Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES)

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Our Mission

To provide middle school teachers the tools they need to effectively teach evolution and answer its critics based on new Next Generation Science Standards.

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TIES Workshop Walk-Through

The following links take you through an actual TIES Workshop. The focus is on Florida’s middle school science standards on evolution. In their latest report, the National Center for Science Education gave Florida a grade of A for its science standards on evolution.


By clicking the buttons below, you can watch students working through two hands-on activities on the topic of natural selection. Both activities can be downloaded below under the “Ready-to-Go Evolution Unit” tab.

Teacher Materials

Join our TIES Teacher Corps

Do you recognize the importance of evolutionary science in our modern society and want to educate future generations on its relevance?  We are looking for science teachers who can volunteer to present workshops in their school districts and local colleges on their state science standards on evolution and natural selection.



Share Your Best Practices

Do you have a lab idea or lessons that work that you’d like to share?

Send your lessons and labs to Bertha Vazquez by clicking the button below and we will post them up on our site in the section at the bottom of the page.

Our fellow teachers are often our best resources.

Peer Resources- Shared by Fellow Teachers


https://www.ted.com/talks/prosanta_chakrabarty_clues_to_prehistoric_times_found_in_blind_cavefish#t-238182 TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty explores hidden parts of the world in search of new species of cave-dwelling fish. These subterranean creatures have developed fascinating...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-64U7WoBrqM Sloths spend most of their time eating, resting, or sleeping; in fact, they descend from their treetops canopies just once a week, for a...

Ms. Klahn's Evolution Links

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Where we've been


Webinar Schedule

 Jonathan Tweet shares his book Grandmother Fish and his game Clades

Tuesday, June 26th, 2018
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm EDT
Registration is free.

Register now!

TIES WEBINAR: A Conversation with Richard Dawkins

Meet the Director: Bertha Vazquez

Bertha Vazquez has been teaching middle school science in Miami-Dade County Public Schools for 24 years. She has BA in Biology from the University of Miami and a Master’s in Science Education from Florida International University. A seasoned traveler who has visited all seven continents, she enjoys introducing the world of nature and science to young, eager minds. An educator with National Board Certification, she is the recipient of several national and local honors, including the 2014 Samsung’s $150,000 Solve For Tomorrow Contest and The Charles C. Bartlett National Excellence in Environmental Award in 2009. She has been the Miami-Dade Science Teacher of the Year three times, in 1997, 2008, and 2017. She is the 2017 recipient of the National Association of Biology Teachers Evolution Education Award and is also one of Florida’s 2017 finalists for the most prestigious science award in the country, The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

In-Person Workshop Schedule

 Join us for a live, in-person workshop!

To register for a workshop, email Bertha Vazquez.

  • February 10, 2018: Celebrating Darwin Day with the Museum of Science and Industry, Tampa, Fl, presented by Kenny Coogan
  • February 10, 2018: “2018: A Science Odyssey” at the Annual Science Conference in Southern Nevada, Las Vegas, NV, presented by Heather Witt and Jennifer Panczyszyn
  • February 16, 2018: The 47th Annual HASTI Conference, Science: Keeping it ReAL, Indianapolis, Indiana, presented by Jenna Sutton
  • February 26, 2018: School District PD, William Penn Middle School, Yardley, PA, presented by Robert Cooper
  • February 28, 2018: District-Wide Professional Development Day, Githens Middle School, Durham, NC, presented by Kathryn Green
  • March 2, 2018: Michigan Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Lancing, MI, presented by Rebecca Brewer
  • March 16, 2018: National Science Teachers Association National Conference, Science on My Mind, Atlanta, GA, presented by Kathryn Green Atlanta
  • March 17, 2018: NSTA Share-a-Thon, NSTA National Conference, Atlanta GA, presented by Jaime Kupfner
  • April 7, 2018: New Hampshire Science Teachers Spring Conference, Pinkerton Academy, Derry, NH, presented by Bonnie Nieves
  • April 11, 2018: Evolution for Future Educators, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, presented by Katie Green
  • April 12, 2018: Science Educators of Catholic Middle Schools, Potomac, MD, presented by Jenna Sutton with guest speaker evolutionary biologist Dr. Karen Carleton
  • June 2, 2018: Oklahoma Science Teacher Conference: 3D Science, University of Central Oklahoma, Edmund, OK, presented by Sephali Ray
  • June 5, 2018: Southwest Georgia RESA Science Conference (Sponsored by the Southwest Georgia Regional Educational Service Agency), Camille, GA, presented by Patti Howell
  • July 19, 2018: S.E.T. S.A.I.L. 2018 A+PEL Summer Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, presented by Blake Touchet
  • August 7, 2018: Rowan University, Glassboro, NJ, presented by Robert Cooper
  • August 17, 2018: CollegeNow Professional Development Day, Tompkins Cortland Community College, Dreyden, NY, Presented by Michele Whitecraft
  • October 9, 2018: TIES at the Zoo! Full-day professional development, 8 am-3 pm. Birmingham Zoo, Birmingham, AL, presented by Kathy Fournier, zoo educator, and Dr. Jason Heaton, paleontologist and professor at Birmingham Southern College
  • October 11, 2018: 2018 NSTA Area Conference on Science Education, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV, presented by Heather Witt
  • October 12, 2018: 2018 NSTA Area Conference on Science Education, Reno-Sparks Convention Center, Reno, NV, presented by Jennifer Panczyszyn
  • November 5, 2018: Science Teachers of New York State Annual Conference, Riverside Conference Center, Rochester, NY, presented by Victoria Klahn
  • November 10. 2018: Connecticut Science Teachers Association Annual Conference, Heritage Hotel & Conference Center, Southbury, CT, presented by Victoria Klahn
  • November 9, 2018: Tell Us About TIES, National Association of Biology Teachers Annual Conference, San Diego, CA, presented by Cheryl Hollinger.
  • November 16, 2018: VAST Professional Development Institute, Williamsburg, VA, presented by Christopher Moran
  • November 16, 2018: NSTA Regional Conference, The Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center, National Harbor, MD, presented by Robert Cooper
  • November 29. 2018: NSTA Regional Conference, Charlotte Convention Center, Charlotte, NC, presented by Amanda Clapp

For a list of 2015-2017 workshops, click here.

Our face-to-face professional development workshops & webinars for middle school science teachers are being offered across the United States by members of our TIES Teacher Corps. For more information about organizing a TIES workshop or webinar near you, please contact TIES director Bertha Vazquez.

Please check back regularly for our updated webinar offerings and soon-to-be added interactive learning modules.