There is a lot to share since we last saw you at the November DR K-12 PI Meeting. We have been pulling together resources that we expect will be interesting and hopefully valuable to your project work.
The CADRE team left the PI meeting with a sense that we were hearing new voices in all of the sessions. We were quite aware of new researchers and developers in our midst, some first-time PIs and some CADRE Fellows. We are particularly indebted to the Fellows who participated so actively, and we encourage you to read their insightful comments (link below). Also if there are ways the more experienced among you can reach out to them; CADRE's major missions will be accomplished.
We have now received the synthesis of evaluation responses, and are delighted by many of your comments and anecdotes, and challenged by some of your very thoughtful recommendations. NSF has asked us to host another PI meeting in 2010, so we will put all this information to good use. We hope to continue finding ways to make the meeting less anonymous and include more working sessions. As always, we are open to your ideas and will again form an advisory group to help with the planning. We've reached out to many of you over the past five years, but know that there are those who may be ready and eager to help, and ask you to just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I think we have a good reputation for "listening" although, as you know, there are always many agendas to balance!
We are pleased that PIs in the ELL working group and the Assessment planning group, both meeting virtually over the spring and summer, became acquainted "in person". A Dissemination group met for the first time, and there was an overwhelming response to that invitation. PIs have since indicated what particular aspect of dissemination is most interesting to them, and we have narrowed the scope for follow-up activities. The notes from these three groups are available for your review, and we welcome new members.
We feel quite satisfied that many of the special interest groups worked out well. Sessions included 194 participants, and although we all agree they were too short, the up-side is that they left a lot of PIs with an appetite for more! We have attached notes from each of the SIG sessions. And as we said at the meeting (although we know it may still be confusing), we are planning to sustain the groups that PIs found to be most relevant to their ongoing work. We will do this by transitioning them to CADRE.
In addition, we are able to now share with you the baseline DR K-12 portfolio analysis and our dissemination products. Because of interest in dissemination, we are providing links to the materials that were on our website and in past newsletters, materials that you may have missed.
We want to welcome Jim Fey as our new program officer and have found him to share our belief that CADRE should be driven by PI interest and need. We know he will be supportive as we move forward.
With best wishes from the CADRE team.
Barbara Brauner Berns
CADRE Principal Investigator