There is a lot of discussion these days about “school networks”. The idea that we need to join other teachers and administrators in order to gain knowledge and inspiration to grow as educators. This is a great idea. (1-2) Working together, collaboration, is something we talk a lot about here at Mile High Academy (MHA). We work with our teachers and students to make sure they are great collaborators because this is a skill that is important in all aspects of life.
It is even part of the Seventh-day Adventist (SDA) educational philosophy, “Working together, homes, schools, and churches cooperate with divine agencies to prepare learners to be good citizens in this world and for eternity.” (3)
This spring, I had the privilege of attending graduation events at Mile High Academy and Vista Ridge Academy. Following these, I made it to the Grand Opening of the newly constructed Fort Collins Christian School. I had so much fun seeing great educators shine as they spoke highly of their students on stages where graduates in caps and gowns beamed. The Fort Collins event was a culmination of dreams and prayers. The smiles on everyone’s faces said it all.
These amazing schools are part of a larger whole, a world-wide network of Christian education that has been around since the first school started in 1853. (4) These are just three of the close to twenty SDA schools in Colorado.
So, while other schools have to work hard to find programs and communities with which to partner, here at MHA we have a partnership of 7,500 schools around the world. We can work together with 85,000 teachers across the globe to find out what works for them, how the world looks through their teaching eyes. That’s true collaboration.
This means, that no matter where you are in the world, there is probably a school with passionate and caring teachers, dedicated families, and a network of partners just waiting to add support for the mission of Christian education that prepares students for the future.