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If you want to be in the know about what’s going on at Lutheran Schools Association and what we're exploring, you’ve come to the right place.

Be sure to check back regularly for the latest posts.

  • Why Recognize through LSA?

  • Art galleries are a beneficial component of any neighborhood. Check out some of the ways art galleries are important and why you should visit them this fall.

  • Turns out, regular writing and keeping a journal actually has a lot of surprising mental and emotional health benefits. Today, we’re going to check them out.

  • What does Labor Day actually mean, and how can you use an altruistic lifestyle to get involved? Today, let's talk about the history of Labor Day and some ideas for you to join in.

  • Being kind to a stranger may seem simple, but it often requires a conscious effort to do. How can you show kindness to strangers in your life? We have 10 ideas to start.

  • How can you celebrate National Senior Citizens Day? We’re glad you asked. We have some ideas on how to honor senior citizens today, this week and for more times to come.

  • For individuals and their families, the words “You need a new organ” are earth-shattering. Luckily, we can make a difference. Check out five reasons for you to become an organ donor.

  • This August, we celebrate National Water Quality Month. How can you have an impact on water quality? We’ve got some ideas for the role you play in making a difference.

  • How can you live an altruistic lifestyle when negativity is on your mind? Today we've got the answers as we share six tips to help train your brain to be more positive.

  • There are lots of worthy nonprofits out there who need financial support, so how can you pick just one? Today, we're here to help you learn how to choose the right charity for donating.

  • When things are busy, wellness often takes a backseat to other priorities. Luckily, today we thought of a couple ways to bring it back to the forefront of your life.

  • While every individual is unique and has their own preferences, there are some general guidelines to follow when interacting comfortably and respectfully with people with disabilities.

  • Storytelling is powerful, and it has enormous benefits in store for you and those around you. Today we're going to talk about how storytelling can impact your life.

  • Whether it's a few hours or a long commitment, volunteering not only supports those around you, but positively influences you as well. Here's six ideas to get started.

  • LSA accepted a Lutheran Crusader Fund grant last week at LuHi. Learn more about the grant and read what was shared with the student body at LuHi's annual Lutheran Crusader Fund chapel service.

  • Despite their age, children can have a powerful impact in the community, if only we encourage them to do so. Here are four reasons kids should start volunteering young.

  • The where, when, and what of digital communication, and some lessons we've learned.

  • If you’re looking for cool ways to donate your gently used items, check out this list of things you can and should donate, and some unique ideas of where to give them.

  • It's March, and the end of the school year is around the corner! Plan now for success - read on for some ideas and opportunities!

  • This Women’s History Month, get your school or organization involved by showing support for the women in your community. Check out these ways you can remember powerful women from history, while advocating for women today.

  • Check out the new podcast from Dr. Bernard Bull: The Moonshot Education Show!

  • A little honest reflection and some grace - the recipe to a great 2017?

  • Keep that Christmas spirit going! While the gifts in "The Twelve Days of Christmas" may be a little strange by today's standards, you can still celebrate by giving gifts in your community.

  • Grant Lichtman's blog offers insight into a variety of schools, all over the country, which are trying innovative approaches to learning. If you have the chance to give his posts a skim, you may walk away with an idea or two that you can make your own! Never stop imagining the possibilities for student learning and experiences!

  • As a leader, are you trying to make some big changes? Here are some lessons learned from those who have been successful. A must read!

  • Turns out, giving gifts is not only fun, but it’s good for you too! That’s right, giving benefits more than your soul; it’s good for your body. How might you engage with these concepts with your students?

  • Can coloring help relieve stress in high school students? This librarian thinks so! Read her article from the School Library Journal. What do you think? Would you try this in your school?

  • Has your staff been exploring the concept of mindset? This article in the Atlantic is a Q&A with Carol Dweck, the researcher who has shared much on the possibilities afforded by considering growth and fixed mindsets. This helps to clear up some misconceptions about how to foster growth mindset. Enjoy!

  • Catlin Tucker is a HS English teacher who focuses a great deal on blended learning and technology in the classroom. She isn't focused on flashy, but rather on the larger goals and how tech can help. Today's good read is about a tool that can be used to increase students' media literacy. Enjoy!

  • We're HUGE fans of organization systems here at LSA. Today's good read is a bit about one school leader's organizational tool - the Principal's Checklist. You can also check out other ideas and inspiration on The Together Group's website, which we just discovered. Now's a great time of year to start thinking about how you might clean up your organizational "house" in time for the new calendar year.

  • Do you listen to podcasts? We're big fans of several. Today's "read" is a quick listen from Happier with Gretchen Rubin. What is your word for 2017?

  • How might we "make the work worth doing"? This read offers up some key questions worth considering, via Chris Lehman, leader of Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia. His blog, Practical Theory, is worth a subscription in your blog reel!

  • Bernard Bull's blog, etale, is a must-read! Here, we share one particular post of his, 70+ Education Documentaries to Challenge and Inspire. He updates this list regularly, so be sure to subscribe to his blog so you don't miss anything. Perhaps these will make for some good views over the coming Christmas break!

  • Do parents ever ask you for gift-giving recommendations around this time of year? Consider some of these options, and share with families, if you'd like!

  • Harvard Business Review offers great tidbits that can be applied to school leadership. As you move into the new calendar year, how might you think about your staff culture? Some great ideas are found here.

  • Today's good read is a list of ideas for digital storytelling in the classroom. We are familiar with three of these tools and LSA regular uses Canva and Animoto, both on this list. Please share with colleagues!

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