Education By Design
Burleson, Tex. – The Southwestern Union Conference Office of Education has developed new branding for K-12 education—Education by Design. The brand signifies that we are intentionally focused on creating coherence among the components that contribute to excellence in education.
The ultimate goal of Adventist education is to make visible the Adventist worldview to learners. Teaching and learning must be purposefully designed to accomplish this goal, beginning with the articulation of the mission, the vision and the core values and beliefs of Adventist education. The values and beliefs, in particular, are foundational to the development of all other components of the system. Below, you will find a conceptual framework that identifies the key components of teaching and learning as well as their relationship to other parts.
The values and beliefs, adapted from George Knight, that inform K-12 education in the Southwestern Union are threefold. First, Adventist education prepares learners for excellence and success in this life, both academically and vocationally. Second, Adventist education prepares learners for eternity by introducing them to Jesus as Lord and Savior and placing the biblical worldview at the center of education as the lens for all knowledge and life. Third, Adventist education prepares learners to serve others by teaching Adventism’s unique doctrinal package, particularly God’s Great Commission for worldwide mission and the Second Advent.
By Carol Campbell
Vice President of Education