MLC Professors are available to speak to your group on a variety of subjects.

  1. Select a category or speaker below to explore available topics.
  2. Once you’ve identified a topic of interest, use the contact information provided to contact the professor.
  3. Questions? Contact Bill Pekrul, Director of Public Relations – (507) 354-8221 ext 367 or .

Speakers Bureau – by category:

DISCIPLINE-BASED ART EDUCATION
Darrell Berg – (507) 354-8221 ext 281 or bergdh@mlc-wels.edu
BIBLE AND HOW IT CAME TO US
Paul Koelpin – (507) 354-8221 ext 317 or koelpipe@mlc-wels.edu
CHRISTIAN STANDARD BIBLE (CSB)
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
END TIMES
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
ENGLISH BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
HEROD’S TEMPLE IN JESUS’ DAY
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation speaks about worship practices in the Temple of Jesus’ day, the archaeology of the Temple Mount, and highlights temple imagery found also in Revelation.
Length: 60 minutes
INTERTESTAMENTAL HISTORY
Paul Koelpin – (507) 354-8221 ext 317 or koelpipe@mlc-wels.edu
ISRAEL AFTER THE EXILE
Paul Koelpin – (507) 354-8221 ext 317 or koelpipe@mlc-wels.edu
LESSONS FROM OT CEREMONIAL LAW
Jeff Schone – (507) 354-8221 ext 289 or schonejl@mlc-wels.edu
The Lord communicated the dual truths of Law and Gospel in a powerful, vivid and memorable way in the years before Christ. While NT Christians are free, in Christ, for the legal requirements of the OT Ceremonial Law, they can benefit from the lessons and truths communicated. This presentation looks at the following questions:
1) What is the nature of God’s communication through symbol and figure in OT Ceremonial Law?
2) What are the vivid and pointed lessons taught through the OT Ceremonial Law?
3) Is there Legal Regulation/Ceremonial Law in the NT…and for NT Christians?

Length: 3 parts presented over 3-5 hours

PERSONAL DEVOTIONS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
POST-EXILIC BOOKS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
PSALMS
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
STEWARDSHIP MESSAGES IN HAGGAI
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
THE TABERNACLE AND ARK OF THE COVENANT
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation covers the journeys of the Ark throughout the Old Testament, and also describes Old Testament worship and festivals.
Length: 60-90 minutes
THEOLOGICAL TOPICS CONNECTED TO THE BOOK OF JOEL
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
A choice of 20 different one-hour topics, including Reading the Old Testament as Lutherans, The Religious Training of Children in the OT, Calamity in the Lives of Believers, What the Bible Says about Fasting, Joel Teaches about Repentance, What is God Like According to the OT?, Law and Gospel in Joel and the OT Prophets, “Your Sons and Daughters Will Prophesy,” The Trinity in the OT, The Final Battle–Armageddon, and ten others.
WIDOWS AND CHARITY IN THE BIBLE
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
The speaker did his doctoral thesis work on this topic. The presentation focuses on the historical context of the early church and charitable practices both in the Old and New Testaments.
Length: 60 minutes
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE TO MORMONS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
11 STEPS TO BECOMING A BETTER LISTENER
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu 
Who is the best listener you know? Why is that? What makes her a good listener? Listening. An important life skill. An important ministry skill. Jesus had it. Do you?
Length: 2 hours
BIBLICAL ENCOURAGEMENT
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
COUNSELING SKILLS FOR PERSONAL MINISTRY
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
HOW TO THINK LIKE LEONARDO DA VINCI
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu 
Based on the national best selling book by Michael Gelb, this Renassiance presentation provides seven steps to genius every day: curiosita, dimostrazione, sensazione, sfumato, arte/scienza, corporalita, connessione. These steps are in da Vinci’s native Italian.
Length: 2-3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required
THE BASICS OF GOOD MINISTRY CULTURE
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
A presentation based on a college football coach’s beliefs about team culture applied to a ministry setting. Five main topics of a positive and successful ministry culture are discussed: 1) Caring Atmosphere; 2) Integrity by All; 3) Positive Environment; 4) Dealing w/ Adversity; and 5) Skills for Life/Eternity.
Length: 45-60 minutes
INDIRECT COMMUNICATION AND THE HEBREW OLD TESTAMENT
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 341 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
This is a presentation of a doctoral dissertation that explores the forms of communication in the Old Testament and how they may inform and enhance the church’s primary communicative tasks.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
INTERPERSONAL HELPING SKILLS
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 341 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
IT’S TIME TO SIMPLIFY YOUR LIFE
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu 
Life is busy. Lots of clutter. Lots of distractions. You’re getting pulled in several directions. Not enough time in the day. Too much to do. Everything’s urgent. It doesn’t have to be that way. You can simplify your life. Be happier. Be focused. Be productive. Be content. Day after day.

It’s time to simplify your life.
Length: 2-3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required

LIFE IS SHORT: TAKING CARE OF YOUR SOUL, MIND, AND BODY
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu
Ideas for getting balance into your life. Soul care. Mind care. Body care.
Length: 2 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required
LISTENING
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
MARRIAGE COMMUNICATION
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
NARRATIVE WITNESSING
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
PRE-MARRIAGE WORKSHOPS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
SELF DEFENSE
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu 
Learn the basics of Krav Mega self defense. 360 defense, Ground work, Hand moves, Kicks
Length: 2-3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required)
VOCATION, DOCTRINE OF
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO THE COMMON CORE
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session provides a framework and strategies for active student engagement in lesson content.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
ADMINISTRATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
Jennifer Mehlberg – (507) 354-8221 ext 378 or mehlbeja@mlc-wels.edu
Directors of early childhood centers wear many hats. This presentation will provide a basic overview of some of those areas of administration.
ASSESSMENT
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session reviews effective assessment strategies that can be immediately applied to teaching.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
COOPERATIVE LEARNING
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
CREATING A CLASSROOM COMMUNITY
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
CULTURE AND CLASS IN EDUCATION
Benjamin Clemons – (507) 354-8221 ext 262 or clemonbp@mlc-wels.edu
An introductory look culture and socioeconomic class in relation to WELS classrooms. We are increasingly encountering cultural and economic diversity in our teaching ministries. In this sectional we will examine attitudes and strategies related to reaching all of our students for the sake of gospel ministry.
Length: 60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
CURRICULUM PLANNING AND INTEGRATION
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
DIFFERENTIATION AND ASSESSMENT
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
How can I reasonably differentiate in a classroom of diverse learners?
Length: 1-2 Hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
Length: 1 hour sectional – Full day seminar | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
DRIVEN BY ASSESSMENT
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
What is an effective way to check for understanding, providing meaningful feedback, and plan for differentiation without committing to countless hours of work? Discover the rationale and structures for analyzing student thinking to come up with appropriate strategies for teaching to all different levels of student learners.

Length: 1 or 2 Hour Sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required

FAITH-BASED SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
FOCUSED-INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session reviews ways to ensure today’s lesson is worthwhile and all students are focused on it.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GROWING IN YOUR MINISTRY: WELS TEACHING STANDARDS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
Still trying to practically apply the WELS Teaching Standards to the teaching ministry? Discover what the WELS Teaching Standards look like in practice and how other WELS teachers practically use these standards to normalize and guide awesome Lutheran teaching.
Length: 1 or 2 Hour Sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
HOME-AND-SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS
Cheryl Loomis – (507) 354-8221 ext 346 or loomisca@mlc-wels.edu
INDUCTIVE APPROACH TO TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
Initiatives have been implemented to better support new teachers in their transition into the full-time ministry. However, there seems to be a gap in the way instructional leaders serve experienced teachers in a spirit of continuous improvement. This session will look at an approach that maximizes collegiality while offering more opportunities for experienced teachers to look at their ways of reaching young minds through instructional coaching and observation. If a double session/half-day workshop is provided, attendees will incorporate improvement strategies into a school improvement plan.

Length: 1 Hour Sectional to Half-day Workshop | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required

LEARNING-FOCUSED INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Designed for teachers at all levels, this workshop reviews research-proven ways that every teacher can use to maximize student learning. Longer time permits hands-on work in which participants design effective lessons they will teach in the coming week.
Length: 50 minutes to 5 hours, depending on needs | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
INTEGRATING THE FAITH
Scott Schmudlach – (507) 354-8221 ext 202 or schmudsd@mlc-wels.edu
Our school mission statement states that we teach “all subjects in the light of God’s Word.” How evident is this in our teaching? What resources are available to assist Lutheran educators in intentionally and naturally integrating God’s Word and Christian living into our teaching?
Length: 50 min | Projector and Screen Required
LEARNING STYLES
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
MAKING TEACHING STANDARDS USEFUL
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
MOMENTS OF LEARNING
James Carlovsky (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
What causes moments of learning to be more likely in your classroom? How do you know that your students are even learning? What specific teacher moves could you make in those moments of learning?
1-15 hours | Projector and Screen Required, Internet Required
MOTIVATION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session reviews the psychological basis of motivation and how teachers can tap motivation to maximize learning.
Lenght: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
MOVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Action Based Learning and the value of using movement (Brain Breaks/Energizers) in the classroom to prepare for learning, reinforce content, and stimulate brain development.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
MULTI-GRADE EDUCATION
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
From the general education classroom, through the intervention process, and to referral to special education, the navigation of local Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) can be confusing and challenging. What exactly do WELS educators need to know and why is it important for us to know? The goal is collaboration between public and private school professionals to support exceptional learners but when that is not possible, what can we do to meet the needs of all learners?
Length: 1 to 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
1ST AND 2ND YEAR TEACHERS: NEVER WORK HARDER THAN YOUR STUDENTS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
A strong number of WELS educators are skilled at planning instruction and determining what they will do during the course of a lesson. Yet it is a big shift to truly engage students in worthwhile, rigorous learning grounded in WELS teaching standards. This session examines select skills needed to shift a classroom’s focus from teaching to learning—and in the end, never work harder than your students.
Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WELS NEW TEACHER INDUCTION (NTI)—WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
“NTI is a collaborative partnership dedicated to supporting new teachers.
Find out who is involved in this partnership, what instructional mentoring means and looks like, and learn how you might become involved.”
Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
OVERVIEW OF HIGHSCOPE CURRICULUM
Jennifer Mehlberg – (507) 354-8221 ext 378 or mehlbeja@mlc-wels.edu
In this presentation we cover the basic components of the HighScope approach and curriculum. This presentation is targeted for those who wish to know more about a high quality approach and curriculum for children Birth- age 5.
Length: 1.5 hours (could be longer) | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH IN THE WELS
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
REINFORCEMENT
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Teachers learn about a variety of ways that reinforcement can be used to help students achieve. Includes dos and don’ts.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
SEMINAR FOR BEGINNING TEACHERS (VARIOUS TOPICS)
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
So . . . how is your year going? For new teachers, this can be a loaded question. Come and be encouraged by your fellow beginning teachers in this roundtable discussion. We welcome all student teachers and classroom teachers in their first or second year in the ministry. We will be sharing joys and struggles of the ministry and offering hope and solutions during our group discussion.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH INDICATORS
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
SUPERVISION OF INSTRUCTION
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
FORMATIVE SUPERVISION OF INSTRUCTION
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
A discussion and study of summative and formative teacher evaluation definitions, benefits, challenges, formats, and scenarios.
Length: Up to 6 hours (for clock hours or 0.5 cr) | Projector and Screen Required
TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION – PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
Benjamin Clemons – (507) 354-8221 ext 262 or clemonbp@mlc-wels.edu
Explore the philosophy and techniques of noted educator Doug Lemov. The book Teach Like a Champion offers research-based instructional tactics that can improve the effectiveness of education in any setting. From preparation to teaching to management, this sectional will discuss high quality education in the Christian classroom.
Length: 50-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
TEACHER TALK FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT
Benjamin Clemons – (507) 354-8221 ext 262 or clemonbp@mlc-wels.edu
The way we speak greatly affects our classrooms. Every positive or negative comment, every answer, every question shapes the school climate. Thoughtful procedures, carefully planned responses, and teacher self-control can work to eliminate student arguments, promote problem solving, and set the stage for the loving application of Law and Gospel. In this sectional we will explore ways in which teacher talk can lead to effective classroom management.
Length: 50-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
TEACHING RELIGION REVISITED
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
Length: 50-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
The integration of technology with curriculum content and instruction in K-12 schools.
Length: 1-45 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
THE NEED FOR PE
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
The need for daily, quality physical education in elementary schools and useful teaching PE tips focusing on: class organizational systems, SPARK curriculum basics, demonstration SPARK lessons, and the use of technology in PE.
Length: Multiple workshops | Projector and Screen Required
WORKSHEETS, CREATIVE USE OF
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
LEADERSHIP TEAMS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
There is always so much for leaders and teachers in a school to do, yet how to get it all done and make it easier on everyone? This session takes a network approach to implement a strength-based inquiry process that follows norms for collecting and discussing observed student data in order to capitalize on the strengths in a school and improve student learning.

Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required

POSITIVE & PRODUCTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
How can a teacher better maintain order in the classroom? This session targets an approach to classroom management practices and the corresponding principles for ensuring an environment that actively supports students in the work of learning.

Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required

LEARNING-FOCUSED INSTRUCTION
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
Student learning is the purpose of schooling. Sometimes this concept gets lost in the race to meet teacher and subject standards. This interactive lecture session will refocus on the little, but powerful, things teachers can do in daily lessons that are research-proven to help all students learn more. Specifically, we will review the anticipatory set, the learning target, formative assessment, active engagement, and lesson closure and assignments. If a double session/half-day workshop is provided, attendees will incorporate proven achievement strategies in a real lesson. This session provides the foundational classroom instruction model emphasized in the Commission on Lutheran Schools’ Ministerial Growth and Evaluation Process. (This session will be presented at the EdTechLead19 Summit)

Length: 1 Hour Sectional to Half-day Workshop | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required

PLAY: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Jennifer Mehlberg – (507) 354-8221 ext 378 or mehlbeja@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation highlights the importance of play in the early childhood classroom. Topics of focus are; benefits of play, types of play, and the teacher’s role in play.
Length: 1.5 hours | Projector and Screen Required
GREEK
Dan Balge – (507) 354-8221 ext 377 or balgedn@mlc-wels.edu
Pastors’s use of Greek, challenges of Bible translation, MLC’s Greek program (history, purpose, details), portions of the New Testament.
HEBREW REVIEW
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
WHY STUDY HEBREW
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu

A brief, partial review of basic Hebrew grammar with a wide range of reasons to revive and keep these skills alive
Length: 3 to 6 hours | Projector and Screen Required

ACTIVE LEARNING STRATEGIES IN SOCIAL STUDIES
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES: WHY? HOW?
Jeffery Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
Social studies is a subject that continues to get short-changed in our classrooms as more and more attention is given to math and language arts. While those two are crucial, social studies is also important and cannot be forgotten. Our charge to create the next generation of knowledgeable citizens cannot be overlooked. We’ll talk about what makes social studies important in our schools and ideas on how to make it great.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
FINDING HISTORY IN POPULAR MUSIC
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
When you think of Billy Joel, U2, Big and Rich, Foster the People, and Iron Maiden, do you think of history??? Each of these artists had at least one top 40 hit with lyrics describing a historical period or event. This presentation will introduce teachers to dozens of historically based popular songs and given ideas for how to get upper-grade or high school students interested in history through music.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECTS
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
Project ideas for high school social classes that incorporate writing, oral presentations, role playing, discussion, and building models to make these classes more interesting and relevant to teenagers.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
SOCIAL STUDIES EDUCATION AND INCLUSION INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
Dr. Kari Muente – (507) 354-8221 ext 274 or muenteka@mlc-wels.edu 
Today’s social studies classroom is becoming more academically and culturally diverse. When making curriculum decisions, a teacher must understand how to assess their students’ learning and engagement with the complex content. Also, a teacher must learn to recognize curriculum barriers which may prevent individual students from access the curriculum at their academic level. This session addresses these tasks by examining the purpose of social studies and the challenges in teaching towards that purpose. The discussion will then introduces a variety of inclusion instructional practices, such as Content Enhancement Routines and Universal Design for Learning, to help students overcome the curriculum barriers to ensure all students have equal access to the complex social studies curriculum.
Length: 30-50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WHY WRITING IS ESSENTIAL FOR HISTORY CLASS
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation will provide ideas for having students research and write their own family histories. These histories will be written into the context of immigration and American history to help them If History is thinking critically about the past, then writing is critical to developing that critical thinking. In this presentation, Professor Baganz draws upon his experiences teaching high school and college history courses to explain why students need to write, and how their writing skills can be developed by scaffolding a number of different writing projects. Finally, he will provide tips on the process of developing research writing skills among students.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WRITING FAMILY HISTORIES
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation will provide ideas for having students research and write their own family histories. These histories will be written into the context of immigration and American history to help them better understand how history has placed them where they are with what they have today.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WRITING WORKSHOP/WRITING PROCESS
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
BALANCED APPROACH TO LANGUAGE ARTS
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
ENGLISH BOOKS: GRAMMAR AND WHAT’S NEW
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
LANGUAGE & LITERACY ACQUISITION IN CHILDREN
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
LINGUISTICS
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
READING COMPREHENSION
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
READING COMPREHENSION
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
READING, BALANCED
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
READING, BALANCED
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
SECONDARY ENGLISH CURRICULUM
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
TEACHING SHAKESPEARE
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING PROCESS
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING, ASSESSING
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING, ROLE OF GRAMMAR IN
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING, TEACHING AND RESPONDING TO
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
CELC (CONFESSIONAL EVAN. LUTHERAN CONFERENCE)
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
CLC (CHURCH OF THE LUTHERAN CONFESSION)
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
ELS (EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN SYNOD)
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
HERE I STAND
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
Lutherans finding their voice in a practical apologetic
LCMS (LUTHERAN CHURCH-MISSOURI SYNOD)
Thomas Nass – (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu
MLC CHAPEL OF THE CHRIST
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
MLC DAYLIGHT USA
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
MLC PRESEMINARY PROGRAM
Dan Balge – (507) 354-8221 ext 377 or balgedn@mlc-wels.edu
History, details, purpose, & preparation​
MLC STAFF MINISTRY PROGRAM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
PROGRAMS OF STUDY AT MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
Find out about programs of study, requirements, policies, and practices of Martin Luther College’s programs of study toward undergraduate degrees. Pre-seminary, Education, and Staff Ministry programs are each unique and challenging. Being a college student at MLC requires discipline, dedication, and a passion to serve!
Length: 1-2 hours
FRACTIONS: USING THE BASIC OPERATIONS WITH UNDERSTANDING
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
You’ve probably taught a math lesson or two about fractions, right? How well do you really know what your teaching? Your knowledge of using fractions will be expanded in this interactive sectional.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
MATHEMATICS TODAY
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
A survey of what mathematics methodology and curricula look like in a current mathematics classroom, including integration of technology, student-centered learning, and improved pedagogy.
Length: 1-15 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
TRENDS IN MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
An examination of five current trends in mathematics instruction: project-based learning; hands-on, minds-on activities, process orientation; differentiation; multimedia tools.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
21 LEADERSHIP QUALITIES YOU SHOULD HAVE
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu 
Sharing 21 leadership qualities school, church leaders should have
Length: 2-3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
THE BASICS OF GOOD MINISTRY CULTURE
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
A presentation based on a college football coach’s beliefs about team culture applied to a ministry setting. Five main topics of a positive and successful ministry culture are discussed: 1) Caring Atmosphere; 2) Integrity by All; 3) Positive Environment; 4) Dealing w/ Adversity; and 5) Skills for Life/Eternity.
Length: 45-60 minutes
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
CONGREGATIONAL ASSIMILATION
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
EVANGELISM IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Ross Stelljes – (507) 354-8221 ext 362 or stelljra@mlc-wels.edu
“God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform” (CW 420:1), including during times of crisis. I tell three real-life stories–from when I served as pastor at Living Savior, Littleton, CO–of personal crises in the lives of members and prospective members of the congregation which illustrate how God uses crises to open doors for gospel witnessing.
Length: 1.5 – 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
FAITH-BASED SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
GET PARENTS SHARING
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu
Ideas to start and maintain a healthy parenting ministry at your congregation and school.
Length: 1 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
HOW TO APPLY JESUS’ MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
INVOLVING YOUTH IN OUTREACH
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
LEADING CHANGE
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
MAKING THE MOST OF CATECHISM INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Presents current research information on learning and how to plan catechism lessons accordingly. Includes best practice for memory work and homework.
MEMBER MINISTRY
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
MINISTRY IS…
Ross Stelljes – (507) 354-8221 ext 362 or stelljra@mlc-wels.edu
I used this as a ministerial recruitment approach while doing classroom presentations to WELS high school students and I felt that it was well-received. I’m thinking it could work in other settings as well for recruitment. I just put up a whole bunch of titles on the screen, and let people pick a title and then I’d tell the story from my ministry behind it. Tried to hit on uplifting, challenging, and some of the more abnormal stories..

Length: 1-1.5 hours | Screen/projector requested

MINISTRY TO INACTIVE MEMBERS
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
MISSION OF THE CHURCH
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
NARRATIVE WITNESSING
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
PASTORAL COUNSELING SKILLS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
PREACHING ON THE PARABLES
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH IN THE WELS
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
STAFF MINISTRY
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
URBAN EDUCATIONAL MINISTRY AT MLC
Benjamin Clemons – (507) 354-8221 ext 262 or clemonbp@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation describes why and how the UEM minor has been developed at MLC including details of the course work.
Length: 30-45 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
ECCLESIASTES AND THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
Luke Thompson – (507) 354-8221 ext 239 or thompslg@mlc-wels.edu
Four thousand years ago, a middle-eastern philosopher, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared that all life under the sun was meaningless. What could he have possibly meant? And is there anything we can learn from this philosopher for our current culture where young and old are endlessly and hopelessly seeking lives of purpose and meaning? Join us as we find transcendent and lasting meaning in the only place where it can be found.
Length: 1-2 hours| Projector and Screen, Internet Required
ON RE-ENCHANTING THE HEAVENS
Luke Thompson – (507) 354-8221 ext 239 or thompslg@mlc-wels.edu
For most of us in our contemporary culture, when we think of the night sky, we picture it as a place of infinite darkness and silence. We picture our own place in the universe as a speck within that infinite darkness. But that’s not always been the case. Christians in the past have seen themselves in the center of the universe, surrounded by celestial light and music. Is it possible to re-enchant the heavens and hear the music once again? Join us to find out.
Length: 1-2 hours| Projector and Screen Required
MY LIFE WITH DRAGONS: FANTASY FICTION AND SHARING THE GOSPEL
Luke Thompson – (507) 354-8221 ext 239 or thompslg@mlc-wels.edu
During the 20th century, fantasy fiction developed as a means of philosophically describing the world. Two schools of fantasy emerged with two very different views of the world. Writers like Tolkien and Lewis gave us worlds of hope, where the forces of good win. Writers like George R. R. Martin (author of “Game of Thrones”) give us a vision of a world of hopelessness, where the forces of evil win. Join us as we find the apologetic value in talking about these stories so that we can talk to our friends and communities about THE true story of hope.
Length: 1.5 hours | Projector and Screen Required
QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND MOVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Grounded in the 5-e model of instruction (engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, evaluation), an examination of effective inquiry-based units that build on the strengths of constructivism Healthy active kids perform better in all areas of the school day. Physical activity integrated in the classroom environment and quality physical education programs have been linked to higher grades and test scores, decreased discipline issues, better attendance, and improved social and emotional learning. This presentation highlights the benefits to increased movement time for students and provides strategies and resources for strengthening physical activity and wellness programs.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Best practice in physical education promotes maximizing physical activity time, moving with a purpose, and building students’ movement competence and confidence. This presentation is an active session in which participants actively participate in a demonstration of instruction, practice, and feedback strategies. This presentation is best done in a movement space such as a gym or open area.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Teacher initiatives in the 21st century promote integrating technology in all subject areas. Although many subject areas have actively pursued technology integration, physical education has often been left behind. This session provides active strategies, ideas, demonstrations, and value of utilizing technology in physical education. A gym or movement type setting is ideal for this presentation, as participants would be active in demonstrations.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
DESIGNING PRINT MATERIALS
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
FOSTERING A FORMATIVE SCHOOL CULTURE
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Intended for school principals and EC directors, this workshop discusses the research demonstrating the power of the school leader to influence student achievement through a formative culture. A formative culture is explained with practical examples of how it can be achieved.
Length: Varies from 1 – 4 hours, depending on the audience’s needs. 
CAN LUTHERANS CHANGE?
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Intended for principals and early childhood directors. We will consider when and whether a change should occur. Then we will examine what the research literature states about what factors influence change and how the school leader controls those factors to increase the likelihood that people and the organization change.
Length: Varies: 1 to 4 hours
CRITICAL THEORY & LUTHERAN SCHOOLS
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
All audiences: What should Lutheran teachers and schools do with critical ideologies. This is a political landmine that many prefer to ignore. This presentation explores the ideology that underpins all critical theories and compares to Christian ideology. Using that common understanding, the presentation discusses the role, if any, critical theory should plan in Lutheran schools and how to talk about it with parents.
Length:Varies: 1 to 3 hours
FOSTERING A FORMATIVE CULTURE
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Flexible to meet a school’s needs. Explores the foundations for a formative school culture that focuses on student and adult learning. Topics include developing a growth mindset, assessing student learning, effective professional development, teacher collaboration models, and instructional coaching.
Length: Varies by school need. 1 hour to 8 hours | Projector and Screen Required
LEARNING-FOCUSED SUPERVISION
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Guides principals and EC directors through the process of instructional coaching of faculty. Participants learn what to look for when observing teaching and how to facilitate a conversation to help teachers grow. Participants will practice observations and conversations using data gathering tools and communication skills.
Length: 1.5 – 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required
LUTHERAN PRINCIPALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Strong schools require capable leaders who have the time and training needed to lead. This research-informed session examines the complexities of the WELS principal position, compares it to current realities, and outlines a realistic way forward. Christian leaders in attendance will learn how they can disrupt the status quo and create a strong future for Lutheran schools.
Length: 1 – 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required
SCHOOL LAW
Robert Klindworth–(507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION OF IN-SERVICE TEACHERS
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
The summative assessment of teachers is a topic that has plagued every school in every generation. Serious questions exist as to the validity of evaluation forms across school systems. Our WELS schools are no different. In this sectional presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of the summative assessment of teachers, hear from a leader in the field (not Jeff!), and plan ways to implement effective strategies in schools for the ministerial growth and development of our teachers in order to impact student learning directly.Length: 45-60 minutes
EVOLUTION: WHAT SHOULD WE TEACH?
Daniel Fenske – (507) 354-8221 ext 312 or fenskedj@mlc-wels.edu
We know by faith that Creation, as explained in Genesis, is true. We see the error in the Theory of Evolution. But beyond that, many teachers don’t know how to approach or handle this necessary topic. This presentation will give some ideas and encouragements in presenting Evolution.
Length: 45-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
MOVING BEYOND THE TEXTBOOK IN SCIENCE
Paul Tess – (507) 354-8221 ext 287 or tesspa@mlc-wels.edu
Grounded in the 5-e model of instruction (engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, evaluation), an examination of effective inquiry-based units that build on the strengths of constructivism and technology-supported learning.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
Daniel Fenske – (507) 354-8221 ext 312 or fenskedj@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation was given at the 2003 Christian Science and our Society Symposium held at MLC. It is an overview of how the “”real”” scientific method differs vastly from the scientific method described in most science texts. The ideas are a compilation from Thomas Kuhn’s essay “”The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”” and from the works of Prof. Em. Martin Sponholz.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required
WHAT EVOLUTION REALLY TEACHES
Daniel Fenske – (507) 354-8221 ext 312 or fenskedj@mlc-wels.edu
Many problems with the Theory of Evolution are glossed over in the textbooks. In order for Evolution to work, it requires a great deal of faith. We examine some of those issues in this presentation.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required
EDUCATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
Through educational neuroscience we are learning more and more about how God created the brain to develop through connection. The past two years have forced us to take a closer look at how the stress response affects how the brain is wired and continues to re-wire throughout life. We will take a look at this research from the perspective of the educator and the student. We will use a universal design for learning mindset to establish safe and healing educational environments where God’s love clears the path for all learning. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) go together. Whether your school is already fully engaged with these tools or you are a new administrator or educator to SEL and/or PBIS, this workshop can ignite your evidence-based practices as you design for the individual classroom or whole school. Learners need educators to be prepared to meet them where they are socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually. Among the positive outcomes are higher academic achievement, lower frequency of behavioral outbursts and office referrals, and God’s love as the most powerful tool we can use to uplift students, families, and colleagues.
Length: 1 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required
MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
From the general education classroom, through the intervention process, and to referral to special education, the navigation of local Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) can be confusing and challenging. What exactly do WELS educators need to know and why is it important for us to know? The goal is collaboration between public and private school professionals to support exceptional learners but when that is not possible, what can we do to meet the needs of all learners?
Length: 1 to 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
SERVING EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS: ADVOCACY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
As educators strive to improve inclusive practices and expand into special education practices in WELS schools, key understandings empower collaboration with key specialists and public school professionals. God’s word defines why we serve students collaboratively. Federal and state laws lay a foundation detailing how we work within teams to support students from the moment data shows us they need more support to possibly requiring special education. Understanding the expertise and perspective of each team member empowers us to focus on the goal of serving students to the glory of God.
Length: 1 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND INCLUSIVE INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
Dr. Kari Muente – 920-342-9011 or muenteka@mlc-wels.edu
The presentation addresses the academic challenges facing today’s inclusive classroom. The session will discuss how today’s classroom no longer contains average students, but students with various learning characteristics, including students with Learning, Emotional, and Behavior Disabilities. The discussion will also center around how general education teachers can meet the needs of all their students, both with and without disabilities, to ensure all students have equal access to the curriculum.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
THE NEUROSCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
When all behavior is communication, educators need to understand how God created the brain to function. This presentation looks at educational neuroscience, trauma, and student/teacher interaction in the classroom from the Biblical perspective.
Length: 50 to 60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required, Internet Required
USING PRIMARY SOURCES TO ENHANCE SOCIAL STUDIES CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Dr. Kari Muente – 920-342-9011 or muenteka@mlc-wels.edu
The presentation addresses the advantages of using primary sources over the traditional social studies textbook to engage students in historical thinking and inquiry. Participants will learn how to successfully use and adapt primary sources for all grade levels. Participants will also engage in small group activities and discussions. Handouts and examples will be made available.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
ORIENTATION & UPDATES: SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation overviews current federal guidance for special education and prereferral practices for parentally-placed children with disabilities in private schools. Foundational practices for WELS special education and prereferral programs will be addressed. Guidance will be updated regularly. Applicable for all ages, general and special educators, remedial educators, and administrators. (All grade levels)
Length: 1-2 hours
SPECIAL EDUCATOR ORGANIZATION AND TIME MANAGEMENT
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation overviews the organization of a special education caseload. Administrators need to understand how to read an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Individual Service Plan (ISP) in order to consider enrollment based on access to appropriate resources to meet the student’s needs and in order to calculate special educator FTE. Special educators need to know how to collaborate with LEA special educators to create the ISP. New special educators and programs looking for continuous improvement opportunities will take a close look at setting up programming to design specialized instruction from IEP/ISP goals, consider EBP resources to put research into practice to close gaps, set up small groups of instruction, manage paraprofessionals, and keep files organized to make this year the best year yet. Applicable for remedial educators, special educators, and administrators. (All grade levels, ECE, K-8, 9-12, 18-21yo)
Length: 1-2 hours
MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT (MTSS) FOR NONPUBLIC SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
An Overview of MTSS/RTI as the federation begins their implementation of RTI.

  • Why MTSS?
  • What is MTSS?
  • The BIG 5 Areas of Successful MTSS Implementation
  • Multilevel Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Fidelity & Evaluation
  • Infrastructure & Support
  • How to implement MTSS?

A dive into special education for nonpublic schools can also be included; although special education is not included in MTSS.
Length: 1-2 hours 

GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION, CHROME EXTENSIONS
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
Explore the use of the tools Google has to offer in the world of education
Length: 1-10 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GOOGLE WORKSPACE FOR EDUCATION
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
So you feel like Google could do more for you? Explore the various apps and extensions that Google Workspace for Education can offer for you.
Length: 1-15 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
IPADS IN THE CLASSROOM
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
Become up-to-date with the latest classroom applications for iPads. Could be given as a PK-4 or a 5-8 sectional.
Length: 1-2 Hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
LIVE POLLING OF AN AUDIENCE OR CLASSROOM
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
Have you ever wanted to know your audience’s thoughts at a particular place of your speech? Explore various ways to poll your audience using modern technologies, including different purposes.
Length: 1-2 Hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY
James Carlovsky –(507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu 
The integration of technology with curriculum content and instruction in K-12 schools.
Length: 1-45 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
TECHNOLOGY IN PE
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu 
How technology can be integrated into physical education through the use of Heart Rate Monitors, Activity Monitors, and Projector Systems with Music Integration.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
TECHNOLOGY IN RELIGION CLASS
Rachel Feld – (507) 354-8221 ext 349 or feldrm@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation introduces a wide variety of resources that can be used during Bible lessons, hymnology class, catechism class, and devotions. Participants will leave with a list of easy-to-use and (mostly) free ways to integrate technology into the most important subject you teach every day.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
USING GOOGLE APPS IN WELSSA
Rachel Feld – (507) 354-8221 ext 349 or feldrm@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation shows different ways that Google Apps can be used to help schools during the WELSSA process. A main focus of the sectional will be using Google Sites to create an electronic self-study report that can be submitted to your WELSSA visit team. Other resources will also be shared.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
AFRICA: MALAWI, CAMEROON
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
HONG KONG
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
INDIA
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
SCANDINAVIAN LUTHERANISM
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
The speaker is currently the WELS Scandinavia Contact Man for the Commission on Inter-Church Relations (C.I.C.R.), and is happy to share information about our relationships with Lutherans in Scandinavia.
BUDDHISM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
CARIBBEAN, RELIGION IN
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
HINDUISM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
ISLAM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
JUDAISM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
BENEFITS OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
Peter Baganz | (507) 354-8221 ext 315 | baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu
Professor Baganz led seven trips to Europe with students, recruiting groups of 15 or more travelers each time from a high school of only 80 students. He created a full 1/2 credit high school course to help students learn about the history and culture of the countries they visited. This presentation will give tips for planning, recruitment, safety issues and rules while overseas, and most importantly, how to help high school students learn more about other nations and cultures through travel.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
CHINA
Tingting Schwartz | (507) 354-8221 ext 248 | zhangt@mlc-wels.edu
1) Personal story 2) Chinese language and culture
Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND
Lawrence Czer | (507) 354-8221 ext 308 | czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
JAMAICA
Lawrence Olson | (507) 354-8221 ext 252 | olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
HYMNOLOGY FOR GRADES 1-8
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu

Speakers Bureau – by speaker

BENEFITS OF INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL
Peter Baganz | (507) 354-8221 ext 315 | baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu
Professor Baganz led seven trips to Europe with students, recruiting groups of 15 or more travelers each time from a high school of only 80 students. He created a full 1/2 credit high school course to help students learn about the history and culture of the countries they visited. This presentation will give tips for planning, recruitment, safety issues and rules while overseas, and most importantly, how to help high school students learn more about other nations and cultures through travel.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
FINDING HISTORY IN POPULAR MUSIC
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
When you think of Billy Joel, U2, Big and Rich, Foster the People, and Iron Maiden, do you think of history??? Each of these artists had at least one top 40 hit with lyrics describing a historical period or event. This presentation will introduce teachers to dozens of historically based popular songs and given ideas for how to get upper-grade or high school students interested in history through music.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
HIGH SCHOOL SOCIAL STUDIES PROJECTS
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
Project ideas for high school social classes that incorporate writing, oral presentations, role playing, discussion, and building models to make these classes more interesting and relevant to teenagers.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WHY WRITING IS ESSENTIAL FOR HISTORY CLASS
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation will provide ideas for having students research and write their own family histories. These histories will be written into the context of immigration and American history to help them If History is thinking critically about the past, then writing is critical to developing that critical thinking. In this presentation, Professor Baganz draws upon his experiences teaching high school and college history courses to explain why students need to write, and how their writing skills can be developed by scaffolding a number of different writing projects. Finally, he will provide tips on the process of developing research writing skills among students.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WRITING FAMILY HISTORIES
Peter Baganz – (507) 354-8221 ext 315 or baganzpa@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation will provide ideas for having students research and write their own family histories. These histories will be written into the context of immigration and American history to help them better understand how history has placed them where they are with what they have today.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GREEK
Dan Balge – (507) 354-8221 ext 377 or balgedn@mlc-wels.edu
Pastors’s use of Greek, challenges of Bible translation, MLC’s Greek program (history, purpose, details), portions of the New Testament.
MLC PRESEMINARY PROGRAM
Dan Balge – (507) 354-8221 ext 377 or balgedn@mlc-wels.edu
History, details, purpose, & preparation​
DISCIPLINE-BASED ART EDUCATION
Darrell Berg – (507) 354-8221 ext 281 or bergdh@mlc-wels.edu
PERSONAL DEVOTIONS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
POST-EXILIC BOOKS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
STEWARDSHIP MESSAGES IN HAGGAI
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
SPEAKING THE TRUTH IN LOVE TO MORMONS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
COUNSELING SKILLS FOR PERSONAL MINISTRY
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
PRE-MARRIAGE WORKSHOPS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
MLC CHAPEL OF THE CHRIST
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
HOW TO APPLY JESUS’ MASTER PLAN OF EVANGELISM
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
INVOLVING YOUTH IN OUTREACH
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
PASTORAL COUNSELING SKILLS
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
PREACHING ON THE PARABLES
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
MLC DAYLIGHT USA
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
AFRICA: MALAWI, CAMEROON
John Boeder – (507) 354-8221 ext 310 or boederjc@mlc-wels.edu
FRACTIONS: USING THE BASIC OPERATIONS WITH UNDERSTANDING
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
You’ve probably taught a math lesson or two about fractions, right? How well do you really know what your teaching? Your knowledge of using fractions will be expanded in this interactive sectional.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
MATHEMATICS TODAY
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
A survey of what mathematics methodology and curricula look like in a current mathematics classroom, including integration of technology, student-centered learning, and improved pedagogy.
Length: 1-15 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
TRENDS IN MATHEMATICS INSTRUCTION
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
An examination of five current trends in mathematics instruction: project-based learning; hands-on, minds-on activities, process orientation; differentiation; multimedia tools.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
DIFFERENTIATION AND ASSESSMENT
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
How can I reasonably differentiate in a classroom of diverse learners?
Length: 1-2 Hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GOOGLE APPS FOR EDUCATION, CHROME EXTENSIONS
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
Explore the use of the tools Google has to offer in the world of education
Length: 1-10 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GOOGLE WORKSPACE FOR EDUCATION
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
So you feel like Google could do more for you? Explore the various apps and extensions that Google Workspace for Education can offer for you.
Length: 1-15 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
IPADS IN THE CLASSROOM
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
Become up-to-date with the latest classroom applications for iPads. Could be given as a PK-4 or a 5-8 sectional.
Length: 1-2 Hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
LIVE POLLING OF AN AUDIENCE OR CLASSROOM
James Carlovsky – (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
Have you ever wanted to know your audience’s thoughts at a particular place of your speech? Explore various ways to poll your audience using modern technologies, including different purposes.
Length: 1-2 Hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
MOMENTS OF LEARNING
James Carlovsky (507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu
What causes moments of learning to be more likely in your classroom? How do you know that your students are even learning? What specific teacher moves could you make in those moments of learning?
1-15 hours | Projector and Screen Required, Internet Required
TEACHING WITH TECHNOLOGY
James Carlovsky –(507) 354-8221 ext 291 or carlovjd@mlc-wels.edu 
The integration of technology with curriculum content and instruction in K-12 schools.
Length: 1-45 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
TEACH LIKE A CHAMPION – PUTTING IT INTO PRACTICE
Benjamin Clemons – (507) 354-8221 ext 262 or clemonbp@mlc-wels.edu
Explore the philosophy and techniques of noted educator Doug Lemov. The book Teach Like a Champion offers research-based instructional tactics that can improve the effectiveness of education in any setting. From preparation to teaching to management, this sectional will discuss high quality education in the Christian classroom.
Length: 50-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
TEACHER TALK FOR EFFECTIVE MANAGEMENT
Benjamin Clemons – (507) 354-8221 ext 262 or clemonbp@mlc-wels.edu
The way we speak greatly affects our classrooms. Every positive or negative comment, every answer, every question shapes the school climate. Thoughtful procedures, carefully planned responses, and teacher self-control can work to eliminate student arguments, promote problem solving, and set the stage for the loving application of Law and Gospel. In this sectional we will explore ways in which teacher talk can lead to effective classroom management.
Length: 50-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
LANGUAGE & LITERACY ACQUISITION IN CHILDREN
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
LINGUISTICS
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
SECONDARY ENGLISH CURRICULUM
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
TEACHING SHAKESPEARE
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING, ASSESSING
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING, ROLE OF GRAMMAR IN
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
DESIGNING PRINT MATERIALS
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING, TEACHING AND RESPONDING TO
Lawrence Czer – (507) 354-8221 ext 308 or czerlj@mlc-wels.edu
TECHNOLOGY IN RELIGION CLASS
Rachel Feld – (507) 354-8221 ext 349 or feldrm@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation introduces a wide variety of resources that can be used during Bible lessons, hymnology class, catechism class, and devotions. Participants will leave with a list of easy-to-use and (mostly) free ways to integrate technology into the most important subject you teach every day.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
USING GOOGLE APPS IN WELSSA
Rachel Feld – (507) 354-8221 ext 349 or feldrm@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation shows different ways that Google Apps can be used to help schools during the WELSSA process. A main focus of the sectional will be using Google Sites to create an electronic self-study report that can be submitted to your WELSSA visit team. Other resources will also be shared.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
EVOLUTION: WHAT SHOULD WE TEACH?
Daniel Fenske – (507) 354-8221 ext 312 or fenskedj@mlc-wels.edu
We know by faith that Creation, as explained in Genesis, is true. We see the error in the Theory of Evolution. But beyond that, many teachers don’t know how to approach or handle this necessary topic. This presentation will give some ideas and encouragements in presenting Evolution.
Length: 45-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
SCIENTIFIC REVOLUTION
Daniel Fenske – (507) 354-8221 ext 312 or fenskedj@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation was given at the 2003 Christian Science and our Society Symposium held at MLC. It is an overview of how the “”real”” scientific method differs vastly from the scientific method described in most science texts. The ideas are a compilation from Thomas Kuhn’s essay “”The Structure of Scientific Revolutions”” and from the works of Prof. Em. Martin Sponholz.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required
WHAT EVOLUTION REALLY TEACHES
Daniel Fenske – (507) 354-8221 ext 312 or fenskedj@mlc-wels.edu
Many problems with the Theory of Evolution are glossed over in the textbooks. In order for Evolution to work, it requires a great deal of faith. We examine some of those issues in this presentation.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required
QUALITY PHYSICAL EDUCATION AND MOVEMENT THROUGHOUT THE SCHOOL DAY
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Grounded in the 5-e model of instruction (engagement, exploration, explanation, elaboration, evaluation), an examination of effective inquiry-based units that build on the strengths of constructivism Healthy active kids perform better in all areas of the school day. Physical activity integrated in the classroom environment and quality physical education programs have been linked to higher grades and test scores, decreased discipline issues, better attendance, and improved social and emotional learning. This presentation highlights the benefits to increased movement time for students and provides strategies and resources for strengthening physical activity and wellness programs.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
PHYSICAL EDUCATION ORGANIZATIONAL SYSTEMS
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Best practice in physical education promotes maximizing physical activity time, moving with a purpose, and building students’ movement competence and confidence. This presentation is an active session in which participants actively participate in a demonstration of instruction, practice, and feedback strategies. This presentation is best done in a movement space such as a gym or open area.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
PHYSICAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY INTEGRATION
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Teacher initiatives in the 21st century promote integrating technology in all subject areas. Although many subject areas have actively pursued technology integration, physical education has often been left behind. This session provides active strategies, ideas, demonstrations, and value of utilizing technology in physical education. A gym or movement type setting is ideal for this presentation, as participants would be active in demonstrations.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
MOVEMENT IN THE CLASSROOM
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
Action Based Learning and the value of using movement (Brain Breaks/Energizers) in the classroom to prepare for learning, reinforce content, and stimulate brain development.
Length: 1-2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
THE NEED FOR PE
Daniel Gawrisch – (507) 354-8221 ext 238 or gawrisdp@mlc-wels.edu
The need for daily, quality physical education in elementary schools and useful teaching PE tips focusing on: class organizational systems, SPARK curriculum basics, demonstration SPARK lessons, and the use of technology in PE.
Length: Multiple workshops | Projector and Screen Required
EDUCATIONAL NEUROSCIENCE FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
Through educational neuroscience we are learning more and more about how God created the brain to develop through connection. The past two years have forced us to take a closer look at how the stress response affects how the brain is wired and continues to re-wire throughout life. We will take a look at this research from the perspective of the educator and the student. We will use a universal design for learning mindset to establish safe and healing educational environments where God’s love clears the path for all learning. Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) go together. Whether your school is already fully engaged with these tools or you are a new administrator or educator to SEL and/or PBIS, this workshop can ignite your evidence-based practices as you design for the individual classroom or whole school. Learners need educators to be prepared to meet them where they are socially, emotionally, behaviorally, and spiritually. Among the positive outcomes are higher academic achievement, lower frequency of behavioral outbursts and office referrals, and God’s love as the most powerful tool we can use to uplift students, families, and colleagues.
Length: 1 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required
MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
From the general education classroom, through the intervention process, and to referral to special education, the navigation of local Multi-Tiered Systems of Supports (MTSS) can be confusing and challenging. What exactly do WELS educators need to know and why is it important for us to know? The goal is collaboration between public and private school professionals to support exceptional learners but when that is not possible, what can we do to meet the needs of all learners?
Length: 1 to 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
SERVING EXCEPTIONAL STUDENTS: ADVOCACY AND SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
As educators strive to improve inclusive practices and expand into special education practices in WELS schools, key understandings empower collaboration with key specialists and public school professionals. God’s word defines why we serve students collaboratively. Federal and state laws lay a foundation detailing how we work within teams to support students from the moment data shows us they need more support to possibly requiring special education. Understanding the expertise and perspective of each team member empowers us to focus on the goal of serving students to the glory of God.
Length: 1 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required
THE NEUROSCIENCE OF BEHAVIOR
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
When all behavior is communication, educators need to understand how God created the brain to function. This presentation looks at educational neuroscience, trauma, and student/teacher interaction in the classroom from the Biblical perspective.
Length: 50 to 60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required, Internet Required
ORIENTATION & UPDATES: SPECIAL EDUCATION PRACTICES FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation overviews current federal guidance for special education and prereferral practices for parentally-placed children with disabilities in private schools. Foundational practices for WELS special education and prereferral programs will be addressed. Guidance will be updated regularly. Applicable for all ages, general and special educators, remedial educators, and administrators. (All grade levels)
Length: 1-2 hours
SPECIAL EDUCATOR ORGANIZATION AND TIME MANAGEMENT
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation overviews the organization of a special education caseload. Administrators need to understand how to read an Individualized Education Program (IEP) and Individual Service Plan (ISP) in order to consider enrollment based on access to appropriate resources to meet the student’s needs and in order to calculate special educator FTE. Special educators need to know how to collaborate with LEA special educators to create the ISP. New special educators and programs looking for continuous improvement opportunities will take a close look at setting up programming to design specialized instruction from IEP/ISP goals, consider EBP resources to put research into practice to close gaps, set up small groups of instruction, manage paraprofessionals, and keep files organized to make this year the best year yet. Applicable for remedial educators, special educators, and administrators. (All grade levels, ECE, K-8, 9-12, 18-21yo)
Length: 1-2 hours
MULTI-TIERED SYSTEMS OF SUPPORT (MTSS) FOR NONPUBLIC SCHOOL PROFESSIONALS
Kelli Green – 507-354-8221 Ext. 216 or greenkl@mlc-wels.edu
An Overview of MTSS/RTI as the federation begins their implementation of RTI.

  • Why MTSS?
  • What is MTSS?
  • The BIG 5 Areas of Successful MTSS Implementation
  • Multilevel Instruction
  • Assessment
  • Data-Based Decision Making
  • Fidelity & Evaluation
  • Infrastructure & Support
  • How to implement MTSS?

A dive into special education for nonpublic schools can also be included; although special education is not included in MTSS.
Length: 1-2 hours 

SCHOOL LAW
Robert Klindworth–(507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
DIFFERENTIATION OF INSTRUCTION
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
Length: 1 hour sectional – Full day seminar | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
FAITH-BASED SCHOOL LEADERSHIP
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
STAFF DEVELOPMENT
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
STUDENT MENTAL HEALTH INDICATORS
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
SUPERVISION OF INSTRUCTION
Robert Klindworth – (507) 354-8221 ext 223 or klindwrf@mlc-wels.edu
BIBLE AND HOW IT CAME TO US
Paul Koelpin – (507) 354-8221 ext 317 or koelpipe@mlc-wels.edu
INTERTESTAMENTAL HISTORY
Paul Koelpin – (507) 354-8221 ext 317 or koelpipe@mlc-wels.edu
ISRAEL AFTER THE EXILE
Paul Koelpin – (507) 354-8221 ext 317 or koelpipe@mlc-wels.edu
HOME-AND-SCHOOL RELATIONSHIPS
Cheryl Loomis – (507) 354-8221 ext 346 or loomisca@mlc-wels.edu
PLAY: THEORY AND PRACTICE
Jennifer Mehlberg – (507) 354-8221 ext 378 or mehlbeja@mlc-wels.edu 
This presentation highlights the importance of play in the early childhood classroom. Topics of focus are; benefits of play, types of play, and the teacher’s role in play.
Length: 1.5 hours | Projector and Screen Required
ADMINISTRATION OF EARLY CHILDHOOD PROGRAMS
Jennifer Mehlberg – (507) 354-8221 ext 378 or mehlbeja@mlc-wels.edu
Directors of early childhood centers wear many hats. This presentation will provide a basic overview of some of those areas of administration.
OVERVIEW OF HIGHSCOPE CURRICULUM
Jennifer Mehlberg – (507) 354-8221 ext 378 or mehlbeja@mlc-wels.edu
In this presentation we cover the basic components of the HighScope approach and curriculum. This presentation is targeted for those who wish to know more about a high quality approach and curriculum for children Birth- age 5.
Length: 1.5 hours (could be longer) | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
A COMMON SENSE APPROACH TO THE COMMON CORE
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
PROFESSIONAL GROWTH IN THE WELS
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
REINFORCEMENT
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Teachers learn about a variety of ways that reinforcement can be used to help students achieve. Includes dos and don’ts.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
MOTIVATION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session reviews the psychological basis of motivation and how teachers can tap motivation to maximize learning.
Lenght: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
MAKING TEACHING STANDARDS USEFUL
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
LEARNING-FOCUSED INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Designed for teachers at all levels, this workshop reviews research-proven ways that every teacher can use to maximize student learning. Longer time permits hands-on work in which participants design effective lessons they will teach in the coming week.
Length: 50 minutes to 5 hours, depending on needs | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
FOCUSED-INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session reviews ways to ensure today’s lesson is worthwhile and all students are focused on it.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
ACTIVE ENGAGEMENT
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session provides a framework and strategies for active student engagement in lesson content.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
ASSESSMENT
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
This session reviews effective assessment strategies that can be immediately applied to teaching.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
STRATEGIES FOR EFFECTIVE INSTRUCTION
John Meyer – (507) 354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
FOSTERING A FORMATIVE CULTURE
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Flexible to meet a school’s needs. Explores the foundations for a formative school culture that focuses on student and adult learning. Topics include developing a growth mindset, assessing student learning, effective professional development, teacher collaboration models, and instructional coaching.
Length: Varies by school need. 1 hour to 8 hours | Projector and Screen Required
LEARNING-FOCUSED SUPERVISION
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Guides principals and EC directors through the process of instructional coaching of faculty. Participants learn what to look for when observing teaching and how to facilitate a conversation to help teachers grow. Participants will practice observations and conversations using data gathering tools and communication skills.
Length: 1.5 – 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required
LUTHERAN PRINCIPALS FOR THE 21ST CENTURY
John Meyer – (507)-354-8221 ext 398 or meyerjd@mlc-wels.edu
Strong schools require capable leaders who have the time and training needed to lead. This research-informed session examines the complexities of the WELS principal position, compares it to current realities, and outlines a realistic way forward. Christian leaders in attendance will learn how they can disrupt the status quo and create a strong future for Lutheran schools.
Length: 1 – 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Access Required
SPECIAL EDUCATION AND INCLUSIVE INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES
Dr. Kari Muente – 920-342-9011 or muenteka@mlc-wels.edu
The presentation addresses the academic challenges facing today’s inclusive classroom. The session will discuss how today’s classroom no longer contains average students, but students with various learning characteristics, including students with Learning, Emotional, and Behavior Disabilities. The discussion will also center around how general education teachers can meet the needs of all their students, both with and without disabilities, to ensure all students have equal access to the curriculum.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
USING PRIMARY SOURCES TO ENHANCE SOCIAL STUDIES CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
Dr. Kari Muente – 920-342-9011 or muenteka@mlc-wels.edu
The presentation addresses the advantages of using primary sources over the traditional social studies textbook to engage students in historical thinking and inquiry. Participants will learn how to successfully use and adapt primary sources for all grade levels. Participants will also engage in small group activities and discussions. Handouts and examples will be made available.
Length: 50 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
  • CHRISTIAN STANDARD BIBLE (CSB)
  • END TIMES
  • ENGLISH BIBLE TRANSLATIONS
  • THEOLOGICAL TOPICS CONNECTED TO THE BOOK OF JOEL
    A choice of 20 different one-hour topics, including Reading the Old Testament as Lutherans, The Religious Training of Children in the OT, Calamity in the Lives of Believers, What the Bible Says about Fasting, Joel Teaches about Repentance, What is God Like According to the OT?, Law and Gospel in Joel and the OT Prophets, “Your Sons and Daughters Will Prophesy,” The Trinity in the OT, The Final Battle–Armageddon, and ten others.

Contact: (507) 354-8221 ext 267 or nasstp@mlc-wels.edu

CONGREGATIONAL ASSIMILATION
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
MEMBER MINISTRY
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
MINISTRY TO INACTIVE MEMBERS
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
MISSION OF THE CHURCH
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
STAFF MINISTRY
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
BUDDHISM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
CARIBBEAN, RELIGION IN
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
HINDUISM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
ISLAM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
JAMAICA
Lawrence Olson | (507) 354-8221 ext 252 | olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
HONG KONG
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
INDIA
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
JUDAISM
Lawrence Olson – (507) 354-8221 ext 252 or olsonlo@mlc-wels.edu
NARRATIVE WITNESSING
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
COMMUNICATION SKILLS
Mark Paustian – (507) 354-8221 ext 343 or paustima@mlc-wels.edu
21 LEADERSHIP QUALITIES YOU SHOULD HAVE
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu 
Sharing 21 leadership qualities school, church leaders should have
Length: 2-3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GET PARENTS SHARING
Matthew Pearson – (507) 354-8221 ext 305 or pearsms@mlc-wels.edu
Ideas to start and maintain a healthy parenting ministry at your congregation and school.
Length: 1 to 3 hours | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
TEACHING RELIGION REVISITED
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
Length: 50-60 minutes | Projector and Screen Required
WORKSHEETS, CREATIVE USE OF
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
WRITING WORKSHOP/WRITING PROCESS
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
BALANCED APPROACH TO LANGUAGE ARTS
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
ENGLISH BOOKS: GRAMMAR AND WHAT’S NEW
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
READING COMPREHENSION
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
READING, BALANCED
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
TEACHING LANGUAGE ARTS
Jonathan Roux – (507) 354-8221 ext 394 or rouxja@mlc-wels.edu
DRIVEN BY ASSESSMENT
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
What is an effective way to check for understanding, providing meaningful feedback, and plan for differentiation without committing to countless hours of work? Discover the rationale and structures for analyzing student thinking to come up with appropriate strategies for teaching to all different levels of student learners.Length: 1 or 2 Hour Sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
GROWING IN YOUR MINISTRY: WELS TEACHING STANDARDS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
Still trying to practically apply the WELS Teaching Standards to the teaching ministry? Discover what the WELS Teaching Standards look like in practice and how other WELS teachers practically use these standards to normalize and guide awesome Lutheran teaching.
Length: 1 or 2 Hour Sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
LEADERSHIP TEAMS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
There is always so much for leaders and teachers in a school to do, yet how to get it all done and make it easier on everyone? This session takes a network approach to implement a strength-based inquiry process that follows norms for collecting and discussing observed student data in order to capitalize on the strengths in a school and improve student learning.Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required
POSITIVE & PRODUCTIVE LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
How can a teacher better maintain order in the classroom? This session targets an approach to classroom management practices and the corresponding principles for ensuring an environment that actively supports students in the work of learning.Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
LEARNING-FOCUSED INSTRUCTION
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
Student learning is the purpose of schooling. Sometimes this concept gets lost in the race to meet teacher and subject standards. This interactive lecture session will refocus on the little, but powerful, things teachers can do in daily lessons that are research-proven to help all students learn more. Specifically, we will review the anticipatory set, the learning target, formative assessment, active engagement, and lesson closure and assignments. If a double session/half-day workshop is provided, attendees will incorporate proven achievement strategies in a real lesson. This session provides the foundational classroom instruction model emphasized in the Commission on Lutheran Schools’ Ministerial Growth and Evaluation Process. (This session will be presented at the EdTechLead19 Summit)Length: 1 Hour Sectional to Half-day Workshop | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
INDUCTIVE APPROACH TO TEACHER DEVELOPMENT
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
Initiatives have been implemented to better support new teachers in their transition into the full-time ministry. However, there seems to be a gap in the way instructional leaders serve experienced teachers in a spirit of continuous improvement. This session will look at an approach that maximizes collegiality while offering more opportunities for experienced teachers to look at their ways of reaching young minds through instructional coaching and observation. If a double session/half-day workshop is provided, attendees will incorporate improvement strategies into a school improvement plan.Length: 1 Hour Sectional to Half-day Workshop | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
1ST AND 2ND YEAR TEACHERS: NEVER WORK HARDER THAN YOUR STUDENTS
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
A strong number of WELS educators are skilled at planning instruction and determining what they will do during the course of a lesson. Yet it is a big shift to truly engage students in worthwhile, rigorous learning grounded in WELS teaching standards. This session examines select skills needed to shift a classroom’s focus from teaching to learning—and in the end, never work harder than your students.
Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
WELS NEW TEACHER INDUCTION (NTI)—WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
“NTI is a collaborative partnership dedicated to supporting new teachers.
Find out who is involved in this partnership, what instructional mentoring means and looks like, and learn how you might become involved.”
Length: 1 hour sectional | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
SEMINAR FOR BEGINNING TEACHERS (VARIOUS TOPICS)
Jon Schaefer – (507) 354-8221 ext 352 or schaefjm@mlc-wels.edu
So . . . how is your year going? For new teachers, this can be a loaded question. Come and be encouraged by your fellow beginning teachers in this roundtable discussion. We welcome all student teachers and classroom teachers in their first or second year in the ministry. We will be sharing joys and struggles of the ministry and offering hope and solutions during our group discussion.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
INTEGRATING THE FAITH
Scott Schmudlach – (507) 354-8221 ext 202 or schmudsd@mlc-wels.edu
Our school mission statement states that we teach “all subjects in the light of God’s Word.” How evident is this in our teaching? What resources are available to assist Lutheran educators in intentionally and naturally integrating God’s Word and Christian living into our teaching?
Length: 50 min | Projector and Screen Required
LESSONS FROM OT CEREMONIAL LAW
Jeff Schone – (507) 354-8221 ext 289 or schonejl@mlc-wels.edu
The Lord communicated the dual truths of Law and Gospel in a powerful, vivid and memorable way in the years before Christ. While NT Christians are free, in Christ, for the legal requirements of the OT Ceremonial Law, they can benefit from the lessons and truths communicated. This presentation looks at the following questions:
1) What is the nature of God’s communication through symbol and figure in OT Ceremonial Law?
2) What are the vivid and pointed lessons taught through the OT Ceremonial Law?
3) Is there Legal Regulation/Ceremonial Law in the NT…and for NT Christians?Length: 3 parts presented over 3-5 hours
CHINA
Tingting Schwartz | (507) 354-8221 ext 248 | zhangt@mlc-wels.edu
1) Personal story 2) Chinese language and culture
Length: 30 minutes to 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required
MINISTRY IS…
Ross Stelljes – (507) 354-8221 ext 362 or stelljra@mlc-wels.edu
I used this as a ministerial recruitment approach while doing classroom presentations to WELS high school students and I felt that it was well-received. I’m thinking it could work in other settings as well for recruitment. I just put up a whole bunch of titles on the screen, and let people pick a title and then I’d tell the story from my ministry behind it. Tried to hit on uplifting, challenging, and some of the more abnormal stories..Length: 1-1.5 hours | Screen/projector requested
EVANGELISM IN TIMES OF CRISIS
Ross Stelljes – (507) 354-8221 ext 362 or stelljra@mlc-wels.edu
“God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform” (CW 420:1), including during times of crisis. I tell three real-life stories–from when I served as pastor at Living Savior, Littleton, CO–of personal crises in the lives of members and prospective members of the congregation which illustrate how God uses crises to open doors for gospel witnessing.
Length: 1.5 – 2 hours | Projector and Screen Required
ECCLESIASTES AND THE MEANINGFUL LIFE
Luke Thompson – (507) 354-8221 ext 239 or thompslg@mlc-wels.edu
Four thousand years ago, a middle-eastern philosopher, inspired by the Holy Spirit, declared that all life under the sun was meaningless. What could he have possibly meant? And is there anything we can learn from this philosopher for our current culture where young and old are endlessly and hopelessly seeking lives of purpose and meaning? Join us as we find transcendent and lasting meaning in the only place where it can be found.
Length: 1-2 hours| Projector and Screen, Internet Required
ON RE-ENCHANTING THE HEAVENS
Luke Thompson – (507) 354-8221 ext 239 or thompslg@mlc-wels.edu
For most of us in our contemporary culture, when we think of the night sky, we picture it as a place of infinite darkness and silence. We picture our own place in the universe as a speck within that infinite darkness. But that’s not always been the case. Christians in the past have seen themselves in the center of the universe, surrounded by celestial light and music. Is it possible to re-enchant the heavens and hear the music once again? Join us to find out.
Length: 1-2 hours| Projector and Screen Required
MY LIFE WITH DRAGONS: FANTASY FICTION AND SHARING THE GOSPEL
Luke Thompson – (507) 354-8221 ext 239 or thompslg@mlc-wels.edu
During the 20th century, fantasy fiction developed as a means of philosophically describing the world. Two schools of fantasy emerged with two very different views of the world. Writers like Tolkien and Lewis gave us worlds of hope, where the forces of good win. Writers like George R. R. Martin (author of “Game of Thrones”) give us a vision of a world of hopelessness, where the forces of evil win. Join us as we find the apologetic value in talking about these stories so that we can talk to our friends and communities about THE true story of hope.
Length: 1.5 hours | Projector and Screen Required
HEROD’S TEMPLE IN JESUS’ DAY
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation speaks about worship practices in the Temple of Jesus’ day, the archaeology of the Temple Mount, and highlights temple imagery found also in Revelation.
Length: 60 minutes
THE TABERNACLE AND ARK OF THE COVENANT
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
This presentation covers the journeys of the Ark throughout the Old Testament, and also describes Old Testament worship and festivals.
Length: 60-90 minutes
WIDOWS AND CHARITY IN THE BIBLE
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
The speaker did his doctoral thesis work on this topic. The presentation focuses on the historical context of the early church and charitable practices both in the Old and New Testaments.
Length: 60 minutes
SCANDINAVIAN LUTHERANISM
Keith Wessel – (507) 354-8221 ext 258 or wesselkc@mlc-wels.edu
The speaker is currently the WELS Scandinavia Contact Man for the Commission on Inter-Church Relations (C.I.C.R.), and is happy to share information about our relationships with Lutherans in Scandinavia.
COOPERATIVE LEARNING
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
MULTI-GRADE EDUCATION
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
LEARNING STYLES
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
CURRICULUM PLANNING AND INTEGRATION
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
CREATING A CLASSROOM COMMUNITY
Cindy Whaley – (507) 354-8221 ext 347 or whaleyce@mlc-wels.edu
FOSTERING A FORMATIVE SCHOOL CULTURE
Jeffery Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
Intended for school principals and EC directors, this workshop discusses the research demonstrating the power of the school leader to influence student achievement through a formative culture. A formative culture is explained with practical examples of how it can be achieved.
Length: Varies from 1 – 4 hours, depending on the audience’s needs. 
Can Lutherans Change?
Jeffery Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
Intended for principals and early childhood directors. We will consider when and whether a change should occur. Then we will examine what the research literature states about what factors influence change and how the school leader controls those factors to increase the likelihood that people and the organization change.
Length: Varies: 1 to 4 hours
Critical Theory & Lutheran Schools
Jeffery Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
All audiences: What should Lutheran teachers and schools do with critical ideologies. This is a political landmine that many prefer to ignore. This presentation explores the ideology that underpins all critical theories and compares to Christian ideology. Using that common understanding, the presentation discusses the role, if any, critical theory should plan in Lutheran schools and how to talk about it with parents.
Length:Varies: 1 to 3 hours
FORMATIVE SUPERVISION OF INSTRUCTION
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
A discussion and study of summative and formative teacher evaluation definitions, benefits, challenges, formats, and scenarios.
Length: Up to 6 hours (for clock hours or 0.5 cr) | Projector and Screen Required
PROGRAMS OF STUDY AT MARTIN LUTHER COLLEGE
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
Find out about programs of study, requirements, policies, and practices of Martin Luther College’s programs of study toward undergraduate degrees. Pre-seminary, Education, and Staff Ministry programs are each unique and challenging. Being a college student at MLC requires discipline, dedication, and a passion to serve!
Length: 1-2 hours
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT/EVALUATION OF IN-SERVICE TEACHERS
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
The summative assessment of teachers is a topic that has plagued every school in every generation. Serious questions exist as to the validity of evaluation forms across school systems. Our WELS schools are no different. In this sectional presentation, we’ll discuss the importance of the summative assessment of teachers, hear from a leader in the field (not Jeff!), and plan ways to implement effective strategies in schools for the ministerial growth and development of our teachers in order to impact student learning directly.

Length: 45-60 minutes

THE BASICS OF GOOD MINISTRY CULTURE
Jeff Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
A presentation based on a college football coach’s beliefs about team culture applied to a ministry setting. Five main topics of a positive and successful ministry culture are discussed: 1) Caring Atmosphere; 2) Integrity by All; 3) Positive Environment; 4) Dealing w/ Adversity; and 5) Skills for Life/Eternity.
Length: 45-60 minutes
ELEMENTARY SOCIAL STUDIES: WHY? HOW?
Jeffery Wiechman – (507) 354-8221 ext 207 or wiechmjf@mlc-wels.edu
Social studies is a subject that continues to get short-changed in our classrooms as more and more attention is given to math and language arts. While those two are crucial, social studies is also important and cannot be forgotten. Our charge to create the next generation of knowledgeable citizens cannot be overlooked. We’ll talk about what makes social studies important in our schools and ideas on how to make it great.
Length: 1 hour | Projector and Screen Required | Internet Required