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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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