Video recordings of each of the webinars along with the presenter's powerpoint are available below.
Webinar 1 - February 6, 2013: Thambi Thomas
The 5% Solution: Making the "Vision" Viable Again
Adventist education is faced with two major challenges: declining enrollment and shortage of funds to operate the school. One of the reasons that enrollment in Adventist K-12 schools is declining may be due to the "graying" of Adventist church membership. Is this the primary cause for the decline in enrollment in Adventist schools? There are, however, many children in Adventist churches who attend public schools and parents of these children indicate that they just don't have the money to pay tuition.
The presentation identifies three areas for more effective operation of Adventist schools that just might reverse the trend of declining enrollment:
- Funding of Adventist education is predicated on an out-dated formula of constituent church support that is strained or ineffective;
- School board structure predicated on #1 above is in need of change;
- Principals and school board/school constituencies need a renewed vision that can create a distinct "identity" for the school.
Webinar 2 - February 27, 2013: May Oles and Grant Andrews
From Faltering to Flavorful
Utilizing her own experience as principal of Columbine Christian School in Durango, CO as an example, May Oles discusses how Durango went from being a one-room school facing declining enrollment with less than 18 students to being a five-room school with an enrollment of 90-100 students.
She will outline six shifts in thinking and a blending of pedagogical approaches that helped bring vitality and mission to the school, which is allowing it to fulfill Jesus' call to be the salt of the earth.
Webinar 3 - March 13, 2013: Dennis Nooner
Attention - Choppers!
The Adventist education system is facing new and challenging conditions that threaten real schools in real cities and towns. Dennis Nooner presents an innovative, and bold, short-term strategy to "stem the flow of blood and save the life" of individual schools that are in trouble until more long-term and permanent methods can be implemented.
Nooner proposes forming local units/teams of successful and committed individuals who can accurately diagnose problems and quickly, flexibly, and decisively apply corrective strategies expressly customized for specific local schools. He compares these educational teams to the medical M*A*S*H units formed during the Korean War to bring immediate skilled help to wounded soldiers. He suggests that these teams be comprised of volunteers who work together with local conference leadership and describes the role of "vision statements" in attracting and recruiting committed M*A*S*H team members with leadership skills.
In his presentation he will outline how to put together these educational M*A*S*H teams as well as include examples of changes in Christian and private schools where this approach has worked.
Webinar #4 - Gustavo Gregorutti
Alternative Models of Funding Higher Education: Past and Present Trends
Christian education is becoming a more expensive enterprise every day. We frequently ask ourselves, "Knowing how crucial Adventist education is for our young, how can we preserve it? How can we make it affordable?" We have all heard about the good old days when Adventist campuses operated industries as sources of tuition money for students. In fact, some of us probably earned some, or all of our tuition in school businesses. Is it still possible to run school industries in the twenty-first century?
Many think that school industries are no longer viable - that even to consider the idea is to unrealistically hold on to the past. Dr. Gregorutii believes it is still feasible and presents some examples and principles that are very much alive and being used effectively in other schools. Although this conversation will be of special interest to those involved in higher education, Dr. Gregorutti will include implications for secondary schools.
Webinar 5 - April 10, 2013: Matthew Butte
Faithfulness to Adventist Christianity in the Adventist School
Since the Great Disappointment, four core theological convictions or "pillar doctrines" have defined and distinguished Seventh-day Adventists from other Christians: belief in the literal second coming of Jesus, Christ's two-phase ministry in the heavenly sanctuary, the seventh-day Sabbath, and humanity's conditional immortality. This webinar proposes that these core convictions imply particular characteristics of the schools' environment and of the teachers' consciousness and pedagogy. After outlining the rationale behind such a claim, Butte explores some of the possible characteristics of the school and teacher implied by each of the four convictions.
Webinar 6 - April 24, 2013: Cynthia Gettys and Matt Jones
Atlanta Adventist Academy: Education that Connects
A multi-church support for a single Metropolitan academy campus environment was no longer working in Atlanta, GA. The local academy School Board voted to turn the academy over to the Georgia-Cumberland Conference to be operated henceforth as a conference academy. This webinar will present the steps taken by the transition team made up of academy administrators and conference officers to close a school, sell the property and reopen an academy in rented facilities within a period of 6 months. God has blessed and the current enrollment averaging over 150 students being served through a hybrid on-line learning environment delivering instruction simultaneously to 8 different campuses.
Matt Jones, current AAA principal, will joined Cynthia Gettys as she discussed this model and how it can be adapted to serve additional campuses.
Webinar 7 - May 8, 2013: Edwin Hernandez
Thinking Outside the Bun: How to Make Adventist Education Accessible to the Children Who Need It Most
The same demographic changes facing the nation are also those being experienced by the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America. Increasing cultural diversity, particularly among Latinos, presents unique challenges and opportunities to the Adventist K-12 school system. The likelihood of Adventist education surviving into the future greatly depends on whether those who are least able to afford it have access to it. This webinar will present information about the current demographic trends, show the extent of the educational gap that exists among racial/ethnic groups, and the unique role that Adventist schools can play in closing the achievement gap. The webinar will also present information on the challenges facing other non-Adventist Christian school systems and how they are dealing with declining enrollments while also recommitting to increasing enrollment among disadvantaged children. Finally, the presentation will explore proposals for renewal and ideas to expand the reach of Adventist education.
Webinar 8 - May 22, 2013: Dave Lawrence
Funding the Vision: The Relationship between Expenditure and Student Achievement
School finance literature is replete with studies that investigate the relationship between spending and student achievement. Some researchers have found positive relationships between the two variables while others found spending to have no effect on achievement. However, few such research studies have examined private schools, and no such study has ever been conducted on Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) schools. This study asks the question: Is there a relationship between spending and student achievement in SDA schools? This is an ex-post facto quantitative research project that analyzed data from the CognitiveGenesis Research Project (CG) as well as financial statements information from Adventist schools to answer the research question.
Webinar 9 - June 12, 2013:Elissa Kido
Building Support for Adventist Education
CognitiveGenesis has established that Adventist schools are delivering quality academics and a marketing strategy to communicate this good news has been implemented. However, Unions and conferences will continue to experience declining enrollments until they can identify the influencing factors within their educational landscapes that contribute to the support or opposition of Adventist Education and use this information to develop decision-making strategies to advance Adventist Education. To help in this endeavor, CRAE is utilizing proprietary software to help conferences map their current landscape in order to develop strategies to help them increase enrollment.