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Directors Trip to the Dominican Republic: Lessons Learned

ACSI Dominican Republic Conference:  Lessons Learned

June, 2015

As promised in my last blog post, I want to take the opportunity to reflect upon the recent conference in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  The two day event, June 25-25, was attended by 600 Christian school educators from across the country.  It proved to be a dynamic experience for everyone involved.  I found myself often thinking, “if only my colleagues from the…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on July 7, 2015 at 2:48pm — 2 Comments

Director's Visit to the Dominican Republic

Taking a break from the blog this week to speak at the ACSI conference in the Dominican Republic.  In next week's blog I will share the insights gained from the experience with you, the Lowrie Center membership.  Pray for my journey there and the emphasize the need to understand the nature and needs of the learner with this dynamic group of Christian School Educators. 

Added by Milton V. Uecker on June 22, 2015 at 2:08pm — No Comments

Equipping Students for the World and Culture in Which We Live

          IICSE 2014 Opening Keynote           

Milton V. Uecker, Ed.D.

Based upon Paul’s Letter to the Colossians   

 

The Context

The world and culture in which we live is not unlike the cultures where the apostle Paul lived and taught.  As one reads and understands the context of his…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on June 18, 2015 at 9:34am — No Comments

Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Nhamo Chigohi, Zimbabwe

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Our hearts were saddened to learn that Pastor Nhamo Chigohi passed away on May 19th. We rejoice in knowing that he is in the presence of Jesus whose love and grace miraculously saved him from the power of darkness. This son of a witch doctor was set apart as a child to rescue orphans from the streets, provide exemplary care through orphanages and then educate the children in his care within Christian schools. Additionally,…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on June 4, 2015 at 10:00am — No Comments

Grading as a Spiritual Practice

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

For those of us in higher education we have come to the close of another spring semester. The end of a semester is always accompanied by grading a pile of final projects and other assessments. This task, even after over 45 years, is still one of the most difficult things that I do. A fellow professor recently sent the faculty in the College of Education at CIU an interesting blog post that shed light on some of the reasons why…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on May 28, 2015 at 8:09am — No Comments

Integrated Instructional Units and Lessons

Designing Integrated Instructional Units and Lessons

By Dr. Milton V. Uecker

As the semester draws to a close, we find ourselves evaluating student progress through assessment.  The final assignment (assessment), for my Biblical Foundations for Curriculum course, asked doctoral students to design a rubric to evaluate a teacher’s unit design.  Through the rubric a curriculum supervisor could be assured that instruction is aimed at…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on May 19, 2015 at 2:51pm — No Comments

Audio message by Dr. Kenneth Gangel: THE DAY JESUS HAD LUNCH WITH TEACHERS

Outline

The Day Jesus had Lunch with Teachers

Dr. Kenneth O. Gangel, 1982, National Institute for Christian School Teachers

*Audio of Dr. Gangel's message is available on a temporary basis (see "Audio" section on the home page)*

Introduction:

Jesus often used meal invitations for…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on May 6, 2015 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Supporting Ministry to Young Children

While attending the Lancaster Early Education Conference earlier this month I was given a pre-publication copy of a new e-book entitled “Supporting Ministry to Young Children” by Karen Klein.  The book published and sold by Red Hill School in Red Hill, PA has been developed to promote their school to its community, parents and churches.  It contains reproducible pages that address the school's beliefs and practices, professional development of their teachers, topics for parent education, and…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on April 23, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Christian school's taxonomy of teaching & learning: Hebrews 5-6

This past Sunday I was blessed as Rev. John Munro (Calvary Church, Charlotte) continued his teaching from Hebrews. I’m sure you, like myself, have often found your thoughts shifting from the application within a message to a personal level of application. Hebrews 5:11-6:1a contains several principles that I often teach in regard to developmental issues and a Christian school’s taxonomy of teaching and learning. In light of the familiarity with the text, my mind was at work…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on April 15, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Keynote Address: Equipping Programs

Several weeks ago it was my privilege to present two keynote addresses at the Lancaster, PA  Early Education conference.  Educators often need encouragement as the year winds down, and after a long cold winter the need for a “pep rally” seemed appropriate.  ACSI Northeast has graciously allowed me to provide a link to these two professionally recorded messages.  The first keynote, “Equipping Programs,"  centers on the importance…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on April 8, 2015 at 3:30pm — 3 Comments

2015 IICSE: Biblical Integration Track

For those who may be interested in attending the Biblical Integration track at the IICSE this year, here is more information for you:

Biblical Integration

2015 International Institute for Christian School Educators

The 2015 International Institute includes an elective course on Biblical Integration.  This CEU track (4 CEU’s)…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on March 26, 2015 at 8:00am — No Comments

Child Development

Part 9

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Movement & Learning

Movement and learning are a process of continuous interaction. Thus an understanding of learning demands an increased emphasis upon movement as a means to learning.

Eric Jensen in Teaching with the Brain in Mind devotes an entire chapter to this interplay. The part of the brain…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on March 12, 2015 at 9:50am — No Comments

Child Development

Part 8

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Perceptual Development

Perceptual development is a critical component of overall physical development. By focusing on perceptual development, the teacher…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on February 26, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Developing the Mind of Christ in Every Student

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Christian schools are on a mission, a mission that is aimed at the accomplishment of clearly specified and articulated goals.  For every goal there must be a means.  All stake holders, administration, teachers, parents and students must understand and own the mission and its vision for the future.  Communication precedes ownership, but too often stakeholders are unclear of the outcomes and means.  Communication involves websites,…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on February 19, 2015 at 10:03am — No Comments

Introducing IICSE 2015

February means the beginning of the Lowrie Center’s preparations for the 45th annual International Institute for Christian School Educators. This conference, hosted by Columbia International University’s College of Education, supports Christian schools by providing a focused training experience for both administrators and teachers that are new to the Christian school. Participants may be first year teachers, newly hired administrators and…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on February 13, 2015 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Recommitting to a Christian Philosophy and Community

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

In keeping with the mission of the Lowrie Center “to facilitate. . .the advancement of enduring ideas foundational to excellence in Christian schooling around the world," I want to share an article I was requested to write for ACSI’s most recent CSE Journal (Vol. 18, no. 2, 6-9).  “Recommitting to a Christian Philosophy and Community” is written to remind schools of the unique philosophy and mission that has historically been the…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on January 27, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Biblical and Worldview Integration

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Over the years it has been my privilege to assist Christian school faculties in their effort to biblically integrate curriculum.  My approach has been to provide a way of thinking based upon insights gained from multiple thinkers and authors (MacCullough, Chadwick, Garrick, Overman).  The methods have been fine-tuned through interaction with graduate students within my course, Biblical Foundations for Curriculum, at Columbia International University.  My…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on January 16, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

Merry Christmas

 

The Lowrie Center wants to extend to each of our members our sincere wishes for a blessed Christmas season. May the celebration of our Savior's birth bring a renewed sense of hope and joy as you serve Him. The link below will take you to a Christmas greeting prepared by Norfolk Christian Schools. I trust it will bless you as it has me.   

- Dr. Milton Uecker…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on December 18, 2014 at 11:06am — No Comments

Using Holidays to Teach Spiritual Truth

by Milton V. Uecker, Ed.D.

December and the Advent season hold special memories for me. These are memories not only from my childhood, but of the meaningful Advent celebrations spent among the children at Norfolk Christian Schools.  Throughout my years as elementary principal, I was mindful of the importance of leading the children in their preparation to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The month was always centered on a theme with four related chapels…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on December 10, 2014 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Child Development

by Dr. Milton V. Uecker

Part 7

Physical Development

Motor Development

The early childhood years include three of four phases of motor development. Growth or change can be observed across three types of movements---stability, locomotor, and manipulative (Gallahue & Ozmun, 1989, p. 82).…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on December 2, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

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