Professional Development

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) designed its professional development programs based on research findings that optimal learning of science occurs through a process of inquiry. Driven by our mission to promote and strengthen science education by providing opportunities for teachers to more effectively engage their students in inquiry-based science education, VAEI has developed the Community of Practice model.


Professional Development Programs

Employing research-based practices, VAEI staff will design a comprehensive professional development program to meet the specific needs of your school or district.
Face to Face

Join us for training at our facility, in your school, or a combination of both. Trainings are immersive in nature, allowing educators to experience the Community of Practice model while gaining specific strategies to make inquiry-based Science a reality in their classroom.


Get the best of both worlds by developing a PD plan that combines face to face and online learning experiences.


Take part in our online courses and customized webinars to receive the same instructional methodology and strategies in a virtual environment.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact or 616.234.5528.