2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting Poster Guidelines

We encourage each project represented at the PI meeting to present one poster with information about the project. Only 1 person per project (i.e., projects that are invited to send a PI or representative to the PI meeting) should register a poster.

Project PIs (and/or PI substitutes) may register to present a poster when filling out the registration form to attend the PI meeting. An additional opportunity to register a poster will be sent out by email to registered attendees in April.  


Posters should be no larger than 4' wide x 3' high in order to fit on the tri-fold poster board that CADRE will provide on-site. The middle panel of the tri-fold poster board measures 24" wide and the two side panels measure 12" wide each. CADRE will provide binder clips and push pins for attaching posters to boards, but please bring any other materials you may need.  Posters will be placed on tables, allowing poster presenters to place additional informational materials next to their poster. Limited access to electricity will be available.


Keep in mind that your poster should quickly and efficiently communicate to viewers your research. The key to crafting a good poster is to focus as narrowly as possible on the central ideas you need to convey. You won't have room to explain relationships among ideas in any detail, so pick out what's central to your topic and concentrate on that narrow focus. Present the data and findings uncovered in your project, as well as the broader impact of your research. See poster examples from the 2018 DR K-12 PI Meeting.

Suggested content:

  • Project title.
  • Principal investigator's name and contact information, as well as co-principal investigators' name and organization.
  • Brief summary of the project, including:

-What is the context of the work?
-What claims, questions, or hypotheses are examined in the work?
-What are your research design, data collection and analysis methods, and evaluation plan?
-What are your evidence-based results? What are your products?
-What are the implications of your findings?
-How is the project making an impact?

Note that CADRE will not be providing hard copies of your project description since this information is on our website (cadrek12.org). If you have updates to your online project description, email cadre@edc.org and we can make those updates for you. If you want to ensure that meeting participants have a hard copy of your project description, please plan to bring your own. 

Formatting and Layout Tips

  • Provide a title and your name in large text.
  • Remember that viewers will typically expect information to flow from left to right and from top to bottom. If you want to use a different flow, be sure to give explicit signals on your poster.
  • Use headings and subheadings to label your information. Keep these short and to the point since they function as an index.
  • Use the same size margins on both graphics and text.
  • Don't use glossy paper because reflections will make your content more difficult to read.
  • Posters should be readable from a distance of 5 feet. Generally, the smallest readable type font at this distance is 20-25 point. While a number of fonts can be used, the following are readable from a distance of 2' to 4': Arial and Bookman 20 point and Times New Roman 24 point. 
  • More tips are available here.
  • The following website offers directions and tips for creating professional posters in PowerPoint: http://faculty.washington.edu/robinet/poster.html 


Posters may be mailed to the hotel at your own expense. Shipping information is listed on the logistics page

Virtual Poster Hall

Projects are expected to submit their poster to be posted on the CADRE website. To submit your poster, simply send the file (PPT, png or jpeg) to CADRE@edc.org and we will post it on your project page as well as on the 2020 DR K-12 PI Meeting virtual poster hall. We encourage you to submit your poster prior to the PI meeting so that meeting participants can review posters and prepare questions prior to the poster sessions during the PI meeting.