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GSC Education Newsletter -- January, 2015
Putting on a New Shirt
Weber makes the point that Christians are sometimes afraid of changing their appearance because it might appear that they have changed their values. But he isn't talking about clothes at all. Instead, he's concerned about the way that Christians appear to those around us; how we Christians are perceived.
I see an application for SDA educators and for our SDA schools as we ponder these two questions: Is our appearance, approach and practice fresh and appealing to those whom we market Adventist education? Can we put on a "new shirt" that is appealing to new generations and a constantly changing culture without altering our values and priorities?
Education Fair is Just Days Away
Where: Bass Memorial Academy
When: January 25-26, 2012. Registration begins at 1:00. Events begin at 2:00
Why: Students can showcase the excellent work they have completed at school and demonstrate what they can do on the spot while meeting their fellow GSC students who attend other schools in our GREAT SDA Education System.
Spiritual Collaboration Day
According to the most recent Valuegenesis Study, 82% of all students enrolled in SDA schools said that attending the school increased their faith. 82% is fantastic, but can we do better?
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We Love Our Volunteers
Please protect your volunteers and your school by following established policies and procedures including Shield the Vulnerable, background checks and proper insurance for drivers. This article at adventist risk management provides a helpful overview. Simply click the button below.
We Love Our Volunteers
The Benefits of Walking
This is all the more reason we should 1. walk; 2. participate in the PHYSICAL GENESIS program that begins in March; and participate in the the Walk Fit program that Bob Benge supervises.
Participation in WalkFit requires a classroom to walk at least 5 minutes each day at school for 12 weeks during the winter/spring 2015.
Classrooms that successfully participate are given a classroom award and each student is given a medal with ribbon.
For classrooms that don't want to walk, alternate activities are accepted as long as everyone is active simultaneously for at least 5 minutes.
Teacher's must enroll by January 31. Contact:
Bob Benge Ph.D
Southern Adventist University
School of Physical Education, Health and Wellness
WraP Testing Window is March 3-13
Now is the time of the year to check your status and make sure things are in order for next school year.
You can check your teaching status by going to the Adventist Edge website and doing the following:
1. Go to the www.adventistedge.com website
2. Click on “Educators”
3. Next, click on “Certification” in the left side bar of the screen
4. You should now be on the “Certification” webpage.
5. Log into the Adventist Education Toolkit by clicking this link: https://dashboard.nadeducation.org/login
a. Keep in mind, the email address you gave to the person assigning your Educator ID number is the email address you need to log in with.
b. If you have problems logging in, contact the person who assigned your Educator ID number.
6. You should now be on the “NAD Education Dashboard” page, click on the eCertification bar and it will open up a PDF of your Certification Status Sheet.
Periodically review and print your Status Sheets for your record and reference. Contact Luberta Biggs if you have questions regarding the information on it.
Dr. W. Eugene Brewer will be teaching the course TRENDS AND ISSUES IN EDUCATION (3 Semester Graduate Credits) at Southern Adventist University from July 6-17, 2015 (8AM to 1PM)
Register with SAU. They will be adding this course to their list of summer course offerings
Professional Growth Books for Non-Academic Credit
Follow the steps below to access the NAD Professional Growth Book List. In addition, you need must work with your Superintendent on his/her requirements. Finally, add the completed series to your NAC form which is due in your local conference office by August 1 of each year.
1. All of the books are listed on www.nadeducation.org website.
2. Click on the “Professional Development” tab and the books are listed in the bottom last column.
a. A critique of the books is sent to your Superintendent’s Office for review with a Non-Academic Credit form.
b. After it is reviewed, the NAC form is sent to the Union Certification Office for further processing
3. Check with your Superintendents for this/her requirements
* You can request the general "critique" outline for teachers from this office to be used as a guide if your conference does not have one.
Other Professional Growth Books: Books read outside of the NAD list will earn 5 clock hours (.13 Non-Academic Credit). The books should be related to what you teach or plan to teach (new endorsement area) in the classroom and based on what is going to improve your capacity to be effective in the classroom.
A general "critique" should be submitted with your NAC form for books read outside of the NAD list as well.
2. 2015-16 School Budgets due to the GSC Office of Education
3. Southern Union Lab Month: March, 2015
4. Robotics Challenge at Southern: March 22, 2015
5. Outdoor School at Camp Alamisco, Grades 5-6: April 6-9, 2015