Click here to view a video NPH published to learn from three WELS professional educators about the program.
Following two decades of declining enrollments and steady erosion in the number of WELS elementary schools, the Foundations project was first proposed to the Commission on Parish Schools in the fall of 2007. It was viewed initially as an effort to restate the mission and purpose of WELS educational institutions at all levels of instruction, including childcare programs, early childhood education, elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools. A year later a team of dedicated writers was commissioned, and the wheels for designing the program’s conceptual development were put into motion.
During the development process six carefully stated objectives emerged to sharpen the project’s focus and guide the way:
Foundations focuses on creating a shared mission for Lutheran schools and parents in all levels of instruction—from childcare programs to high schools. With its message solidly established on the bedrock of God’s Word, the Foundations program helps teachers and parents work together toward the common goal of offering an education for their children that yields peace, hope, joy, and love in Christ.
The Foundations suite consists of a book; a resource CD containing a book study, faculty Bible study, and other items; and beautiful, original downloadable choral music for children and adults based on the themes (Peace, Hope, Joy, and Love) of the program.