Chesapeake Conference school administrators and pastors whose districts include a church school met together on Thursday, December 1, at the conference office. This was the first joint meeting of pastors and teachers in several years. According to Mark Walker, interim superintendent of schools, the goals for the day included providing pastor-educator teams an opportunity to share common and some not so common concerns in a setting where both could focus on building on-going improved relationships.
“Generally, our pastors and teachers tend to have positive appreciation for one another; however, in this meeting, our goal was to set the ground work for developing a sense of ways that these ministerial teams could accomplish even more in a positive manner,” says Walker.
Keynote speaker Elissa Kido, Ed.D., director of the Center for Research in Adventist Education K-12 in La Sierra, Calif., and project director of CognitiveGenesis, (pictured) shared two presentations at the meeting. The first provided a summary of research findings related to character development and brain research. In her second presentation, Kido focused on recent research findings from Cognitive-Genesis as well as recommended actions that were voted at the 2016 North American Division Year End Meetings.
“Quite often our pastors and teachers work together to accomplish similar goals, but, due to the demands on their time, they seldom get opportunity to actually get to know one another very well on a personal basis,” says Walker. “Our recent meeting gave them some of that time to focus on one another and to learn ways to make their works of service more complementary and also more effective.”