CADRE Winter 2010 Newsletter

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Resource: Updated Dissemination Indices

For your convenience, we have updated the Indices of STEM Conferences, STEM Publications, and STEM Networks and Social Media with the latest information on organizations' and networks' activities, members, conferences, and publications, with up-to-date instructions for presentations and manuscript proposals.

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Index of STEM Conferences Updated!
Index of STEM Publications Updated!
Index of STEM Networks and Social Media Updated!

Resource: Dissemination in STEM Education R&D - Perspectives on Knowledge Use

CADRE has recently published a white paper that argues DR K-12 grantees can enhance the long-term consequences of their work by using insights from research on dissemination. In education and other fields, studies of dissemination have identified processes by which research knowledge reaches (or fails to reach) the practitioners and policymakers who could use it. DR K-12 projects at all stages, from early design work through completion, can benefit from an awareness and understanding of the challenges of knowledge use, so that what is designed can be suitably adapted and scaled.

The full white paper can be found here, and a one-page "highlights" summary can be found here.

Resource: Do You Want to Know More about the DR K-12 Portfolio?

As part of our cooperative agreement with NSF, CADRE is analyzing the DR K-12 awards portfolio so PIs, the public, and NSF can better understand the range and scope of projects funded through the DR K-12 program. The baseline analysis provides information on many facets of the projects that should be helpful in thinking about the entire portfolio. For CADRE, the analysis will assist us in identifying potential areas of need and interest to guide our technical support activities, and to identify potential topics for syntheses and thematic studies. Thank you for making this analysis possible by responding to our request for project documents. We would like to share what we learned from our analysi sof Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 projects as we begin our assessment of Cohort 3.

The final report on these two cohorts is available here. Please contact Alina Martinez (alina_martinez@abtassoc.com) with questions or feedback.

Projects & People: Special Interest Groups Continue Conversations

Ten Special Interest Groups (SIGs) met at the 2009 DR K-12 PI Meeting to discuss common interests and challenges as well as possible areas for future collaboration and work: Algebra K-12, Designed Curriculum in the 21st Century, Discourse and Language, Early Childhood Education, Gaming, Learning Science in Informal Environments, Recruitment and Retention, Roles of Technology in STEM Teaching and Learning, Social Networking, and Working in Diverse Contexts. Summaries from each of these discussions are available here.  (Note: This link directs you to the website used for the 2009 DR K-12 PI Meeting. Summaries of each SIG discussion at the PI meeting are also available on the CADRE website.) CADRE has heard from many PIs who are interested in continuing the conversations begun at the PI Meeting. CADRE is now determining next steps and identifying resources and supports for groups that wish to continue, including establishing listservs. In addition to these groups, we are introducing an Engineering SIG and will support new communities as areas of collective interest emerge.

If you are interested in participating in one of CADRE's active SIGs or have suggestions for future SIG topics, please email CADRE@edc.org.

Projects & People: Dissemination and Knowledge Use Working Group

Beginning in spring 2010, CADRE will facilitate a working group focused on how project partnerships with districts and states can facilitate scale-up. With CADRE staff, the group will produce a brief that explicates and illustrates strategies, benefits, and challenges of partnerships with districts and states for purposes of development and dissemination. The working group follows a CADRE shared practice session at the 2009 DR K-12 PI Meeting, in which grantees discussed their efforts to disseminate and connect with end-users. Discussion underscored the importance of ensuring that products are usable for their intended end-users, and partnership strategies emerged as one topic for further exploration. Several participants experienced challenges related to fidelity of implementation, user adaptation, and measurement of effectiveness, and this topic may be the focus of a future working group. Products developed by dissemination and knowledge use working groups on dissemination and knowledge use will be shared with the broader DR K-12 community.

If you would like to participate in future Dissemination Group activities and discussions, please email Derek Riley (driley@policystudies.com) for more information.

Projects & People: Working Group Focuses on Emerging Field of Research on ELL in STEM

The CADRE ELL Working Group, facilitated by Okhee Lee, includes leaders of projects that are developing resources, models, and tools to advance STEM teaching and learning for English Language Learners. Members had met over a series of conference calls and then in person at the 2009 DR K-12 PI Meeting. They started to learn more about each other's work, discuss the challenges related to work in this field, and build the first steps of a community around this emerging field of research. CADRE is working with ELL group members to implement next steps, including, but not limited to, assisting in the conceptualization of a synthesis study, developing a listserv, sharing resources, and generally increasing communication among PIs. A full summary of the Working Group's discussion at the DR K-12 PI Meeting, including a list of participants, is available here.

 If you are interested in joining the ELL Working Group and contributing to future activities and discussions, please email CADRE@edc.org.

Projects & People: Assessment Planning Group Raises Many Important Challenges

The CADRE ELL Working Group, facilitated by Okhee Lee, includes leaders of projects that are developing resources, models, and tools to advance STEM teaching and learning for English Language Learners. Members had met over a series of conference calls and then in person at the 2009 DR K-12 PI Meeting. They started to learn more about each other's work, discuss the challenges related to work in this field, and build the first steps of a community around this emerging field of research. CADRE is working with ELL group members to implement next steps, including, but not limited to, assisting in the conceptualization of a synthesis study, developing a listserv, sharing resources, and generally increasing communication among PIs. A full summary of the Working Group's discussion at the DR K-12 PI Meeting, including a list of participants, is available here.

If you are interested in joining the ELL Working Group and contributing to future activities and discussions, please email CADRE@edc.org.

Event: Advisors for the 2010 DR K-12 PI Meeting

CADRE is currently recruiting advisors for the 2010 DR K-12 PI Meeting. A few conference calls, and at least one in-person meeting, will help us to plan events that are in line with your interests and fruitful for those who attend. Our PI Meeting Advisors are an invaluable part of this process.

If interested, please email CADRE@edc.org for more information.

Event: What Do the CADRE Fellows Have to Say about Their First PI Meeting?

The CADRE Fellows program provided 8 emerging researchers and developers with the opportunity to attend the recent PI Meeting and to engage in ongoing professional support throughout the year. At the PI meeting, fellows attended plenary presentations, concurrent sessions, and special interest groups (SIGs), and then wrote brief reactions to the meeting theme of teacher learning.

They asked such questions as: Why are studies of diverse learners often treated as a "specialty"? Or can teacher (teaching) quality be controlled and, if so, how? You will find that they posed thought-provoking challenges and questions and we encourage you to respond to the issues they have raised. Read and discuss Fellows' responses here.

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