The Greatest

The Greatest

by Paul Gnan

I like to argue that you and I have the greatest job in the world. Part of our job is to read and study the Scriptures. We hear all the chapel speakers and visit our local churches each week. We are doing something of eternal importance to the next generation of church and community leaders. We help direct students who are in the initial stages of real reasoning. We have the tough conversations with our teenage students who are just starting to drive. Our students will go on their first real date without getting a ride from a parent. They begin contemplating their long-term educational goals or their initial vocational decisions. 

Giving Up

Giving Up

by Mychal Thom

“Giving up.” These two words alone can provide a very negative connotation. After all, so many messages that we hear, and rightfully so, are designed to motivate us to keep going! Often times, when we are faced with difficult situations and challenging decisions, we have an internal choice. We can do it, or we can give up.

Increasing Engagement Through Tech Tools and Strategies

Increasing Engagement Through Tech Tools and Strategies

by Kara Martone

Welcome back to a new school year! Hopefully it’s off to a good and Godly start.

As a leader in your school, are you trying new things this year? How about your teachers? How are you and they engaging and communicating with people—your parents, donors, volunteers, faculty, staff, and students?

The truth is that it is easy to fall back on the tried and true methods of sharing information, which generally results in passive learning and participation from your audience.

THE FAB 5 : Peer Insight Into Best Practices

THE FAB 5 : Peer Insight Into Best Practices

by Rob Cooksey

To set the stage, I share a few personal motivations for this topic. My research, writing, and presenting are prompted by care and concern for the future of Lutheran Christian education. I learn from others and cherish the opportunity to distill best practices and utilize them in ways that work where I serve in ministry. I’m a firm believer in modeling after success.

Leaders Are Readers

Leaders Are Readers

by Jim Pingel

Okay, okay, before you lose your cool, I’m no Bill Belichick fan nor am I a Patriots’ fan. In fact, I root against the Patriots every Sunday. (The Green Bay Packers are my first love). However, whether you like football or not, one cannot deny the secular success of the greatest football coach in history not named Lombardi. Moreover, from the opening page, I could not put this book down.

Redefining My Comfort Zone

Redefining My Comfort Zone

by Katie Baganz

I am a planner. I love to plan, I find joy in organization, and I appreciate the achievement of a well-executed and challenging task. There has always been comfort for me in preparation and security for me in knowing the details. Essentially, my personal comfort zone was focused on planning and having thorough knowledge. It was about ensuring that all the details were fully planned and under my control. It was about arranging and executing my plan of action.

Time is Changing in Gates High School

Time is Changing in Gates High School

by Don Gillingham

“The standard Carnegie Unit is defined as 120 hours of contact time with an instructor, which translates into one hour of instruction on a particular subject per day, five days a week, for 24 weeks annually.” https://www.carnegiefoundation.org/resources/publi...

There it is, the standard for high schools across the country and across the centuries. I’m confident we are in the last days of the Carnegie Unit. I for one am not sad to see it go.

Thanks For the Memories

Thanks For the Memories

by Bernie Tonjes

Some time back in December, when I had made it known to those outside of Concordia University Nebraska that I would be retiring at the end of the school year, Jim Pingel contacted me and asked me if I would like to write a piece for the ALSS Journal. I am honored by the request and the task has caused me to do a lot of thinking and a more than a little reminiscing. I think that a little reflection on how things have changed (and not changed…) might be useful for all of us.

Musings of a Lutheran School Old-Timer

Musings of a Lutheran School Old-Timer

by Dr. James Juergensen

Jim Pingel has been dogging me to submit a piece for The ALSS Journal, and I have been dodging him for awhile now. Also was motivated by Duane Jobst’s masterful and meaningful trip down the memory lane of his illustrious career in the Winter Journal, so I gave in. However, my compromise OK’d by Jim is not to produce another leadership primer by another old retired college guy, but instead a stream of consciousness-type list of principles I’ve lived by…

Leaders are Readers

Leaders are Readers

by Jim Pingel

There is a plethora of research and recent publications disseminating the critical importance of moments and timing. None will be more fun to read, however, than Daniel Pink’s latest entitled When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing. As Pink says, we have lots of books on the how-tos of leadership, but very few on when-tos of leadership.

Ten Rules for Lutheran Administrators

Ten Rules for Lutheran Administrators

by Dr. Steven Meseke

One of my favorite television shows is NCIS. The lead character, Special Agent Leroy Jethro Gibbs, has a set of rules he developed that direct his personal and professional life. Each rule is numbered and his subordinates are expected to know the rules by number. Over my years in administration, I have attempted to follow a set of rules that I have found channel my actions and decisions. Below are my top ten…

School Choice

School Choice

by Kevin Wilaby

When God blesses a couple with children, life changes. Priorities are adjusted as the needs of the child replace the needs of the parents. Parents are so excited about their son or daughter; they see their child as amazing and beautiful. They desire what is best for their child and they begin to dream about the future and what they hope their child will become. 

Purpose

Purpose

by Dale Wolfgram

Someone asked Mother Teresa once how she could decide what to do with all the incredible needs she encountered. She replied, “I just do what is right in front of me.” I believe that is what God calls us to do, to minister to those right in front of us today even while recruiting the students of tomorrow.

Leadership Lessons From Harvey

Leadership Lessons From Harvey

by Steve Garrabrant

In late August, 2017, the Houston-area faced catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey’s rainfall, which was more than 51 inches. Houston averages around 49 inches of rain a year, so to receive a year’s worth of rain in a mere three days was devastating. Our school, Lutheran South Academy, a Pre-K through 12th grade campus, was especially hit hard from the flooding.