Van Andel Education Institute Releases NexGen Inquiry™

Web-based platform engages teachers and students in science and engineering practices to support the development of 21st Century skills

Aug 03, 2015, 14:22 ET from Van Andel Institute

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Aug. 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI), the science education division of Van Andel Institute, announces NexGen Inquiry™, an innovative, Web-based, science investigation platform. Released in preparation for the 2015-16 school year, NexGen Inquiry™ includes an interactive teaching and learning platform that supports existing curriculum, integrated teacher professional development, a teacher community and a resource library.

Built by teachers for teachers, NexGen Inquiry™ is the result of over a decade of work with students and science educators at the Van Andel Education Institute Science Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It is a foundational support for the Next Generation Science Standards as well as other state standards.

"The Community of Scientific Practice opened my eyes to real, hands-on science and has taken my science instruction methods to the next level," said Jessica O'Donnell, a fifth-grade teacher at Spring Lake Intermediate School. "I am excited to incorporate the NexGen Inquiry™ teaching and learning platform with my fifth grade class this year as we increase technology access for our students."

NexGen Inquiry™ includes a Web-based journal where-in students can complete investigations designed and distributed by their teachers and also plan and conduct their own investigations, professional development resources through self-paced video modules, a resource library with full access to instructional scaffolds and posters for use in implementing VAEI's Community of Scientific Practice model, and a teacher community where teachers can ask questions of other practitioners or share ideas and best practices with their peers and VAEI staff.

"The beauty of the online professional development offered within NexGen Inquiry is the opportunity for teachers to learn, enhance, strengthen and apply the best practices of inquiry-based teaching and learning," said Jim Nicolette, associate director of VAEI's Science Academy. "We are very excited to take the success of our face-to-face professional development and extend our reach to teachers across the country."

NexGen Inquiry™ is designed to meet the growing need for enhanced tools, resources and teacher professional development in science education to build the nation's science, technology, engineering and math capacity and meet the demands of an increasingly complex and technical world.

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Beth Hinshaw Hall

Van Andel Institute


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