What We Do

The mission of the Curriculum and Instruction Resource Center Linking Educators (CIRCLE) is to serve as a comprehensive source for locating the ever-expanding array of resources for Seventh-day Adventist educators as they continue the teaching ministry of Jesus Christ.

How We Operate

This educational resource curation service has been funded by the North American Division Office of Education since 1998. Committed to linking those who need Christian education resources with those who have them, anytime, anywhere, CIRCLE is promoted by the General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists as a tool for educator training and resource development globally. From 2018, CIRCLE will be a part of the larger Adventist Learning Community service to all Adventist ministries.

Who We Are

Heather Enders, an experienced elementary teacher in Washington State, manages resource research and database entries, building new curations as educators query or request Adventist content in any format, on any educational topic.

As director, Glynis Bradfield, Director of Distance & Precollege Student Services at Andrews University, oversees operations and networks with Adventist educators to prioritize CIRCLE’s curation and communication of resources.

Since CIRCLE’s early development, Jonathan Duncan, Chair of the Computer Science and Mathematics Departments at Walla Walla University, has served as the CIRCLE Technology Director.

Adventist teacher Rosemary Bailey, in Michigan, and Jessica Chitura, in Zimbabwe, assist with resource management. Keri Conwell, Academy English teacher, edits resource submissions. The submissions of teachers and educational leaders in diverse disciplines and levels on every continent continue to build CIRCLE’s service transnationally.

About Seventh-day Adventist Education

In the 1870s Seventh-day Adventist church founders recognized the importance of holistic education and began to develop a denominationally-based school system. The Adventist church's interests in education grew from the philosophy that students at all levels of schooling are uniquely valuable and should be educated to use their God-given capacities to become individuals of principle, qualified for any position of life. Education was to begin in the home where the basic values of redemptive discipline and mental and physical health were to be balanced with the importance of work.

Since those early days Adventists have embraced the philosophy that education should be redemptive in nature, for the purpose of restoring human beings to the image of God, our Creator. Mental, physical, social, and spiritual health, intellectual growth, and service to humanity form a core of values that are essential aspects of the Adventist education philosophy.