William and Mary School of Education

Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement

George Mason University coordinates all VISTA site applications.

Apply to be a William & Mary participant.

The Virginia Initiative for Science Teaching and Achievement (VISTA) is a partnership among school divisions, six universities, and the Virginia Department of Education with funding from the U.S. Department of Education to create an innovative community of support for sustained, intensive science teacher professional development.  VISTA is dedicated to:

  • Research-based reform of science instruction at all grade levels to meet the needs of diverse students including rural students and students with disabilities and limited English proficiency
  • Sustained professional growth and support for science teachers and leaders

We are currently recruiting participants for our randomized controlled study of the impact of VISTA on teacher practices and student outcomes. As part of the study, teachers will participate in data collection.

Professional Development VISTA