Adventist curriculum development is defined by the Adventist worldview and based on our underlying philosophy. While this is the fundamental goal of all aspects of Adventist Education, the specific Core Curriculum process is applied more directly in specific curriculum development. Standards also serve as a an additional framework for development while insuring integration of national and provincial/state guidelines.
Elementary education textbooks are reviewed and adopted/developed by the NAD Curriculum Committee, in conjunction with NAD Summer Committees, on a six-to-seven year cycle. Textbooks are selected based on their alignment with Adventist Education Standards. Bible, language arts, and science textbooks are developed so the content intentionally integrates the Adventist worldview. Multigrade guides for textbooks are available for most content areas.
Summer Committees are organized by the NAD Curriculum Committee to assist in the adoption or development of textbooks. Elementary teachers, school/conference/union administrators, and higher education professors, from
across the NAD, are selected to serve on the committees based on their content area expertise. Elementary union associates serve as the chairpersons of the Summer Committees. The responsibilities of the committees include the
review of current content area textbooks, and development of textbook recommendations or materials that align with Adventist Education Standards. Recommendations are then voted by the NAD Education Advisory Committee.
Textbook Adoption Levels
Materials classified in Level 1 are to be adopted by each conference as basic and required for use in the schools:
Adopted for basic use.
All texts and materials listed in the Curriculum by Grade section are at Level 1 unless otherwise noted.
Approved for basic, supplementary or enrichment use.
The materials placed in this category are highly recommended but not required for use in Adventist schools.
Approved for use in pilot or experimental programs.
The materials placed in this category are those which need field testing or which may be used in pilot or experimental programs. Such material may be returned to the NAD Curriculum Committee for consideration and re-classification.
Approved for information only.
The materials placed in this category are acceptable and may be used in Adventist schools.
Approved in concept, but referred for additional study.
The materials placed in this category are those which require revision or additional editing prior to re-classification and use in Adventist schools.
Reviewed, but not approved.
The materials placed in this category are not approved for use in Adventist schools.
Materials classified in Levels 2 through 5 may be re-classified by a conference curriculum committee for use in the schools of that conference. Any adaptations or revisions are to be made only with the permission of the author(s) or union(s) responsible for the development of the materials:
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Projected Elementary Curriculum Development Timeline
Kindergarten Stepping Stones Review
Language Arts Standards-based
Social Studies Standards-based
Science: ByDesign Next Steps
Social Studies (K-8)
Physical Education (K-8)
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