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"Is it Safe"

The Lowrie Center’s mission includes the advancement of enduring ideas foundational to excellence in Christian schooling around the world.  An important dynamic of the mission is therefore demonstrated through the…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on February 12, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Thinking Critically During the Election Year: 2016

Thinking Critically During the Election Year: 2016

For months we have been hearing political opinions from every direction.  Our students will be listening and watching as this process unfolds.  Positions abound on many critical issues and any time there are varying positions the opportunity for biblical critical thinking is likewise present.  It is important that we lead children in developing…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on January 8, 2016 at 3:01pm — No Comments

Give the Gift of Encouragement

The month of December is an emotional month.  The days are filled with excitement, joy, anxiety, and for some depression.  As we look at the world in which we now live and minister, we must acknowledge that fear and worry are also present.  Today’s students are “heavy laden” with the impact of brokenness.  Their hearts need to experience anew the good news of Christmas.  As we approach Christmas our students need to be reminded of the Truth---God is with us and cares for us.  These…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on December 8, 2015 at 5:43pm — No Comments

Develop or Accelerate? A Question for Administrators

As I have been browsing the Lowrie Center archives, which contains copies of the ACSI magazines dating as far back as the early 1980s, I came across an article I wrote in the summer 1981 issue of the Christian School Administrator and Teacher.  I was struck by the fact that with the exception of the need for a few updated sources, I could have written this article yesterday.  I wrote the article out of concern that schools were "miseducating" children within preschool and…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on November 3, 2015 at 4:42pm — No Comments

Critical Thinking within Christian Schools

The following is an introduction to a one-day in-service that I have developed for faculty in-service days.  I am posting it for the benefit or both teachers and administrators as they strive to graduate Christian Thinkers.  This is a major emphasis within classrooms across the country.  Are your students being prepared to understand and then engage other thinkers? 

Critical Thinking within Christian Schools…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on September 21, 2015 at 9:25am — No Comments

So Little Time. So Much to Do!

Beginning Again

As educators assemble for the beginning of the school year there is always that sense of new beginnings and the enthusiasm that accompanies being able to again invest in fulfilling one’s calling.  We have been placed within our schools according to God’s design for our lives and we also believe that the students have been set apart for instruction within our school and…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on August 13, 2015 at 12:08pm — No Comments

21st Century Skills: Preparing Students for an Unknown Future

21st Century Skills:  Are We Preparing Students for their Future ?

Much has been written about 21st century skills and preparing students for their future.  Hopefully each of our schools has embraced that concern within our schools.  Futurists consistently challenge…

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Added by Milton V. Uecker on August 3, 2015 at 11:18am — 3 Comments

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

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