• Cohort 6 teachers on roof
  • Teachers studying pond creatures
  • TISS teacher in the rainforest
  • TISS teachers on roof
  • TISS teacher with various juices
  • TISS Teachers planning with FOSS curriculum
  • TISS lesson in garden
  • TISS teachers with lemons

Join the vibrant and growing community of 3rd-5th grade Bay Area teachers in the Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability.

About the Program

TISS is a transformative two-year professional development program that provides teachers with best practices in science pedagogy, adult-level content knowledge, and school site support to enhance teachers' and students' understanding of topics ranging from energy to food systems to water issues.

In each year of the program, teachers participate in a two-week summer session and over 25 hours of school-year professional development. By graduation, each TISS teacher receives 150 hours of professional development including coaching, workshops, and school-team collaboration.

Features & Benefits

TISS teachers receive:

  • $1,500 annual stipend
  • School site coaching by Academy educators
  • Complimentary Academy membership
  • Five continuing education credits per year (fee paid by participant)
  • A class set of science notebooks
  • Guaranteed Academy field trip for students


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TISS Sponsors

We Thank our Sponsors

The Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability is generously supported by an anonymous donor; Hearst Endowment for Science Education; Clarence E. Heller Charitable Foundation; Pisces Foundation; and Union Bank Foundation.