Van Andel Education Institute

Grand Rapids, Michigan

For the last two years, Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) has partnered with CSI and ACSI in their goal to train K–8 science teachers on a unique model that transforms how they teach science. This model is known as VAEI's Instructional Model for Inquiry–based Science.

VAEI designed their model for science instruction based on research findings that optimal learning of science occurs through a process of inquiry. Created from a mission to promote and strengthen education by providing opportunities for science teachers to more effectively engage their students in thinking and acting like scientist, the NexGen Inquiry model was born.

The NexGen Inquiry model 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).

More About VAEI

Van Andel Education Institute 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 practiced-based teaching and earning approaches with students and teachers in the fields of science and engineering.

VAEI is located at 216 N. Division Avenue, Grand Rapids, MI 49503.

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