The Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is now accepting applications!
Apply today, as applications are due March 15, 2014.
The Academy’s Teacher Institute on Science and Sustainability (TISS) is a teacher professional development program designed to provide educators with the critical tools and knowledge to inspire the next generation to protect our most precious resource: the planet Earth.
Each year, a select group of 3rd — 5th grade teachers embarks on a two-year program to become leading educators of science and sustainability.
The program includes in-depth workshops at the California Academy of Sciences, individual and team coaching visits at school sites, and stimulating trips to scientific institutions, outdoor spaces, and more.
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 the implementation of the Next Generation Science Standards in K-12 classrooms, TISS is excited to continue to find ways to support teachers in enhancing their science teaching practices. Our program now infuses the NGSS scientific practices into all we do.
In each year of the program, our teachers participate in a 2-week summer session and over 25 hours of school year professional development.
If that isn’t enough reason to apply, TISS teachers also receive…
- an annual $2000 stipend,
- a membership to the Academy,
- a class set of science notebooks for each year of the program,
- school site coaching,
- access to Academy educational resources,
- free field trip admission, and
- continuing education credits (fee-based) for their participation.
To learn more, download the 2014 TISS Brochure, visit the TISS website, or email TISS@calacademy.org.
Applications to be a part of Cohort 6 are due March 15, 2014! Apply today. Priority is given to teams of two to four teachers applying from schools located within 20 miles of the Academy.