Training Details

  • A two-day, intensive training in the VAEI Community of Scientific Practice instructional model. The training will be held at VAEI in Grand Rapids, Michigan, in November.
    • Developing understanding of the shifts taking place in science education
    • Creating a vision for exemplary teaching and learning in science
    • A full immersion in the VAEI Community of Scientific Practice instructional model
    • An introduction to the NexGen Inquiry Platform, including development of a lesson template for implementation upon returning to the classroom
    • Making connections to show how CoP supports attainment of the vision for exemplary science teaching and learning
    • How to take your existing curriculum and deliver it through CoP lesson transformation
  • A 15-month subscription to the NexGen Inquiry (NGI) platform with access to:
    • Interactive, web-based student journaling software
    • The Template Library, with lessons for immediate use of modification
    • A resources library providing instructional resources to support implementation of CoP
    • The teacher community
  • Monthly webinars to support classroom implementation experiences, deepen understanding of CoP, and share strategies and curriculum ideas.
  • Opportunities to share your learning and experience with CoP implementation with other teachers at regional and national conferences.


  • Applicants who are chosen to participate will be notified by email in late October and will be responsible for a fee payable by November 1. Non-member schools will be charged $750 and ACSI/CSI members will be charged $350.
  • ACSI and CSI, through their donor bases, underwrite the cost for their participants, which includes the training, lodging, and food.
  • For those member school participants who live more than 60 miles/100km from the training site, ACSI and CSI will subsidize travel costs to attend, up to a maximum of $500.


  • Participants will book their own travel arrangements to and from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Please note: valid passports are required for all travel between countries.
  • For attendees who live more than 60 miles/100km from the training site, ACSI and CSI will reimburse direct travel costs for air or ground transportation. Reimbursement is for actual expenses or $500, whichever is less. Air travel must be economy class via the least expensive route; automobile expenses may be actual costs or prevailing official reimbursement rate (currently $0.575/mile or $0.575cad/km), but neither to exceed comparable rental car costs.
  • You will be reimbursed for your travel costs after the training has been held. Upon submission of your travel receipts to Christian Schools International, reimbursements will be mailed within three weeks.
  • Lodging is provided Wednesday–Thursday night (Friday night lodging is available upon request). If your travel plans include extra nights beyond the training, these would be at your own expense. Rooms will not be available at the venue for the group rate beyond Friday night.

Lodging and Meals

  • Lodging is provided at the Homewood Suites by Hilton located in downtown Grand Rapids. Reservations will be handled by Christian Schools international.
  • Rooms are similar to a standard hotel room, with linens and towels provided.
  • Breakfast vouchers will be provided for Thursday morning and Friday morning.
  • Snacks and lunch both days will be provided by VAEI at the training facility.
  • Dinner Thursday evening will be an optional event as a group covered by ACSI and CSI.

Graduate Credit/CEU

    Graduate credit/CEUs will be available through the following organizations
    • Grand Valley State University
    • ACSI
    • Working on possibilities with Dordt, Calvin, and Grand Canyon

Additional Information

For additional information please contact Rachael Heyboer at Christian Schools International
email or call 800.635.8288, ext. 240