Fall 2016 Newsletter
While it isn't completely clear how the new presidency will impact education policy, schools, and students, those of us in the DR K-12 community will continue to research how to help children learn. And soon, NSF and experts from across the country will review the latest group of DR K-12 proposals, due in December.
We recently asked 2016 DR K-12 PI meeting participants, "What research questions or topics should be future priorities for the NSF's DR K-12 program research agenda?" (Click here for the full survey results.) Respondents pointed to the need for making more coherence and connections between research efforts.
In support of that goal, CADRE is launching a topical Spotlight to focus on what we are learning about professional development. Susan Kowalski, Arthur Powell, Brian Reiser (through a video blog) and Chris Dede (through a written piece) provide perspectives on key issues related to PD. The spotlight also includes a look at the target population and technology characteristics of 14 DR K-12 projects that focus on online and/or blended PD. CADRE invites any project member of an online or blended PD project that didn't participate in our initial survey to do so now, and join us as we explore issues and ideas about this topic within the DR K-12 community and beyond.
Read more about the PD Spotlight, as well as DR K-12 newsbites and events, in this newsletter.
CADRE Principal Investigator
Congratulations and welcome to all recently announced DR K-12 awardees! We look forward to getting to know you better and hearing about your work as it progresses. We will share news of subsequent awards in upcoming newsletters.
DR K-12 PERSPECTIVES ON PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
Grantee leaders in STEM professional development lay the foundation for this Spotlight as they reflect on the current terrain and promising directions for the field.
Susan Kowalski (BSCS), Brian Reiser (Northwestern University), and Arthur Powell (Rutgers University) reflect on what they've learned through their work developing and implementing PD programs.
Chris Dede describes the spectrum of professional learning that can lead to educational improvement: from informal, self-directed teacher learning to formal professional development.
TAKING A CLOSER LOOK AT ONLINE & BLENDED PD PROJECTS
Fourteen DR K-12 projects featuring online or blended PD programs responded to a recent CADRE survey on their work and interests in this area. We are excited to share information about their individual efforts in the virtual Poster & Product Showcase, as well an infographic summarizing preliminary survey results across projects.
- CAREER: Making Science Visible: Using Visualization Technology to Support Linguistically Diverse Middle School Students' Learning in Physical and Life Sciences
- Computer-Supported Math Discourse Among Teachers and Students (Collaborative Research: Powell, Silverman)
- Developing A Discourse Observation Tool and Online Professional Development to Promote Science, Oral Language and Literacy Development from the Start of School
- Developing Teaching Expertise in K-5 Mathematics
- Energy: A Multidisciplinary Approach for Teachers (EMAT) Designing and Studying a Multidisciplinary, Online Course for High School Teachers
- Enhancing Teaching and Learning with Social Media: Supporting Teacher Professional Learning and Student Scientific Argumentation
- InquirySpace 2: Broadening Access to Integrated Science Practices
- Learning Labs: Using Videos, Exemplary STEM Instruction and Online Teacher Collaboration to Enhance K-2 Mathematics and Science Practice and Classroom Discourse
- Math Snacks Early Algebra: Using Games and Inquiry to Help Students Transition from Number to Variable
- PlantingScience: Digging Deeper Together - A Model for Collaborative Teacher/Scientist Professional Development
- Synchronous Online Professional Learning Experiences for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers in Rural Contexts
- Teachers with GUTS: Developing Teachers as Computational Thinkers Through Supported Authentic Experiences in Computing Modeling and Simulation
- Understanding and Improving Learning from Online Mathematics Classroom Videos
- Visual Access to Mathematics: Professional Development for Teachers of English Learners
2016-17 CADRE Fellows Announced
Congratulations to the 2016-2017 Fellows! CADRE is proud to announce the ten new Fellows accepted to the program in October. They are:
- Kyle Cox, University of Cincinnati (Nominating PI: Benjamin Kelcey)
- Kim Frumin, Harvard Graduate School of Education (Nominating Co-PI: Chris Dede)
- Dora Kastel, American Museum of Natural History (Nominating Co-PI: Suzanne Wilson)
- Gladys Krause, The University of Texas at Austin (Nominating PI: Susan Empson)
- Kelsey Lipsitz, University of Missouri (Nominating PI: Deborah Hanuscin)
- Lindsey Mann, University of Michigan (Nominating PI: Deborah Ball)
- Katie Schenkel, Michigan State University (Nominating PI: Angela Calabrese Barton)
- Tina Vo, University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Nominating PI: Cory Forbes)
- Megan Wongkamalasai, Vanderbilt University (Nominating PI: Richard Lehrer)
- Robert Zisk, Rutgers University (Nominating PI: Drew Gitomer)
The Fellowship kicked off this week with an in-person orientation at EDC in Waltham, MA. Fellows learned more about CADRE and DR K-12, as well as other NSF programs and resource networks; discussed their career trajectories, and shared research interests and professional goals; presented their DR K-12 work; participated in panel discussions with local Fellowship alumni and PIs; and planned for the upcoming year.
In this webinar, NSF Program Officer David Campbell will introduce DR K-12 awardees to the ins and outs of project management, sharing information on evaluation and reporting, advisory boards, Institutional Review Boards (IRB), NSF Highlights, and more. There will be time for attendees to ask questions.
CADRE's proposed structured poster session, Advancing Mathematics Education Through NSF's DRK-12 Program, was accepted for the 2017 AERA Annual Meeting in San Antonio (April 27-May 1). Thank you and congratulations to all involved! We look forward to seeing you this spring.
- Chair: Catherine McCulloch (CADRE)
- Discussant: Karen King (NSF)
We're pleased to share this quarter's news from DR K-12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ARC, CAISE, CIRCL, MSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media. Let us hear from you!
News from DR K-12 Projects & Awardees
- Evaluating and Understanding STEM Teaching and Learning in Early Childhood
Blog | In her post on SRI International's blog, Ximena Dominguez discusses early STEM teaching, learning and evaluation.
- Modeling in Science: K-2
Blog | In their post on the Teaching Channel's Tcher Voice blog, Jessica Thompson and Jen Richards provide and discuss a series of videos examples of scientific modeling in K-2 classrooms.
- 50 Years Ago, One Report Introduced Americans to the Black-White Achievement Gap. Here's What We've Learned Since.
In the Press | In Chalkbeat, Heather Hill discusses the Coleman report and its effect on education research.
- App of the Week: Free Science and Math Simulations for All Ages
In the Press | PhetSims was featured as the eSchool News App of the Week.
- Can All Students Succeed at Science and Tech High Schools?
In the Press | U.S. News & World Report discusses the work of Sharon Lynch and Barbara Means on STEM high schools.
- The Importance of Getting Things Wrong
In the Press | In August, nprEd featured Philip Sadler's work on teacher knowledge of common student misconceptions.
- Meet the New Math, Unlike the Old Math
In the Press | Daniel Damelin, Joseph Krajcik, and Alan Schoenfeld are quoted in a Quanta Magazine article on issues surrounding implementation of the Common Core and NGSS standards.
- Research in Action: Dr. Todd Campbell on Managing Large Research Grants
In the Press | In episode 28 of Oregon State's Research in Action podcast, Todd Campbell offers advice on applying for large research grants and managing the project.
- Students 'Intern' as Engineers
In the Press | DIMEs: Immersing Teachers and Students in Virtual Engineering Internships was featured in an NSF post for its work enabling students to 'intern' as engineers.
- AERA Knowledge Forum
Presentation | Watch Ed-Talk videos or read fact sheets from AERA Knowledge Forum scholars, including DR K-12 project members Sharon Nelson-Barber, William Penuel, and Barbara Schneider.
- A Framework for Understanding the Characteristics of Complexity in Biology
Publication | Former CADRE Fellow (2012-13), Jenny Dauer, co-wrote this article describing a framework to explore student reasoning about complex biological systems.
- Achieving Liftoff
Publication | Todd Campbell provides a video introduction to his Science Teacher article of the same name, in which he and two high school teachers explore teaching and learning using a storyline approach.
- Creating a Hybrid Immersive Mathematics Experience
Publication | This NCTM article focuses on the Electronic Communities for Mathematics Instruction (e-CMI) professional development program, that aims to develop teachers knowledge of mathematics and support a manner of teaching that embeds habits of mind.
- Designing Disruptions for Productive Hybridity: The Case of Walking Scale Geometry
Publication | Jasmine Ma explores an alternative strategy for designing hybrid instructional environments in the Journal of the Learning Sciences.
- Facilitating Teacher Learning When Using Different Representations of Practice
Publication | Gloriana Gonzalez Rivera and Lisa Skultety (2015 CADRE FEllow) co-author this article about their study investigating facilitation of professional development to promote teacher learning using animation and video.
- Instructional Scaffolding in STEM Education: Strategies and Efficacy Evidence
Publication | In this book, Brian Belland examines the extent to which study quality, assessment type, and scaffolding characteristics (strategy, intended outcome, fading schedule, scaffolding intervention, and paired intervention) influence cognitive student outcomes.
- Scholars in the Digital Age: Social Scholarship and Practices
Publication | In this article, Christine Greenhow and her colleagues discuss the conceptualization of social scholarship.
- STEM 2026 A Vision for Innovation in STEM Education
Publication | The Department of Education mentioned EcoMUVE and EcoMOBILE as exemplary tools in their report on resources that may be helpful in reaching a vision for the future of STEM education.
- Teaching Children Mathematics
Publication | The October issue of NCTM's Teaching Children Mathematics includes articles written by a number of current and former DR K-12 project members, including Amy Brodesky, E. Paul Goldenberg, Elham Kazemi, Kristen Reed, and Cheryl Tobey.
- ERGO Database
Resource | Developing Principles for Mathematics Curriculum Design and Use in the Common Core Era has created a database of ~1000 data artifacts around teachers' understanding and use of curriculum materials in relation to the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (CCSSM). To access the database, complete a 5 minute survey around your research interests.
- Next Generation Science Storylines
Resource | Brian Reiser and his colleagues are developing coherent 3-dimensional storylines for K-12 classrooms.
Email email@example.com to share news from your project.
News from NSF Networks
- CAISE Guide to Resources for Broadening Participation in STEM
In August, the Association of Science-Technology Centers and CAISE convened a Digital Resource Curation Workshop where participants identified projects relevant to broadening participation in the informalscience.org database. The resulting guide is intended to provide a starting point for those aiming to broaden participation in STEM.
- CIRCL Primer: Computational Thinking
Satabdi Basu, Eni Mustafara, and Katie Rich provide key lessons from computational thinking definitions, frameworks, and research; a summary of issues related to computational thinking; and information on projects working in this area. The primer also includes resources and readings suggested by the Cyberlearning 2017 Working Group.
- MSP News: Access and Barriers in CS
Earlier this month, MSPnet shared a collection of resources and information related to learning and teaching computer science, including websites, publications, and project information.
- STEM Career Education Outcomes
STELAR recently highlighted the ITEST program's role in preparing youth to participate in today's STEM workforce and offered an extensive collection of resources related to STEM career education outcomes.
See our Upcoming NSF Network Events page for CIRCL, CAISE, STELAR, MSPnet, or CS for All events that may be of interest to you.
- December 5, 2016 (Proposal) - Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK12)
- February 10, 2017 (Proposal) - Cyberlearning and Future Learning Technologies (Cyberlearning)
- March 14, 2017 (Proposal) - STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)
For other opportunities, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF).
- January 1, 2017 - Science Scope | Theme: STEM Integration
- February 1, 2017 - Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School | Theme: Productive Struggle
- February 1, 2017 - Science and Children | Theme: Early Childhood: Life Science
- February 1, 2017 - Science Scope | Theme: Climate Change
- February 1, 2017 - The Science Teacher | Theme: Using Evidence and Evidence-Based Reasoning
- March 1, 2017 - The Science Teacher | Theme: Global Climate Change
- April 1, 2017 - Mathematics Teacher | Theme: Tool Kit for Early-Career Teachers
- April 1, 2017 - Science and Children | Theme: Developing and Using Vocabulary in Context
- April 1, 2017 - Science Scope | Theme: Informal Learning
- April 6, 2017 - Journal of Educational Technology & Society | Theme: Digital Citizenship: Innovations in Education, Practice, and Pedagogy
- Ongoing - Program Director Positions in Directorate for Education and Human Resources
- December 15, 2016 - DOE Scholars Program
If you are PI or Co-PI on a DR K-12 grant, we encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues. Many of our news items, resources, and events may be of special interest to others on your project team, e.g., early career researchers and developers, evaluators, communication specialists, etc. We welcome all as part of our DR K-12 community and invite them to subscribe to this newsletter, join us on social media, and create an account on the CADRE website.
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