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CADRE Spring 2010 Newsletter

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Resource: CADRE Launches New Website

This isn't any ordinary website. It's your website, filled with information about your DR K-12 project. Even better, with Project Smart Search, we've made it easier to find other projects that align with your interests.

NOTE: Principal investigators and program officers have been pre-registered on the site and do NOT need to create a new account. You will receive your login information within 24 hours. Please watch your inbox for an email from Amy Busey with the subject "Account Details for (your name) at cadrek12.org."

In one month, we will begin disseminating the site to public audiences. But first, we invite you to make sure your project page includes all the information that you choose. While you are there, update your member profile, too.

Check it out! Here's some of what's waiting for you on this site:

Projects & People: CADRE Fellow Responds to NARST and AERA

In the CADRE blog, read Melissa Braaten's latest installment in the series of CADRE Fellows' responses to STEM education-related events. In her post, Melissa responds to her experience at NARST and AERA sessions in which the following questions were asked:

  • How can we shed light on the day-to-day decisions and practices made by researchers when working to support teachers learning to engage in ambitious pedagogical practices like model-based inquiry?
  • How can we expand our design research to build stronger theory about teacher learning and the development of instructional practices?
  • How can science and technology studies inform science education--and how might science education inform science and technology studies?
  • How do science and math teacher leaders--people who work to support practicing science and math teachers--learn to become facilitators of teacher collaborative inquiry groups focused on improving reform-oriented practice?

Read Melissa Braaten's full response. To review responses by other fellows to the 2009 DR K-12 PI Meeting, see their earlier posts.

Event: 2010 DR K-12 PI Meeting - SAVE THE DATE

2010 DR K-12 PI Meeting
December 1-3, 2010
Capital Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Featuring more of what you have told us you want:

  • Longer working sessions for in-depth discussion of topics
  • More opportunities for informal networking to exchange ideas about best approaches to common challenges
  • Options that allow youto choose the session content and formats you prefer
  • Meetings with NSF program managers to discuss new initiatives, future funding, project management, or describing the progress of your project
  • Policy and poster sesions, pre-meeting and post-meeting conversations, - and more

Thank you to our 2010 PI Meeting advisors.

Invitations for the 2010 DR K-12 PI Meeting will be emailed this fall to those with active grants. Keep an eye on your inbox!

Greetings from CADRE

Dear DR K-12 Colleagues:

We are pleased to send you our fourth CADRE newsletter. Since the PI meeting in November, we have had a lot of activity, thanks to many of you who are participating in working groups and special interest groups. Through listservs and virtual conversations, many of you are following up on conversations from the November meeting, or initiating discussions based on new ideas and new challenges. The assessment workgroup will be convening two smaller groups, one looking at new psychometric measures for technology-based assessments, and another examining different aspects of formative assessment. The science curriculum special interest group will be meeting in DC this summer to explore options for both past and present NSF-supported curriculum as we enter the digital age. We are certain to have room for those of you who are not yet a part of these groups or others that CADRE has organized at the request of PI groups. See the Winter 2010 newsletter for information on how to join. If you want to suggest a new topical group, please let us know and we can help make it happen!

As an early alert, we want you to know that the 2010 PI meeting will be Dec. 1-3rd at the Capital Hilton in Washington D.C. In fact, next week a group of PI advisors will meet to provide advice and guidance about the upcoming meeting. Their recommendations, together with data from the meeting evaluations, will provide the core of the next meeting agenda. Advisors include Gary Benenson, Dan Chazan, Mary Hobbs, Andrew Izsak, Karen King, Cliff Konold, and Jan Mokros. If you have not been recruited as a "formal" advisor, we still welcome your ideas. Feel free to email me at bberns@edc.org.

We also are now launching the CADRE website: cadre.edc.org. As you know from your own project websites, it will only be as valuable as it is used! We have listened to PI suggestions about their main goal of learning more about their colleagues' projects, particularly those similar to their own. So, you will find "Project Smart Search," a database that will assist with match-making. To make it useful, please, at your earliest convenience, update the information on your project, as well as your profile.. Once you do this, we'll be anxious to learn your response to this new website feature.

We look forward to collaborating with you throughout the year.

Sincerely,

Barbara Brauner Berns

CADRE PI