This fall, CSI will partner with the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI) and the Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI) to provide a professional development program for science educators. The newly developed Christian School Educators Science Academy (CSESA) is designed to support transformation of science teaching and learning to a practice-based culture.
CSESA will be offered in two phases: phase 1, face-to-face training on the Community of Practice model (CoP) at VAEI Science Academy in Grand Rapids, Michigan; and phase 2, four online courses designed to provide a complete understanding of the CoP model for science and engineering practices. A team of science education specialists from the VAEI will facilitate both phases of the program.
Through the contributions of generous donors, CSI and ACSI will be able to underwrite the majority of the cost for member teachers. “This program is a fantastic opportunity to train teachers who will be leaders in faith and inquiry-based science instruction, preparing students to think and act as Christians in the scientific community,” said Joel Westa, CSI’s president.
More information on the academy is available at www.csesa.org.