ELEA Diversity and Justice Statement (last updated 2023)

In alignment with the ELCA social policy resolution, we are grounded in the scriptural truth that we are all created good and in the image of God; As a Christian community, specifically engaged in education and moral awareness, we task ourselves to provide safe environments that oppose racism, ableism, sexism, and homophobia while actively teaching appreciation for diverse peoples in an inequitable world.

Furthermore, ELEA’s administrators, teachers, and staff are committed to practice anti-bias education; show love; teach tolerance; model acceptance on a daily basis; set the goal for each child to possess positive self-identity and family pride; express comfort and joy with human diversity; and, embody the will and the skills to act against injustice and prejudice.

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Social Justice Resources:

  • Race Diversity & Justice Resources

  • LGBTQIA+ Diversity and Justice Resources

  • Disability Diversity and Justice Resources


Safe and Healthy Relationships Guides

  • Youth Guide: this four-session guide is designed for upper elementary, middleand high school youth, to be used in schools, confirmation classes, and youth groups.
  • Leader’s Guide:  detailed instructions for youth leaders, pastors or other church leaders to facilitate these four sessions. Cherish All Children is also available to support you in leading these sessions.


Educational Software and Resources

  • A Cosmic Adventure through Science & Faith: Free downloadable video curriculum on science & faith for youth ministry leaders.

  • Beehively and Techabee Two great opportunities from one company.  Techabee partners with schools to ensure that your technology programs are sustainable and designed to grow with your school.  Beehively is your home for cutting-edge websites, SIS, and communication tools for your school.  Contact Ryan Waddington, ryan@beehively.com
  • Brightwheel: Brightwheel now offers an incredible discount on new Brightwheel subscriptions based on ELEA membership. (Pricing not to go below $50/month after all discounts and promotions)
    • ELEA Members to receive 25% discount on regular pricing (schedule a meeting)
    • Non-member ELCA Schools and Centers can receive 15% discount on regular pricing
  • ELEA Members who are existing Brightwheel customers are eligible to participate in the Advocacy Program potentially offering free months of service.
  • Educa Use learning stories to make learning visible. For Early Childhood Centers.
  • Exchange :  The Early Childhood Leaders Magazine. FREE magazine ($38 per year value) plus great discounts on staff development materials.
  • MAP Suite - An integrated assessment solution:    The assessments in the MAP Suite give you a thorough picture of student learning: how much they’ve grown, what they’re ready to learn, and the specific skill gaps they need to master.


Helping Children with Fear and Loss