N.A.D. News

School News from the N. Atlantic District, WELS - Vol. 1

What in the world is N.A.D. NEWS?

Hello fellow NAD teachers! As your District School Coordinator (DSC) and Early Childhood District Coordinator (ECDC), we felt it would be beneficial to share news and information in our district on a regular basis. We will attempt to get a quarterly newsletter out - packed with great information that will be useful to YOUR ministry. We hope this will help to keep us all connected, and that it will be a blessing to you!

Let's start with something inspirational and motivational. From Psalm 27:1 "The LORD is my light and my salvation-- whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life-- of whom shall I be afraid?" May God be with you and bless you in all of the high points and challenges in your ministry and your personal life!

-Patrick Hurley (DSC) & Julianna Kiecker (ECDC)

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NEW! WELS Teaching Standards

Over the past 25 years, knowledgeable and well-meaning educators have pondered the question, “What makes a teacher or principal effective in raising the achievement of students?” Through observation and research, educational organizations ... have honed sets of descriptors, or standards, which have received universal agreement among educators about what makes a public school teacher or principal highly effective.

In recent years, teams of WELS educators have taken the publicly accepted standards and considered the question, “What competencies should Lutheran teachers, principals, and early childhood directors strive for as they seek to faithfully carry out their calls?” Called teachers from the Commission on Lutheran Schools, Martin Luther College, Wisconsin Lutheran College, and the various districts of the WELS started with the InTASC and ISLLC standards and modified them as necessary to fit Lutheran teachers. Using the secular standards as a starting point enabled WELS educators to take advantage of the research and knowledge behind those standards. At the same time, the role of the Lutheran teacher as a called minister of the gospel and the nature of Lutheran educational settings required makes the WELS standards unique.

These WELS standards describe the multifaceted and highly complex teaching skills and abilities necessary for teaching and leading WELS schools....

The rest of the article can be found here: WELS Teaching Standards


WELS Continuum of Teacher Developmeny


Important Tidbits

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Use your Mission Statement! Can you tell someone your mission statement at the drop of a hat? Does your mission statement guide each decision that you make for/at your school? If the answer to either of these questions is no, we urge you to re-think how you use your mission statement.

Some ideas to help you to implement this: Write your mission statement at the top of the page on each handout for teacher, school board, or other meetings. Post your mission statement in the entryway to your school for all to see daily. Write it at the beginning of every school newsletter. Keep the focus on why you're doing what you do - for God's glory and the growth of His Kingdom - and everything else will fall into place.

Updates and Info from CLS...

Part of our role is to keep you informed of all the resources available to Lutheran Educators. The Commission on Lutheran Schools (CLS) has a number of great resources for you as teachers and leaders on their website http://cls.welsrc.net/. I would encourage you to spend a few minutes on their site and see what is there. Anyone interested in a scavenger hunt? First one to respond with the CORRECT answers to hurley@gracels.org will receive a $20 amazon gift card for classroom supplies!

Click on "General Documents" in order to answer the first two questions:

  1. Read the CLS 2015 Fall Annual Newsletter and give me the reason why someone might contact Mike Koeslter.

  2. Read through the Foundational Principles and Guiding Statements for WELS Schools and answer: What is Foundational Principle #3?

For #3 you will need to start here http://cls.welsrc.net/.

  1. If you haven’t already done so, scroll to the bottom of the page and subscribe to the receive the CLS weekly e-news. In order to do so you must click the subscribe box. What color is the subscribe box on the homepage?

  2. After clicking the subscribe button above, how many possible newsletters could one subscribe?

The winner of the scavenger hunt will be announced in the next NAD Newsletter.

...And MLC

MLC also has the WELS teacher and leader in mind with in the classes, courses and professional development offered. These programs are created so that they fit into the life of a called worker. Go to https://mlc-wels.edu/gsce for more information.

Explore the MLC site and look at the many webinars offered. Another great place to look is at the Professional Development Series. If you are looking for some specific professional development or coursework and do not see it offered here, please let me (Patrick) know and I will look into to it for you.

WHO is in the NAD?

Meet Patrick Hurley!

Greetings members of the NAD!! It is a great privilege to serve you and our district as the District Schools Coordinator. This is my 2nd year in this role and as I am excited to hear from you how I can best support you in your school ministry! A little bit of my background.: I began teaching in 2001 at St. Marcus Lutheran School in MIlwaukee, WI. In 2005 I began my work as an administrator in the HOPE Christian Schools organization. I arrived at Grace in Falls Church in 2012 and love this part of the country. I am originally from southern Maryland and was baptized and confirmed at Divine Peace in Largo Maryland.

As I continue to serve our district I look forward to connecting with you and working together to determine how I can support you in your work. Thank you for what you do! You are a blessing to the children and families whom you serve!

NAD District School Coordinators

Our roles exist to support YOU and your ministry. We hope to foster communication and relationships between teachers in our district, to keep everyone "in the loop" with what's going on and aware of every great opportunity that comes along. We are here to encourage and promote high quality schools and effective ministry. Please reach out to us with any needs! Blessings to YOU!