As the education of students worldwide has been affected by crises in 2020, students already disadvantaged have been disproportionately impacted. As Faith-Ann McGarrell details in her editorial titled Beyond What Our Eyes Can See, Adventist educators are tasked with providing a faith-based education while ensuring their students know they are committed to helping the achieve their goals. Additional articles in Volume 82, Issue 3 (2020) of The Journal of Adventist Education include:
Nurturing Faith Through Online Learning, Part 1: Planning Faith Integration by Leni Casimiro and John Wesley Taylor V
“How can we shape the online learning environment to nurture the faith of students? How can we provide online experiences that clearly reveal a Seventh-day Adventist identity and mission alignment?”
Helping Children with Special Needs During the COVID-19 Pandemic by Annie Raney and Veronique Anderson
“For all students, and specifically students with special learning needs, classroom instruction begins from the opening bell to the closing bell, and it is a joint effort by administrators, teachers, maintenance and office staff, librarians, cafeteria staff, and volunteers to keep all the students on task and engaged throughout each day and week of the school year. . . . But what happens to these procedures during a pandemic? What can be done to ensure that student needs are met, and how can schools help parents meet these needs?”
Using Formative and Summative Assessments in K-8 Classrooms by Charline Barnes Rowland
“Assessment is more than testing students and reporting grades! The purpose of assessment is to provide evidence of student learning. Teachers and schools share accountability for instructional outcomes and are responsible for making sure these are clearly outlined and measured.”
Adventist Choices: The Relationship Between Adventist Culture and Adventist Education, Part 1 by Aimee Leukert
This two-part series presents findings from a research study on how the concept of Adventist culture impacts enrollment in Adventist schools.
Sharing Adventism in the Classroom: Lessons from Teaching Religion at Loma Linda University by Theodore Levterov
How are we to share the Adventist story in the classroom? And can we make it relevant to a new generation of youth in the 21st century? The author offers three perspectives that he has found to be helpful in teaching the Adventist heritage of health at Loma Linda University, and concludes by offering general observations on why these perspectives can be useful for introducing Adventism as a path to spirituality and a meaningful relationship with God.
Overcoming Five Challenges of Teaching in a Hybrid Classroom by Gary Bradley, Stella Bradley, and Jeannie Larrabee
“In collaboration and peer support, classroom teachers and administrators at all levels, along with education technology specialists, have shared with each other a myriad of simple and cost-effective tech tips and teaching strategies via blog posts and researched articles. We have done the same, and in this article, we will share ideas that we have found to be particularly helpful in meeting the challenges of teaching in a hybrid classroom.”
Resources by Dragoslava Santrac and Paola Franco-Oudri
Read more about two valuable resources for Adventist educators: the brand-new online Encyclopedia of Seventh-day Adventists and Adventist Teacher Connect.