Van Andel Institute for Education supports families and schools, creating K-12 classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive.

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K-12 Administrators: Build a Powerful School Culture

Join us August 14th for a free webinar with proven strategies to shape a school culture that champions critical thinking, mutual respect, and love of learning.

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Registration for Fall 2024 After-School Cohort is Open!

Inspire students to think and act like scientists with Space Engineers (Grades 4-5) and Biomedical Explorers (Grades 6-7).

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Spots are filling quickly for K-12 Summer Camps

Explore our 1-day and 4-day summer camp options that include a variety of hands-on investigations where kids will boost academic skills, make new pals, and have a blast!

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Educators deserve the training, resources, and support needed to transform classrooms into beacons of curiosity where students participate in engaging, relevant, and transformative learning experiences. That’s where we can help!

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Families deserve access to meaningful, memorable learning experiences where students are inspired to solve the world’s most pressing problems. That’s where we can help!

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I could not be more impressed with the staff and follow-thru at VAI. They help me, help students, and our administrators at every opportunity for quality inquiry-based lesson delivery.

Russ Wallsteadt

GVSU Health Sciences

My husband and I work hard to ensure that our children are exposed to experiences that will support their thirst for learning. I continue to be impressed by the programming and staff at the VAI. We know several students who have completed the Afterschool Cohort program and gone on to be successful students and young adults. I view it as one of the premier after school activities offered in the city of Grand Rapids.

Parent of Afterschool Cohort student

My favorite part of summer camp was Everything!! I LOVED it!😁

Summer Camp Student

I always feel recharged and encouraged after PD here at VAI. One session here usually equals months of good ideas and lessons

Northview Field School Teacher

Once again, thank you for supporting our teachers. You have been a wonderful asset and support system as our teachers navigate implementing PBL in our schools.

Hillary Baker

Director of Instructional Services, Allegan Public Schools

Thank you for coming to our school! The students had so much fun that they probably didn’t even realize all the learning they were doing. THAT is the best kind of learning!

Kimberly VanderZwaag

Rose Park Elementary

Thank you, thank you for all the energy and knowledge you have shared with my granddaughter and all of the students. We are so blessed by the gifts you bring to this program! Our community is so lucky to have this program.

Grandmother of Afterschool Cohort Student

Great job. If I could rate this field trip, it would be a 10/10.

Student from Harrison Park


Amazingggggg!!! I've always wanted to do PBL in the classroom since I learned about it a few years ago. This 3-day series was unlike any other training I've ever had, and I can see my works on paper becoming a reality. Thank you for this!!

GVSU Teacher

The PD today was awesome - I saw so many smiles, we needed that!

Yvette Levy

Principal of Wilkinson Early Childhood Center