Teacher Professional Development and Pedagogy

Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES)

The Constructivist Learning Environment Survey (CLES) is a 42-item questionnaire which uses a 5-point Likert scale measuring students' experience of science or math instruction.  Students are asked a variety of questions measuring Personal Relevance, Critical Voice, Shared Control, Uncertainy, Student Negotiation, Commitment, and Teacher Support.  The Personal Relevance scale is concerned with the connectedness of school science to students' out-of-school experiences.


Context Beliefs about Teaching Science Instrument

The Context Beliefs about Teaching Science Instrument is a 26-item 5-point Likert scale questionnaire.


Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP)

The Reformed Teaching Observation Protocol (RTOP) was developed as an observation instrument to provide a standardized means for detecting the degree to which K-20 classroom instruction in mathematics or science is reformed.  RTOP consists of 25 items, each using a 5-point Likert scale.  These 25 items are divided equally into 5 categories: Lesson Design and Implementation, Content: Propositional Pedagogic Knowledge, Content: Procedural Pedagogic Knowledge, Classroom Culture: Communicative Interactions, and Classroom Culture: Student/teacher Relationships.


OMLI Classroom Observation Protocol

The OMLI Classroom Observation Protocol is a tool for documenting the quantity and quality of mathematical discourse that transpires during K-12 mathematics lessons observed as part of the OMLI project. The protocol includes a 7-step classroom observation procedure which includes a pre- and a post-observation interview.


Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Beliefs Instrument (MTEBI)

The Mathematics Teaching Efficacy Belief Instrument (MTEBI) is a modification of of STEBI-B. This instrument measures mathematics efficacy beliefs in preservice teachers. The MTEBI consists of 21 items on each of two scales: Personal Mathematics Teaching Efficacy and Mathematics Teaching Outcome Expectancy.  

Link provided includes instrument, scoring instructions, and instrument documentation.


Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement

Preparing Tomorrow's STEM Workforce through Exploration, Equity, and Engagement is a product of the previous ITEST Learning Resource Center (LRC) and includes a series of six articles (plus a preface) highlighting key themes and lessons learned in the first five years of the ITEST program.


Place-Based Education and Geographic Information Systems: Enhancing the Spatial Awareness of Middle School Students in Maine

Spatial literacy is a new frontier in K-12 education. This article describes a place-based introductory GIS/GPS middle school curriculum unit in which students used measuring tools, GPS units, and My World GIS software to collect physical and spatial data of trees to create a schoolyard tree inventory. Maine students completed "memory maps" of their schoolyards as a pre/post exercise assessment. A statistically significant increase in students' spatial awareness was documented.


Earth Exploration Toolbook

The Earth Exploration Toolbook is a collection of computer-based Earth science activities that high school and college teachers can incorporate into their teaching. Each activity, or chapter, introduces one or more data sets and an analysis tool that enables users to explore some aspect of the Earth system.  Users can search for chapters by Earth system topic or tool.


PBS LearningMedia

PBS LearningMedia hosts a collection of of classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted digital resources. Resources are aligned to Common Core and national standards and include videos and interactives as well as audio files, documents, and in-depth lesson plans. You can browse by standards, grade level, subject area, and special collections. You can also favorite and share resources with your class and colleagues through folders and social media.