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Second Knowledge Community Meets in Michigan

Posted on September 12th, 2010

On September 12, AAF held its second Knowledge Community meeting in St. Joseph, Michigan. The Knowledge Community is a growing population of distinguished individuals from diverse backgrounds and generations who have agreed to lend their input as AAF continues to develop an alternative operational model for Adventist schools. Twenty-three Knowledge Community members (Knowledgeables) spent a day with AAF Board members in St. Joseph discussing strategy, structure and implementation of the proposed program.

If approved, the new model would allow schools to join an Adventist education “network” that provides quality assurance and creates a common culture of excellence among member schools.

“Our goal is to identify the best practices in education and make them available to Adventist schools,” says AAF Co-Chairman Bob Summerour. “The Network would give schools the tools they need to be financially sustainable and excellent in every way.”
The Network concept is still in the early stages of development, and there are many intricate components and complex issues that have yet to be explored with church officials, educators and Knowledge Community members. A complete draft is slated for review in Spring 2011.

Among the 23 Knowledgeables in attendance were Niels-Erik Andreasen, President of Andrews University; Andrea Luxton, Provost of Andrews Univerity; Kelly Bock, Education Director for the Pacific Union; David Babcock, Board Chair of Hinsdale Adventist Academy; George Babcock, Acting Principal of Hinsdale Adventist Academy; and George Knight, the well-known Adventist author and historian. AAF board members present included Byron DeFoor, CH De Haan and Bob Summerour, along with AAF Director Melanie Litchfield.

The first AAF Knowledge Community gathering was held June 6-8, in Park City, Utah.

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Pilot Light Podcast Plans to Launch New Episodes

Posted on September 1st, 2010

AAF staff and Southern Adventist University senior Jason Busch met at a roundtable to discuss future episodes of the Pilot Light Podcast. Plans to release an episode on building community relations is scheduled for early September. Storyboards and interviews are being planned to cover future episodes on AAF’s vision for the future and a behind the scenes look at the journey of the AAF staff working for the foundation. Other ideas are also currently being explored. Jason, a broadcast major at Southern, has covered two of AAF’s Renaissance Adventist Education summits for the Pilot Light Podcast. These and other past episodes can be heard at

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NAD President’s Cabinet Encourages Operations Model Development

Posted on August 4th, 2010

AAF made a presentation before the NAD President’s Cabinet in Orlando, Florida. The group included top NAD administration and the presidents of all nine unions in the NAD. The 1.5-hour meeting included a brief presentation on the initial concept of the new model and time for feedback and questions. Larry Blackmer, Vice President for Education, also attended the meeting, expressing his support of AAF’s mission of finding new ways to sustain Adventist education. The Cabinet unanimously agreed that AAF continue developing the concept and push toward a summit where delegates can review, revise and vote on the proposed program. The ideas and questions gathered are currently being incorporated into the design.

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Knowledge Community Convenes in Utah

Posted on June 6th, 2010

AAF held a meeting of the first-ever Knowledge Community in Park City, Utah. The Community, composed of 15 individuals with extensive experience in education, offered invaluable suggestions and feedback on the evolving model, which they will continue to critique at each phase of its development.

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AAF Meets with Union Education Directors in Chicago

Posted on May 19th, 2010

The AAF Board met for the first time with all union education directors and their associates in Chicago to share AAF’s progress and solicit input. Not only did AAF receive positive feedback about the rapid progress of the proposed model, but they were urged to move forward in its development and report back on progress.

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Commonweal Foundation Partners with AAF

Posted on April 25th, 2010

AAF secured sponsorship and partnership with the Commonweal Foundation.

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AAF Hosts Fourth Renaissance Summit

Posted on April 24th, 2010

AAF’s fourth Renaissance Adventist Education summit
Grand Ballroom of the Bethesda North Marriott in Washington, D.C.
Invocation by Larry Blackmer, Vice President for Education, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Keynote address delivered by Gordon Bietz, President, Southern Adventist University
Music performed by The Wedgwood

AAF called on some of the most influential people in the Adventist community to help the Foundation find solutions to the challenges facing K-12 Adventist schools, and facilitate a rebirth in Adventist education. The summit included focus group break-out discussions to discern and prioritize an agenda for awakening change in Adventist schools. After dinner, each focus group reported existing barriers, possible solutions and ways AAF can make a difference.

See Washington, D.C. photos

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AAF Hosts Third Renaissance Summit

Posted on March 13th, 2010

AAF’s third Renaissance Adventist Education summit
Grand Ballroom of the Lake Mary Marriott in Orlando, Florida
Invocation by Dennis Plubell, Associate Director for Secondary Education, North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists
Keynote address delivered by Richard Osborn, Associate Director, Western Association of Schools and Colleges
Music performed by The Wedgwood

The half-day summit brought together a select group of distinguished leaders and church laity to discuss critical concerns facing Adventist K-12 education. The event included focus group discussions to discern and prioritize an agenda for awakening change in Adventist schools. These think-tank events have been hosted in various cities around the country, convening the voice of concerned people who are passionate about seeing growth and excellence in Adventist education.

See Orlando photos
Listen to Pilot Light Podcast Coverage

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Versacare Foundation to Sponsor Summit in Spring 2011

Posted on March 13th, 2010

This spring AAF will host a summit for 30 delegates, representing NAD leadership, laity, educators, and thought leaders. Delegates will have the opportunity to collaborate on bringing more definition to the proposed operations model for K-12 schools, with the intent of launching the pilot program among a handful of schools in 2012-2013.

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Schneider Wants Sustainable, Creative Solutions

Posted on January 5th, 2010

Former NAD President Don Schneider wrote to express support and desire to collaborate on finding “sustainable, creative ways to move forward.”

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