DISSEMINATION AND MARKETING PROJECTS IN PROGRESS
Video Projects. Scouting and backdrop filming is underway as well as script re-writes for the 20 or so 2-3 minutes videos. A longer video that summarizes the important findings from the CognitiveGenesis Project is being developed. Videotaping has been done across the country to reflect the diversity of schools and locals in the North American Division. The videos are targeting parents and church members as the primary audience.
Bookazine. The Bookazine, Moving Hearts and Minds Upward: Numbers That Matter, is in the final stage before going to the printer. It is an attractive sixteen-page summary of the CognitiveGenesisdescriptive data. The target audience is comprised of stakeholders in Adventist Education – participating families and supporters. The style is easy to read and to understand. The date for release is estimated for March.
Book Compilation of Articles Submitted to the Education Summit. The book being compiled from presentations and papers submitted to the Education Summit of October 2010 is tentatively titled Crossroads of Peril and Promise: Selected Papers. All but one of the articles is in and has been edited. The book consists of 19 chapters (papers) divided into five sections: Mission, Structure, Curriculum, Marketing, and Funding. Plans are to have the book printed in June, well in advance of the distribution at the teachers’ convention in Nashville in August 2012. We are on schedule, and the book is progressing smoothly.
Documentary Film. A documentary film for TV is being created. The core theme for the film is to show that Adventist education is highly successful in developing and educating students from across all walks of life–helping them exceed beyond their own identified potential and enabling them to outscore their other private and public school counterparts on comprehensive national tests. The film will show that Adventist education is working. The CognitiveGenesis project is a principal tool for presenting the facts behind Adventist school accomplishments.
Through on-location storytelling, interviews, the presentation of research, etc., the Adventist Education story will be told. The producer, Martin Doblmeier, will film at a number of schools throughout the United States – large, small, inner city, rural, in the search to understand what lies behind the numbers and statistics. In addition, an examination of Adventist schools in other countries, such as China and Ghana will be included.
In order to learn as much as possible about the history of Adventist Education, Doblmeier is consulting with Adventist historians and personnel at the General Conference and the North American Division as well as the Ellen White Estate archivists for information on church history and for relevant photographs.
Grant Application. A grant application has been submitted to Versacare. The foundation has been generous in its support of CG, and it is hoped it will support the efforts of Center for Research on K-12 Adventist Education (CRAE). The Center is supported by the outstanding generosity of those who want Adventist education to thrive in doing the work it is commissioned to do.
E-MAIL AND TELEPHONE CONTACTS OF NOTE
The months of October through December has brought a number of interesting queries to CRAE. Here is a sampling:
RESEARCH AND CONTINUING ANALYSES
October 3. Visited Columbine Christian School in Durango, CO, to assess its unique program of “Place-based Education.”
October 25-28. NAD Year-End Meetings in Silver Spring, MD. Dr. Kido presented to the NAD K-12 Board of Education, Union Directors. Dr. Kido also interviewed each Union Director to gather information for another project.
January 2012. Dr. Kido will speak to pastors of the Iowa-Missouri Conference in Des Moines, Iowa. She will also present to the pastors and teachers of the Indiana Conference.
February 2012. Elder Dan Jackson, North American Division President, has invited Dr. Kido to present at the Conference Presidents’ Retreat in Corpus Christi, Texas.
April 2012. Dr. Kido and Dr. Jerome Thayer, Andrews University, will present a paper at the American Educational Research Association (AERA): “A National Study of the Relationship between Achievement and Student, Home, Teacher, and School Factors.”