The VSI is a statewide system of programs that involve teachers in training and support that directly impact their content knowledge, their ability to deliver content through sound instructional practices, and their capacity for science leadership.

VSI works in partnership with teachers, school administrators, scientists, and educators at institutions of higher education to produce outstanding science educators with:

  • A deep understanding of science content
  • Understanding of the methods of science inquiry
  • The researched, best practices in science teaching and assessment
  • Knowledge and skills in teacher leadership


A superb experience...I couldn’t be more satisfied... Content was outstanding. The choice of topics integrates science disciplines and inquiry beautifully... I’m really enjoying this course. It has opened my mind to all the different aspects of teaching science.” — VSI Tier II participating teachers