Resources that are recommended by an Adventist Union or Conference education comittee are directly approved as CIRCLE database entries, noting the classification or recommendation. All other submissions by educators online or entries by CIRCLE staff are reviewed using the following guidelines.

CIRCLE's vision is to connect Adventist educators with quality curriculum and instruction resources of any type: printed, media, internet, or other. While resources such as lesson/unit plans, course outlines and handbooks may be in printed form, many are also available online. In such cases, both sets of screening criteria would apply.


Online/Web-Based Resource Screening

Online resources include any website that gives information about or provides (free or at a fee) educational products or services, programs, institutions, and/or professional associations. These questions are asked in evaluating online resources:
  1. Does it uphold Adventist philosophy of education?
  2. How reliable/accurate is the information at this site, from a Christian world-view?
  3. Is this a comprehensive source, with links to further quality resources on this topic?
  4. How valuable will the site be to Adventist teachers? administrators? School Board members? students? parents?
  5. Is the site content attractively organized, easy to use, and current?

All internet links in the CIRCLE database are checked monthly. When deadlinks are checked, every one is investigated and the resource is re-evaluated, ensuring that as websites change, the content is reviewed again, and deleted if it no longer meets these criteria.

Curriculum Guide, Text, and Other Resource Screening

While the following criteria are primarily designed to evaluate curriculum guides, texts and supplements, handbooks and manuals, they also provide guidelines for screening the following instructional tools: tests/assessments, journals, research reports, lesson or unit plans, lecture notes or presentations, course outlines, handbooks/manuals, administrative forms, trade books, visual aids (pictures, charts, maps), multimedia (CDs, videos) and computer software.

Content; Appropriateness

Learner Support; Developmental Appropriateness Educator Support

After Screening

Once approved, the following details are researched and entered:

Filters and Screening

A resource that seems inappropriate for one education level may have been selected for its suitability to another. Use the powerful CIRCLE filters to focus on your specific grade level or area of interest.

Screening Concerns

Website content and format can change after a site has been evaluated, to the extent that it no longer meets our criteria. While every effort is made to keep the database current and upholding Adventist principles of education, if you find any material that concerns you, feel free to contact us.