The Southern Union of Seventh-Day Adventist has responded to the North American Division's "Journey to Excellence" by creating the initiative of the Adventist EDGE - Educators Delivering GREAT Education, where GREAT stands for
Our philosophy is to meet the needs of the whole child, Adventist EDGE teachers honor the natural cycle of learning. The natural cycle begins by connecting with the child’s experience, moving on to provide information and instruction before allowing students to practice and celebrate new learning. In keeping with the SDA philosophy of encouraging students to be “thinkers and not mere reflectors of other men’s thoughts”, EDGE teachers follow a constructivist philosophy*, encouraging students to use active techniques (experiments, real-world problem solving) to expand their knowledge and enhance their understanding of the world. Dialogue and collaboration are crucial to the process. In EDGE classrooms, children talk about what they are doing and reflect on how their understanding is changing.
CognitiveGenesis;is a groundbreaking study that indicates that students in U.S. Adventist schools perform a half-grade level better than the national average regardless of school size. And the longer they attend, the greater their academic success!