Network for Eccentric Educators

A unique teacher network that provides resources and support to innovative educators. 

Weirdos of the World, Unite!

All true innovation begins as eccentricity. It’s true across the world — especially in education. That’s why we’re calling together all the creative, kooky, and contra-conventional educators to learn from each other and to challenge the status quo of teaching.

Registration for the 2024-2025 school year is coming soon.

Connect with like-minded educators to explore how they’re solving education’s most pressing challenges. Choose the ideas you love and use them to transform your professional learning and your pedagogical practice.

Powerful PD for Innovative Educators

It can be lonely outside of the box — that’s why networking with other envelope-pushers can be such a powerful and affirming experience for eccentric educators. Led by the ridiculously brilliant team at the Van Andel Institute for K-12 Education, the Network for Eccentric Educators provides support and encouragement in addition to great new ideas.

Every Registration Includes:

Online meetings

These one-hour online meetings offer an opportunity for this inclusive community of eccentric teachers to learn with and from one another. We’ll focus on big issues in education — the kind of ideas where innovative thinkers are most needed!

2024-2025 schedule is coming soon:

  • Artificial Intelligence (1 SCECH)
  • Responsible Risk-Taking (1 SCECH)
  • Gamification  (1 SCECH)
  • Authentic Learning (1 SCECH)
  • Collaboration (1 SCECH)

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Monthly curated resources

VAI’s Network of Eccentric Educators curates practical resources from each meeting and offers advice for how the resources can transform practice and elevate instructional effectiveness.

Ongoing coaching and mentorship

Between sessions, teachers will have the opportunity to engage one-on-one with a knowledgeable and experienced educator, who can answer their questions and share ideas about the specific challenges they are encountering.

Built-in accountability

Each session will include an action plan for teachers to make targeted decisions on how to put the newly-learned content to use right away.

Our Approach

Teachers need a network of like-minded educators who are willing to think differently about the big topics facing our discipline. VAI’s Network of Eccentric Educators creates an inclusive community that:

Are you ready to reimagine education through innovative teaching?

Hurry! To keep the communal feeling, space is limited to 40 participants. VAI’s Network for Eccentric Educators is valued at $300/teacher, but we’re offering it FREE this school year in exchange for feedback on the program.

If you have questions or these dates don’t work for you, please fill out this form and let us know. We may be able to work with you!

At Van Andel Institute for Education, our mission is to create classrooms where curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking thrive. We NEVER want cost to be a prohibiting factor in quality education for students or teachers. If price ever becomes an issue, please let us know. We may be able to help!