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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
PI Meeting Session | STEM Smart: An NRC Report and NSF Initiative
In this presentation, Wilson will describe the process of writing the NRC’s letter report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. To carry out its charge, the committee reviewed existing research on STEM-focused schools and conducted a public workshop in May 2011 in order to identify a range of goals for highly...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Status of The Next Generation of Science Standards
Work is progressing to develop the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). With private funding from the Carnegie Corporation and support from National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Research Council (NRC) and Achieve, Inc., have embarked on a two-step cooperative process to develop the NGSS. The first step...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Meeting the Challenges and Reaping the Benefits of Longitudinal Research Studies in Math and Science for DR-K12 Projects
The goal of the session is to share challenges found in implementing longitudinal studies. The PIs of five projects, particularly focused on science and math, discuss challenges and responses to these challenges. Additionally, they share benefits of conducting such longitudinal research in STEM in schools. Presenters discuss (a) an overview of at least two longitudinal randomized designs in...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Game-based STEM Learning and Assessments
The session brings together seven DR K–12 projects focused on game-based STEM learning and assessments of science content and inquiry. The panel provides an overview of what they know about how learning takes place in games and how each of these projects is crafting assessments in virtual and game-based environments. They focus on strategies for leveraging popular game mechanics with research...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Effective Programs in Elementary Science: A Best Evidence Synthesis
In this session, presenters describe a systematic review of research on the achievement outcomes of all types of approaches to teaching science in elementary schools. Presenters discuss the need for the review and will detail the research design. Study inclusion criteria included use of randomized or matched control groups, study duration of at least four weeks, and use of achievement measures...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Crossroads: Vexations and Ventures of Current DR K-12 Projects
A Crossroads session is grounded in the notion that conferences should offer opportunities to explore project challenges and examine viable responses. Presenters highlight an issue they are facing, offer strategies that might serve as solutions, and then open the discussion to others for their input. The session proceeds as an Incubator consisting of four stages: (1) STATEMENT: 10 minutes as...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Working Breakfast Meeting
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Informal Networking
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Dinner on Your Own
Posted: Thursday, May 03
Announcement | Webinar: STEM Education Instrument Database
ITEST is holding a webinar to preview the STEM Education Instrument Database on Tuesday, May 8, 20122:00pm – 3:00pm ET. To register for the webinar, go to: http://learningtimesevents.org/itest/ Description: Join us for a webinar to preview the STEM Education Instrument Database. The ITEST LRC has developed a database of validated instruments used by ITEST projects. The database includes...
Posted: Thursday, May 03
PI Meeting Session | Poster Session and Refreshments
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
PI Meeting Session | Gaming Arcade
  GAMING ARCADE Wednesday 3:45 – 4:30 PM in Washington A & B Participating Projects Project:: Expanding PhET Interactive Science Simulations to Grades 4-8: A Research-based Approach Presenter: Kathy Perkins, University of Colorado, Boulder   Project:: The Evidence Games: Collaborative Games Engaging Middle School Students in the Evaluation of Scientific Evidence Presenter: Marilyn Ault &...
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
PI Meeting Session | CADRE Gaming SIG
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
PI Meeting Session | Options for DR K-12 Project Evaluations
CADRE is developing a concise "options paper" on project evaluation and invites your feedback in this session. The draft paper, to be distributed to participants, describes challenges in evaluating an R&D project (e.g., how to distinguish between evaluation and the project's research activities). It identifies options for current project leaders, evaluators, and prospective grant applicants...
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
PI Meeting Session | CADRE Curriculum Design SIG
Since the last SIG meeting, a great deal has happened relating to technology in the classroom.  Most notably, the availability and promotion of e-textbooks at the K-12 grade levels have begun to dominate the e-learning landscape. An increased use of a variety of other digital tools designed to enhance learning such as educational games, banks of virtual simulations, and digital assessment...
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
PI Meeting Session | CADRE English Language Learners SIG
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for Mathematics and the forthcoming Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) have taken shape during a period of rapidly changing student demographics and continuing science achievement gaps which emphasize issues related to English language learners. In addition to the focus on disciplinary core ideas, the new standards emphasize “practices”— mathematical...
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
Project | CAREER: Adapting Curriculum for Learning in Mathematics Education (ACCLIME): Processes and Factors in Teachers' Evolving Adaptations of Curriculum Materials
The ACCLIME project investigates teachers' uses and adaptations of CMP, an NSF-funded middle school curriculum. The study seeks to better articulate: (1) the ways that teachers adapt CMP over time and how they develop professionally as a result of using the curriculum materials; (2) the connection between district policy, resource development, and teachers' curriculum processes; and (3) the...
Posted: Tuesday, May 01
PI Meeting Session | Options for DR K-12 Project Dissemination and Knowledge Use
CADRE is developing a concise paper, "From Dissemination to Knowledge Use," and invites your feedback in this session. The draft paper, to be distributed to participants, identifies alternatives to conventional dissemination for DR K-12 projects. It briefly describes the relevant research on knowledge use and suggests options for applying this research in ongoing or planned projects. Your...
Posted: Monday, April 30
PI Meeting Session | Luncheon for CADRE Fellows
Posted: Monday, April 30
PI Meeting Session | Informal Networking
Posted: Monday, April 30
PI Meeting Session | A Humbling Challenge—Professional Development that Really “Sticks”
This collaborative session begins with a dilemma—the realization that professional development often falls short of expectations for improving teacher practice and classroom learning. The presenters realize that teaching is a culturally bound endeavor, and changing classroom culture is extremely complex. Their NSF projects are founded on theories of action grounded in research, that is, theories...
Posted: Monday, April 30
Posted: Monday, April 30

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