Many things are being done in the background to improve CLS. Below is a glimpse of what is happening with accreditation:
The Christ Lutheran Board of Christian Education, various boards of Christ Lutheran Church and School, and our teachers are continually looking for ways to improve the ministry that we provide to the community. In addition to the improvements that people can see, there are some things being done to improve what we offer at CLS that can easily go unnoticed. It is important to acknowledge things that are happening “behind the scenes” to make the ministry at CLS better. One such area getting a lot of attention is our curriculum.
Since the beginning of this academic year, the teachers of Christ Lutheran have been working to improve our curriculum. Edward S. Ebert II, Christine Ebert, and Michael L. Bentley in their book The Educator’s Field Guide simply defines curriculum as “the means and materials with which students will interact for the purpose of achieving identified educational outcomes” (Ebert et. al. 2011). Particular attention is being paid to the desired educational outcomes our instruction provides and ensuring that those outcomes are in line with state and national standards.
Each month in our staff meetings, one subject is assigned to be evaluated before the next month’s meeting. This is all done to build an up-to-date and school-wide curriculum that meets and exceeds state and national standards all while improving what students learn as they pass through all the grade levels at CLS. This is quite an undertaking; one that requires much extra work and self-evaluation on the part of our teachers. This is all being done to improve the educational experience for our students.
All of this is a part of a bigger undertaking at CLS, accreditation. Groundwork is being done to prepare CLS for the National Lutheran School Accreditation process that has already begun and will culminate in the 2018/2019 academic year. This process is one in which “through National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) schools complete a rigorous self-study, are reviewed by a team of peers and implement initiatives that provide a continuing program of excellence for students” (LuthEd.org).
As we come to this Christmas break, take some time to pray for our CLS teachers who give so much of themselves to not only educate our students in facts, but also in truth. The professionalism and work required for their ministry is unparalleled. Yet, like much of their work that goes on behind the scenes, some of the desired outcomes for which they strive are intangible and without equal.
“About Lutheran Schools.” LuthEd, www.luthed.org/about-lutheran-schools/.
Ebert, Edward S.,, Ebert, Christine,Bentley, Michael Lee.The Educator’s Field Guide: From Organization To Assessment (and Everything In Between). Thousand Oaks, Calif. : Corwin, 2011. Print.