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SPRING/SUMMER 2015

VAN ANDEL INSTITUTE’S

HIGHLIGHTS of

HOPE

Your Help Empowers Science Teachers Across the Country Thanks to your support, in July Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) will launch NexGen Inquiry, an innovative new cloud-based science investigation platform to educators across the nation. NexGen Inquiry fosters better communication, expands teacher professional development and provides a support and resource community. Data shows that U.S. students are under-performing in math and science compared to their international peers. Teachers recognize that one key to solving the problem lies in technology, yet very few believe they have the effective digital instructional tools they need. Designed by teachers for teachers, NexGen Inquiry provides educators with a virtual classroom with digital scientific journal materials that provide an inquiry-based approach to their existing curriculum. “What’s critical is that teachers are able to design custom templates based

on their proven curriculum, and push it to the student through an electronic journal,” said Jim Nicolette, associate director of VAEI.

Affordable Educational Tools VAEI has been building a regional science teacher community at the Science Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan for the past decade. Expanding on the great success of these programs regionally, the Institute is optimistic about the prospects of extending these best practices on the national stage.

Learn more about NexGen Inquiry at www.nexgeninquiry.com.

“This is a groundbreaking opportunity for education benefactors to equip a school, or an entire school district, with NexGen Inquiry for around $.25 per student per year,” said Michelle Castro, an education consultant for Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. “From a national perspective, America is falling behind, so Van Andel Education Institute has simply taken cost out of the equation when it comes to helping us catch up.”

You Can Help Transform Classrooms Your help is critical to introduce NexGen Inquiry to teachers across the country and begin transforming classrooms. 100% of your support allows VAEI to impact a greater number of teachers and students. For more information on directly supporting Van Andel Education Institute, call 616.234.5040 or visit www.vai.org.

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Highlights of Hope - Spring/Summer 2015  

A magazine for donors with event photos, donor stories, and updates about what's going on at Van Andel Institute. Read about the work made p...

Highlights of Hope - Spring/Summer 2015  

A magazine for donors with event photos, donor stories, and updates about what's going on at Van Andel Institute. Read about the work made p...

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