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St. Paul’s Lutheran School educators attend National Teacher’s Conference

November 16, 2013

October 23-26
On October 23-26 the teachers from St. Paul’s Lutheran School in Fulda joined over 3,000 Lutheran educators from across the country to attend the 11th triennial Lutheran Education Association Convocation in Milwaukee, WI. This convention provided outstanding opportunities for Christian school teachers in the areas of professional growth, professional renewal and inspiration, spiritual encouragement and growth, formation and renewal of professional relationships, specific grade level sectionals, and many other excellent and engaging growth opportunities.

The theme for this convocation, “Rise and Shine, bringing knowledge to light and light to knowledge,” was based on several scripture passages: “We are his servants because the same God who said that light should shine out of darkness has given us light. For that reason we bring to light the knowledge about God’s glory, which shines from Christ’s face.” 2 Corinthians 4:6 “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.” Isaiah 60:1.

At the convention, St. Paul’s Lutheran School teachers were able to gain ideas to strengthen their teaching ministries. Educators were able to select from over 190 sectional and workshop topics and attend six sectionals. Each educator was able to attend the keynote speaker, Tim Elmore, who is a leading authority on how to understand the next generation and prepare tomorrow’s leaders today. Tim Elmore has spoken to more than 350,000 staff and students at hundreds of venues across the country, including Stanford University, Duke University, Purdue, Auburn University, University of North Carolina, Georgia Tech, and Baylor University. Several of the highlights from his presentation include his beliefs that every student can be a leader, because the true definition of leadership is the ability to influence. Leadership can be spotted and cultivated in students as early as elementary school. Good parenting and teaching is a balancing act between being responsive and demanding. You can motivate the younger generation by equipping them more than entertaining them, and online social media interaction for children and students needs to be balanced with more real life experiences.

Tim Elmore has written more than 25 books, including the best-selling, Habitudes: Images that Form Leadership Habits and Attitudes, Artificial Maturity: Helping Kids Meet the Challenge of Becoming Authentic Adults, Generation iY: Our Last Chance to Save Their Future, Life Giving Mentors, and Nurturing the Leader Within Your Child. His sought-after parenting expertise includes insightful blog articles, such as “3 Huge Mistakes We Make Leading Kids and How to Correct Them,”which went viral on Facebook and received over 600,000 shares. Elmore’s keynote presentation was both helpful and insightful for the educators in attendance. Each of the teachers from St. Paul’s Lutheran School returned from the convention with many new ideas to share with their students and implement in their classrooms.

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