In The Know
GSC Education Newsletter, January 2016. Stan Hobbs, Editor
A New Year's Wish For Educators...
"I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes. Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're doing something." BrainyQuote.com
My Daughter Was Married December 27, 2015
How Do You Bounce Back From Setbacks? By Maurice Elias, Edutopia
Educators know many highs and lows. Some of these highs come when our students show us that they have learned deeply, taken what we have presented, and used it in creative ways. One of our greatest highs comes when students persist despite significant challenges in accomplishing a goal.
Our lows come from wanting our students to succeed and seeing them come up short. They also hit us from the many changes and challenges in the educational landscape, the shifting rules and criteria, for example.
Resources for Rejuvenating
The Devereux Center for Resilient Children (DCRC) has taken expertise in resilience with children and extended that to their adult caregivers and educators. They realize the need to build your "bounce" so that you are not beset and stopped by the inevitable lows you encounter as a teacher.
Bouncing back usually means we are feeling run-down, and when that happens, we can turn to the four areas that DCRC has found necessary to help us spring back to life.
Here they are:
- Engaging in Relationships: Rekindle and use one or more key supportive relationships in your life. Reach out to a friend, mentor, or someone who turns to you for support.
- Positive Internal Beliefs: Remind yourself of aspects of your life in which you matter and are effective. Recount your personal strengths, areas where you are creative, and ways people show you love.
- Taking Initiative: Take positive actions and make necessary decisions. Get back to your hobbies, find time to do things that allow you to laugh, seek out new knowledge and new approaches, be willing to move out of your comfort zone and reach out to others for help, and don't be afraid to say, "no."
- Exercising Self-Control: Review your strategies for calming yourself down when upset, finding outlets to appropriately express your strong feelings, and setting appropriate and realistic goals and limits.
Resilience Is Key
The DCRC has an assessment you can use, the Devereux Adult Resilience Scale, to see the areas of your life where you have the most and fewest resilient resources. And once you make that assessment, the DCRC provides ideas for you to bounce back by building up one or more areas of your life that can be a source of resilience.
Here are four examples:
#1. Before You Say What You Think, Think
When someone makes a request of you, before you answer, say that you want to take a little time to think about it and you will get back to them. This allows you to bounce back on your own terms.
#2. Reach Out to Reach In
Showing empathy and gratitude will actually help you feel better about yourself. Think of people you have been out of touch with, or not in as much contact with as you would wish, and reach out to see how they are doing to show that you care.
Similarly, think about who has done something for you lately (even something small), like your children hanging up their clothes, your spouse taking care of something in the house, or your student keeping the classroom orderly. Write a thank you note. Yes, a written note works better than anything electronic.
#3. Get in Touch With What Matters to You
Use some sentence starters or fill-ins to dwell a little less on what is going badly and more on what matters to you. Here are some:
- When something difficult happens, it's okay because...
- ...adds so much to my life because...
- I am most grateful for...
- I care most about...
- My belief in...
#4. Ask and Ye Shall Receive
Remind yourself that it is okay to ask for help. It is rare that you are facing a problem or situation that no one else has solved. Make a list of five people you will ask for help, and stay determined to keep asking until you get help. And if you get to number five without success, make another list of five. Don't worry if you have not been in touch with someone before, or if you don't know the person well, or even at all.
The way you ask (as well as the luck of timing) will play a big role in the kind of response you get. Regardless, press on!
If you are drawing parallels between adult and child resilience, it's no coincidence. The forces that allow people to bounce back, to defy oppressive gravity, if you will, are natural forces and therefore are available in a developmentally appropriate way for our students.
But it's a good idea to start with yourself so that you can also see the challenges that must be overcome to bounce back, especially when you have not had the experience of intentionally doing so in successful ways.
It's easy to think that someone who is down would naturally want to take any opportunity to get off the floor. But sometimes, it feels like we belong on the floor, or that there is no point in arising only to get knocked down again. Just remember, those who seem resilient have gotten that way through practice.
Resilience is developing the habit of being convinced that you do not deserve to be put down and finding the resources to ensure that you -- and your students -- bounce up.
NAD Preferred Vendors
A board chair asked about this recently. Sharing with everyone here...
Recertified computers with a three-year warranty.
Firewall and internet content filtering appliance for small schools. Seamless integration into Active Directory and iPad NTLM device authentication. New features include YouTube for schools, Gigabit Networking, faster processor, and only 26 watts.
GreenBridge 10-pack allows an organization to deliver multiple computer workstations, each with its own monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and each with its own independent computing environment, but at a fraction of the cost. The solution can be instantly and seamlessly expanded to 20 workstations, all running on the same server! See more at: http://www.greenbridgecomputing.com. Read more.
Projectors and classroom technology equipment.
National Purchasing Partners
National Purchasing Partners (NPP) is a group purchasing organization offering organizations and associations access to an aggressively priced contract portfolio with world class vendors.
Clearing house of software, hardware, and training with educational volume pricing.
The majority of the Adventist apps are free and compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Each of these apps listed below are accessible through the iTunes store.
- Beginnings (Free): Watch videos from the show (on Hope Channel)
- Bible (free): A great app on over 60 million devices (Android)
- Advent e-Hymns for iPad ($2.99): Contains 695 hymns and 38 choruses.
- Advent Hymnal PLUS ($4.99): The complete Adventist Hymnal (Android)
- Advent Hymnal PRO ($9.00): The complete Adventist Hymnal including Responsive Readings (Android)
- Adventist Multimedia News (Free): This is the fastest way to get a round up of Adventist news from around the world (Android)
- Adventist News Network (Free): Stay connected with Adventist News (Android)
- Adventist World Magazine (Free): Adventist World is an official magazine of the church. It was launched in 2005 and has a circulation of about 1.5 million
- Adventist World Radio Schedule (Free): Adventist World Radio is the international broadcast service of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. (Android)
- Amazing Facts (Free): The best of Amazing Facts TV and online resources is now available on your iPhone and ipod touch! (Android)
- ASI Ministries (Free): Adventist-laymen’s Services & Industries is a cooperative network of lay individuals, professionals, business owners, and ministries who collectively support the global mission of the Adventist Church.
- Cross Connection (Free): Watch videos, read articles from the show (on Hope Channel)
- Disclosure – The Future Declassified (Free): Watch videos from the show (on Hope Channel)
- eGraceNotes (Free): The Center for Creative Ministry is the GraceNotes content coordinator for the Adventist Church in North America.
- EGW Writings Lite (Free): EGW Lite enables you to read and search 10 essential books by Ellen White and the KJV.
- EGW Writings (Free): EGW Writings application enables you to read and search the complete published writings of Ellen G. White, the King James Version of the Bible and Noah Webster’s American Dictionary. (Android)
- General Conference Youth Ministries (Free): Enjoy the experience of Adventurer and Pathfinder clubs (Android)
- Gospel Ministries International Media (Free): Watch multiple GMI TV and Radio channels
- GraceLink (Free): This is “electronic felts” built on the Gracelink Bible Study Guides
- Hope Channel ($0.99): Hope Channel released an app allowing users to watch three of its streaming channels live. (Android)
- Hymnal SDA-PD ($7.99): This is a full featured SDA eHyman with typeset 4-part harmony music scores and lyrics (copyrighted hymns are not included)
- iGiveSDA (Free): iGiveSDA is an easy way for you to learn about the offerings at your local church. (Android)
- InPrayer (Free): InPrayer is a mobile application developed by the Adventist church, which is designed to facilitate a global prayer chain that prays for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. This prayer movement, called 777, is designed to encourage Seventh-day Adventists to pray 7 days a week at 7am and 7pm. (Android)
- Life+Health Network TV (Free): A television network broadcasting over the internet, their aim is to set forth principles of life and that health that enhance the quality of life. (Android)
- Lifetalk Radio (Free): LifeTalk Radio reaches out to poeple, ministering to their needs. (Android)
- Maranatha Volunteers International (Free): Maranatha Volunteers International connects service-minded people with volunteer opportunities around the world.
- NAD (Free): This is the official app of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North American. (Android)
- NAD Family Ministries (Free): Sponsored by the NAD Family Ministries Department, the App includes daily devotions, news and resources
- NADMinisterial Resources (Free): Resources that connect you with the best practices in Adventist ministry (Android)
- Sabbath Rest Magazine ($2.99): Encourages people who keep the Sabbath to spend time alone with God
- Sabbath School 3 (Free): General Conference Sabbath School Department’s app gives access to the Sabbath School Lessons for adults and children. This is an upgraded version from Sabbath School 2. (Android)
- SDA Finder (Free): SDA Finder helps you easily find Seventh-day Adventist churches, schools and other organizations in North America. (Android)
- SDA Healthcare (Free): This app offers information about the Adventist healthcare institutions within the United States.
- SpiritRenew (Free): SpiritRenew provides content for spiritual development and growth. Content includes short stories and inspirational articles (Pacific Union Conference) (Android)
- StoryLine – Hope Channel (Free): Watch videos from the show
- Studying Together ($4.99): Mark Finley’s Bible Reference Handbook
- TAC Live (Free): The Adventist Channel delivers live broadcasts and videos on demonad. Programming includes inspiration, lifestyle and Bible study
- The 1 Project (Free): The One project app will keep you up to date with the latest sermons and messages focusing on Jesus.
- The Sabbath App (Free): This app will calculate the Sabbath sunset times for Friday evening and Saturday evening each week telling you exactly when Sabbath begins and ends at your current geographic location. (Android)
- VOP Radio (Free): Listen to live streaming and audio on-demand Voice of Prophecy Radio Programs. (Android)
LIBRARY SERVICES: Kelsey sent this info to you via email along with the forms referenced
Dear Principals and Library/Media staff and Volunteers,
Our official launch date to begin ordering with Mackin and to begin using your school MackinVia Digital will be Wednesday, January 27, 2015 Portal (If your school is a full service participant). In preparation I will need the attached School Electronic Resource Form completed and sent to me as soon as possible.
**If you have not previously utilized your NAD Education Free resources please use the attached PDF (NAD Education Discounts 4.13.15 – See Section entitled: NAD Paid Benefit for All Schools) and do the following:
1. Create your password for
a. Encyclopedia Britannica Online http://www.school.eb.com
b. Image Quest http://quest.eb.com
c. Visual Thesaurus. http://adventist.visualthesaurus.com
2. Ensure that you can access the software using the username and password you created.
3. Complete the electronic resources sheet with the username and passwords you created for your school.
4. Add any other digital resources (eBooks, databases etc.,) purchased by your school.
Again…when creating your username and password for these resources refer to the attached PDF. This information can also be found on adventistedge.org or http://tdec.nadeducation.org/nad_resources/; https://dashboard.nadeducation.org/resources/Resources
Please submit your completed School Electronic Resource Form to email@example.com Form no later than January 15, 2016.
Thank you in advance for your responsiveness in getting the form completed.
Yours In Christ,
Library/Information Resource Specialist
Southern Union Conference of S.D.A.
Mailing: P.O. Box 923868, Norcross, GA 30010
302 Research Drive, Norcross, GA 30092
Office: 770-408-1800 ext. 186 Fax: 770-408-1801
Dear Principals, Teachers Library/Media Specialist, and Volunteers,
It has come to my attention that there has been some difficulty with creating an account with Visual Thesaurus, therefore for the time being, please just submit your school’s information for EB-Online and EB-Image Quest. I am working with Think map support (Visual Thesaurus) to get the information needed. I apologize for the inconvenience, and time spent. When submitting your School Digital Resource Form please remember to do the following:
· Include any other digital resources to which your school subscribes or has purchased.
· Include the school name.
· Include the name of the Library/Media Specialist and/or volunteer with contact information (telephone and email).
Thank you for working to get the information needed to build your MackinVia digital portal.
Christian Video Licensing International
Christian Video Licensing International (CVLI) continues to reach out to school leaders to provide a simple and effective copyright compliance solution.
As you may be aware, copyrighted motion pictures and other audiovisual programs that are available for rental or purchase in any legal format, such as DVDs or other digital formats, whether streamed or downloaded, are intended for personal, private use only. All non-curriculum based exhibitions of movies and other programs on school grounds require a public performance license. The U.S. Copyright Act stipulates that violations can result in substantial fines of up to $150,000 per infringement.
In the past, schools paid hundreds of dollars for a single movie night license. The CVLI Video License is a simple and affordable annual license solution for faith-based schools, representing the most comprehensive way to ensure copyright compliance on your campuses regardless of who pushes “play.” Pricing is based on full-time student enrollment and allows for a year of unlimited exhibitions before, during, or after school.
The CVLI Video License makes copyright compliance easy because it is facility-based; it provides your schools with copyright protection whether teachers, before or after school administrators, church members, or parent-teacher organizations show movies. Your schools are covered whether students watch an episode of a teacher approved program during rainy day recess or the home/school sponsors a family screening of an approved movie.
Protect Your Credit
Americans use credit cards more than ever these days—which makes credit card protection more important than ever. There's a lot you can do to help protect your credit cards, and most of it comes down to common sense. Read these credit card safety tips and learn simple ways to safeguard your card.
Credit card safety first
- Sign the signature panel on the back of your card as soon as you get it
- Never keep your PIN code in the same place as your card
Keep your account number private
Thieves don’t need the card to get into your account, just the number. So for the sake of credit card safety:
- Keep your card private—don't let anyone see it when you're out in public
- Don't give the number out over the phone unless you initiated the call and you're talking to your bank or a merchant you trust
- Never answer an email that asks for your account number or personal information—even if it looks like it's from your bank or a reputable company or organization
- Consider paperless statements to remove your sensitive information from the postal system
- Store paper statements and other documents with sensitive information securely—and shred prior to disposal
- Tell your credit card issuer if you’re changing addresses so statements and other notifications about your credit card follow you to your new home
- Periodically check to ensure your bank or credit card issuer has your current phone number and email address on file so you can be contacted quickly if necessary
- Use online payments where possible to avoid the risk of a lost or stolen check or account number in the mail
Be careful with your receipts
- Extra spaces on the receipt? Draw a line through them before you sign, so nothing can be added later
- Keep your receipts and check them against your billing statements
- Don’t just toss receipts and duplicates—shred the ones you don’t need and securely file the rest
Make sure your devices and networks are secure
- Make sure your computer is equipped with a firewall, which prevents unauthorized users from gaining access to your computer or monitoring transfers of information to and from the computer
- Be sure to download and install any operating system and software updates (sometimes called patches or service packs) in a timely manner
- Make sure your browser software is up to date
- Equip your computer with virus-protection software, such as McAfee Internet Security
- Utilize fraud protection software. Bank of America customers can download free Trusteer Rapport software to help protect their account information
- Avoid downloading software or programs from unknown sources
Think credit card protection when you shop online
- Shop with established businesses that you can contact easily if there’s an issue
- When shopping on your mobile device, check to be sure the sites are secure by looking for web addresses with https: in the address
- Don't share personal info unless you absolutely have to—and you know how it will be used
- Check payment terms, refund and return policies, shipping costs and guidelines
- Print or save (to your desktop) electronic copies of receipts, confirmation numbers and emails
Keep your passwords secret
- Choose effective passwords that use both letters and numbers
- Avoid using names, birthdays or anniversaries
- Never share your passwords—and never keep them near your card
- Consider changing your passwords periodically and don’t use the same password for all your accounts
- Check your account often
Reviewing your recent account activity is fundamental to credit card safety—and it's easy. You can do it online or by phone. If your credit card issuer offers email or mobile alerts about unusual activity, sign up to receive them. If you’ve been a victim of fraud or identity theft in the past, consider signing up with a credit-monitoring service. (Have a credit card with Bank of America? Good news: You receive fraud monitoring and analysis free as part of our Total Security Protection® package.)
- Report lost cards and suspected fraud right away
If you lose your credit card or suspect fraudulent activity, contact your bank or credit card issuer right away. Your credit card issuer can block your card and account number so no one else can use them, and then give you a new card and account number. Remember: Speed is critical. According to U.S. law, once you notify your issuer that your card was lost or stolen, the most you’ll have to pay is $50—and many issuers waive that as long as you notify them promptly.
Andrews University Challenge Exams for Credit
Andrews University’s summary of the new policies and procedures made to the challenge exam process for 2016:
1. Challenge exams can now be taken for either Andrews University or Washington Adventist University credit, no longer Griggs University credit. Please choose to refer to these as Consortium challenge exams, no longer using the word Griggs.
2. There are two separate forms now:
a. This Challenge Exam Request Form is the first step. Teachers apply, pay $200 per exam fee (no longer called tuition), and request the exam only. Certification Registrar signature will still be required (email accepted in lieu of).
b. Teachers who pass the challenge exam are emailed a link to the Credit by Exam Application Form. This is returned as a transcript request with payment for the recording fee. We hope that where Unions/Conference have policy to reimburse teachers who pass challenge exams/courses, this recording fee of $50 per credit can be paid directly by the union when the teacher forwards the PASS grade email, even as you reimburse the teacher for the challenge exam fee paid.
3. Aligned to challenge exam policy across higher education today, these policies have changed: No retakes. No refunds. No extensions. So, teachers should not submit the request form until certain they can take the exam within 30 days.
4. A few exams have been discontinued. Permissions for education/psychology options are under discussion, but any changes in the religion area are because those courses were Griggs courses, no longer supported through the Consortium.
5. Teachers are still able to see the course content and do assignments if they wish (with no grading or instructor interaction), as they review to take the exam within 30 days. There is one proctored exam per course.
6. Exam proctoring policy has changed for all courses and challenge exams. Acceptable proctors now include an official testing center (school, college, university, military, employer) or a registrar, librarian or faculty member at an educational institution.
Acceptable proctors are familiar with the prevalence of cheating, and able to be physically present during office hours at their place of employment to proctor the exam. No more unsupervised testing in private homes or churches, when proctoring is required. Any fees charged by a testing center will be the student’s responsibility.
Glynis Bradfield, PhD
Associate Professor of Curriculum, CIRCLE Director
269.471.3432 ph | 269.845.0178 cell
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GSC Education Fair
Sunday, Jan. 24th, 12pm
6433 U.S. 11
Students can showcase the excellent work they have completed at school and demonstrate what they can do on the spot.
Students, teachers and parents can feel part of the larger GREAT SDA education system here in Gulf States and beyond.
Students and parents get a look at Bass -- sometimes for the first time!
Save The Date: Teacher Convention 2016!
We are trying something new to lesson the impact of the convention on school preparation the week before school begins. The hope is this will have the added benefit of a "break" for both you and the students between the start of school and Thanksgiving vacation.
A few early details:
1. Wednesday can be a half day of school if you choose. Teachers will stay Wednesday night in Montgomery and we will have dinner together that evening.
2. Thursday meetings will be at the Conference Office and we'll transition to the camp that afternoon.
3. Friday, Sabbath and Sunday meetings and recreation time will be at the Camp. Sunday's session will end no later than 10:00 a.m.
Bass Memorial Academy staff will have their own separate pre-session in 2016 as planned by the administration there.
We have Five Interim Accreditation Visits This School Year
Adventist Christian Academy, February 11, 2016
Bass Christian Elementary, March 2, 2016
Faith Adventist Christian School, January 26, 2016
Montgomery Adventist Academy, March 15, 2016
Pensacola Junior Academy, February 10, 2016
and one Full Accreditation Visit...Hoover Christian School, April 28, 2016
Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year and I hope it's off to a great start. I believe most of you have started and I hope it's going well thus far! If there is anything I can tell you at this point, as you already know my background, is that supporting you and customer service is my main goal. I honestly and truly enjoy helping people. It is the best part of my day - and if you ever have a question, please reach out.
Understanding your schools and who to contact, which school uses which products, will take some time, so be patient with me - but I look forward to learning from you as we move through the year.
I really mean it when I say - ask me anything. I may not always know the answers, but I most definitely commit to finding them and getting back to you within a VERY timely manner. So with that - I hope you feel comfortable reaching out to me and let's get started! I am going to focus on the WrAP and WPP for now in this email...
Reminder 1: Preparing to order WPP = Please begin gathering your lists of those who will be using the WPP. Ordering once a year, it does make it difficult understanding what to do when and where and how.
For the WPP - you will order here: https://www.erblearn.org/services/pathways/writing
* If you forgot your username and password - just click - "Forgot Password" and it will send you an email to get started again.
* I have attached the excel document that WPP operations will ask you for - which is the teacher/class information
* You register your children IN the actual portal - not via a spreadsheet (unlike the WrAP)
* If you have questions for me about this - just ask!
* You can always email their support for technical questions, as well: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reminder 2: Preparing to order WrAP
For the WrAP - I know this is a bit down the road, but the rosters take so much time, it's never too early to begin!
* You will begin by placing your order here: https://www.erblearn.org/services/wrap-overview/ordering
* This year you have the choice of Stimulus Prompts or Non-Stimulus Prompts and there are examples of each here: https://www.erblearn.org/services/wrap-overview (scroll down to the bottom)
* This year you will ALSO have the choice to choose your own genre per grade level - but IN ADDITION - you get to see and choose the actual prompt. You will be able to read and choose which one you like best for your students!
* To refresh your memory - when you first do your order - all it is going to ask for is the total number of testers you will have. That's all it will need to begin.
* Then, you will receive an email to continue with your rosters!
* I have also attached a Roster Instruction Guide, as well. I will do all I can to make this painless and successful for you!
* I have also attached an EXAMPLE ROSTER - it is altered from an actual school - w/out last names and various things changed for security. But you can use it to refresh your memory!
* If you want to get started on your rosters now...you absolutely can. Just enter into your WrAP portal from last year and pull up last year's roster...download/save...and begin to update with this year's information on the students testing.
** Important: From the time you submit a SUCCESSFUL upload of your roster, please allow 3 weeks, before you will receive the testing materials - so plan accordingly; hence, it's never too early to get started on this :)
If you have any questions about anything - let me know. I am happy to help you all get started! I want you to be able to use the WPP for the entire year - it's one of my favorite programs we have and use it across the curriculum! Science teachers can upload labs to watch, etc... It's just a great tool.
If anyone is interested in a Vocabulary Program or our Comprehensive Testing Program (CTP - Achievement Testing) - I am happy to provide you a webinar.
If any of you do NOT use the WPP at this time - sign up for a free 2 month trial!
I hope this didn't overwhelm you - but for this first email - I wanted to remind you of a lot - to help you be best prepared and never scrunched for time.
(I will also be having another email come out in another week that goes to all my member schools, so you will be getting another one from me, shortly...just an FYI)! It addresses an abundance of ERB programs but want to include you all, as well!
Beth Cirulis M.Ed.
ERB Consultant, Member Services
W 646.503.2644| C email@example.com
Below is the GoToMeeting information for the purpose of reviewing the WrAP prompt to be administered to our students in grades 3, 5, and 7. Please let your teachers know that beginning next year (2017), the test will be administered to students in grades 4, 6, and 8 as voted at our November Education Council.
1. Please join my meeting, Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 3:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, (2 PM Central Standard Time).
2. Use your microphone and speakers (VoIP) - a headset is recommended. Or, call in using your telephone.
Dial +1 (224) 501-3412
Access Code: 347-177-485
Audio PIN: Shown after joining the meeting
Meeting ID: 347-177-485
Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.
I look forward to your participation.
Office of Education
Southern Union Conference
Hoover Christian School, December 2015
Big Cove Christian Academy, December 2015
College Drive SDA School, January 2016
Bass Memorial Academy Straight A Students, Fall Semester
GSC Educator Birthdays: February
James Hunt, Montgomery Adventist School (Feb. 9)