Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond

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Van Andel Institute Virtual Public Lecture Series: Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond

December 9, 2021 @ 12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST

Educational programs across the country are poised for change and growth in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic. What could learning look like at the K–12 and graduate levels as we move into 2022 and beyond? What kind of growth is possible if we rethink what teaching and learning can look like?

Join us on Dec. 9 for “Education’s Future at VAI and Beyond,” part of Van Andel Institute’s Virtual Public Lecture Series, for answers to these questions and more. Hear from educators who are helping create classrooms where curiosity, creativity and critical thinking thrive, and training the next generation of scientific leaders.

We’ll explore the state of education in our society today and how Van Andel Institute for Education is helping schools overcome learning loss. You’ll also learn about the mission of Van Andel Institute Graduate School, what sets us apart from other Ph.D. programs, and what innovative next steps we have in mind for the future.


Steven J. Triezenberg, Ph.D.

Terra Tarango


President and Dean, Van Andel Institute Graduate School

Steven J. Triezenberg, Ph.D.Steven J. Triezenberg is the President and Dean of Van Andel Institute Graduate School and Professor in Van Andel Research Institute.  Dr. Triezenberg received his bachelor’s degree in biology and education at Calvin College in Grand Rapids, MI.  His Ph.D. training in cell and molecular biology at the University of Michigan was followed by postdoctoral research at the Carnegie Institution of Washington. From 1987 to 2006, Dr. Triezenberg was a faculty member of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Michigan State University.  He joined Van Andel Institute in 2006 as the founding dean of its graduate school.  From 2009 to 2015, Dr. Triezenberg also served as Director of Van Andel Education Institute. His laboratory research (which ended in 2018) explored mechanisms of gene regulation, in particular during herpes simplex virus infections. Dr. Triezenberg is active in the regional and national graduate education community and as an accreditation peer reviewer for the Higher Learning Commission. He received an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Central Michigan University in 2012.

Director & Chief Education Officer, Van Andel Institute for Education

Terra Tarango is an accomplished advocate in the education industry with more than 20 years of experience in educational publishing and services. Terra currently serves as the chief education officer of Van Andel Institute for Education. She oversees innovative student programming, game-changing teacher professional development and the grassroots implementation of Blue AppleTM projects — all designed to equip the next generation of scientists with the knowledge, skills and understanding they need to tackle the world’s most pressing problems. She is an expert in instructional climate and culture, and has devoted her career to increasing curiosity, creativity and critical thinking in the classroom.

Prior to joining the Institute, Terra served as president of SDE, one of the largest U.S. providers of professional development for educators in pre-K through 12th grade. She also has developed award-winning print and digital curriculum with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the largest educational publisher in the nation.

Contact Sarah Rollman at 616.234.5712 or via email for more information.


December 9, 2021
12:00 pm EST - 1:00 pm EST
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Van Andel Institute
333 Bostwick Ave. NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503 United States