ONE IN CHRIST Pastor’s Guide for Early Childhood Education

The One in Christ Pastors Guide for Early Childhood Education offers a collection of informational articles about a pastor’s role in early childhood education and ministry as well as in the congregation.  The guide also includes an overview of the Early Childhood levels of the One in Christ Religion series from Concordia Publishing House.  It… Read more »

Early Childhood Education: A Special Opportunity for Congregations

“The growth of the importance, impact and influence of early childhood education upon children, parents, and families is significant and is expanding.  Countless people have come to know Jesus or have grown in their faith in Jesus through early childhood centers, programs and educators.  In addition, early childhood education experiences have given parents tools to… Read more »

Early Childhood Resources from the Indiana Deptartment of Education

Social Studies Guidance IDOE is pleased to release the Early Learning Guidance documents for the Social Studies Foundations. The document can be found on the Early Learning website. Early Learning Newsletter #INspirEDearly, IDOE’s Early Learning Newsletter, has released its August edition. Read all the latest information here.

New Sharing Christ through Education Video Available to View

Summer at the Indiana District:  Whoosh! Perhaps your summer might be characterized by the playful poem, Here Comes, by Shel Silverstein: Here comes summer, here comes summer, chirping robin, budding rose. Here comes summer, here comes summer, gentle showers, summer clothes. Here comes summer, here comes summer—Whoosh—school—there it goes! In truth, I inserted “school” in... Read more »

Chroncis Absenteeism Resources

Some students miss too much school.  What can the principal do?   The Indiana Department of Education has a site devoted to help schools decrease absenteeism at their school.   Check out the resources found at   

Beyond Islands

Reprinted from The Lutheran Schools eNewsletter. Posted on June 16, 2019 by Jessica Neuman – Lutheran Spirit, Quality Education Technically the IDCI – Social Studies Curriculum Team finished three days ago. However, I can’t stop thinking about the great experience I had being a part of this team and pilot program. I had the opportunity… Read more »

Early Education Matters — Statewide Updates

Attend a local Indiana AEYC meeting or join a Facebook live presentation to learn about upcoming changes to early childhood system policy. At these meetings, staff from the Office of Early Childhood and Out-of-School Learning will share some updates on the structure of Indiana’s quality support system. All providers will have the chance to attend a… Read more »

On Teaching to the Test (as the ILEARN window closes)

As I contemplate all about ILEARN as this year’s testing window is now closed, my son Matthew is finishing his studies for the Step One test as part of his medical school training.  Each day since April 15, Matt’s regimen is studying the content from his first two years of medical school in the mornings,… Read more »

Homework…What’s the Point?

Homework.  Does this word immediately cue groans from students, parents, even teachers?  If the very word evokes primarily negative thoughts, then what’s the point? We all want our students to succeed.  There’s no disagreement there.  So, we prepare amazing lessons, include creative instructional strategies, and encourage rich discussions, all to help our students learn.  But,… Read more »

Setting Our Students Up to Achieve

Think back to your toddler days.  Did your parents give you one chance to learn how to walk?  Of course not!  With an unlimited number of tries, and loving, patient arms ready to pick you up after each fall, you finally mastered the art of walking.  Was there a magic age you were supposed to… Read more »