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Project | Identifying Effective Instructional Practices that Foster the Development of Algebraic Thinking in Elementary School
This project seeks to identify teaching practices that can be linked to students' early algebra learning in grades three, four and five. The goal of the project is to use assessment data and videos of classroom teaching in order to create a tool that can be used to document effective instructional practices. This observation tool can then be used to support teacher professional development in...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Integration of Engineering Design and Life Science: Investigating the influence of an Intervention on Student Interest and Motivation in STEM Fields
This project will investigate the integration of engineering design, practices, and thinking into middle school life science curriculum while providing opportunities for students to foster knowledge of and increase interest in life and biosciences. The project will specifically respond to the need to create, implement, and evaluate a model intervention that will advance the knowledge base for...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Science and Engineering Education for Infrastructure Transformation
This project focuses on the research and develop an engineering education technology and pedagogy that will support project-based learning of science, engineering, and computation concepts and skills underlying the strategically important "smart" and "green" aspects of the infrastructure. The project will develop transformative technologies and curriculum materials to turn the campus of a high...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Examining Relationships Between Flipped Instruction and Students' Learning of Mathematics
This study can provide a basis for design research focused on developing effective materials and programs for flipped instruction in secondary mathematics, which is already occurring at an increasing rate, but it is not yet informed by empirical evidence. This project will result in a framework for flipped instruction robust enough to be useful at a variety of grade levels and contexts. The...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Research on the Utility of Abstraction as a Guiding Principle for Learning about the Nature of Models in Science Education
This project will develop a short instructional sequence and new student learning assessments that are implemented in earth science classes. The findings will help the field to understand whether the process of abstracting from multiple phenomena during model construction supports students' understanding of scientific models in relation to earth science ideas and the cross-cutting concept of...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Promoting Scientific Explorers Among Students with Learning Disabilities: The Design and Testing of a Grade 2 Science Program Focused on Earth's Systems
The purpose of this project is to design and empirically evaluate a second grade science program, Scientific Explorers, aimed at promoting an early foundation for learning science among all students, including students at risk for or with learning disabilities in reading and mathematics. To support students as they engage in scientific tasks associated with Earth's Systems, this project will...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Culturally Responsive Indigenous Science: Connecting Land, Language, and Culture
This Culturally Responsive Indigenous Science project seeks to advance this knowledge base through research and by catalyzing new approaches to Indigenous science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (ISTEM) learning. Using an ISTEM focused model, the project will develop, test, and implement a culturally responsive land-based curriculum that integrates Western science, multimodal...
Posted: Friday, June 30
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Hazari)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Lock)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Vieyra)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Youth Participatory Science to Address Urban Heavy Metal Contamination
This project is focused on the work and learning of teachers as they engage youth from underrepresented groups in studying chemistry as a subject relevant to heavy metal contamination in their neighborhoods. The project will position Chicago teachers and students as Change Makers who are capable of addressing the crises of inequity in science education and environmental contamination that matter...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | High School Students' Climate Literacy Through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling (Collaborative Research: Forbes)
This project will focus on learning about model based reasoning in science, and will develop, implement, study, and refine a 6-week climate science module for high school students. The module will feature use of a web-based climate modeling application, and the project team will collect and analyze evidence of model-based reasoning about climate phenomena among students.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mobilizing Teachers to Increase Capacity and Broaden Women's Participation in Physics (Collaborative Research: Hodapp)
This project assesses the impact of scaling-up the teaching of physics and engineering to women students in grade levels 11 and 12, particularly in reference to retention. The aim is to mobilize high school physics teachers to "attract and recruit" female students into physics and engineering careers. The project will advance physics identity research by testing research-based approaches/...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Designing a Middle Grades Spatial Skills Curriculum
This project will create a portable training system that can be easily deployed in middle grades (5th-7th grade) as a prototype for increasing students' spatial reasoning skills. The project will study gender differences in spatial reasoning and examine how learning experiences can be designed to develop spatial skills using Minecraft as a platform.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Van Zoest)
This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Learning Through Collaborative Design: Professional Development to Foster Productive Epistemic Discourse in Science
This project will investigate the role of collaborative design in supporting teachers' professional growth around productive epistemic discourse in high school science classrooms. The project will examine an activity that is often used for the generation of curricular materials, collaborative design, and explore its promise in fostering biology teachers' professional growth as part of a larger...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Schoolyard Scientists: An Investigation of Impacts Associated with Urban Youth Engagement in Participatory Scientific Research Activities
This project is significant because it uses the community for learning science of the environment, in an approach called Citizen Science or Participatory Science Research (PSR). The project will target learning outcomes for underrepresented middle and high school students in the urban and diverse East San Francisco Bay Area, and will refine a theory of learning that makes more explicit the...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Learning in Places: Field Based Science in Early Childhood Education
This project aims to develop an innovative field-based science learning approach that will support the capacity of culturally diverse students in Grades K-3 to engage in complex ecological reasoning and related problem solving. To provide rich learning environments, outdoor learning gardens will be created in which students, teachers, garden educators, and families participate in activities that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking Collaborative Research: Stockero)
This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Video in the Middle: Flexible Digital Experiences for Mathematics Teacher Education
This work focuses on a practical problem in mathematics education; supporting teacher professional development for algebra teaching. The project will design and develop a web-based form of professional development and teacher education for learning and teaching algebra in middle school.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Investigating Productive Use of High-Leverage Student Mathematical Thinking (Collaborative Research: Peterson)
This project focuses on the teaching practice of building on student thinking, a practice in which teachers engage students in making sense of their peers' mathematical ideas in ways that help the whole class move forward in their mathematical understanding. The study examines how teachers incorporate this practice into mathematics discussions in secondary classrooms by designing tasks that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Building a Grades K-2 Early Algebra Learning Progression Prototype for Diverse Populations
This study will design a curricular framework for developing children's algebraic thinking across Grades K-2, with a particular focus on understanding how to support the teaching and learning of algebra with students in at-risk settings.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | High School Students' Climate Literacy Through Epistemology of Scientific Modeling (Collaborative Research: Chandler)
This project will focus on learning about model based reasoning in science, and will develop, implement, study, and refine a 6-week climate science module for high school students. The module will feature use of a web-based climate modeling application, and the project team will collect and analyze evidence of model-based reasoning about climate phenomena among students.
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mathematics Immersion for Secondary Teachers at Scale (Collaborative Research: Cuoco)
The goal of this project will be to provide the field with a cost-effective model for intense content-based professional development in ways that have not been possible before, except through costly face-to-face models, by creating and testing design principles for blended online courses. Team members will design, implement, and research the effects of a professional development immersion...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Project | Mathematics Immersion for Secondary Teachers at Scale (Collaborative Research: Heck)
The goal of this project will be to provide the field with a cost-effective model for intense content-based professional development in ways that have not been possible before, except through costly face-to-face models, by creating and testing design principles for blended online courses. Team members will design, implement, and research the effects of a professional development immersion...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Newsletter | Spring/Summer 2017 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues,   This newsletter highlights the work of DRK-12 projects, particularly those developing products for the practice of scientific modeling and several mathematics projects featured in an AERA session organized by CADRE. Thank you to the awardees who contributed to these efforts to spread the word about what we are learning and producing through DR K-12 projects.   Congratulations...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Announcement | NSF's Upcoming Move
Between August 24 and Oct 1, NSF headquarters will be moved to Alexandria, VA. Note that during the move, responses from your program officers may be slower than usual.  NSF’s Data Center will be physically moved to the new location on June 30 at 8pm EST through July 4 at 6pm EST, and NSF's Data Center, NSF.gov, FastLane, and Research.gov will be unavailable. Please note this means that...
Posted: Thursday, June 29
Resource | Tips for Developing NSF Proposals
This tip sheet is one of a series developed for early career STEM education researchers. It offers tips for writing NSF proposals. 
Posted: Wednesday, June 28
Resource | Advancing Mathematics Education Through NSF's DR K-12 Program
Students need basic mathematics to fully participate in and contribute to society throughout their lives; however, many of them are not developing the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need. The National Science Foundation’s DR K-12 projects are developing, implementing, and/or studying resources, models, and technologies for teacher and student learning that have the potential to expand our...
Posted: Tuesday, June 27
Resource | MoDeLS: Would you drink the liquid that came from this dirty water? A 5th grade unit on evaporation and condensation investigating the phenomenon of a solar still
A curriculum unit developed through a collaboration between Michigan State University, Northwestern University, the University of Michigan, Wright State University and 5th grade teachers from Kinawa 5th-6th public school that enables students to develop and revise models for how water moves (evaporation and condensation) in a solar still. Curriculum Materials: Evaporation and Condensation in a...
Posted: Friday, June 23

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