What do we have in common with a baseball hitter? We all must decide how to react with life throws us a “curveball.” In her editorial titled Curveballs and Lemonade: Surviving Change in Difficult Times, Faith-Ann McGarrell provides practical ways to survive dark periods. Volume 83, Issue 3 (2021) of The Journal of Adventist Education is designed to “inspire you and stimulate ideas for improving instruction, nurturing spiritual growth in your schools, and connecting with the communities in which your schools exist.” Articles include:
What Five Students of the Encounter Adventist Bible Curriculum Taught Us About Their Spirituality by Barry Hill and Phil Fitzsimmons
“The following case study explores how student spirituality has manifested itself in one school in response to the intentions of curriculum developers and Bible teachers.”
The French Wars of Religion and the Problem of Teaching Confessionally Partisan History by D. J. B. Trim
“How should Seventh-day Adventist scholars and teachers treat the historical events of a period of warfare, violence, and cruelty in the name of religion, such as the French Wars of Religion, when most of the violence and viciousness seems to come from one side?”
Reflections on Pedagogical Hospitality and Remote Learning by Kaye Chalwell
“Hospitality matters because it helps to create safe spaces where students are excited about what they are learning.…In whatever context teaching takes place, the starting point for pedagogical hospitality for Christian teachers must lie in their relationship with God.”
Loyalty, Loyalty, Loyalty: Using Data-driven Decision-making to Improve Enrollment by Heidi Jorgenson, Thomas Joseph, Andrea Simmons, Brittany Fatoma, and Robin Blake Clay
While the authors focused on a specific small Adventist school in midwestern United States, their work to determine which current marketing strategies were most effective and how school image was influential in developing parent loyalty could be extended to other Christian schools.
The ABC’s of Growing a Church School by Jacqueline Galloway-Blake
Use these 25 tips to help grow your school!
Online Vocal-health Education Program for Teachers by Tammy Shilling, Heather Verhelle, and Julia Johnson
“The School of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Andrews University has a strategic plan to promote vocal-health education. The benefits of vocal-health education directly affect an educator’s teaching abilities, physical health, and social and emotional well-being. It seeks to support Adventist education by assisting teachers as occupational voice users and their ability to make a positive difference in the quality of their own lives and professionally as they impact the quality of their students’ lives.”
Church Schools as Centers of Influence in the Community: K-12 Education as Evangelism by Scott Ward
“Our schools must be campuses that provide a loving gospel subculture for our children and can be centers of gospel evangelism for our communities, as well. Where we once tried to reach our communities directly from our churches, now our churches can also reach our communities by working through our schools.”
The Virtual Poster Presentation: An Innovative Way to Connect and Share by Sharon Aka
Virtual poster sharing has many advantages. Learn how you can participate in the 2022 General Conference (GC) Virtual Exhibition Experience this June!