2017 District Administrators’ Conference
April 6-7, 2017
Carol Joy Holling
Conference & Retreat Center
Swanson & Sjogren Center
27416 Ranch Road, Ashland, NE
April 6, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
April 7, 8:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Lodging is included in your registration fee (see below for more information).
Registration Fee: $155 per person
Registration Deadline: March 20, 2017
We look at our dashboard on a daily basis. What does it contain? A set of gauges that measures and shares data which tells us how things are going with many different aspects of the functioning of that machine we call the automobile!
What gauges are on the dashboard of your Lutheran School? What data is available to you so you can tell how your school is functioning?
Leadership organizations remind us, “Measure What Matters: When you change what you measure to reflect the interests, concerns and hopes of your families and your community, you improve their engagement and loyalty. Is what appears important to your school important to your families and community? What You Measure Matters. What an organization measures speaks volumes about what matters to that organization. For instance, when a nonprofit measures things that matter to its mission, it tells you that its mission matters. When it focuses on its finances, it tells you that money is more important than mission. In addition, what an organization measures determines the organization’s brand.”
Stop and count the blessings. Use data to drive you in your decisions so that you might abound in every good work for the Lord and His people whom you serve!
We are blessed to come together as leaders in the Nebraska District. We will spend time together as one group and also separate to confer together in specific workshop tracks designed specifically for Lutheran school administrators and early childhood center directors. Following our opening devotion, the group will meet together for a joint session led by Kim Marxhausen.
Make Assessment Great Again, presented by Kim Marxhausen
If you are as old as I am, you have seen assessment in many forms and in many levels of priority. Sixteen years of NCLB, RTTT, and now ESSA have encouraged much more assessment than in past years. Lutheran schools have the blessing of staying above the fray, but it is important that we understand assessment and work to develop a reasonable, cohesive, and effective assessment philosophy. We will spend the first hour in discussion of what different assessments can and cannot tell us. Then we will work to piece together an assessment philosophy that will guide future decisions.
Kim Marxhausen is a long time Lutheran educator who, in a brief bout of madness, applied for and got into a Ph.D. program at UNL studying Educational Psychology. In this program she was subjected to far more classes on research, statistics and measurement than any one teacher should be expected to endure. She now seeks to put that misery to good use. In addition to teaching for an Education graduate program at Nebraska Wesleyan University, designing online classes for Concordia College New York, and writing for teachers and administrators, she also shamelessly hires herself out as a speaker.
The conference will be held in the Swanson Center at Carol Joy Holling. Meeting space and lodging are all under one roof! Meals will be served in the Sjogren Center.
Standard rooms are double occupancy. Roommates will be assigned unless noted on your registration form. Single rooms are available at an additional charge and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please mark your registration form and pay the corresponding registration fee.
Registration includes the cost of meeting space, lodging on Thursday night and meals during the conference. Lunch and dinner on Thursday, breakfast on Friday, and access to the 24-hour snack bar with a limited amount of snacks and refreshments are included. Feel welcome to bring your own snacks & refreshments for the evening. Space will be available for fellowship time on Thursday evening.
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- Download conference information
- Download school administrator sessions
- Download early childhood sessions
Please make checks payable to and mail to:
Nebraska District LCMS
Attn: Conference Registration
PO Box 407
Seward, NE 68434