ACSI and CSI Christian School Educators Science Academy
Association of Christian Schools International and Christian Schools International are partnering with Van Andel Education Institute to provide teachers and member schools the opportunity to participate in a unique professional development program designed to support transformation of science teaching and learning to a practice-based culture.
A team of science education specialists from the Van Andel Education Institute will facilitate the training. VAEI is a Grand Rapids, Michigan, based 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to advancing science education to increase the number of students choosing to pursue a career in science-related fields. Based in an 11,000 square foot innovation lab that is a learning center, the institute encourages exploration, testing, and refining practice-based teaching and learning approaches with students and teachers in the fields of science and engineering.
Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) developed the VAEI Community of Practice (CoP) model for science instruction based on research findings that optimal learning of science occurs through a process of inquiry. CoP incorporates the tenets advocated by, among others, Project 2061, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Science Education Standards, and the National Research Council (NRC).
To enable students to learn science through scientific practices and a process of inquiry, the instructional model supports the six strands of scientific proficiency as identified by the National Research Council (Taking Science to School, 2007; Learning Science in Informal Environments, 2009; A Framework for K-12 Science Education, 2012).