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AAF Gets to Know Renaissance Faculty and Staff

Posted on July 24th, 2013
Ben Purvis (TAA), Oliver Morada (TAA), John O’Brien (AAF), and Arlene Morada (TAA) enjoy dessert after the faculty meet and greet in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Ben Purvis (TAA), Oliver Morada (TAA), John O’Brien (AAF), and Arlene Morada (TAA) enjoy dessert after the faculty meet and greet in Scottsdale, Arizona.

We have been having a great time getting to know all the faculty and staff at the Renaissance Schools over the past couple of months.

On May 2, 2013, we invited the Thunderbird Adventist Academy faculty and staff to the Westin Kierland Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona for a night of food, fun and visioning. This night was a great opportunity for everyone to get to know one another on a personal level and brainstorm about the future of Thunderbird as a Renaissance School.

In May and June, similar events were hosted at Madison Academy and Hinsdale Adventist Academy to meet the staff and share what is entailed in being a part of the Renaissance Network.

At every school, teachers participated in focus group exercises where they gave insight into these four questions:

  1. What are the attributes of a healthy, excellent Adventist K-12 school?
  2. What obstacles or barriers prevent your school from thriving?
  3. What is needed to overcome the barriers you have identified?
  4. Going forward, what can the Renaissance Network do for you, your colleagues and your school to make it vibrant and excellent?
Hinsdale Adventist Academy faculty and staff pray with AAF staff and board members for the future of the school.

Hinsdale Adventist Academy faculty and staff pray over the school with AAF staff and board members.

The insights and perspectives learned from these focus groups will be used to shape the Renaissance Network’s vision and objectives.

Our goal is to see Adventist schools thriving, developing our future church, and serving as lights in their individual communities. We believe that if Adventist schools are to become leaders in Christian education, they must demonstrate that they are the obvious choice in preparing students to be Christ’s ambassadors in a competitive and progressive world.

We are looking forward to this upcoming school year working with all three Renaissance Schools. Stay tuned for highlights from Hinsdale, Madison and Thunderbird as the year progresses. Also, be sure to check out our Facebook for current projects happening at each school.

If your school is interested in becoming a Renaissance School please email us at info@alumniawards.org.

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