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  • Adventist Resource
    Inter American Division Education webpage Preschool-Lifelong
    The Inter American Division's (IAD) education webpage includes a listing of IAD schools and colleges, code of ethics, manuals and other resources. Also available in French and Spanish.

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    Lifeline - A Handbook for Small School Success Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This valuable NAD small school teacher/principal manual includes checklists, ideas, options, important things to do and remember, problem-solving strategies, teaching strategies, and professional development information. The handbook can be downloaded and...

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    25 Ways Pastors Can Support Their School Tertiary-Lifelong
    This article presents creative ways a pastor can support a school and become actively involved in the life of the local church school. Ideas presented include: support through church programs, sermons, scheduled and unscheduled appearances at school, and ways...

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    A Board Member's Guide to Financial Statements Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article can assist board members in the enormous task of ensuring that schools use their financial resources wisely so as to achieve their mission. It is their responsibility to adequately monitor the financial records of the school. Questions that board...

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    A Board’s Duty of Care in Financial Oversight - How to Avoid the Question “Where Was the Board?” Kindergarten-Tertiary
    "Being a member of an institution’s board, whether for-profit or not-for-profit, carries significant responsibilities, including three important fiduciary duties: the duty of care; the duty of loyalty; and the duty of obedience."

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    A College President and Her Board - Reflection on the Journey Tertiary
    After unexpectedly becoming a college president, the author gained experience working with the board of education. Read her detailed best-practice tips and advice to current and future college and university presidents.

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    A Comparison of the Role Expectations of the Chairperson of the Board of Trustees of Selected Universities in Michigan as Perceived by Five Status Groups Tertiary
    Problem: The university board chairperson performs many tasks in his/her position. However, it appears that there is a lack of consensus on the chairperson's role. Therefore, this study was concerned with the role expectations of the board chairperson...

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    A Guide for School Board Success Kindergarten-Grade 12
    "The purpose of this manual is to assist individuals to become effective school board members and provide boards with the tools to operate successfully. Conference superintendents of schools and local administrators are encouraged to use this manual for...

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    A Look at the Board of One Adventist University Tertiary-Lifelong
    Lawrence Geraty, the President of La Sierra University, shares the similarities and differences of Adventist university and college board of trustees from the perspective of his university.

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    A Survivor's Guide For School Board Members Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This manual provides orientation for new members appointed to Adventist church school boards. Topics covered include: organizing new schools and establishing school boards, locating a new school campus, fund-raising for major projects, developing a sound fiscal...

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    Administration - Teacher Bulletin Volume 6 Tertiary-Lifelong
    "The material included in this section is appropriate for administrators and teachers in all kinds of situations. Don't think you need to be an administrator to benefit from the ideas here! A school board presentation describing the Pathways curriculum...

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    Board Book Checklist - SSD Sample Grade 1-Tertiary
    A checklist of items to include in the suggested 'Board Book' prepared by principal and board chair, for board members to reference during meetings.

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    Board of Education Checklist - SSD Kindergarten-Lifelong
    This one-page document, prepared by the Southern Asia-Pacific Division (SSD), consists of a list of documents and necessary information that should be easily available for board members to make decisions. Documents include agendas; minutes; financial, accreditation,...

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    Board, Faculty, Community - Structure to Results Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This 2015 ASDASA presentation relating to school boards and a successful school business model gives "a fast paced overview of structural thinking leading to behavior change that leads to results. How do you define your WHY? How does that get you results?"...

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    Boardmanship 101 Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Is your school under managed and over led? In this 2018 NAD convention presentation, "discover the difference between managing and leading. What is the board's role in school improvement? Learn an alternative manner in presenting the fiscal health of...

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    Can Adventist College Boards Pass the Test? Tertiary-Lifelong
    With higher education facing serious financial, enrollment, and identity challenges, college boards are the object of considerable discussion and controversy. During this year following the General Conference Session most of the Adventist colleges and universities...

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    Character Building: A Call to Action Tertiary-Lifelong
    This article is a call to accountability and action, for the academe to intentionally prepare students to be principled, responsible citizens. Adventist colleges and universities are tasked with building and reshaping character. Teachers should model for their...

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    Communicating Financial Matters - Expectations of the School Business Officer Kindergarten-Lifelong
    To be an effective team member, the school business officer must be acutely aware of the expectations of the office and skillfully craft his or her responses to the different audiences served.... The most important responsibility of the school business officer...

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    Coping With Criticism Constructively Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Dealing with criticism is difficult, especially when expectations are high and resources are limited. This article explores ways of dealing with criticism by identifying three categories of critics, giving suggestions of how to respond to the critics, and...

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    Early Childhood Education Center Board Manual - Southern Union 0-2 years-Preschool
    This 34-page manual contains information on the function and roles of a center's operating board members, as well as center administration.

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    Education Code for Atlantic Union Schools Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This education code outlines the philosophy, goals, policies, and procedures governing the operation of elementary and secondary schools within the Atlantic Union Conference of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

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    Education Code for Columbia Union Schools Preschool-Grade 12
    "The Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Education Code contains policies relating to the establishment and operation of K-12 schools and academies. The Code is based on policies voted by the Columbia Union Conference Executive Committee...

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    Education Code for Pacific Union Conference Schools Preschool-Tertiary
    The PUC education code outlines the philosophy, goals, policies, and procedures governing the operation of schools, colleges and offices of education within the Pacific Union of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

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    Education Code for Seventh-day Adventist Schools in Canada Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This manual for elementary and secondary school leaders includes application and authorization for senior academy status, denominational status approval, junior academy application, establishment and maintenance guide, pre/junior/kindergarten assessment, guidelines...

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    Education Code for Southwestern Union Schools Kindergarten-Grade 12
    The Southwestern Union Education Code outlines the philosophy, goals, policies, and procedures governing the operation of schools, colleges and offices of education within the Southwestern Union of the North American Division of Seventh-day Adventists.

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    Effective Governance - The Legal and Fiduciary Duties of Boards Kindergarten-Tertiary
    "How should a board function in order to effectively fulfill its legal and fiduciary obligations? This article examines these obligations and will suggest best practices that will empower boards to function effectively, and enable individual board members...

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    Effective School Boards PowerPoint - Columbia Union Preschool-Grade 12
    This PowerPoint complements the Columbia Union Conference School Board Manual.

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    Ethical Issues for College / University Boards of Trustees Tertiary-Lifelong
    The authors of this article conducted in-depth interviews with eight board chairpersons or secretaries of Adventist colleges and universities in the North American and Southern Asia-Pacific divisions in order to identify issues relating to ethics at the board...

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    Governing Board Autonomy, Independence, and Accountability in Colleges and Universities - Guidelines Tertiary
    This document was designed to assist trustees and governors in understanding how the board functions and demonstrates accountability to all concerned parties. It recognizes that while denominational colleges and universities function in widely differing political,...

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    Hawaii Conference Model K-8 School Bylaws Kindergarten-Grade 8
    A sample K-8 Adventist school bylaws shared by the Hawaii Conference superintendent of education.

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    Help Wanted: College and University Trustees Tertiary-Lifelong
    This article looks at the qualifications college and university trustees, who serve as a vital link in the governance process of Adventist higher education, should have.

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    Ingredients for a Successful School Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Lee Richards notes that successful schools do not happen by accident, and discusses fourteen ingredients for the successful school

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    Is My School Board Effective? Grade 1-Grade 12
    This 2006 NAD Teachers Convention presentation will make you aware of a governance model for running a school board. It shows the proper relationship between the faculty, staff and the board.

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    JAE Editorial: Professional Trustees Must Demonstrate Leadership Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Guest editor Ed Boyatt previews articles, listed below, in the third issue on Boardmanship for K-12 and college/university board members or trustees. Articles in this issue include: ...

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    JAE Editorial: What If...? Kindergarten-Lifelong
    What if there were no church schools? No Christian education? Calvin Rock poses that if there were no church schools, Adventism, as we know it, would cease to exist. He also poses the opposing questions, What if all pastors, administrators, teachers, parents,...

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    JAE Editorial: Called to Lead in Tumultuous Times Kindergarten-Tertiary
    In this guest editorial, the author discusses the substantial amount of tumult the world of education has seen in recent decades and the opportunities these challenges can provide. Additional titles in this issue include: Ten...

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    JAE Editorial: Choosing to Stand Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Dulan prompts readers to consider the impact of not speaking up on committees or boards. When members of committees and boards choose not to share their own ideas or rightly speak out regarding the perspectives of those they represent, their participation...

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    JAE Editorial: School Boards - A Key Role Kindergarten-Lifelong
    According to this editorial, seven groups of people are involved in the success of an Adventist institution: teachers, students, administrators, staff, parents, stakeholder members, and the board of directors. The steering committee is the one that ensures...

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    JAE Editorial: School Boards--A Key Role Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Administration and leadership in Adventist education is the focus of this special issue. Rasi notes that an educational institution's stability, continuity, and success are risk without the support of its board. This editorial outlines and summarizes the role...

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    JAE Editorial: The Risk and the Promise: A Moment of Truth Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Gordon Madgwick writes about the challenges facing Adventist education on the cusp of the 1990s. He outlines the establishment of Project Affirmation as a means of addressing change. Articles in this issue include: Reclaiming...

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    JAE Editorial: The Stewardship of Boardsmanship Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Osborn shares six biblical principles of members of school boards or trustees of higher education. Articles included in this issue: Principals and Boards: A Team The...

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    Legal Responsibilites of Board Members Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Charles McKinstry examines the legal responsibilities of school boards and its individual members. He also discusses areas of particular concern for Adventist school boards. Topics include: Conflict of Interest; Protection of Students; Protection of Employees;...

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    Legal Responsibilities of School Board Members Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This article provides an overview of the primary legal responsibilities of a school board and its members. Conflict of interest, protection of students and employees, finances, insurance, and confidentiality and defamation are topics discussed in this reprint...

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    Memorandum to a Trustee Kindergarten-Lifelong
    A college/university faculty member outlines seven things they need trustees to do: 1. Understand the nature and scope of our educational enterprise 2. Be a cheerleader for the work my colleagues and I are trying to do 3. Respect me professionally...

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    Mission Enablers: Nonprofit Boards and Leadership blog Kindergarten-Grade 12
    "How the board interacts with the staff, how it makes decisions, and what issues it focuses on are important to the sustainability of the organization. We provide short, simple, useful guidance that makes board governance easier and improves organizational sustainability."

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    NAD Grades 9-12 Evaluation Instrument Grade 9-Grade 12
    One of three components for the evaluation process of Seventh-day Adventist schools in the North American Division, this handbook provides instruction for Visiting Committee members. Includes the role, function, membership, and responsibilities of members,...

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    NAD Grades K-10 Evaluation Instrument Kindergarten-Grade 10
    One of three components for the evaluation process of Seventh-day Adventist schools in the North American Division, this handbook provides instruction for Visiting Committee members. Includes the role, function, membership, and responsibilities of members,...

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    NAD Grades K-12 Evaluation Instrument Kindergarten-Grade 12
    One of three components for the evaluation process of Seventh-day Adventist schools in the North American Division, this handbook provides instruction for Visiting Committee members. Includes the role, function, membership, and responsibilities of members,...

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    NAD Grades K-8 Evaluation Instrument Kindergarten-Grade 8
    One of three components for the evaluation process of Seventh-day Adventist schools in the North American Division, this handbook provides instruction for Visiting Committee members. Includes the role, function, membership, and responsibilities of members,...

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    NAD Small Schools Evaluation Instrument Kindergarten-Grade 9
    One of three components for the evaluation process of small Seventh-day Adventist schools in the North American Division, this handbook provides instruction for Visiting Committee members. Includes the role, function, membership, and responsibilities of members,...

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    NAD Visiting Committee Handbook Grade 9-Grade 12
    This handbook contains criteria for completion of the accreditation process for Seventh-day Adventist schools. The accreditation process has three stages: (1) the self-study, (2) the visit by a visiting team, and (3) the follow-up activities. Outlined are...

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    PE For Kids - Developing a Physical Education Program for Elementary Schools Kindergarten-Grade 8
    Areas to consider when establishing a physical education program for elementary schools. These are rationale, administrative/board support, budget and equipment, curriculum and scheduling, space, storage, teaching strategies, and resource materials. This article...

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    Perceptions of Board Effectiveness in Selected Institutions of Higher Education in Zimbabwe Tertiary-Lifelong
    "The purpose of this study was to identify the level of board effectiveness in selected private and public universities in Zimbabwe as perceived by board members. Also, the study sought to determine the influence of such demographic variables as age,...

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    Preparing to Serve on the Local K-12 School Board Kindergarten-Grade 12
    "Congratulations! You have just accepted the invitation to serve on the local K-12 school board. Now what? Our schools are sacred—consecrated to God; each institution is an important link in a global network dedicated to educating children in Christ."

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    Preserving the Identity of the Governance Process Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Issues that impede higher education boards from managing and governing Adventist colleges/universities effectively are discussed, including: 1) members who are unfamiliar with the process of governance, 2) mixed identity or divided loyalties, and 3) the approval...

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    Principals and Boards - A Team Kindergarten-Grade 12
    What is the purpose of the governing board of an Adventist school? The author presents the results of his observations as a participant on a number of boards. He posits that boards can effectively serve three major functions: policy making and enforcement;...

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    Sample K-12 School Constitution Kindergarten-Grade 12
    A sample constitution for an Adventist K-12 school in the North American Division. This document includes a preamble, articles of constitutions and bylaws. The constitution articles include name and location, philosophy and purposes, objectives, non-discriminatory...

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    Sample Student Handbook Policies - Pacific Union Conference Preschool-Grade 12
    Reference this document when developing a school handbook for an Adventist school. Sections to include in North America Division schools are included. Some sections can be used verbatim and other sections refer to information from the Pacific...

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    School Board Conflict of Interest Statement Sample - Pacific Union Conference Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This model conflict of interest statement can be edited and used for your school board members.

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    School Board Governance Training - Myth or Must? Grade 9-Grade 12
    This article discusses the responses of a questionnaire given to school board members of Adventist day academies in the Southern Union Conference concerning board governance training. Member role definition, legal responsibilities, and accountability were...

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    School Board Manual - NAD Columbia Union Preschool-Grade 12
    Download this practical guide to best practices and policies for governing boards of education in the North American Columbia Union Conference of Seventh-day Adventist schools.

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    School Board Manual - NAD Southern Union Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This Southern Union School Board Manual contains major policies, plans, and procedures recommended for the administration of conference schools. The materials in this manual are in harmony with the information and policies of the North American Division and...

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    School Board Member Guidelines - NAD North Pacific Union Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This manual was developed to help individuals become effective board members. Some areas of Union policy are referred to and summarized. The purpose of this manual is to provide a basis whereby board members can ask good, in-depth questions of administrators...

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    School Board Member Handbook - NAD Mid-America Union Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Created for Adventist school board members in the NAD Mid-America Union Conference, this handbook includes 8 chapters titled: organization and functions, effective board membership, effective board meetings, effective leadership, financial management, curriculum...

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    School Board Model Confidentiality Agreement - Pacific Union Conference Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This sample confidentiality pledge for school board members can be edited for your school.

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    School Boards Can Improve Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This ASDASA 2015 session distinguishes between leading and managing as it clarifies the roles and responsibilities of effective boards. It prioritizes the importance of strategic planning and assessing the success of your school. Documents in the...

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    School Improvement - How to achieve it? Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Always a focus of principals, faculty, and school boards, school improvement depends on four factors: attitude, action steps, collaboration, and initiative. This article briefly describes each.

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    Seventh-day Adventist Higher Education Governing Boards - A Snapshot Kindergarten-Lifelong
    Canosa shares findings from a survey of trustees of four NAD college/university governing boards. Trustees' perceptions about the extent to which their respective boards employed preferred group practices and behaviors identified in "The Effective Board...

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    Some Legal Considerations for Operating Boards in Adventist Schools K-12 Kindergarten-Grade 12
    “This article will identify some aspects of the law that may impact the decision-making process for board members of Seventh-day Adventist schools. It will focus on raising awareness rather than providing deep legal analysis.” Specific areas covered...

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    Streamlining the Adventist School Board Kindergarten-Lifelong
    This article explores one school's attempt to cure board dysfunction through an ongoing experiment in restructuring its board. The background of the experiment, advantages of small group governance, maintaining representation while vesting power in a small...

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    Supervision and Evaluation of Instructional Personnel - A Guide for Principals and Supervisors Kindergarten-Grade 12
    This document examines the role and function of both principals and conference supervisors. Included is discussion on strategies for supervision of teachers in small schools, the role of the teaching principal/teacher, and how to facilitate teacher empowerment....

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    Ten Mandates for Today’s Education Board Chair Kindergarten-Grade 12
    "Today’s board chairs are tested more than ever. The realities impacting educational institutions and challenging their boards are different from those of the past several decades and continue to change, sometimes at rapid rates."

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    The Blessings of Serving on a Small School Board Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Working with school boards in small schools can be a tremendously rewarding experience if one is willing to work with the community, listen carefully, gather support, and appreciate God's blessing. Topics in this article include: School board is like a family;...

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    The Board's Role In Teacher Employment Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Who has the official authority to hire and fire certificated teachers in the Seventh-day Adventist school system? This article examines the role of local school boards and conference offices of education in the process of employing quality teachers. Topics...

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    The Challenging World of a Board Chair Kindergarten-Lifelong
    An experienced school board chair shares thoughts on what to expect from board chairs in this challenging time for Adventist education. Five diverse groups that continuously interact are named. Seven suggestions on how board chairs can function most effectively...

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    The Firing of Mary Mediocre - The Case for Due Process at the School Board Kindergarten-Lifelong
    This article outlines how to put due process into practice within the biblical perspective of Adventist education. "Due process is a legal concept embedded in the United States constitution, as well as the laws of many other nations. It is based on the...

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    The Library: A Window of Opportunity Kindergarten-Lifelong
    How does the school library contribute to the mission of the school and open windows to a world of ideas, culture, dreams, and faith? Annette Melgosa shows how the library supports the philosophy of Adventist education.

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    The Perceptions of Governing Board Performance Held By Trustees of Four Adventist Colleges - Select Group Practices and Behaviors in Six Competencies Tertiary
    Higher education board governance has, in recent years, garnered growing attention among authors and researchers, particularly in light of a confluence of social, political, and economic factors affecting the viability of private and independent colleges....

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    The Principal as Board Officer Kindergarten-Grade 12
    Effective school boards fulfill four essential roles and the principal has a key involvement in each. A school board's success depends on the teamwork and collaboration of its members. The principal, as executive secretary, fills the most important position...

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    The Unprincipaled Teacher - Being Your Own Administrator Kindergarten-Grade 8
    This article suggests some strategies for improving the administrative skills of those who must teach and act as principal at the same time. The Small School Survival Guide, published by the North American Division, offers suggestions about fulfilling...

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    Trustee and trusteeship of selected private universities and colleges in the United States of America and Canada Tertiary
    Purpose: The purpose of this study was to compare the demographics, responsibilities and role perceptions of board members in all Universities and Colleges of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Canada and the United States of America. The study dealt...

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    When a School Board Member Goes Rogue Kindergarten-Tertiary
    "Although Seventh-day Adventist school boards have significant power to influence the schools under their care, they are not independent entities."

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    Why Ex Officio Board Members and Invitees are Essential Kindergarten-Lifelong
    This article outlines how to help ex officio board members and invitees be as effective as possible. It includes advice to both boards and to ex officio board members and invitees.

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    ​Building a Working Relationship Between Institutional Boards and Accrediting and Chartering Authorities Kindergarten-Tertiary
    "Ultimately, boards must develop strong negotiating skills based on the purpose and mission of their institution, and use a Christian ethical stance when engaging with these agencies and organizations. A healthy prayer life, team spirit, and ongoing orientation...

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    ​Governance and Spirituality - The Profound Impact of Board Members’ Spiritual Health on the Institutions They Govern Kindergarten-Tertiary
    "A single person moved by the Holy Spirit can be a channel of blessings and make a substantial difference in Seventh-day Adventist educational institutions. Conversely, a board member who is disconnected from the Spirit, even for a short time, can cause...

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    ​The Moral Work of School Boards Kindergarten-Tertiary
    "Ethics and moral growth, in individuals and communities, are facilitated through complex interactions related to cognitive development, cultural development, emotional intelligence, spiritual maturity, and social influence."