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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) Full Proposal Deadline
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
Resource | Touchscreen-Based Haptic Information Access for Assisting Blind and Visually-Impaired Users: Perceptual Parameters and Design Guidelines
Touchscreen-based smart devices, such as smartphones and tablets, offer great promise for providing blind and visually-impaired (BVI) users with a means for accessing graphics non-visually. However, they also offer novel challenges as they were primarily developed for use as a visual interface. This paper studies key usability parameters governing accurate rendering of haptically-perceivable...
Posted: Tuesday, November 27
Resource | Comparing Haptic Pattern Matching on Tablets and Phones: Large Screens Are Not Necessarily Better
Significance: Touchscreen-based, multimodal graphics represent an area of increasing research in digital access for individuals with blindness or visual impairments; yet, little empirical research on the effects of screen size on graphical exploration exists. This work probes if and whenmore screen area is necessary in supporting a patternmatching task.Purpose: Larger touchscreens are thought to...
Posted: Tuesday, November 27
Resource | Initial Understandings of Fraction Concepts Evidenced by Students With Mathematics Learning Disabilities and Difficulties
Documenting how students with learning disabilities (LD) initially conceive of fractional quantities, and how their understandings may align with or differ from students with mathematics difficulties, is necessary to guide development of assessments and interventions that attach to unique ways of thinking or inherent difficulties these students may face understanding fraction concepts. One way to...
Posted: Tuesday, November 27
Resource | Productive Struggle for All: Differentiated Instruction
Lynch, S., Hunt, J.H., & Lewis, K. (2018). Productive struggle for all: Differentiated instruction. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 24(4), 194-201.
Posted: Tuesday, November 27

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