Music Take the First Chair in Your Lutheran School

Editor’s Note: This article is taken from in the Spring issue of Shaping the Future. It is reprinted by permission and with its original formatting. Because the original article contained several footnotes that extended the information of the article itself, LEJ has retained those footnotes as endnotes here. Music – A Gift of God       […]

Collaborative Decision-Making

      The aim of this paper is to share a process the author has developed and implemented with many private and public organizations as well as thousands of graduate students over the past 50 years. The aim of this process is to identify values, concerns, issues, priorities, and goals, and then plan and implement improvement […]

The Perceptions of High School Personnel and Their Experiences of Professional Learning Communities

Editor’s Note: This article has its basis in the dissertation in Educational Leadership that the first author completed in 2019. His co-authors also served as his dissertation committee. Introduction       Over the last two decades, there has been a tremendous shift toward the professional development of teachers (Vescio, Ross, & Adams, 2008). Consequently, Professional Learning […]

Supporting the Temporal, Social, and Physical Environments 
of Young Children

Editor’s Note: This article is taken from the article, The Temporal, Social, and Physical Environment as Applications of the Whole Child Tenets in Early Childhood, as originally published in the Illinois ASCD Journal, the Winter 2019 issue. It is reprinted with permission.       Long before children enter formal schooling they develop literacy skills that will […]