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AAF Peer Reviewed Article Published

Posted on November 27th, 2012

Our peer-reviewed article on enrollment, funding and governance in Adventist academies was published in the Journal of Adventist Education this month!

In September of 2010, AAF sent an online survey to every academy principal in the North American Division. An astounding 93 out of 108 principals replied, which caused us to take a closer look at the responses.

The purpose of the survey was to assess what principals thought about the current state of Adventist education. AAF hoped to gain a better understanding in order to develop the Renaissance Network into a useful, relevant solution for Adventist schools. The information received from the principals was so rich we knew it had to be shared.

AAF formulated questions for the study using a standard school assessment survey and then added questions unique to Adventist education. The survey addressed many challenges that principals face on a day-to-day basis: enrollment, funding, governance and other issues that concern the school system.

Riley Graves oversaw the completion of the peer-reviewed article with help of a research professor at Southern Adventist University, Dr. Linda Potter Crumley. Dr. Crumley brought over 20 years of research experience to the project and ensured that it was professional and accurate.

Click here for the full article.


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Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted on November 21st, 2012

This Thanksgiving we are so very thankful for each person that  is impacting Adventist education. Thank you for believing in, praying for and supporting innovation in Adventist education.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

—Your Friends at the Alumni Awards Foundation

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Don’t Miss “The Network Issue”

Posted on November 7th, 2012

Have you been wondering how the Renaissance Network actually works? Get the details in “Network Issue” of our newsletter. The inside spread maps out the program structure and answers some frequently asked questions. If you would like even more information about the Renaissance Network don’t hesitate to contact us.

Click on the newsletter bellow to view the entire issue.

If you would like to begin receiving our newsletter email us at Please include your name and address.

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Thunderbird Mourns Loss of Student

Posted on September 17th, 2012

Join us in prayer for the family, faculty and students at Thunderbird Adventist Academy. We are deeply saddened by the loss of their dear student and friend, Andrew Murphy. During this time, we claim the promise that Jesus will return soon, reunite us and take us to heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:52-58

Official News Report Link

Official Statement from Thunderbird Adventist Academy

Dear Friends and Family of Thunderbird Adventist Academy–

It is with great sorrow that we share the news of the loss of one of our Thunderbird students, Andrew Murphy, a junior. On Thursday afternoon, September 13th, Andrew tragically lost his life while heroically intervening and ultimately saving his sister’s life.


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2012 NAD Teachers’ Convention Recap

Posted on August 30th, 2012

We had a great time connecting with educators from all over the North American Divison at the 2012 NAD Teachers’ Convention in Nashville, Tenn. Over 1,400 people visited our booth and participated in our live survey. We asked attendees, “What would you like to see more of in Adventist Schools?” Here are the results:

What would you like to see more of in Adventist Schools?

  • Advanced Placement, Honors and Dual Credit Courses
  • Extracurricular Activities
  • Student Support Services (i.e. Counseling, Assessment)
  • Better Technology in the Classroom

And the winner is… drum roll please…. Student Support Services with over 600 votes! Student support services is the category educators want to see more of in Adventist schools.

The other categories scored: Better Technology – 500, Extra Curricular Activites – 175, and Advanced Courses – 175. Thank you to everyone who came by and voted!

For more photos from the convention, click here.

We also gave away an iPad to one lucky voter… Congrats Jessica Leccese from New Hampshire! We hope you love your new iPad and use it in your classroom all the time!

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Check Out Our Prezi

Posted on August 10th, 2012

Have you ever seen a Prezi? We just discovered this awesome online presentation software and used it for the first time to complete our booth at the NAD Teachers’ Convention. To play the presentation: click on the play arrow, then scroll over “More” and click on “Autoplay.”

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NAD Breakout Session Presentation

Posted on August 10th, 2012

We had two great Breakout Sessions at the NAD Teachers’ Convention this week. For those of you who were not able to make it, here is the Renaissance Network Presentation. Just click on the image below for the complete presentation and follow this link for the FAQs handout.

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Our July Newsletter is in Your Mailbox

Posted on July 31st, 2012

Our July newsletter should be arriving in your mailbox any day now.

Included in the newsletter are:

  • Q & A with Thunderbird’s new principal Rick Maloon
  • A complete list of outstanding Excellence in Teaching Award Recipients
  • Maranatha volunteers perspective on the dormitory project
  • A special Renaissance Network report

For those of you who aren’t on our mailing list, here is a link to our July newsletter.

If you would like to begin receiving the newsletter in July email us at Please include your name and address.

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Renaissance Network Annual Report on Thunderbird

Posted on July 31st, 2012

Thunderbird Adventist Academy has successfully completed its first year as a Renaissance Network School under the management of the Alumni Awards Foundation in collaboration with the Arizona Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. The following areas highlight the accomplishments of the students, teachers and leadership at the academy.


  • Extensive recruitment efforts increased the opening enrollment from 112 to 137 students—a 20 percent jump.
  • 33 seniors graduated with 32 students bound for college. Many of TAA’s 2012 graduates will be attending our NAD colleges—with at least one graduate in attendance at each of our NAD colleges.
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Nationally Published Articles about 2012 Award Recipients

Posted on June 14th, 2012

We had an outstanding group of Excellence in Teaching Award recipients this year. We want to thank each teacher for raising the bar in Adventist education and for being a blessing and inspiration to those around them. As we read each of your nomination letters we were genuinely moved by the eternal difference you are making in your students’ lives. Keep up the great work!

Adventist Today published an article about all 10 teachers.

Below is a complete list of our 10 award winners and nationally published articles about each of them. Keep checking back for new articles—more are in the works.

Ruth Hetsberger | Bermuda InstituteBermuda Conference | Atlantic Union

Chris Juhl | Louisville Adventist AcademyKentucky (more…)

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