Sixty Years of Ministry by Directors of Christian Education (DCEs) of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS)

Mar 2nd, 2020 |

A Very Abbreviated History This history of DCE ministry provides yet another opportunity to learn of God’s grace and mercy in the life of ordinary individuals pursuing a compelling calling. Hebrews 11 and 12 capture the spirit of this history: it is one long series of enduring and not losing heart. It is “faith in […]



Community Engagement for Families with Children Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Nov 5th, 2019 |

The Every Family Program The number of children diagnosed with autism has increased substantially. Educators need to understand how to meet the individual learning needs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) in the school, home, and in the community. In order to better address their complex communication, social, and learning needs, school, family, and […]



From Comic Books to Graphic Novels Ways to Help Students Learn to Read

Nov 5th, 2019 |

Background In 2018, the International Literacy Association (ILA) launched a new initiative, Children’s Rights to Read, which aimed at “ensuring every child has access to the education, opportunities, and resources needed to read” (O’Donnell, 2019, para. 1). With the Initiative, ten rights were identified that children have regarding reading. One of the rights that children […]



High-Quality Teacher Induction and Multi-Year Mentoring Are the New Teachers in Your School Thriving or Merely Surviving?

Nov 5th, 2019 |

After a long year of teaching and learning, summer vacation has come and gone for nearly 3.8 million teachers and 50.6 million students in American schools (Ingersoll, Merrill, Stuckey & Collins, 2018; Alliance for Excellent Education, 2010; NCES, 2019). School leaders have been planning for the beginning of the school year, preparing budgets, maintaining the […]



Pedagogy, Knowledge and Learning

Aug 8th, 2019 |

As part of the Pathways to Excellence for Teachers project with the Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation and their schools, our team of faculty, instructional coaches and consultants facilitated focus-group meetings and reviewed existing school data in order to determine project priorities. Initial data indicated an opportunity to support writing instruction in the partner schools. In […]



Curriculum and Assessment Alignment Mapping

May 3rd, 2019 |

The process of faculty members’ communicating and collaborating on aligning curriculum and assessment systems is a very important part of maximizing student learning. As a program leader at the graduate school level and a former principal in several school districts, it was a privilege to work with faculty members to implement a curriculum and assessment […]



Promoting Widespread Efficacy: A Key to School Success

May 3rd, 2019 |

Introduction Pressure continues to mount on schools to demonstrate a positive impact on student learning. Federal and state school designations, increased transparency about school results, and elevated learning standards all contribute to this increasing pressure. This comes at a time of rapidly changing student and family demographics. Some schools persist and improve student learning in […]



Cultivating Ethical Business Leaders: Building on the Lutheran Liberal-Arts Tradition

May 3rd, 2019 |

Introduction The role of ethics and social responsibility as part of a business or leadership curriculum is widely discussed, especially how these two concepts relate to decision making in the global context of business. Santin and Bucchi (2016) discussed the importance of embedding ethics and social responsibility in Concordia University Chicago’s (CUC) MBA curriculum. Their […]



Re-establishing the Lutheran Soul in Higher Education: A 21st Century Model

May 2nd, 2019 |

The decades leading into the 21st century and the beginning portion of the 2000s have been identified by the phrase ‘postmodern era,’ a time period […]



Improving Student Retention, Engagement and Belonging

Nov 13th, 2018 |

One of the major challenges currently facing higher education is student attrition. The United States has the highest college attrition rate among the world’s most developed nations. The U.S. is falling behind in educational attainment and achievement at a time when education is critical for upward mobility (Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2011; O’Keeffe, 2013). […]