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). […]



Examining the Sustainability of Two Suburban Lutheran Schools by Addressing the Characteristics and Responses to Extraneous Variables

Nov 13th, 2018 |

This research targeted two suburban LCMS Lutheran schools and examined their sustainability through the lens of Stevens’ lifecycle theory during the maturity stage and regeneration (Stevens, 2006), and Fullan’s sustainability theory for schools (2005). The objective was to explore, understand, and describe the perspectives of school stakeholders (i.e., pastors, teachers, parents, and other church workers) […]



Effect of E-books on Reading Level, Reading Behaviors and Attitudes of Second Grade Students

Nov 13th, 2018 |

Teaching reading is a primary focus for elementary educators and administrators. A foundational skill for school-based learning, reading is critical to future academic and vocational opportunities. Yet, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NEAP) report, sixty-six percent of fourth graders in the United States are reading below a proficient level. Educational efforts have been made to address this issue as research has indicated that students reading below grade level in third grade continue to struggle throughout their academic activities and are more likely to be unemployed or earn incomes below the poverty level than students reading at or above grade level. Recognizing the need to increase reading levels and to reduce the achievement gap by end of third grade, the United States Department of Education adopted the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) revised in 2015 as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to guide educators. An additional critical component of these laws for educators is the Enhancing Education Through Technology Act of 2001 (EETT), designed to assist every student in becoming technology literate by the end of eighth grade.



Teacher Empowerment and Teacher Perceptions of the Principal’s Servant Leadership

May 25th, 2018 |

Background of the Study School leadership continues to be an area of focus particularly as it relates to teacher burn-out and teacher turn-over (National Commission on Teaching & America’s Future, 2012). As a result, researchers have placed focus on leadership-theory application and the influence of leadership style on students, teachers, and schools (Afshari, Bakar, Luan, […]



A Comparison of Core Competencies of School Leaders

May 24th, 2018 |

In many ways, the job of the superintendent is similar to any chief executive officer in any other organization. As executive leaders, they work with budgets, facilities, management, contracts, evaluations, community relations, disgruntled constituents, and attend endless meetings. But what are the unique roles and core competencies of school superintendents? How do these roles and […]



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 […]