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Newsletter | January 2019 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, Happy new year. As the government shutdown continues, we want to remind you that NSF announced that it is still accepting project reports. NSF has also recently announced that the next DRK-12 submission deadline is November 13, 2019. It isn't too early to begin your planning! Find the new proposal guide (PAPPG) and other resources in our NSF Proposal Toolkit. This month is...
Posted: Wednesday, January 16
Resource | Dynamics of Scientific Engagement in a Blended Online Learning Environment
We investigate in-service teachers’ scientific engagement in a blended online science inquiry course. We analyze a shift from teachers following instructions to doing science themselves, and we characterize it at two levels: first, in how teachers engaged in individual sense-making; and second, in how they oriented to the online community as a space for collaboration and collective knowledge...
Posted: Tuesday, January 15
Resource | Developing a Three-Dimensional View of Science Teaching: A Tool to Support Preservice Teacher Discourse
The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Framework for K-12 Science Education (NRC, 2012) on which they are based, describe a new vision for science education that includes having students learn science in a way that more closely aligns to how scientists and engineers work and think. Accomplishing this goal will require teacher educators to make important shifts in the ways they...
Posted: Tuesday, January 15
Resource | Variations in coaching knowledge and practice that explain elementary and middle school mathematics teacher change
This study investigated relationships between changes in certain types of coaching knowledge and practices among mathematics classroom coaches and how these explain changes in the attitudes, knowledge, and practice of the teachers they coach. Participants in this study were 51 school-based mathematics classroom coaches in the USA and 180 of the teachers whom they coached between 2009 and 2014....
Posted: Tuesday, January 15
Resource | Teachers’ orientations toward using student mathematical thinking as a resource during whole-class discussion
Using student mathematical thinking during instruction is valued by the mathematics education community, yet practices surrounding such use remain difficult for teachers to enact well, particularly in the moment during whole-class instruction. Teachers’ orientations—their beliefs, values, and preferences—influence their actions, so one important aspect of understanding teachers’ use of student...
Posted: Tuesday, January 15
Resource | A framework for characterizing students’ cognitive processes related to informal best fit lines
Informal best fit lines frequently appear in school curricula. Previous research collectively illustrates that the adjective informal does not translate to cognitive simplicity. Using existing literature, we create a hypothetical framework of cognitive processes associated with studying informal best fit lines. We refine the framework using data from a cycle of design-based research about...
Posted: Tuesday, January 15
Event | Neuroscience and Cyberlearning: A Convergence Conversation
Learn more and register at: https://circlcenter.org/events/webinar-neuroscience-and-cyberlearning/
Posted: Monday, January 14
Announcement | Information About the Government Shutdown for NSF Proposers and Grantees
NSF has provided information for NSF proposers and grantees in the case of a government shutdown: https://www.nsf.gov/shutdown/grantees.jsp 
Posted: Thursday, December 27
Newsletter | December 2018 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, In 2018 ... Approximately 56.6 million students were expected to attend elementary and secondary schools—the majority of whom are nonwhite. Public school systems were expected to employ about 3.2 million full-time teachers, according to NCES. We saw the transition to the implementation of ESSA accountability systems, as shown in this CCSSO timeline. The Perkins Act was...
Posted: Wednesday, December 26
Announcement | New NSF Dear Colleague Letter Opportunity
The NSF seeks Research to Improve STEM Teaching and Learning, and Workforce Development for Persons with Disabilities through the following programs: EHR Core Research (ECR): STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Broadening Participation, and Workforce Development (NSF 19-508) Discovery Research preK-12 (NSF 17-584) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (NSF 17-...
Posted: Friday, December 21
Posted: Monday, December 17
Event | NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)
Deadline for Psychology, Social Sciences, STEM Education and Learning fields. Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=6201&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, December 14
Event | Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) Preliminary Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5501&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, December 14
Event | Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Full Proposal Deadline
Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5467&org=DRL&sel_org=DR...
Posted: Friday, December 14
Event | Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) Full Proposal Deadline
Deadline for BIO, CISE, EHR. Learn more at https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214&org=DRL&sel_org=...
Posted: Friday, December 14
Resource | Teaching About Energy
In this article, we draw upon the Conceptual Profile Theory to discuss the negotiation of meanings related to the energy concept in an 11th grade physics classroom. This theory is based on the heterogeneity of verbal thinking, that is, on the idea that any individual or society does not represent concepts in a single way. According to this perspective, the processes of conceptualization consist...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Resource | Measuring Pedagogy and the Integration of Engineering Design in STEM Classrooms
The present study examined changes in high school biology and technology education pedagogy during the first year of a three-year professional development (PD) program using the INSPIRES educative curriculum. The Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) calls for the integration of science and engineering through inquiry-based pedagogy that shifts the burden of thinking from the teacher to the...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Resource | Project Accelerate: Bringing AP® Physics 1 to Underserved Students
Economically disadvantaged and underrepresented high school students in many urban, rural, and small suburban communities don’t have access to Advanced Placement® (AP®) courses either because of a lack of trained teachers, limited or no AP program, or a school history of low participation. Physics is often a “gate keeper” course to entry into physical science, technology, engineering and...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Resource | Probing the Relevance of Chemical Identity Thinking in Biochemical Contexts
The solving of problems in biochemistry often uses concepts from multiple disciplines such as chemistry and biology. Chemical identity (CI) is a foundational concept in the field of chemistry, and the knowledge, thinking, and practices associated with CI are used to answer the following questions: “What is this substance?” and “How is it different from other substances?” In this study, we...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Project | Articulating a Transformative Approach for Designing Tasks that Measure Young Learners' Developing Proficiencies in Integrated Science and Literacy (Collaborative Research: Harris)
The main goal of this study will be to conduct exploratory-design work to produce both the design approach and the early-stage tasks that are critical inputs for creating a program of research and development to more fully develop a suite of innovative assessment tasks for the early grades. Specific goals of the effort will be: (1) to iteratively develop and refine a design approach that enables...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Project | Articulating a Transformative Approach for Designing Tasks that Measure Young Learners' Developing Proficiencies in Integrated Science and Literacy (Collaborative Research: Rutstein)
The main goal of this study will be to conduct exploratory-design work to produce both the design approach and the early-stage tasks that are critical inputs for creating a program of research and development to more fully develop a suite of innovative assessment tasks for the early grades. Specific goals of the effort will be: (1) to iteratively develop and refine a design approach that enables...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Project | Articulating a Transformative Approach for Designing Tasks that Measure Young Learners' Developing Proficiencies in Integrated Science and Literacy (Collaborative Research: Billman)
The main goal of this study will be to conduct exploratory-design work to produce both the design approach and the early-stage tasks that are critical inputs for creating a program of research and development to more fully develop a suite of innovative assessment tasks for the early grades. Specific goals of the effort will be: (1) to iteratively develop and refine a design approach that enables...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Project | CAREER: Cultivating Teachers' Epistemic Empathy to Promote Responsive Teaching
This CAREER award aims to study the construct of "epistemic empathy" and examine how it can be cultivated in science and mathematics teacher education, how it functions to promote responsive teaching, and how it shapes learners' engagement in the classroom. In the context of this project, epistemic empathy is defined as the act of understanding and appreciating another's cognitive and emotional...
Posted: Thursday, December 13
Announcement | 2019 STEM for All Video Hall: Call for Presenters
STEM for All Video Showcase: Innovations in STEM Education | May 13 - 20, 2019 | http://stemforall2019.videohall.com/ Call for Presenters! If you are engaged in a federally-funded project to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) and computer science education, we invite you to submit a video to the showcase and discuss it with researchers, practitioners, policy makers and...
Posted: Tuesday, December 11
Newsletter | November 2018 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, October was National Disabilities Awareness Month, and December 3 is International Day of Disabled Persons. So this month, CADRE is featuring DRK-12 projects studying STEM education for children and youth with disabilities. In addition to this month's Spotlight, you might also visit CADRE's dissemination toolkit for information and resources about developing accessible products...
Posted: Thursday, November 29
Announcement | What Was Your STEM Spark?
The National Science Foundation seeks to energize the STEM community around the importance of STEM education and is asking its partners, stakeholders and anyone who has a passion science to share the moment that sparked their curiosity about or interest in science, technology, engineering or math. We want you to share the stories of the teachers that encouraged you, the moment you witnessed...
Posted: Thursday, November 29
Resource | Case Studies
Case studies from the FAACT project.
Posted: Wednesday, November 28
Resource | A Handbook and Tool for Uncovering Children’s Conceptions of Fractions
Understand students’ fraction concepts through interview tasks.  Includes tasks and guide to record student thinking.
Posted: Wednesday, November 28
Resource | Principles for Designing Large-Format Refreshable Haptic Graphics Using Touchscreen Devices: An Evaluation of Nonvisual Panning Methods
Touchscreen devices, such as smartphones and tablets, represent a modern solution for providing graphical access to people with blindness and visual impairment (BVI). However, a significant problem with these solutions is their limited screen real estate, which necessitates panning or zooming operations for accessing large-format graphical materials such as maps. Non-visual interfaces cannot...
Posted: Tuesday, November 27

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