The current pandemic is making it impossible to ignore the health, economic, and educational disparities in our country. At the same time, current education research has been greatly impacted—through the cancellation of conferences (e.g., the 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting), school closures, massive remote learning efforts, and delays in data collection. How are we, the education research community, responding to the challenges and opportunities?
This month's Spotlight features DRK-12 projects that have focused on infectious disease, such as those funded through NSF RAPID grants during Ebola, Zika, and COVID-19 outbreaks. DRK-12 projects have contributed to a list of online learning resources. Former and current CADRE Fellows, postdocs, and other early career researchers convened to discuss the particular challenges they may face and to share support and potential solutions. Awardees are offering virtual sessions and conference materials online. And we are looking forward to the DRK-12 presentations at the STEM for All Video Showcase next week (May 5-12). We hope you will join us in supporting your colleagues by viewing videos about their work and joining the discussions.
There is a lot of news from NSF to share:
- NSF has posted information on the implications of COVID-19 on research projects. Read more below in the project tip.
- New DRK-12 awards are being announced. Congratulations to those receiving award notifications. For those receiving declinations, we thought you might want to know that NSF released its annual merit review digest providing data on FY18 research proposal submissions. In a preface to the report, the National Science Board draws attention to how 1,835 proposals were rated "Very Good" or higher but did not receive funding due to lack of resources.
- Sethuraman Panchanathan has been nominated to succeed Frances Córdova, whose term ended in March, as director of NSF. In the meantime, Kelvin Droegemeier is serving as acting director.
- NSF requests recommendations for membership on its advisory committees, including the Advisory Committee for Education and Human Resources and STEM Education Advisory Panel.
- NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of proposals will be required starting June 1, 2020. Join a webinar on May 14, 2020 at 1:00- 2:30PM ET to learn more about the format requirements, as well as the new capability to prepare and submit separately submitted collaborative proposals in Research.gov. Do you have feedback about the new format and process? Submit it by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or via the Research.gov Feedback page.
In the midst of all of the COVID-19 upheaval, we also want to recognize the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and highlight currently funded DRK-12 projects focused on environmental education.
Thank you to all of you who are committed to STEM education. We hope that you are able to stay well and safe.
Spotlight on Teaching and Learning About Infectious Diseases
- Becoming a Critical Thinker in the Time of Epidemics and Pandemics | Blog by Jacqueline Miller
- Featured Projects
- Online Resources for Educating Students about Ebola and Other Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases (PI: Jacqueline Miller)
- Stopping an Epidemic of Misinformation: Leveraging the K-12 Science Education System to Respond to Ebola (PI: Sean Smith)
- Understanding Ebola Virus Disease (PI: Mark Bloom)
- New Award! Responding to an Emerging Epidemic Through Science Education (PI: Troy Sadler)
- Additional Resources
Virtual DRK-12 Session
Even though the 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting has been cancelled, we can still share our project work. Join us for a webinar to discuss how professional development can support educators to bring out all students' voices and agency as mathematics learners. Hear about examples, successes, and challenges from three DRK-12 projects.
Strengthening Educators' Practices for Engaging and Empowering Students with Disabilities and Difficulties as Mathematics Learners
June 4 | 1-2 PM ET
Panelists: Amy Brodesky, Education Development Center; Jessica Hunt, North Carolina State University; Judy Storeygard, TERC
View slides and posters developed by DRK-12 projects for the SREE, AERA, and NARST conferences. For those of you who prepared materials for cancelled conferences, we are happy to share your work. Submit them here.
If you are interested in learning more about your DRK-12 colleagues' work, we also invite you to explore our Reading List of recent publications, view our updated COVID-19 and Online Learning collection, and browse our resource lists of recent publications, products, and project websites, as well as planned presentations.
Webinar Recording and Slides: DRK-12 Research Methods Webinar Series on Social Network Analysis
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) hosted two webinars on social network analysis--- an analytical approach that focuses on the relationships among actors in a system using quantitative or qualitative data. View the slides and recordings below to learn more.
Project Tip: Implications of COVID-19 on NSF-Funded Projects
NSF announced measures to provide "administrative relief" to projects affected by COVID-19. These include extensions to due dates for project reports, the ability to charge costs to grants that would not normally be allowed, and the waiving of some prior approval requirements. Awardees can apply for no-cost extensions to their grants following the normal procedure, and some deadlines for submitting proposals have been extended. More highlights of the measures include:
The latest information is available at nsf.gov/coronavirus.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Dear Colleague Letter: Request for Information on Future Topics for the NSF Convergence Accelerator and Call for Future Topics Conference Proposals
This announcement invites ideas for future NSF Convergence Accelerator tracks (submission deadline April 30) and describes a call for future topics conference proposals.
- Job Opportunities at NSF: Science Education Administrator (Program Director)
NSF is seeking qualified candidates for Science Education Administrator (Program Director) positions (permanent and temporary) for the EHR Core Research (ECR) program.
- Webinar Recording: NSF-Approved Formats for the Biographical Sketch & Current and Pending Support Sections of Proposals
NSF recently recorded a webinar about the requirement to use an NSF-approved format for both the biographical sketch and current and pending support documents as part of proposals submitted to NSF on or after June 1. In addition, NSF will be holding another webinar on this topic May 14, 2020 at 1:00- 2:30PM ET.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- 2020 Award for Interdisciplinary Excellence in Mathematics Education
Awards & Recognition | The award committee for the AERA Special Interest Group for Research in Mathematics Education recently recognized Maria Blanton for her work in improving the teaching and learning of early algebra.
- A Systematic Review of Argumentation Related to the Engineering-Designed World
Publication | In this Journal of Engineering Education article, Amy Wilson-Lopez, Ashley Strong, Christina Hartman, Jared Garlick, Karen Washburn, Angela Minichiello, Sandra Weingart, and Jorge Acosta-Feliz discuss the association between engineering-related argumentation and learner outcomes.
- Cardinality Principle Understanding: The Role of Focusing on the Subitizing Ability
Publication | In this ZDM article, Veena Paliwal and Arthur Baroody describe their study investigating whether children's subitizing ability improved their cardinality principle (CP) and at what level subitizing becomes critical for achieving the CP.
- Handbook of Learning from Multiple Representations and Perspectives
Publication | This book written by Peggy Van Meter, Alexandra List, Doug Lombardi, and Panayiota Kendeou discusses the cognitive, motivational, and socioemotional processes and skills necessary for learners across educational contexts to make sense of and use information from varying inputs.
- Outcomes of an Integrated STEM High School: Enabling Access and Achievement for All Students
Publication | In this Urban Education article, Carla Johnson and Toni Sondergeld examine the impact of an integrated STEM high school on student academic outcomes.
- Posing Researchable Questions in Mathematics and Science Education: Purposefully Questioning the Questions for Investigation
Publication | In this International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education article, Jinfa Cai and Rachel Mamlok-Naaman discuss the criteria for selecting researchable questions, sources of researchable questions, and the alignment of researchable questions with the conceptual framework as well as appropriate research methods.
- Special Issue on Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective
Publication | This Journal of Science Education and Technology special issue features articles by several former and current DRK-12 awardees.
- STEM In PreK: Using Cat in the Hat Media Resources
Blog | CADRE Fellow (2019-20) Tiffany Maxon recently co-authored a blog for Erikson Institute about using Cat in the Hat media resources for preK learning.
- Teacher Voices from an Online Elementary Mathematics Community: Examining Perceptions of Professional Learning
Publication | In this Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education article, Shereen Oca Beilstein, Genevieve Henricks, Victoria Jay, Michelle Perry, Meg Schleppenbach Bates, Cheryl Moran, and Joseph Robinson Cimpian describe their study, which compared Web usage data and teacher interviews to explore how teachers learn from classroom video.
- Teachers' Beliefs about Mathematics, Learning, Teaching, Students, and Teachers: Perspectives from Chinese High School In-Service Mathematics Teachers
Publication | In this International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education article, Shengying Xie and Jinfa Cai describe the development and validation of a Mathematics Teachers' Beliefs Scale (MTBS) and how they used this scale to explore the relationship between teachers' beliefs and their teaching.
- "The Role of Education in Climate Change Adaptation" Conference Award
Awards & Recognition | Former CADRE Fellow (2013-14) K.C. Busch has won a Spencer Foundation grant to develop, organize and disseminate the findings of "The Role of Education in Climate Change Adaptation" conference.
News from NSF Networks
- Broadening Participation in STEM Research Brief | NSF INCLUDES
This brief shares evidence-based strategies for improving equity and inclusion of individuals in underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
- Webinars: 2020 NSF ITEST Solicitation and Q&A Session | STELAR
STELAR is hosting a series of informative webinars on the Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program's Solicitation (NSF 19-583). The first in the series is April 30. View STELAR's ITEST proposal development resource page for helpful links and information.
See our CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, NSF INCLUDES, or STELAR events that may be of interest to you.
The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.
- May 4, May 18, and June 8 - Spencer Foundation | COVID-19 Related Special Grant Cycle
- May 12 - NSF | EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
- July 13 - NSF | Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Planning Grants
- July 23 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research (HBCU- EiR)
- July 27 - NSF | Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
- May 1 - Science & Children | Engineering Design
- May 1 - The Science Teacher | Technology Innovations in Science
- May 30 - Journal of Pre-College Engineering Education Research | Asset-Based Pre-College Engineering Education to Promote Equity (Abstract Deadline)
- May 31 - Educational Studies in Mathematics | Mathematics Education in a Time of Crisis - A Viral Pandemic
- June 1 - Educational Leadership | The Early Grades
- June 1 - Journal of Research on Technology in Education | Engaging Learners in Emergency Transition to Online Learning during COVID-19 (Proposal Deadline)
- June 1 - Science & Children | Culturally Responsive Teaching
- June 1 - Science Scope | Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
- July 1 - Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership | Fall 2020
- July 1 - Science Scope | Visual Literacy
- Ongoing - Educational Technology Research and Development | Special Issue Proposals
- Ongoing - The Elementary STEM Journal | STEM for All: Learning Opportunities
- Ongoing - Research in Science Education | Special Issue Proposals
- May 15 - 2020 ASCD Conference on Educational Leadership (Call for Proposals)
- May 15 - 2021 AMTE Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- May 27 - 2021 AACTE Annual Meeting (Call for Proposals)
- May 29 - 2021 AASA National Conference on Education (Call for Proposals)
- May 30 - 2021 ASCD Empower21: The Conference for Learning, Teaching, and Leading Together (Call for Proposals)
- May 30 - 2020 NCTM Research Conference (Call for Proposals)
- June 15 - 2020 NABT Professional Development Conference (Call for Proposals)
- June 30 - 2021 ITEEA Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- July 13 - 2021 ASTE International Conference (Call for Proposals)
- July 14 - 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting (Call for Proposals)
- Until filled - Boston College: Visiting Assistant Professor in Learning Engineering
- Until filled - BSCS Science Learning: Postdoctoral Associate in Biology Education Research
- Until filled - BSCS Science Learning: Research Scientist
- Until filled - Edfinity: Postdoctoral Position
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Research Assistant
- Until filled - McREL: Communication Specialist
- Until filled - McREL: Researcher - Languages and Cultures of the Pacific Region
- Until filled - Northern Illinois University: Postdoctoral Researcher (Application review began March 15)
- Until filled - University of California, Irvine: Postdoctoral Scholar for NSF CAREER Project (Application review begins May 31)
- Until filled - University of California, Irvine: Postdoctoral Scholar in Research-Practice Partnerships (Application review begins May 9)
- Until filled - University of Texas at Austin: Assistant/Associate Professor in STEM Education (Application review began November 5)
- Until filled - Utah State University: Assistant or Associate Professor in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences
- Until filled - University of Washington: Postdoctoral Scholar (Application review began March 20)
- Until filled - University of Wisconsin-Madison: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
- April 29 - AEA Graduate Education Diversity Internship (GEDI)
- May 12 - 2021 AERA Annual Meeting: Call for Reviewers
- May 13 - 2021 AACTE Annual Meeting: Call for Reviewers
- Ongoing - 2021 AAAS Annual Meeting: Call for Reviewers
For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.
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