Education Department


Directors
Don Dudley, Superintendent of Schools

Teri Boyatt, Associate Superintendent
William Keresoma, Associate Superintendent
Beverley Bucknor, Associate Superintendent


Highlights of Objectives Achieved 2008-2011


SPIRITUAL


1. To assist schools in the spiritual development of its faculty and students by being more intentional in integrating faith in learning and the implementation of a character education program.

  • By setting aside 25 percent or more of agenda time at Education Management Team (EMT) meetings to interact with and engage principals on topics that will impact their personal spiritual growth, and the spiritual growth of teachers and students.
  • Provided a book for principals to read over the summer and share with their faculties, If My People Pray, by Randy Maxwell.
  • Provide a time once a year for principals to have retreat time for spiritual renewal and refreshing.
  • Administrators are asked to report on the character education programs on their campuses.  This is in addition to the Bible curriculum.
  • The Office of Education coordinated a meeting with all Bible teachers of grades 7-12 to focus on religious programming and curriculum goals.

2. To continue to work on the concept of TEAM (Together Educators and Ministers . . . to evangelize our youth) activities to strengthen the ties between church and school.

  • The Office of Education is utilizing the skills of an education evangelist, who is working toward strengthening the relationship between school and church.
  • The month of April 2011 will have a strong Christian education emphasis designed to better connect the school to the church.

3. To be more intentional about service learning.

  • Service learning projects have been emphasized at EMT meetings.  
  • The Office of Education collaborates with the Youth Department and school administration to support schools in a joint school and church mission experience once a year.
  • Service projects are communicated to schools by the Office of Education.

ACADEMIC

1. To emphasize and provide professional growth opportunities for teachers and principals that will include the fall 2008 CAPSO Convention and the 2012 NAD Teachers’ Convention.

  • SECC teachers attended the CAPSO (California Association of Private Schools) Convention in 2008.
  • Teachers were given $200.00 a year for two years to apply toward professional growth experiences.  This was done from earnings from the Office of Education Endowment.
  • Administrators and teachers have been sponsored to attend the Differentiated Instruction Convention for the past three summers.
  • Other professional growth emphasis:  Quality Schools and Choice Theory, Singapore Math, brain research and learning, and subject area meetings.
  • Plans are still moving forward for SECC teachers to attend the NAD Teachers Convention at the beginning of the 2012 school year.  Funds are being allocated for this from the 2011 Office of Education budget.

2. To nurture teachers toward leadership who express interest and demonstrate ability in education administration.

  • The Office of Education is working with and supporting schools in the development of administrators through the teaching principal and vice principal positions, and specialized committee work.
  • The doctoral cohort program continues to be funded, providing an opportunity for administrators and potential administrators to receive an Ed.D.

3. To provide an ongoing best practices resource guide for the implementation of technology in the schools.

  • The SECC Technology Committee has worked on developing ideas for this document during the past three years.
  • A best practices document has been developed for expansion by the SECC Technology Committee with the intent of becoming a viable curriculum resource.

4. To assist in the adoption of the NAD Pathways reading series and other adoptions as made available by the NAD.

  • Most schools have implemented the Pathways curriculum.
  • The Office of Education plans to work with schools in the implementation of the new kindergarten curriculum and the K-8 science series.


FINANCIAL


1. To explore ways to help multigrade schools in the handling of finances and the development of a uniform financial statement.

  • The SECC Treasury Department has provided standardized accounting assistance to small schools. 

2. To work toward discovering new ways to provide scholarship assistance. 

  • The Office of Education assisted schools with seniors in jeopardy of not graduating because of delinquent accounts. 

3. To increase the Education Quasiendowment by $1 million.

  • The Education Quasiendowment Fund has received several large deposits from schools and churches.  However, because of market performance over a two-year period, 2008 and 2009, the principal has decreased.


Prospective Achievements That Will Be Fulfilled 2011-2013

TECHNOLOGY (New goal April 2011)


1. To facilitate the implementation of new technology in all SECC schools.  This will include infrastructure upgrading, new hardware, all necessary software, and security.   Funding for this project is dependent on an outside source.

2. To provide in-service training for all administrators and teachers, allowing for the new technology to enhance the learning experience in the classroom.