Ministry in the Classroom

Jun 23rd, 2020 |

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. […]

Perceptions of Chinese Scholars at Concordia University Chicago

Nov 13th, 2018 |

The exchange of professors between Concordia University Chicago (CUC) and Hebei University of Economics and Business (HUEB) in China was made possible by a joint program between the two institutions. The goals of the program were to improve Chinese teaching by exposure to Western curriculum and design development, and to further research in the academic […]

Moving Literacy Instruction Out of the Classroom and Into Informal Learning Environments What’s A Zoo Got To Do With Reading? THE N.O.A.H. PROJECT

Nov 13th, 2018 |

You have a Ph.D. in literacy, so what are you doing at the zoo? Teaching the animals to read?” This was a recurring quip I encountered from friends, colleagues, and others when they learned that I worked in an education department in a zoo. After many years teaching developmental reading classes, literacy methods for pre-service and veteran teachers, and using literacy as a catalyst for whole-school change in Chicago’s public schools, I found an offer one day that I could not refuse.

Not Invited to the Banquet? Why Not? A story from my own backyard

May 25th, 2018 |

Standing in the middle of an elementary school classroom in Great Britain for the first time, I was forced to consider the homogeneity of my educational upbringing in the former Czechoslovakia.  As a Soviet nation, a communist ideology pressured (pushed) its requirements and restrictions on society as whole. Under the ideological blanket that covered the […]

Student-Centered Instructional Strategies

May 24th, 2018 |

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 […]

Reflections on Professional Coaching: Eight Mathematics Teaching Practices

May 24th, 2018 |

“It gave me a little more thoughtful and purposeful way of coming up with the lessons. My teaching had kind of stayed the same. Doing the actual planning, I thought about what was going to make this lesson shine.” This quote is from Paulson, a fourth grade teacher. He made this reflection after I had […]

Superintendent Core Competencies

May 24th, 2018 |

This article is taken from Leading With Resolve and Mastery, 2017. It is reprinted here by kind permission of Rowman & Littlefield, publishers. The concept of leadership traits has been well covered in the literature of educational leadership. The challenges faced by the modern school superintendent demand more than just traits. Today, the effective school […]

Infusing Lutheran Identity into a Digital World

May 24th, 2018 |

The Digital Academic World How is Lutheran identity fostered in a digital academic world? The digital world is taking on, and perhaps, taking over, the educational dialogue at the university level of most public and private universities. Lutheran identity can be fostered through one’s connectedness with a community of learners and through relationships built between […]

Establishing Common Ground for Protestant Schools Worldwide

Dec 21st, 2017 |

Editor’s Note: As Lutherans in America, it is quite possible to think that we alone have benefitted from the Lutheran/Protestant Reformation which began in 1517 with the nailing of the 95 Theses on the Wittenberg church door. In reality, we clearly are beneficiaries of that “Lutheran” and educational legacy, but Protestant schools on every continent […]

Global Protestant Education Collaboration and the Reformation

Dec 21st, 2017 |

As students, staff and communities who are part of Lutheran schools around the world spent the 500th anniversary year of the Reformation learning the significance of Martin Luther nailing 95 thesis to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in 1517, they may not have realized how big the celebration has been. Most Lutherans […]