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Year in Review

Posted on December 16th, 2011

When we decided to launch the Renaissance Network early this year, we had an overwhelming response. Many believed that if the Adventist school system was going to survive long-term, it desperately needed a fresh approach. Now after one of our most challenging yet fulfilling years at AAF, we have never been more excited about our progress and thankful for the ways God has been working on behalf of His schools.

As the year comes to a close, we continue to gain momentum in our efforts to expand the Renaissance Network and bring much-needed tools and resources to Adventist schools. We recognize that none of these accomplishments would have been possible alone, and we are truly humbled by God’s blessings and support of so many who want to build a solid future for Adventist schools.

Below is a quick review of milestones reached this year.

AAF Launched the Renaissance Network

Early 2010—We pulled together a team of educators, church leaders, and entrepreneurs to develop a new management concept called the Renaissance Network. This new structure of governance and management extends beyond what the existing system is able to offer, giving schools access to a powerful central support system. Read more here.

Later 2010—We presented plans for the Renaissance Network to the NAD K-12 Board of Education. They encouraged us to begin by developing the program with one or two academies.

February—The leadership team for the Renaissance Network was partially assembled. Including, David Daniels, Principal of Takoma Academy, and Greg Gerard, Principal of Geaorgia-Cumberland Academy. Wendel Tucker later joined the leadership team as the project manager to oversee initiatives at Thunderbird.

March—AAF board members and the Network leadership team visited 5 schools that were interested in joining the Renaissance Network, but at the time we had the capacity to select only one school.

July—We drew up a memorandum of understanding with the Arizona Conference and officially accepted Thunderbird Adventist Academy into the Renaissance Network as our first pilot school.

August—With only a few weeks before students were to arrive, we put together a recruitment team, made initial facility and academic improvements, and began to formulate a master plan for school wide progress.

November—We started meeting with more schools to accept into the Renaissance Network for the 2012-2013 school year.

December—Maranatha Volunteers International partnered with the Renaissance Network to renovate Thunderbird Adventist Academy in the New Year.

Thunderbird Adventist Academy Saw Improvements

Read specifics on Thunderbird Adventist Academy improvements here.

See the before and after pictures here.

AAF Led Research on Adventist Schools—The Principal Perspective Survey

In 2010 we surveyed 108 academy principals to assess how Adventist K-12 schools are functioning. An unprecedented 93 responses caused us to take a closer look at the results. We handed the survey over to a team of researchers at Southern Adventist University who spent 6 months doing in-depth analysis.

After extensive examination of the Principal Perspective Survey we are in the process of writing a series of articles on our findings that will be published in a number of magazines and journals.

AAF Honored 10 Exceptional Adventist Teachers

Spring is one of our favorite times of year, because we have the privilege of honoring 10 outstanding teachers with an Excellence in Teaching Award and $2,000. Each year the nominees inspire us, and this year was no exception.

Steven Atkins, Andrews Academy
Sonia Barrett, Brooklyn Seventh-day Adventist School
Steve Baughman, Highland Academy
Vivian Beierle, Mission Hills Christian School
David Goymer, Paradise Adventist Academy
James Marxmiller, Mountain View Academy
Gordon Miller, Shenandoah Valley Adventist Elementary
Mark Smith, Portland Adventist Academy
Keren Taccone, West Palm Beach Junior Academy
Wendie Warren, Bermuda Institute of Seventh-day Adventists

We are currently preparing for what we hope to be another successful year in 2012. Please keep us in your prayers as we move forward.

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