JAMAICA SPIRIT: Lots of energy at Adventist West Indies Preparatory School, Mandeville, Jamaica.When John gave up searching the crowd, he looked at the object his friend had placed in his hand. To his amazement, it was his own wallet. His old friend had picked his pocket when they bumped into each other. Perhaps this was why he refused to acknowledge him. His good friend, the one with whom he had grown up, had stolen his wallet.
HARD AT WORK: Different subcommittees met throughout 2009 to design the new education initiative of the IAD.Division leaders faced several challenges in education and set goals for the church, parents, schools, and leaders for meeting the challenges. All these involved parties would have to work together if a dramatic change would be possible.
Here are seven helpful steps for church members and leaders thinking strategically about education and applying their plan to their particular context.
1. Administrators and board members must engage in strategic thinking: creating vision and setting context, broad goals, and priorities for strategic planning and decision-making—think and vision together.
2. Administrators must secure and allocate resources to support strategic priorities—find the money.
3. Educators, both administrators and teachers, must develop action plans of objectives and tasks—make it real.
4. Both the strategic thinking and strategic planning processes must be transparent, open for all to see—let’s all participate.
5. The mission of the church must guide the mission and plans of Adventist education—let’s all read the same book.
6. Administrators and educators alike must be held accountable through assessment and evaluation for achieving planned outcomes—be accountable.
7. Strategic thinking and strategic planning must focus on outcomes toward achieving the mission of Adventist education—let’s do it!
Schools must develop descriptions of formative actions, in light of their alumni profiles, which include teaching deep moral principles and an entrepreneurial spirit.