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Resource | Making Critical Thinking Visible for Student Analysis and Reflection: Using Structured Documentation to Enhance Effective Reasoning and Communication
Butcher, K. R., Runburg-Larson, M., & Lane, M. (2019). Making critical thinking visible for student analysis and reflection: Using structured documentation to enhance effective reasoning and communication. Science Scope, 42(8), 44-53.
Posted: Friday, August 14
Resource | Developing a Problem-Solving Measure for Grade 4
Problem solving is central to mathematics learning (NCTM, 2014). Assessments are needed that appropriately measure students’ problem-solving performance. More importantly, assessments must be grounded in robust validity evidence that justifies their interpretations and outcomes (AERAet al., 2014). Thus, measures that are grounded in validity evidence are warranted for use by practitioners and...
Posted: Friday, August 14
Resource | AIR Methodology Webinar Series Designed for the DRK-12 Program
PAST EVENTS Systematic Literature Reviews and Meta-Analytic Techniques Webinar 1: An Introduction to Systematic Literature Reviews (September 3, 2020)Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith from the University of Oregon and Dr. Jeff Valentine from the University of Louisville will introduce the logic underlying systematic reviews. They will then share common challenges and provide practical advice for identifying...
Posted: Friday, August 14
Resource | Does Early Algebra Matter? The Effectiveness of an Early Algebra Intervention in Grades 3 to 5
A cluster randomized trial design was used to examine the effectiveness of a Grades 3 to 5 early algebra intervention with a diverse student population. Forty-six schools in three school districts participated. Students in treatment schools were taught the intervention by classroom teachers during regular mathematics instruction. Students in control schools received only regular mathematics...
Posted: Friday, August 14
Resource | The Joys of Teaching Ecology in K–12 and Informal Settings
Esposito, R. M. M, Harris, C., Berkowitz, A. R., & Pregnal, M. (2019). The joys of teaching ecology in K-12 and informal settings. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, 17(9), 538-539. https://doi.org/10.1002/fee.2122
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Resource | Improving Ecological Education through a Four‐Dimensional Framework
At its November 2018 meeting, the Ecological Society of America's Governing Board made the important decision to endorse the 4‐Dimensional Ecology Education (4DEE) framework. Developed over the past 3 years by a task force of ESA members who solicited input from a variety of groups, the framework takes a fresh and innovative approach toward the teaching of ecology. Klemow, K., Berkowitz, A., Cid...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Resource | Designing in Context: Reaching Beyond Usability in Learning Analytics Dashboard Design
Researchers and developers of learning analytics (LA) systems are increasingly adopting human-centred design (HCD) approaches, with growing need to understand how to apply design practice in different educational settings. In this paper, we present a design narrative of our experience developing dashboards to support middle school mathematics teachers’ pedagogical practices, in a multi-university...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Newsletter | August 2020 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, The demand for data skills is growing across industries and disciplines. Understanding how to analyze and interpret data will not only be critical for students as they enter the workforce, but also as they grapple with complex issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change. This month’s Spotlight focuses on research to understand and improve students' analysis and...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Event | Webinar 2: An Introduction to Meta-Analytic Techniques
  This webinar is part of a 2-part series. In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education researchers have used systematic review and meta-analysis methods to synthesize research evidence, identify gaps in the literature, develop instructional design guidelines, and inform teaching practice. Systematic literature reviews, however, are often confused with...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Event | Webinar 1: An Introduction to Systematic Literature Reviews
This webinar is part of a 2-part series. In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education researchers have used systematic review and meta-analysis methods to synthesize research evidence, identify gaps in the literature, develop instructional design guidelines, and inform teaching practice. Systematic literature reviews, however, are often confused with...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Announcement | AIR Webinar Series: Systematic Literature Reviews and Meta-Analytic Techniques
In recent years, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education researchers have used systematic review and meta-analysis methods to synthesize research evidence, identify gaps in the literature, develop instructional design guidelines, and inform teaching practice. Systematic literature reviews, however, are often confused with standard literature reviews. To reduce bias and...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Project | Anchoring High School Students in Real-Life Issues that Integrate STEM Content and Literacy
Through the integration of STEM content and literacy, this project will study the ways teachers implement project practices integrating literacy activities into STEM learning. Teachers will facilitate instruction using scenarios that present students with everyday, STEM-related issues, presented as scenarios, that they read and write about. After reading and engaging with math and science content...
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Project | Online Practice Suite: Practice Spaces, Simulations and Virtual Reality Environments for Preservice Teachers to Learn to Facilitate Argumentation Discussions in Math and Science
This project will develop, pilot, and refine a set of coordinated and complementary activities that teacher education programs can use in both online and face-to-face settings to provide practice-based opportunities for preservice teachers to develop their ability to facilitate argumentation-focused discussions in mathematics and science.
Posted: Thursday, August 13
Early Career News | Supporting Students' Pathways through the Cycle of Inquiry and Justification
Michelle Cirillo (CAREER Awardee) and Jenifer Hummer (2017-18 CADRE Fellow) presented a webinar on the cycle of inquiry and justification in secondary mathematics as part of NCTM's 100 Days of Professional Learning.
Posted: Monday, August 10
Early Career News | 2018 CADRE Postdoc awarded NSF grant
Terrell Morton (2018 CADRE Postdoc) was recently awarded an NSF grant to build a network comprised of diverse individuals from higher education (e.g., administrators, faculty, staff, students), science industry, and Black cultural spaces, to address the challenges of retaining and supporting the continued participation of Black students in the biological sciences with a specific focus on the...
Posted: Monday, August 10
Resource | Supporting Students' Pathways through the Cycle of Inquiry and Justification
The Cycle of Inquiry and Justification was delineated as an essential concept for High School Mathematics (NCTM, 2018). After spending three years observing this cycle in classrooms, we identified the transition from conjecturing to proving as a key site for conceptual obstacles. These obstacles and strategies for overcoming them are explored. This presentation was part of the NCTM 100 Days of...
Posted: Monday, August 10
Resource | Investigating Immigration to the U.S.: Module Overview and Sample Lessons
The Investigating Immigration to the U.S. module focuses on describing, comparing, and making sense of categorical variables. Students investigate questions such as: Are there more immigrants in the U.S. today than in previous years? Where have immigrants to the U.S. come from, now and in the past? Are immigrants as likely as the U.S. born to be participating in the labor force, after adjusting...
Posted: Wednesday, August 05
Resource | Investigating Income Inequality in the U.S.: Module Overview and Sample Lessons
The Investigating Income Inequality in the U.S. module focuses on describing, comparing, and making sense of quantitative variables. Students deepen their understanding of this content by investigating questions such as: How have incomes for higher- and lower-income individuals in the U.S. changed over time? How much income inequality exists between males and females in the U.S.? Does education...
Posted: Wednesday, August 05
Project | SimSnap: Orchestrating Collaborative Learning in Biology through Reconfigurable Simulations (Collective Research: Puntambekar)
This project will develop and research collaborative learning in biology using tablet-style computers that support simulations of biological systems and that can be used individually or linked together. The project will be implemented over 4 years in middle school life science classes, in which students will solve important socio-scientific problems, such as growing healthy plants in community...
Posted: Tuesday, August 04
Project | SimSnap: Orchestrating Collaborative Learning in Biology through Reconfigurable Simulations (Collective Research: Tissenbaum)
This project will develop and research collaborative learning in biology using tablet-style computers that support simulations of biological systems and that can be used individually or linked together. The project will be implemented over 4 years in middle school life science classes, in which students will solve important socio-scientific problems, such as growing healthy plants in community...
Posted: Tuesday, August 04
Project | Science Education Campaign for Research, Equity, and Teaching: A Working Conference
The purposes of this conference are to organize scholarly work about equity in science education and to broaden the set of scholars in science education who have equity as a focus.
Posted: Tuesday, August 04
Project | An Online Reflection and Community-based Instructional Development System for Mathematics Education
The project will create a system of online mathematics teacher professional development modules for middle and high school teachers. Teachers will engage in online, asynchronous, high-quality mathematics learning experiences that mirror research-based productive classroom practices and models of instruction that feature active learning and student collaboration, explanation, and discussion.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Enhancing the Teacher-Curriculum Relationship in Problem-based Mathematics Classrooms by Connecting Teacher and Student Digital Collaborative Environments
The project will create a digital environment for middle school mathematics teachers that is combined with a student collaborative platform for a problem-solving curriculum. The goal is to design and develop the digital collaborative platform so networks of teachers can create, use, and share teaching resources for planning, enactment, and reflection on student thinking.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Supporting Science Learning and Teaching in Middle School Classrooms through Automated Analysis of Students' Writing (Collaborative Research: Puntambekar)
This project will develop a novel, automated technology to provide middle-school students and their teachers with real-time feedback about students' written explanations of physics phenomena. Working in groups to design a roller coaster, students will learn about key principles in physics such as the conservation of energy and the laws concerning forces and motion and record their ideas and...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Supporting Science Learning and Teaching in Middle School Classrooms through Automated Analysis of Students' Writing (Collaborative Research: Passonneau)
This project will develop a novel, automated technology to provide middle-school students and their teachers with real-time feedback about students' written explanations of physics phenomena. Working in groups to design a roller coaster, students will learn about key principles in physics such as the conservation of energy and the laws concerning forces and motion and record their ideas and...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Broadening Participation in Mathematics for English Learners with Mathematics Difficulties: A Multi-Site Impact Study
The purpose of this project is to rigorously test the efficacy of the Precision Mathematics First-Grade (PM-1) intervention on the mathematics outcomes of English learners (ELs) who face mathematics difficulties (MD). The PM-1 intervention is designed to support students with or at risk for MD in developing a robust understanding of the underlying concepts, problem-solving skills, and vocabulary...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Co-learning Math Teaching Project: Collaborative Structures to Support Learning to Teach across the Professional Teaching Continuum
This project will design and study an innovative model of collaborative learning for pre-service and experienced secondary mathematics teachers that focuses on equitable mathematics teaching practices that include understanding students' knowledge, math understandings, and experiences they bring to the classroom.
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Design Talks: Building Community with Elementary Engineering (Collaborative Research: Watkins)
This project explores how classroom conversations can engage children in making sense of the problems that they are addressing and foregrounding ethics while making design decisions. To provide children with opportunities to engage in rich classroom conversations, the project team uses a community-based engineering curricular approach, where students address problems that affect their local...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Design Talks: Building Community with Elementary Engineering (Collaborative Research: Wendell)
This project explores how classroom conversations can engage children in making sense of the problems that they are addressing and foregrounding ethics while making design decisions. To provide children with opportunities to engage in rich classroom conversations, the project team uses a community-based engineering curricular approach, where students address problems that affect their local...
Posted: Friday, July 31
Project | Developing a Modeling Orientation to Science: Teaching and Learning Variability and Change in Ecosystems (Collaborative Research: Miller)
This project addresses the need to make science relevant for school students and to support student interpretation of large data sets by leveraging citizen science data about ecology and developing instruction to support student analyses of these data. This collaboration between Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Bowdoin College and Vanderbilt University engages middle-school students in building...
Posted: Friday, July 31

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