Toyota Intensive Science Summer Institute (ISSI)

In an effort to improve and support science teaching at the elementary level we have partnered with Toyota USA Foundation to provide professional development for elementary school teachers. The program includes summer professional development (you will get a stipend and  a class set of science teaching materials) plus workshops, conferences and seminars during the school year (you get to select which sessions to attend). For an additional fee you can get upper division science credit for your participation. You also have the option of enrolling in graduate level science courses designed specifically for K-8 teachers (part of the Science Education Master's Degree program).

The program focuses on physical sciences for 2010-2011 and on earth/space science for 2011-2012.

We want you to be able to have someone at your school site with whom you can share ideas and teaching strategies. To help make that happen we are requiring that you apply to the program with another teacher from your school

Who is eligible?
2nd through 5th grade teachers (at least two from the same school must apply).
Teachers interested in increasing their confidence and competence at teaching science.
Preference given to teachers working in high need schools.

When and where was the institute?
The 2011 institute will be held at CSULB.
June 27--  July 8, 2011, 8 – 4:30 pm daily

Participating teachers receive a $400 stipend for the summer institute plus a classroom set of materials associated with the content of the summer institute. An additional $100 stipend will be paid at teh completion of the 15 hours of academic year professional development.

There is required ongoing professional development during the academic year. You are required to participate in 15 hours over the course of the school year. 

Calendar of Activities 

Program Features at a glance
Summer  - Two week science content workshop. You will learn science content, practice teaching science lessons to kids, receive the equipment associated with the science units learned during the summer.
Academic Year - select from a menu of professional development options (conference attendance, afternoon seminars and workshops, evening dinner meetings)

Summer 2011 Earth/Space Science Topics
Grade 2 & 4 Teachers
Grade 3 & 5 Teachers
2 weeks intensive summer science content instruction
        includes teaching science lessons at Boys & Girls Club
Materials for activities & labs (worth $400)
$500 Stipend  ($400 after the summer institute, $100 after the 2011-2012 professional development program )
2 units of university credit available at additional cost
Rock Cycle
Rocks, Minerals & Weathering
Water Cycle

Program for 2011: June 27 - July 1, July 5 - July 8

Want more information?

Visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.
Call (562) 985-4801

Applications for 2011-2012 (Due 3/18/11)
Optional Information Session 3/9/11 - CSULB 5:00 in FO5-121

Campus maps

For program information please contact:

 Elena McComas
 Science Education Department
 California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
 Long Beach, CA  90840-4506
Funded by the Toyota USA Foundation