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Life School by Nova Education

Life School by Nova Education

Alexandra Van Milligen 414 Views

As a high school literature teacher, I’d ask my graduates what they WISHED they’d learned in high school—what would have really prepared them for choice-filled lives? In 2015, I went back to school to learn how to create educational software that would foster equity by filling gaps like nutrition, sexual health, mental wellness, career preparedness, and more.

In 2019 we began planning our first semester-length digital curriculum: Financial Literacy. It was the course most asked for by students are parents, and one both Shandon and myself felt would have changed our own trajectories. Imagine understanding how your credit impacts your life at fifteen years old!

One of the biggest barriers to implementing curricula like ours is teacher lift. Teachers simply don’t have time to plan quality material for several courses. Our digitally-delivered curriculum minimizes teacher lift while simultaneously supporting core content. It’s rigorous, engaging and relevant—what education should be.


Students who know more are better-equipped to share their gifts with the world.

Both elective teachers and teachers of tested subjects (math, science, English) benefit from standards-aligned curriculum. Our software allows teachers to present rigorous texts, respond to data, and differentiate. Most teachers make it <5 years in the classroom! Let’s change that.

When schools nurture students to become problem-solvers, contributors and game-changers, we all win.

What I Will Do With $5,000

We believe that education and social justice go hand-in-hand. With 5,000 we’ll be able to purchase 40 hours of dev time to develop lesson one of our Financial Wellness digital curriculum.  A developed prototype is essential for beta testing, which we hope to begin in the fall semester of 2020.

Any leftover money will be put towards marketing and additional dev time.

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About Alexandra Van Milligen

I'm a former high school teacher turned UX designer. Shandon, is a graphic designer. We share a passion for education, creativity, design and equity. Together, we're going to change the way people teach and learn. I spent the past five years teaching for KIPP, a nationally-recognized charter school. I received my BA in English Literature from Calvin College, my Master's in Urban Education from Union University and my certificate in UX design from bloc. And I teach yoga. :)

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