Archive for November, 2010

Curriculum News

by on November 16, 2010, under Education

There is some exciting news regarding science! Below, you will find 2 very useful links and information.

1. Ben Roy

Ben Roy would love to put on a science show for your school/church during his FL visit from Jan. 30 – Feb. 5 and March 20 – 26, 2011.  Click here for a brochure and price list.  If your school can’t afford the fees on the price sheet, Ben will work out a fee just for your school!

The Science Zone Corporation web site:

The Go Science LLC web site for science kits and videos:

2.  Grant Money Available for Science Innovation
Click here for a science contest sponsored by TDEC. The “challenge” will be for an inquiry based Science curriculum. The winner will receive $1,000.00 for the prize. The TDEC (Technology and Distance Education Committee K-12) was established by the NAD Union Directors of Education Council and the NAD K-12 Board of Education. This standing committee has been given the responsibility of researching issues in educational technology, developing Adventist distance education policies and guidelines, serving as a resource for distance education, and facilitating the integration of technology in the instructional process.

Click here to view their latest newsletter.

3.  Get Tiles from NASA Space Shuttles for your classroom!  Here’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity! Respond quickly, while still available. The Office of Education actually tried this and ordered a space tile for educational purposes. It is a bit complicated to figure out how to navigate the website and go through all the steps, but the people on the phone are VERY helpful. If you get confused, call 866-333-7472. They will get you through it! It is worth it! In the end, you only pay $23.40 for shipping and that’s IT!

4. Welcome to the Visual Thesaurus!
Our URL for the Visual Thesaurus has changed…  With the new URL, we also have new features – as well as the ability for teachers to create their own logins. The North American Division of SDA Office of Education has invited you to create a login for access to the Visual Thesaurus.
Click on the following link to get started:
Note: Be careful who you share this link with.  Accounts created with the above link will be “Teacher” accounts and have special privileges not available to other users. This link is valid until: February 11, 2011.  To learn more about how to use Visual Thesaurus, register:

Webinar:  February 17, 2011 – Register at

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Superintendents Bring Back Valuable Info!

by on November 10, 2010, under Education

The superintendents have returned from the annual Southern Union Education Council with plenty of pertinent information! Click on the links below to access downloads.

Professional Development:Wondering where to get the latest information in your field? Dr. Gene Brewer has compiled this table of professional development organizations, including contact information and the dates for upcoming conferences.

Pathways Grammar Outline: Want to be sure that you include all the necessary grammar when teaching Pathways units? This outline is an invaluable tool for short- and long-term lesson planning!

Cognitive Genesis Summary Report: Interested in reading and sharing the good news of the Cognitive Genesis Report? Click here for a summary of the details that reveal how well our students are doing in Adventist classrooms across the nation.

Other News:
**Enter your students’ work in Guide Magazine’swriting contest. The contest is open to ages 10-14. Entries must be true, character-building, Christian stories of 750-1200 words submitted between April – May 31. Email to Each entry must include the student’s and parent’s name, address, phone number, and email address as well as the student’s date of birth.
**Access teaching materials designed specifically for the Seventh-day Adventist teacher at
***Be sure your students know their Adventist history. Purchase a set of 9 cards featuring our Adventist pioneeers for just $1.50 from the Adventist Heritage Shoppe.

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First Board of Education meeting of the Year

by on November 10, 2010, under Education

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010, the Board of Education convened for its first meeting of the 2010-2011 school year.  As the 30+ board members gathered, there was a sense of excitement and anticipation about what was to take place.

Overall, it was an upbeat meeting.  Of the 25 agenda items, most of them were reports. The tone of the meeting was set by Dr. Gene Brewer, Specialist for Staff Development for the Southern Union Office of Education, with a presentation on “Understanding Ourselves – Understanding those God gave us to Teach”.  Also, of significant importance, was Dr. Brewer’s afternoon presentation. It had anecdotal information about how  4MAT benefits students, teachers, and schools in the Florida Conference.

In addition, we had great news from our schools.  All 31 Florida Conference schools had their budgets approved! We also had the benefit of receiving principal’s reports from Forest Lake Academy and Greater Miami Adventist Academy. Probably the most exciting news is that the Office of Education is happy to report an increase in enrollment for the first time in 7 years!  We praise God and his faithful servants, our teachers, for this great news!

Please continue to keep our administrators, teachers, students and parents in your prayers as we continue to work to build God’s kingdom.

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Connect with us

by on November 08, 2010, under Education

The fastest way to stay connected with what’s going on at the Office of Education is through our newsletter.  Send an email to Alejandra Torres and we’ll add you to the distribution list. You can find her on the Staff page.  If you’d like, you can click here and it’ll take you directly to the latest newsletter. To view archived issues, simply click on our “Links” page.

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