Instructional Models

Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) developed the VAEI Community of Practice (CoP) model for science and engineering 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). For more detailed information review our Pedagogical Statement.

The VAEI Community of Practice creates a culture of scientific and engineering practice in the classroom.  Connections to the Next Generation Science and Engineering Practices are identified in the following graphic. 

To learn more about How CoP Supports Classroom Implementation of NGSS Practices, view our video series.

"The Community of Practice Model has allowed me to think more deeply about how I actually 'teach' science...Every day I am growing in engaging my kids to think and act scientifically!" Chad VanHouten East Kentwood Science Teacher
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