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10:00AM - 5:00PM

Now Accepting Schools for 2020/2021

About VINS School Programs

VINS School Programs enhance the STEM, science inquiry and place-based education in schools across the Upper Valley through embedded teacher professional development and direct student instruction. VINS Science Educators work collaboratively with teachers to plan, execute and review lessons designed to excite and engage students while increasing teachers pedagogical content knowledge. Each Science Educator has a Master of Education degree, is a highly qualified teacher, and holds a teaching license in Vermont and New Hampshire. We provide resources and ongoing support for implementing hands-on science and place-based lessons that are responsive to the needs of teachers and are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

To to bring VINS School Programs to your school, complete our School Programs Interest Form and a VINS Staff Member will be in touch shortly to begin the scheduling process.

VINS School Programs is working hard to have a safe and fun academic year. Whether our interactions are in-person or virtual, we are excited to continue to work with our partner schools. The VINS School Programs team is actively taking the following measures to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff:
  • VINS School Programs is and will continue to closely follow the safety and health guidance provided by the Vermont Agency of Education and Department of Health for the reopening of schools in fall 2020.
  • We are writing grants that will help to support virtual learning experiences for teachers and their students.
  • We are working to sanitize materials and increase the number of content that will be utilized in the classrooms / outdoor classrooms.
  • We are working to plan and prepare more lessons to be conducted outdoors at our partner schools.
  • We are preparing contracts for the upcoming academic year, (per the VT AOE and DoH), to continue our partnership with schools.
These protocols are subject to change at any point to ensure the safety of students, teachers, and staff.

VINS brings science inquiry and place-based education into the heart of classroom instruction:

Small Wonders

Small Wonders

Building empathy through nature play and discovery. 

K - Grade 5

ELF Science Program

Investigating the world as scientists and engineers.

Science Symposium
Grades 4 - 12

Science Symposium

Bringing natural science investigations to life.

VINS School Program Benefits

VINS School Programs is designed around building long term relationships with schools and providing sustained support to teachers over the years.  By participating in VINS School Programs, your school will receive benefits that will continue to enhance STEM and place-based education. Benefits range from emailing with a highly qualified Science Educator for lesson planning assistance, to free field trips to VINS, to a rehabilitated bird release at your school. The more grade levels and classrooms that participate in VINS School Programs, the more benefits you will see.

Level 1

Schools with one or two grade levels participating in VINS School Programs receive the following benefits.

Level 2

Schools with three or more grade levels participating in VINS School Programs receive the following benefits.

Small Wonders School

Schools with all preschool classrooms participating in VINS School programs receive the following benefits.

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"As our final education experience comes to an end, we wish to give a shout out to Michelle Amato, expressing both our gratitude and appreciation for the exceptional opportunities she afforded our students and school community. It has been a pleasure collaborating and working with Michelle throughout the past four weeks. The enthusiasm displayed by ALL the kindergarten and first-grade students in anticipation of her visits was contagious, energizing all of us prior to her arrival..."

Middletown Springs Elementary School

Middletown Springs, VT

"Thank you for your excellent puppet shows, wonderful explorations, and keeping the children on task and learning!  I am very impressed at the quality of your program and appreciate your presenting the developmentally appropriately paced activities and curriculum.  The children enjoyed every moment and were engaged throughout each science class time!  I will be telling all the pre-school teachers and Kindergarten teachers about you and your work this year with us! 

Wishing you all the best and hope that we can do this again in the future!"

Barnard Academy

Barnard, VT

"It was certainly a true pleasure to have worked with you over the past two years. You are always so knowledgeable and well prepared, as well as work collaboratively to be sure your lessons meet our goals. I would highly recommend you and VINS to any organization looking to support their science curriculum..."

Berlin Elementary School

Berlin, VT