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04/16/2014 | Created by Darla Martin Tucker

Local Inland Empire television viewers audiences will have three opportunities during the Eastern weekend to view a documentary featuring the Seventh-day Adventist education system on KVCR, the Public Broadcasting System station located at Cal State San Bernardino.

"The Blueprint: The Story of Adventist Education" is a documentary by Martin Doblmeier that spotlights Seventh-day Adventist elementary and secondary education, one of the largest, private faith-based school systems in the world. KVCR will show the hour-long documentary three times: Friday, April 18, at 10 pm, on their flagship channel 24; and Thursday, April 17, at 11 pm, and Sunday, April 20, at 5 am, on KVCR's digital channel 24.3.

The film includes data and insights resulting from La Sierra's groundbreaking CognitiveGenesis study through the Center for Research on K-12 Adventist Education. The film includes interviews with CognitiveGenesis research director Elissa Kido as well as with other leaders in Adventist and secular education and research. Over four years CognitiveGenesis surveyed more than 52,000 students at more than 800 Adventist schools. "In all grades and in all subjects, students in Adventist schools performed above the national average," says Kido in the documentary.

"The Blueprint" tells the stories of several Adventist academies in various parts of the United States highlighting their unique challenges and approaches to teaching. They include the Bronx-Manhattan Seventh-day Adventist School, Holbrook Indian School in Arizona, Columbine Christian School in Colorado, Oakwood Adventist Academy in Alabama, and Loma Linda Academy in Southern California.
Throughout the documentary the message is delivered that regardless of subcultural differences or school size, Adventist schools building upon the denomination's holistic education model, or blueprint designed by church visionary Ellen White, produce well-rounded, high-performing students.

Martin Doblmeier is an award-winning producer of documentaries on religion and spirituality. His company, Journey Films, has created more than 25 documentaries that have aired on PBS, ABC, NBC, and The History Channel. Journey Films also produced "The Adventists" and "The Adventists 2," both of which aired on PBS stations around the country.