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 reauthorized. The White House announced a new national STEM education strategy, Charting a Course for Success: America's Strategy for STEM Education. The NRC released the NSF-sponsored report English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives. Thirty-two percent of DRK-12 registrants for the 2018 PI meeting reported that their target audience is English learners. NSF and the U.S. Department of Education issued the Companion Guidelines on Replication & Reproducibility in Education Research: A Supplement to the Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development (see IES's related message and Larry Hedges' 2018 DRK-12 award on replication of STEM education research). And NSF Director Frances Cordova talked about being inspired by a marshmallow in her #MySTEMSpark! This is just a small slice of the educational landscape in which we all work.
Looking ahead to 2019 ... Early childhood education and workforce development are expected to remain priorities for states, along with safety, equity, curricula, and teacher licensure and advancement. For the first time since 2015, NAEP will measure student performance in mathematics AND science in grades 4, 8, and 12. NSF's 2019 budget allocates $20 million for INCLUDES. The 2019 DRK-12 proposal submission date is listed as November 13, but watch for a new solicitation. Registration to present a video in the 2019 STEM For All Video Showcase is open between January 15-February 18. And though DRK-12 PI meetings are held biennially ( i.e., there will be no meeting in 2019), in the coming months, we will begin to form the planning committee for the 2020 meeting. Let us know if you are interested in contributing to the planning. Finally, we look forward to sharing your accomplishments and DRK-12 research next year. See some of last year's highlights in the review below.
2018 in Review
Thank you DRK-12 awardees! Together, we shared DRK-12 research and products with teachers, administrators, researchers, policymakers, and business people. We presented at conferences, held webinars, produced briefs, and shared information about our work through cadrek12.org, newsletters, and social media. We supported early career STEM education researchers. And we strove to improve PreK-12 STEM education through our work. See highlights from our work together in 2018:
Popular DRK-12 Content
- Top Newsbite: Designing Educational Systems to Support Enactment of the Next Generation Science Standards
- Top @CADREK12 Tweet: IES Awards $160 Million in Grants for Education and Special Education Research.
- Top CADREK12 Facebook Post: Meet our 2018-19 CADRE Fellows! Congratulations to our newest cohort. This and more in our newsletter.
- Most Viewed STEM for All Video Showcase Presentation: Formative Assessment Tools to Improve Early Math Learning.
Timeline of Select Events & Products
By the Numbers
1,720 Views of our Impact of Education Research Video Showcase presentation
414 Facebook Likes
333 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting participants, including 10 CADRE Fellows and 10 CADRE postdocs
Newsbites from DRK–12 & NSF
We are pleased to share news from NSF, DRK–12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ATECentral, CAISE, CIRCL, CS for All Teachers, MSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Coming to Terms: Addressing the Persistence of "Hands-on" and Other Reform Terminology in the Era of Science as Practice
Publication | In this Science Education article, Erin Furtak and Bill Penuel reflect key terms emphasized during different waves of science education reform.
- Developing and Refining Usable, Accessible, and Culturally Relevant Materials to Maximize Parent-Child Interactions in Mathematics
Publication | In this Global Education Review article, Pooja Shivraj, Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, Deni Basaraba, Josh Geller, Cassandra Hatfield, and Emma Ingrid Helena discuss their training program designed to develop and support parent involvement in mathematics education.
- Erin Dolan Receives 2018 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education
Award | The American Society for Cell Biology honored Erin Dolan for her work in life science education.
- Is There a Career and Technical Education Coursetaking Pipeline Between High School and College?
Publication | In this Teachers College Record article, Jay Stratte Plasman (Fellows alumnus), Michael A. Gottfried, and Cameron Sublett examine the relationships between high school and post-secondary CTE coursetaking.
- Measuring Pedagogy and the Integration of Engineering Design in STEM Classrooms
Publication | In this Journal of Science Education and Technology article, Tory Williams, Jonathan Singer, Jacqueline Krikorian, Christopher Rakes, and Julia Ross share findings from a study examining changes in teacher pedagogy after completing one year of a professional development program featuring the INSPIRES curriculum.
- Project Accelerate: Bringing AP Physics 1 to Underserved Students
Publication | In this Physics Teacher article, Mark Greenman and Andrew Duffy discuss Project Accelerate, which aims to increase access to rigorous physics education.
- Quorum Programming Team Recognized as Champions of Computer Science
Award | As part of 2018 Computer Science Education Week, members of the Perceptual and Implementation Strategies for Knowledge Acquisition of Digital Tactile Graphics for Blind and Visually Impaired Students project were honored for their work to make computer science accessible to all learners.
- Teaching About Energy
Publication | In this Science & Education article, Orlando Aguiar Jr., Hannah Sevian, and Charbel N. El-Hani discuss the application of Conceptual Profile Theory to overcome the encapsulation of school science knowledge.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to share news from your project.
News from NSF Networks
- 50 New Awards Made by NSF AISL | CAISE
- January 8 Webinar: Counselors for Computing: Collaborating for CS Equity and Access | CS for All Teachers
- MSPnet Is Coming to a Close - Important Dates | MSPnet
- Primer: Broadening Youth Participation in Computer Science & Engineering | CIRCL
- Tweets from the 2018 #NSFMakerSummit | STELAR
See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATE, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, MSPnet, 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.
- January 24 - EHR Core Research
- January 28 - Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL) (Preliminary Proposal Deadline)
- February 12 - Computer Science for All (CSforAll)
- April 2 - Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
- April 17 - Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) (Preliminary Proposal Deadline)
- May 1 - STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)
- January 1 - NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership | Spring 2019
- January 1 - Science and Children | Early Childhood Engineering Experiences
- January 14 - Chemistry Education Research and Practice | Visualisations and Representations in Chemistry Education
- January 15 - Connected Science Learning | Practical Program Evaluation
- February 1 - Science Scope | Differentiating for the Gifted and Advanced Learner
- March 1 - Science and Children | Cultivating Classroom Conversations
- March 1 - Science Scope | ESS3 Earth and Human Activity
- July 1 - Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education | Special Issue: Computational Thinking and Coding for Learning in Teacher Education
- Ongoing - Educational Technology Research and Development | Special Issue Proposals
- January 15 - 2019 NSTA Area Conferences (Call for Proposals)
- January 30 - 2019 AACE EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference (Call for Papers)
- February 4 - Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference (Call for Papers)
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- Ongoing - CASIS (International Space Station) Partnering Opportunity
- Until filled: American Institutes for Research (AIR): Research Assistant, Early Childhood Education
- Until filled: Digital Promise: Design Based Implementation Researcher
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Job Openings
- Until filled - The Concord Consortium: Research Assistant or Associate in Geosciences
- Until filled: The Concord Consortium: Senior Research Project Manager
- Until filled - Tufts University: McDonnell Family Bridge Professor in STEM Education Research (Review of applications began November 2)
- Until filled: University of California, Berkeley, Lawrence Hall of Science: Research Assistant (Review of applications began December 19)
- Until filled - University of California, Berkeley: Postdoctoral Scholar for WISE: The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
- Until filled - University of Delaware: Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Learning Sciences
- Until filled - University of Pennsylvania: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Learning Sciences and Science Education