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Lisa Pitot

Assistant Professor
Educational Studies
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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Specialty area(s)

Science Methods, Assessment, Science Literacy, and Science Communication. Place-based / Project-based learning, and using Socio-scientific Issues to teach Science. 

Current courses at UWL

EDS 421: Teaching General Science Methods
EDS 446: Field Experience II EME
EDS 452: Teaching in Schools


Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO  
Ph.D., Education and Human Resource Studies    (May, 2014)  
-Education Leadership, Renewal, and Change  
-Dissertation: Determining the alignment between what teachers are expected to teach, what they know, and how they assess scientific literacy.  (Advisor: Dr. Meena Balgopal)

University of Northern Colorado, Greeley, CO
M.A., Earth Science  (December 1991) 
Secondary Science Education Teacher Certification  (May 1992)  

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO
B.S., Watershed Science   (May 1988)   



Teaching history

Poudre School District:
Fossil Ridge High School (2012-2018); Earth Systems Science and GeoSpace
Lincoln Junior High (1995-2006); General Math and Science 7th - 9th grade

Colorado State Online:
Instructor (2013-2016); Advanced Science and Math Methods

Gilpin County School District 
Gilpin County K-12 School (1992-1995); 6th grade Health, Middle School team; Algebra, Geometry, Chemistry, and Physics. 

Professional history

Poudre School District, Fort Collins, CO (2005-2010) 
Department of Curriculum and Instruction 
Science and Health Curriculum Facilitator

Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 
College of Natural Resources - Teacher in Resident (2010 - 2012)
College of NR | School of Education - Robert Noyce Scholarship Coordinator (2011-2013)

Research and publishing

Pitot, L., Rogers, L., & Iwai, Y. (In press). The identification and use of a common language during a curriculum redesign: A case study of conceptual change. Journal of Formative Design in Learning. 

Pitot, L., & Balgopal, M. (2021). Science education reform conundrum: An analysis of teacher developed common assessments. School Science and Mathematics 2021;00:1–11. https://doi. org/10.1111/ssm.12472

Pitot, L.N. (2014). Determining the alignment between what teachers are expected to teach, what they know, and how they assess scientific literacy (Publication no. 3624327) [Doctoral dissertation, Colorado State University]. ProQuest Dissertations Publishing. 

Parker, S. & Pitot, L. (2012). “Let’s get into an argument: Using science to understand socio-scientific issues and develop citizenship.” Paper presented at the National Network for Educational Renewal Conference, Denver, CO.

Covitt, B., Doherty, J., & Pitot, L. (2011). “Developing an environmental science learning progression framework.”Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Ecological Society of America, Austin TX.