A Message from Marlene
“Why Change?”

Those of you who have been receiving this newsletter over the past few years know that the Center has put a lot of time and effort into our blended learning initiative.

Following the ELEA National Conference we gathered for some reflection on where we have been and where we are headed.

Change for any institution is difficult to say the least, so one of the questions we need to ask is why change? The answer in many Lutheran schools is a very practical one—if we don’t change we will cease to exist. A good reason of course, but that can’t be the primary reason. Ultimately schools need to change because it is our responsibility to offer our students the best education possible, enabling them to reach their full potential as learners. Good teachers have accomplished this through the ages using the tools they have at their disposal. It is the goal of our project to assist participating schools to leverage the best of online and face to face learning to enable students to become the individuals God means for them to be.

Our discussions center on some important questions:

  1. What core values does your school hold? (Core values are those values that are non-negotiable and drive your mission and vision.)
  2. Why do we teach? What values, skills, attitudes and aptitudes will distinguish a student leaving your school?
  3. What is your vision and how do you share it?
  4. Who are your stakeholders and do they buy into the vision?
  5. What do you need to make your vision a reality?

You’ll notice that the questions don’t revolve around how many computers or tablets we’ll need or what the latest technology holds, but rather they focus on our shared vision for our students. How will we enable them to use their God given talents to impact this more and more connected world through creativity, collaboration, competence and compassion.

All of this is not easy and can be very scary especially for teachers who haven’t had the experience of moving from the “sage on the stage to the guide on the side.” We appreciate your prayers and support as this project moves forward.

Blessings to each of you this Easter.

The Lester R. Bayer Award for Excellence in Urban Education

We are now seeking nominations for the 2017 Lester R. Bayer Award for Excellence in Urban Education. The award which was established in honor of Dr. Bayer, one of the founders of the Center for Urban Education Ministries, recognizes those highly successful in operating innovative and effective urban education programs. Churches, schools and social service agencies involved in education are eligible to apply. Nominations are due at the CUEM office no later than October 31, 2016 and should include:

  • Organization name, address, phone number and website.
  • Name and contact information for organization’s director or leader.
  • A one page statement describing the work of the organization or program.
  • A one page statement outlining why the organization should receive the Bayer Award
  • Letters of support for the nomination are encouraged.

The award carries a cash prize of $1000.00 and recognition at a public event to celebrate the recipient’s accomplishments.

The 2016 Awardee is Amazing Grace Christian School in Seattle, Washington. The award will be presented on April 1, 2016.

Long Island Lutheran School “Beyond Boundaries”

The teachers and students at Long Island Lutheran School planned their annual week long project based learning experience on January 19—22. The theme for this year’s week was “Hope and Human Achievement”. Projects were collaborative, creative and captured each student’s unique contribution. At the completion of the projects, students and parents were invited to view the projects.

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