Pre- and Post- Convocation Events

Pre-Convocation and Post-Convocation Events: Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday 

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. LEA Global Symposium

Join Lutheran education colleagues from around the world for a day of exploration, education, and inspiration as we consider the many models, challenges, and opportunities for Christian education in a Lutheran context available in today’s diverse and changing global settings.

  • Meet representatives from many countries who are engaged in Lutheran education and learn how you can become better connected and involved

  • Hear from speakers who have first-hand experience with Christian education in diverse settings

  • Become exposed to organizations which can help you and your school reach out to the rest of the world

  • Learn about opportunities you have to serve and teach in other countries

  • Experience sessions that will allow for interactive sharing, networking, brainstorming, and exploration of topics common to Lutheran educators in multiple settings

  • Discover how you can become part of a global network and engage in ongoing collaboration with Lutheran educators around the world

Cost: $90 (includes continental breakfast, lunch, and materials)

8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Grow A Teacher Event
(Grow A Teacher guests only)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Convocation Registration

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 a.m.  Grow A Teacher Event and Lunch

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Continental breakfast
  • 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.  Devotions and Keynote - Brad Alles
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Break
  • 10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Principal and teacher panels
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.  Learning lunch: Enjoy lunch with seasoned teachers who can serve as mentors, supporting you now and in your future growth as a Lutheran educator.

Cost $0 (for students receiving Grow A Teacher grant and approved by their university)

8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. LEA EncourAGEnet Workshop and Lunch

  • 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Continental breakfast and fellowship
  • 9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. Workshop

Lutheran Schools: Making Disciples for Life - presentation by Becky Schmidt, Director of LCMS School Ministry

The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, founded in 1847, began with twelve churches operating nineteen schools. During the past 172 years, in the often tumultuous and everchanging landscape of education, one thing remains certain, Lutheran schools today continue to provide excellence in education while sowing the seeds of faith in children, their families, and the communities they serve with the beautiful Gospel message of “Jesus and His love.”

Also featured during this workshop:

• interaction with fellow retired Lutheran educators
• updates on activities and opportunities provided by organizations aimed at retired church workers
• presentation about mentoring opportunities through LEA's Grow a Teacher project

11:30-1:00 Lunch with students from all of the Concordia colleges and universities and Valparaiso University

Cost: $70 (includes continental breakfast and lunch)

Saturday, October 12, 2019

1:00-5:00  "Brew in the Lou" festival

The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) will host the 7th Annual "Brew in the Lou" Festival at Francis Park in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood from 1-5 pm.  Convocation attendees are offered a special discounted admission of only $35 for the afternoon if included with Convocation registration.

Wristbands include live entertainment, unlimited tastings of St. Louis' best beer, wine, spirits, coffee, BBQ, desserts, and a commemorative glass. More than 100 vendors including breweries, restaurants, and food and craft artisans line the banks of The Lily Pond, including nearly 45 local and regional craft breweries. 2018 photos here.  Tasters can vote for their favorite brats, home brew, and chili recipes.

Proceeds from "Brew in the Lou" will benefit more than 33 member Lutheran schools serving 500 faculty members and 8,500 students in the bi-state area. For more information, please call 314-200-0797.

Brew in the Lou web site

Please note that transportation to and from Brew in the Lou is the responsibility of the attendee.

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