Customized Professional Development

Program Details

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.

The model delineates three vital areas that must be addressed when designing and implementing an instructional program for scientific proficiency:   

  1. Nurture scientific habits of mind
  2. Utilize a process of scientific inquiry
  3. Establish a supportive learning environment

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


For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact: Jim Nicolette, Associate Director, VAEI by phone, 616.234.5579, or email.