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12 Affirmations 2.0
A revision of the original 12 Affirmations by Steven Vryhof, is now available - 12 Affirmations 2.0: Christian Schooling for a Changing World. The goal of the book is to "provide fresh language to a new generation, asking it to consider again the importance and the power of...Christian schooling. ...The hope is that the book will again spark discussions that energize and improve Christian schools, that bring changes that start closing gaps between the ideal and the reality, and that make these institutions strong and effective and sustainable."

12 Affirmations 2.0 is a very accessible book. Each affirmation, a paragraph long, is followed by an exposition of the affirmation (1-2 pages), and three questions to guide discussions. The affirmations are grouped into 3 categories - Foundational Affirmations, Educational Affirmations, and Communal Affirmations.

12 Affirmations 2.0 can be used with many audiences including:
• Discussions of Christian education at the board level
• Engaging parents in understanding the goals of Christian schooling
• Orienting new teachers
• Reinvigorating current staff
• Engaging upper level high schools students in discussions about the goal of Christian education
• And more - limited only by your imagination

Obtain multiple copies and let the conversations begin.

Alta Vista is an educational organization, based in Seattle, Washington, USA, that serves Christian education, locally, regionally, and globally. Our primary concern is to partner with schools, educational leaders, and teachers to help young people become faithful, visionary, competent, and compassionate disciples of Jesus.

Alta Vista is currently

--Serving the 11 schools of NorthWest Christian Schools International (NWCSI) in Washington by providing workshops, consultation, the annual August Event, mentoring for accreditation, and other as needs arise.

--Leading schools in NorthWest Christian Schools International to earn Christian Schools International accreditation that generates mission-focused plans to improve their schools.

--Working with Everett Christian School Staff to continue their collaborative work on curriculum mapping, professional development goals, and unit design.

--Conducting a Seattle Pacific University ProTeach support course for teachers at Bellevue Christian School.

--Working in conjunction with the
Christian Teachers Association of British Columbia to provide an annual teachers' convention for over 1200 teachers from Washington and British Columbia.

--Working through Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia to provide courses in assessment and pedagogy. Click to read articles by two participants in the pedagogy course at Richmond Christian School – Mirrors and Windows by Chris Finch and Seeking Shalom in the Classroom: Hospitality-based and Place-based Learning by Janna Kostelyk.

--Consulting for and teaching at Edinburg Theological Seminary, a reformational institution serving the Anglo-Latino population in the Lower Rio Grande Valley in southern Texas along the Mexican border, and Faith Christian Academy in Brownsville.