News from Our Executive Director
Emergency Response Fund Giving Challenge
Help Us Empower Schools by Supporting Giving Challenge
Our present and future mission remains the same at CLEF, to empower our schools to deliver innovative, quality education in a Christian environment. This is accomplished through the dedication and actions of our leaders, teachers, principals and faithful supporters.
For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. ―Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV) One way we show our faith in the certainty of Jesus’ love is by demonstrating His love and generosity to our fellow humans.
Our schools have done an exceptional job in making the transition to remote learning. They have constructed virtual classrooms, provided story times, videos, and learning exercises. Worship and chapel services and prayer time are all regularly offered via social media.
Our teachers are learning remotely, too! From April 20-May 1, teachers from across our 22 partner schools have joined us virtually at the Remote Innovative Teacher Institute. Online classes include everything from setting up remote writing workshops to student internet safety. Plus, we’ve assembled a full-line up of guest educators and presenters in addition to our CLEF staff who are sharing best practices for remote learning in reading, writing, math, STEM as well as social-emotional learning and health and wellness.
All our schools are reaching out to their communities with messages of hope, compassion and care during these difficult times. Unfortunately, many school communities are facing difficult challenges:
- > Many parents have reduced work hours and are struggling to make ends meet
- > Tuition payments have slowed but teacher salaries and other costs remain
- > Schools have extra costs related to safety and e-learning resources
- > Churches are closed and offerings that typically support the school budget are down
While our major spring fundraiser has been postponed, the immediate needs of our schools, students and families remain a constant and ongoing struggle for the foreseeable future.
Recognizing the need for urgent support, our board and key donors have created a giving challenge and will match your gift dollar-for-dollar up to $100,000. We are so grateful for their generosity!
Please take a moment to look into your heart, and your generosity today will make a difference for years to come.
Joining you in faithful service,
Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation
Remote Innovative Teacher Institute
Our teachers and administrators were busy with two weeks of remote learning through our Innovative Teacher Institute. We had over twenty different guest speakers, many from our own network of schools, and 533 participation hours over the two weeks. With four sessions to choose from each day, teachers were thrilled for the chance to learn more about how to become even stronger teachers during remote learning. We’re excited for our next training series this summer.
- > USDA “Meals for Kids” Site Finder – an interactive map that directs people to local sites where kids can get free meals
- > The USDA National Hunger Hotline is also available for anyone seeking food assistance. The hotline, operated by Hunger Free America, can be reached Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET at 1-866-3-HUNGRY (1-866-348-6479) or 1-877-8-HAMBRE (1-877-842- 6273) (for Spanish).
- > Chicago Public Schools Meal Sites
- > Illinois Food Fund for Families
- > Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- > Illinois Department of Public Health
- > City of Chicago Coronavirus Response Center
- > World Health Organization
- > Healthy Children
- > Helping Families Cope with COVID-19
- > National Alliance on Mental Health
- > National Association of School Psychologists
- > Call4Calm