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New Bible Curriculum to be Taught in RMC Schools
Using the Bible as its main textbook, the Adventist Encounter Curriculum gives students the opportunity to form their own personal relationship with Christ. This new program is being taught at Seventh-day Adventist schools around the world. It will focus on shifting content from a standard based model to an inquiry based one, acting as an aid for teachers in the process of asking questions which will lead students to discover answers on their own.
The program began in the Australian and New Zealand Adventist Education Departments for grades K-10. A new revised version spread throughout the North American Division schools, where Bible teachers began to develop material for the curriculum for grades 11 and 12.
According to Diane Harris, associate superintendent for education, teachers in the RMC began training in April 2018 in preparation for teaching the new curriculum in the fall of 2018. Harris says the Encounter, “feeds into our philosophy of educating our students in the 21st Century”.
Walter Weber, Vice Principal of Mile High Adventist Academy, who helped pilot parts of the Encounter Curriculum and is now training teachers, comments, “This is a phenomenal curriculum that combines elements of modern education with multiple techniques of teaching the Bible. It not only focuses on mindful learning, but also learning that comes from the heart.”
Each unit in the curriculum contains a list of activities, resources, and comprehensive teaching plans for teachers. Students will be challenged within their classroom environment to apply and analyze, resulting in a personal application for their future.
According to the Encounter website, the curriculum has a biblical discipleship focus that seeks to transform the lives of students and equip them for their walk with God.
--Alaysha Harris; photo by Rajmund Dabrowski