• 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

The Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is a teacher professional development program designed to provide teachers with the critical tools and knowledge to inspire the next generation to protect our most precious resource: the planet Earth.

Structure of TISS

Each year, a select group of 3rd-5th grade teachers embarks on a two-year journey to become leading educators of science and sustainability. The program includes in-depth workshops at the Academy, individual and team coaching visits at school sites, and stimulating trips to scientific institutions and outdoor spaces. Program topics include climate change, energy use, and food and water systems. Quality science teaching practices, reflective pedagogy, and teacher collaboration guide our efforts.

As the state moves toward implementing the Next Generation Science Standards, TISS supports teachers in enhancing their science teaching practices by infusing the NGSS scientific practices into all we do.

Teacher Benefits

TISS participants receive:

  • $1,500 in stipend each year
  • A free Membership to the Academy
  • A class set of science notebooks for each year of the program
  • Free field trips, workshops, and classroom kit reservations
  • Support in the form of school site coaching
  • Continuing education credits (fee-based), if desired

In each year of the program, our teachers participate in a 2-week summer session and over 25 hours of school year professional development.

By graduation, each and every TISS teacher receives 150 hours of professional development, including coaching, mentorship, lectures, workshops, and community building.

About our Teachers...
TISS Schools Map

Who are the TISS teachers and where do they come from? What do they have to say about our program? Check out this interactive map to hear from our participating teachers.

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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.