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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.
Nurturing Lovers and Does of Justice
a key goal of Christian education

elaine brouwer

There is intentionality inherent in the word ‘education’. Although often used interchangeably, education and schooling are not synonymous. The current school improvement rhetoric of policy makers and corporate interests that tout such initiatives as an emphasis on STEM courses often at the expense of other disciplines, common standards coupled with high stakes testing, longer school days, and so on is talk of schooling not necessarily education.

Providing an education involves intentionally nurturing a moral and ethical framework within which young people are encouraged to learn and live. Education happens when the learning process and environment are focused on developing wise people who are committed to using their learning, their gifts, and their passions for the well-being of the world. Education is about shaping a way of living that is grounded in a particular time and place and is aimed toward a specific end. It is very possible to be well-schooled, but not well-educated.

For the work we do in Christian schools to be more than just schooling, we need to intentionally shape the whole endeavor according to the way God calls us to live – God’s vision of the good life. While we cannot pretend to fully know the heart and intention of God, we can get glimpses of it when we seek a comprehensive understanding of the story God is telling in the Scriptures. This story begins with God’s creative, loving act of bringing the cosmos into being, which is followed quickly by… read more >>

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 in conjunction with the Christian Educators 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.

--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.