Engage Newsletter Winter 2023

Published quarterly, Engage is the official newsletter for North American Division of Seventh-day Adventist Education.

Engage Newsletter January 17, 2024

Something Significant Happened… by Arne Nielsen
“Something significant happened at the North American Division Year-end Meetings (NADYEM) on October 27, 2023. An action was taken to receive a report on recommendations from an appointed Education Task Force based on research, surveys, news reports, and data. The Task Force was asked to look at the prevalent teacher shortage, globally, that directly impacts the Seventh-day Adventist Church in North America and bring back suggestions on retention, recruitment, remuneration, and respect. Various committees, including the NAD Board of Education, reviewed the recommendations and made suggestions.”

A Legacy of Leadership: Dr. Betty Bayer
“The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada is preparing to bid farewell to a remarkable leader who has left an indelible mark on Adventist education. Dr. Betty Bayer, the Director for Education, will be retiring after a storied career that has touched the lives of countless students, educators, and administrators. Her legacy is one of innovation, inclusivity, and unwavering dedication to the principles of Adventist education.”

Journey to Excellence Award
“At NAD Advisory meetings during 2023, the NAD Office of Education expressed their thanks to Teryl Loeffler and Gerry Ban in recognition of their many years of service in Adventist education. We would like to congratulate these union leaders on their retirement!”

Aspiring Teacher Clubs: One Solution to the Teacher Crisis by Leisa Morton-Standish
“There are many reasons for the crisis; the question is how do we create solutions? Here is just one. A group of educators from the NAD, union, and university levels brainstormed and came up with the idea of creating Aspiring Teacher Clubs (ATC). ATCs are formed in our academies to introduce our high school students to an exciting career in Adventist Education.”

Careers in Adventist Education by Martha Ban
“The introduction of Adventist Education’s new job site marks a pivotal step in fostering a strong sense of community and collaboration within our educational system. This innovative platform facilitates seamless connections between schools and potential employees who are deeply committed to the holistic development of students, harmonizing academic rigor with spiritual growth.”

Respect by H. Stephen Bralley
“Committees formed at the last NAD Year-end meeting reported their findings on the current teacher shortage across the division. One of the contributing factors for the lack of candidates and teacher burnout was a feeling that the profession lacked respect and acknowledgment. To place it in the context of the Gallup study, teachers did not receive consistent positive feedback from their peers, administrators, and parents.”

Can Movement Improve Students’ Academic Performance? by Evelyn Sullivan
“For countless reasons, outdoor exercise has increased in popularity during the past forty years. One of the most significant reasons is that exercise can increase blood flow to the brain, enhancing cognitive function and leading to better academic performance.” This article includes five additional reasons why exercise can benefit students academically.



The Curriculum and Instruction Resource Center Linking Educators (CIRCLE) helps Seventh-day Adventist educators locate the ever-expanding array of resources for the ministry of teaching. Visit CIRCLE.adventistlearningcommunity.com to find and share Adventist educational resources anytime, anywhere.

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