Film on Adventist Education - June 2012
Great progress has been made in the production of the film on Adventist Education. Whereas the first months of 2012 were focused on research and development, these last months have seen a great deal of on-location production completed. The results so far have been delightful, and the filmmaker continues to be highly optimistic about the final product. The already filmed materials to be used in the final product are being reviewed and edited. In addition, there is a possibility that shorter segments will be edited and ready for an early release on many of the social networks, including Facebook and YouTube, as a way to build interest in the final product.
Filming has been completed at:
Spencerville Academy, Spencerville, MD. This school, which is considered one of the flagships of Adventist Education, has been scouted and filmed.
Bronx-Manhattan School, Bronx, NY. This school has also been scouted and filmed. It is achieving outstanding results in one of America's most difficult neighborhoods. Martin Doblmeier traveled to New York a second time to film its junior high graduation and says that it was an emotional event, a fitting closing piece to that film segment.
Columbine Christian School, Durango, CO. This school has a very dynamic teacher/principal - May Oles. The school is creative in the ways it integrates its natural surroundings and environment into a strong curriculum providing the children with the best of all worlds. This school has also been scouted and filmed; filming occurred in mid-April and highlighted several unique projects including their Earth Day efforts.
Holbrook Indian School, Holbrook, AZ. Scouting and filming is complete in this school that provides not only a quality education but also a true sanctuary for Navajo children who are sent there to escape the challenges of life on an Indian reservation. The residential school has a long and storied history, but most importantly, it provides children with positive role models. The Adventist commitment to a healthy lifestyle is also providing an alternative to the trends of obesity, smoking and alcohol consumption so common on the reservation.
Fletcher Academy, Fletcher, NC. When Ellen White wrote about the mission of Adventist Education, she emphasized the importance of not only academic excellence but also the importance of work and enterprise building. One of the finest examples of that same spirit today is Fletcher Academy with it many forms of service and work cooperatives, from assistance for nursing homes to a dry cleaning service. Dr. Dale Twomley, Fletcher's principal, is well known as a "turn-around" master for struggling Adventist schools. He provides a compelling example of education in the 21st Century. This school has also been scouted and filmed.
Parker Palmer, author and inspirational educator. Author of The Courage to Teach, Palmer is renowned for his vision on the importance of the spiritual health and character of the teacher as he or she is inspiring the students. Character building is a central theme in the film, and Palmer can speak directly to that theme.
Two representatives of the Iowa Tests and Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). Martin Quinn, Director of Marketing for Riverside Publishing Co., spoke to the purpose of the test and what the results mean. Dr. David Lohman, primary developer of the CogAt, spoke to how they go about assessing a child's potential to achieve. Both the achievement and the cognitive ability test results are central themes in the overall understanding of the importance of the CognitiveGenesis project.
Additional filming will occur later this summer and fall with:
Jay Matthews, Senior Education Writer for the Washington Post. He will comment on the value of faith-based education and its role in the overall education system in America today.
Sara Clarke, Senior Education Writer for US News and World Report. She will speak to the larger story of education in America today, character education in particular.
George Knight, principal historian for the Adventist Church and an author on the history of Adventist education.
Delbert Baker, former president of Oakwood University and now a Vice President for the General Conference of the Seventh-day Adventist Church.
Elissa Kido will speak to the process and results of the CognitiveGenesis project and what it means for Adventist Education.
Oakwood Academy, Huntsville, Alabama. This school is considered a "feeder" school for Oakwood University and one of the flagship schools in the Adventist system for African-American Adventists. The hope is to create a connection between the historic Edson White's mission to educate African-American children and the product of those efforts that survive today.