Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have been advocated in gifted education, and STEM initiatives are increasingly implemented in schools. Presenters discuss their study that validated the TESS-M, an instrument measuring teachers’ STEM self-efficacy. Participants (n=119) were teachers in a K-12 school district launching a school-wide STEM initiative. We discuss differences found between gifted and general education teachers.
Grand Valley State University
Kelly is an assistant professor at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to that position, she was a gifted specialist for 17 years. She received her PhD in Educational Psychology with a concentration in Gifted Education from the University of North Texas. She is a gifted advocate for proper identification, appropriate curricula, ongoing research, and educating practitioners and parents.