Sustained Training Program

Stages of Implementation

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) supports implementation of inquiry-based learning from start to finish. Our professional development and instructional tools support a transformation of science instruction. 

Professional Development Learning Objectives

Through the Education Institute’s Sustained Training program, teachers will receive:

  • Interactive, participatory and customized professional development in implementing the VAEI instructional model.
  • Strategies for successfully incorporating an inquiry-based instructional process as well as a classroom culture of thinking and collaboration.
    • Year 1 focus: Inquiry-based mindset, questioning and journaling, data analysis and critical thinking, explanation and collaboration
    • Year 2 focus: Questioning and lesson sequences, data analysis and engineering design, explanation and open investigations
  • Tools and supports to transform traditional lesson plans into inquiry-based learning experiences.
  • Support in implementation throughout the year through customized application and feedback loops.
Year 1 Training

*Training dates at VAEI include lunch and snacks for up to 40 participants. Training days at school include travel expenses up to 2 hours away.

Year 2 Training

*Training dates at VAEI include lunch and snacks for up to 40 participants. Training days at school include travel expenses up to 2 hours away.