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PI Meeting Session | Development and Use of Observational Protocols
This session presents the development and use of observational protocols. The collaborative team elicits feedback from the participants to enhance the protocols. Criteria for Coaching—The Criteria for Coaching instrument, based on data gathered through observation of school-based coaches and interviews with school staff, provides insights into what is really working in coaching, and helps to...
Posted: Friday, May 04
PI Meeting Session | Crossroads: Vexations and Ventures of Current DR K-12 Projects
For a description of the Crossroads session structure, please see the initial Crossroads session. Mark Windschitl’s team has refined a suite of tools that supports rigorous and equitable science teaching. Having direct and frequent contact with the science teachers, first within teacher preparation but also via mentoring and induction, has shown the utility of ambitious science teaching. As he...
Posted: Friday, May 04
PI Meeting Session | NSF Funding Programs
Posted: Friday, May 04
Posted: Friday, May 04
PI Meeting Session | Using Rule Space and Poset-based Adaptive Testing Methodologies to Identify Ability Patterns in Early Mathematics and Create a Comprehensive Mathematics Ability Test
Advancing understanding of how early learning of mathematics progress is dependent on the development of good measures. Presenters of this session produced the “Research-based Early Mathematics Assessment” (REMA), and now better understand its limitations. They are now creating and evaluating a substantial revision of the REMA using emerging multidimensional theoretical models, both cognitive and...
Posted: Friday, May 04
PI Meeting Session | Interdisciplinary Mathematics, Science, and Computer Science
There is great interest in interdisciplinary curriculum materials that span different grade levels, courses, and disciplines. The DIMACS Center at Rutgers University has been developing materials in the form of one-week modules for high school students at the interface of mathematics and biology for over five years now and is continuing to do so. The reception to these materials has been...
Posted: Friday, May 04
PI Meeting Session | Instructional Tools for Supporting Science Inquiry Practices and Academic Language Development for English Language Learners
The overarching goal for this session is for presenters to receive feedback on how they might increase participant implementation of the classroom materials developed in their project. Their biggest challenge is to support deeper implementation of these materials in project classrooms despite current policy contexts in project schools. Teachers regularly say they like the materials, find them...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Incorporating User Input into the Development of STEM Education Materials: A CADRE Work Group Presentation
Presenters in this session discuss the ways user input can improve the development of STEM education materials. They discuss their purposes and strategies for engaging the end users of materials in the development process. Discussion touches on recruiting user partners, establishing a relationship and role, communicating, and gathering data. The session is informed by, and will inform, a draft...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Create, Use, and Distribute Free SmartGraphs Activities
Learn how to create free, online interactive lessons of your own design to help students understand graphs and the STEM concepts represented in graphs. SmartGraphs permits non-programmers to create new multi-page, interactive activities. Teachers and students may also freely use and share existing activities, which are released under a Creative Commons license (see http://www.concord.org/projects...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | CADRE Instrumentation Study
This session provides an opportunity for participants to discuss findings from a systematic review of instrumentation that the DR K–12 community proposed to use in their projects. The conversation will include a presentation of the most commonly named instruments being used to assess teachers’ content knowledge, classroom practices, and pedagogical content knowledge. Presenters discuss with...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Informal Networking
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Fellows’ Dinner
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Dinner on Your Own
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Poster Session & Reception
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | What Do We Do with the Kids Who “Aren’t Ready” for Algebra?
Having students enter high school “unready” for algebra is not a new or rare problem. The challenges, frankly, are vast. Students identified as “unready” are extremely varied, as are the reasons they are included in specialized classes. Some, for example, are mathematically competent, but included “for English language support.” More, of course, have some difficulty specific to mathematics. Of...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Urban Advantage: Formal-Informal Partnerships to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning in Middle School Science Classrooms
This session presents the work from three projects that are addressing the challenges of using secondary data sets in the classroom to teach ecology. Presenters from each project provide a brief overview of their development and research work followed by a question and answer period. A panel discussion with participants focuses on the following three questions: What are the challenges and...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Toward Greater Mutual Understanding in STEM: A Focused, Facilitated Conversation Exploring How Engineering Lessons Can Support Math and Science “Common Core” Standards
This session focuses on a particular role that engineering lessons and curricula can play, placing them as tools for engagement in and expansion of mathematics and science learning in which engineering is used primarily as a means to help promote learning in these content areas. This role may not be what all engineering education specialists strive for; many of us may well value engineering...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | The Challenges of Scaling Up
The goal of the session is to help attendees understand challenges of scaling up and to inform their design of scaling-up strategies for their own projects. The session has four parts: an introduction in which key challenges are identified, two parts in which Dynabook and SmartGraphs describe strategies for meeting challenges, and a part for audience to interactaction. To successfully scale up,...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Technology-Enhanced STEM Assessment Research and Development: Findings and Futures
This collaborative session brings together four mature projects that use different approaches to develop and validate technology-enhanced STEM assessments. Presenters share their designs, research findings, and implications for measuring STEM standards. All offer evidence addressing four questions: (1) What was the technical quality (reliability and validity) and effectiveness of the assessments...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Technology to Support Expression of Meaning
Given technology that enables teachers and learners to express mathematics and science in quite new ways—relative to textbooks and conventional classroom talk—what sorts of representations, activities, and practices provide the necessary structure to guide and develop what students can “say” and “do” so that they develop ways to express themselves more powerfully and meaningfully? Presenters from...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Specifying Equity in Practice: A Focus on Ambitious Mathematics and Science Teaching
In this session, presenters from three projects seek to elaborate teaching practices in mathematics and science that support the development of central mathematical or scientific ideas and result in significant learning opportunities for students. More specifically, they seek to ground a larger conversation about equity in mathematics and science education in the sharing of specific analyses of...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | PARCC Assessments
The Partnership for the Assessment of College and Career Readiness (PARCC) is a consortium of 24 states that received a Race to the Top Assessment Grant from the U.S. Department of Education in the fall of 2010 to build a next-generation student assessment system. The assessments will be based on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics and target...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Effective Computer-Based Curricula
SynopsisHow can we sustain and improve our innovations to promote lifelong science learning? What have we learned about designing computer-based materials that transform science education? What are open questions and promising directions? How can we collaborate to stimulate change? What strategies and revenue streams will lead to sustainability of promising innovations? Many exciting NSF-funded...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Crossroads: Vexations and Ventures of Current DR K-12 Projects
For a description of the Crossroads session structure, please see the initial Crossroads session. Barbara Crawford’s project, Fossil Finders: Using Fossils to Teach about Evolution, Inquiry, and Nature of Science, uses professional development that immerses teachers in authentic fieldwork during the summer. The evaluations of these experiences are very positive. However, by the time school begins...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Engineering SIG
Posted: Thursday, May 03
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Data Games: Can Data Modeling Improve Strategies and Mathematical Understanding?
Participants are invited to play online games embedded in a data-analysis environment, analyzing their game data to improve their strategy. The structure follows an abbreviated version of classroom activities that presenters are now field testing. Product release is scheduled to begin in fall 2012. (Participants should bring a laptop computer that can connect with conference wifi.) With each game...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Using Scientific Data Sets to Teach STEM Topics, Support Student Learning, and Develop an Understanding about the Nature of Science
The purpose of this session is to engage participants in discussing and sharing strategies for designing classroom uses of data sets and visualization technologies, including large archives and portals of geospatial data sets, data from field sites, Web-based graphing and data analysis tools, and technologies that simulate a field environment. Each of these technologies and data sets is tied to...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Using Analysis of Practice to Improve Science and Mathematics Teaching: Ways to Support and Study Teacher Learning
There is much support for embedding teachers’ professional learning in the analysis of practice. This approach can engage teachers in deepening both their content knowledge and pedagogical knowledge in more meaningful contexts than typical courses or professional development workshops. The purposes of this session are (1) to examine four different approaches to analysis of practice in...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | The Teacher's Role in Game- & Simulation-based Learning
This panel presentation showcases various NSF DR K–12 projects (Data Games, Evidence Game, MathSnacks, PhET, and TESLA) and the role of the classroom teacher in these project-related online, game-, and simulation-based learning environments. The session presenters highlight the envisioned role teachers play when implementing each game or simulation project. Presenters also discuss how the vision...
Posted: Thursday, May 03

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