Dick Devos’ Involvement in Politics, Education and Philanthropy

Dick Devos’ family has a long history in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. The Devos family founded the Amway Corporation, and this multi-million dollar company has become well-known around the world.

 

Dick Devos served as President of Amway. As a result of his position with the company, he became a well-respected figure in the Grand Rapids business community. When it came time to try to bring economic development to the city, the opinions and ideas of Mr. Devos were much sought after.

 

There was a plan to build a new convention center and sports arena north of Grand Rapids’ downtown area. Dick Devos knew that if this plan was carried forward, it would spell the death of future downtown development. However, if the arena and convention center were located in the downtown area, these buildings could spur future development and economic growth in the area. Mr. Devos used his considerable influence to see the arena and convention center brought downtown. Mr. Devos and his family also contributed to helping the hospital in the downtown area by providing a substantial monetary gift to help with the children’s section of the hospital.

 

For many years, Mr. Devos has had an interest in the subject of education. He is a firm believer in school choice, vouchers and charter schools. He and his wife have been politically active in trying to get the state of Michigan, and other states, to pass legislation to make school choice a reality.

 

Mr. Devos didn’t limit his political involvement to educational matters alone. He became actively involved in Republican Party politics within his state. In fact, Dick Devos made a run for the position of governor. He ultimately fell short of that goal.

 

Even though defeated in his gubernatorial efforts, Mr. Devos continued to advocate for his positions in Michigan. He was instrumental in getting the state to pass a right-to-work bill.

 

Throughout his life, Mr. Devos has used his considerable financial resources to help others in his local community and across the nation. He and his family provide support each year to a charter school with an aviation theme that was founded by Mr. Devos. The Devos family also contributes to a number of colleges, private schools, hospitals and religious projects as well.

 

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Students “Take-off” With Rocketship Education

When looking at student progress, there is the traditional proficiency model used in the majority of public schools, which compares a student’s progress and ability to where it assumed he should be according to his current grade level. A student who is considered below grade level often stays there and may even fall further behind. Standardized assessments implemented by states are sources of proficiency data and leave out a key factor which may better assist a student who is considered behind his peers: growth data. Growth data illustrates where a student’s abilities currently lie, not just compared to grade level. Using assessments such as NWEA’s Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) assessment provide teachers with a clearer picture as to whether or not a student is responding to instruction, rather than are they reaching grade-level proficiency.

Rocketship Education is one such school where it is progress versus proficiency and that socio-economic boundaries can be overcome by focusing on student progress. They seek to serve a student population who may begin school behind their peers due to environment and resources and then struggle to keep up. When a student may need to make more than a school year’s worth of growth to meet proficiency, students can begin to lose hope of ever catching up.

To close this achievement gap, Rocketship Education employs community involvement and utilizes parents as advocates for their students’ education. Families can be one of the most powerful tools in assisting students and a cooperative relationship with the school can lead to tremendous change. Using highly qualified teachers, each student receives personalized learning instead of a “one size fits all” approach. Each child is different and using a mix of technology and progress assessment students are taught where they are currently performing, not where they are assumed they should be. Rocketship Education strives to meet each child where they are and take them where they want to go.

Wessex Institute of Technology eLibrary and Journals

The Wessex Institute of Technology, or also known as the WIT is an academic institution that offers research and education in higher degrees. It was founded by Professor Carlos Brebbia in 1986. The institution is located in the beautiful scenery of Ashurst Lodge that is found in the New Forest National Park. The institution main purpose is to promote the transfer of knowledge and skills between students and the professionals in different fields through various activities which include research, publishes and conferences. Through these core activities, the organization achieves its main goal.

The Wessex Institute of Technology eLibrary is one of the fundamental assets of the institute. The library avails useful resources for academia, researchers and students. The library management catalogues and publishes items that are presented in the library with the aim of sharing knowledge from one individual to another.

The library avails more than twenty eight thousand peer reviewed articles to the readers. These material are posted in the eLibrary which makes them available to the users. Moreover, the users can easily download the articles conveniently and at a very low costs. Students and researchers in need of items can register with the elibrary and get to download a wide variety of items. Also, individuals that have not registered can also view the articles and download them at affordable rates.

Another significant asset in the Wessex Institute of Technology are their journals. The institution welcomes the professionals and peer reviews from professionals and experts in different field to share their knowledge through journal article that are peer reviewed and published in their websites for other students to read and gain knowledge. These journals provide an avenue for the experts to share their knowledge and skills with the rest of the world. So far, the institute has published eight journals which include:

  1. International Journal of Sustainable Development and Planning,
  2. International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics,
  3. International Journal of Heritage Architecture
  4. International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering
  5. International Journal of Computational Methods and Experimental Measurements
  6. International Journal of Environmental Impacts
  7. International Journal of Transport And Development and Integration
  8. International Journal of Energy Production and Management