Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science

What is TIES?

The Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES) will give 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 Partnerships

The TIES Partnerships Project serves as a network for teachers and biologists in nearby areas to connect with one another. TIES hopes this will allow biologists to share their knowledge and inspire young students to continue learning more about evolution, as well as help teachers provide accurate information they can use to nurture that desire to learn.

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.

TIES Online Learning

The Online Learning page provides busy educators, homeschooling parents, and curious science lovers in general with rich, easily accessible online tools, in-person workshops, webinars and other helpful resources to help you better teach evolution.


With fun, interactive labs demonstrated by TIES Director Bertha Vazquez, workshop & webinar schedules and TIES Workshop Walkthrough, the Online Learning page gives you a one-stop-shop for the resources you need to succeed in the classroom.

And best of all– IT’S FREE!

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.

Join the Teacher Corps

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.

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Peer Resources- Shared by Fellow Teachers


View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/why-are-sloths-so-slow-kenny-coogan Sloths spend most of their time eating, resting, or sleeping; in fact, they descend from their treetops canopies just once a...

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