Van Andel Institute for Education is not a school. Rather, we are an innovation laboratory for teacher professional development in an effort to create classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive; plus, we offer a variety of K–12 student programs that allow students to think and act like scientists.
High School Journal Club is designed for teachers to bring a select group of students to participate in scientific discourse with scientists, as well as with other teachers and students from different schools. VAI sends out invitations to teachers, and those teachers can select the students. Parents cannot sign up their children without a teacher’s involvement.
Field Trips are set up by the teacher for a class. A parent cannot sign up an individual student. To set up a Field Trip, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 616.234.5528.
Please email email@example.com or call 616.234.5228.
VAI follows the inclement weather cancellation policy of Grand Rapids Public Schools. If Grand Rapids Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather, VAI student and teacher programs will also be closed. Click here for more information on GRPS closings.
Of course! Any monetary donation to our programs will be used directly to support student and teacher learning experiences. If you are interested in supporting students or teachers, all donations will be in support of creating classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive at VAI and across the nation. For more information, please call or email.
NexGen Inquiry is an interactive, web-based resource for inquiry-based science. Built by teachers for teachers, NexGen Inquiry is the result of over a decade of work with students and science educators at
Van Andel Education Institute in Grand Rapids, MI.
NexGen Inquiry includes the following to support your success with inquiry-based teaching and learning in your classroom: