We are excitedly preparing for the 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting. The planning committee is working on the agenda, including designing strategies to engage and leverage the expertise of 50 STEM+C awardees who will join DRK-12 awardees in Washington, D.C. from June 6-8. Registration for invitees opens in February. We welcome your input for making this meeting the best yet. Email firstname.lastname@example.org with suggestions.
Two new topical groups are convening in February to discuss key issues and current DRK-12 research in early learning and broadening participation. The products developed out of their efforts will be shared at the PI meeting.
CADRE is also launching a new initiative within our ongoing effort to support early career researchers. Read below about how to nominate a postdoc for a professional growth opportunity that includes attending the PI meeting, networking with leading STEM education researchers, and meeting NSF program directors.
The CADRE Team
This Spotlight highlights DRK-12 projects that are designing, implementing, and/or studying teacher preparation programs in STEM disciplines. Profiles of three featured projects offer details about their preservice models, the key challenges the models were designed to address, research questions, and emerging findings from the project work.
- An Innovative Approach to Earth Science Teacher Preparation: Uniting Science, Informal Science Education, and Schools to Raise Student Achievement The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) has designed, implemented, researched, and evaluated the first five years of its museum-based Master of Arts in Teaching Earth Science Residency 7-12 program (AMNH MAT), the first museum-based program in the U.S. leading to the Earth Science 7-12 Initial/Professional Certificate in New York State (NYS).
- Model of Research-Based Education (MORE) for Teachers The MORE for Teachers project developed and studied a professional development (PD) program, couched within the an elementary science practice course, to help practicing elementary teachers effectively mentor preservice teachers in research-based effective science instruction.
- Videocases for Science Teaching Analysis Plus (ViSTA Plus): Efficacy of a Videocase-Based, Analysis-of-Practice Teacher Preparation Program ViSTA Plus is a multi-year preservice teacher education program for elementary science designed around three fundamental principles: 1) Teacher preparation should focus on the key skills and practices that will make a difference for student learning; 2) Learning to teach science is most effective if it is focused on real classroom situations; and 3) New teachers need a supportive environment to grow their knowledge and understanding of effective science teaching.
We're pleased to share this quarter's news from 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. Let us hear from you!
News from DRK-12 Projects & Awardees
- Harvard EdCast: Lifelong Kindergarten
Podcasts | In this podcast, Mitchel Resnick reflects on why nurturing creative thinking is so important in kindergarten and beyond.
- How to Support Learners in Developing Usable and Lasting Knowledge of STEM
Publications | In this International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology article, Joseph Krajcik and Ibrahim Delen share examples of learning environments that focus on STEM questions and engage students in design to learn core STEM ideas.
- Investigating the Impact of Automated Feedback on Students' Scientific Argumentation
Publications | This article in the International Journal of Science Education describes the results of a study that looked at how automated feedback through a High-Adventure Science (HAS) module impacted student scientific argumentation. Other recent HAS publications for teachers and researchers are available on the project website.
- Math Ed Podcast
Podcasts | Several DRK-12 awardees and their work have been featured in this podcast series.
- Modeling as a Core Component of Structuring Data
Publications | Building off of their DRK-12 work, Cliff Konold, Bill Finzer and Kosoom (Jang) Kreetong share findings on how students structure data in the Statistics Education Research Journal.
- New Systems Modeling Tool Supports Students
Publications | This Science Scope article describes the work of the Building Modelsproject, which developed SageModeler, an online systems modeling tool.
- Tools for Supporting Data Literacy
In the News | In December, CADRE's Spotlight on Analyzing and Interpreting Data was featured in NSTA's Freebies for Science Teachers.
News from NSF Networks
- Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective
On January 16, as part of the MSPnet Academy webinar series, Irene Lee and Joyce Malyn-Smith shared a new framework for exploring computational thinking from a disciplinary perspective. The discussion continues on MSPnet, where a recording and slides are also available.
- Equity by Design in Learning Technologies
On January 19, Mimi Ito and Justin Reich led a CIRCL webinar where they discussed why educational technologies often fail to achieve equitable outcomes as well as strategies and examples that help illustrate how to address this challenge. Slides and a recording are available on the CIRCL website.
- Unpacking Computational Thinking & CT's Role in Interdisciplinary Learning
On January 31, STELAR is hosting a webinar, led by Shuchi Grover and Joyce Malyn-Smith, to unpack the term "computational thinking" and discuss its role in non-computer science education contexts. Login or create an account on the STELAR website to register.
See our Upcoming 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, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DRK-12 colleagues.
- January 30, 2018 - Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Letter of Intent Deadline
- February 1, 2018 - Partnerships for Innovation (PFI) Full Proposal Deadline
- February 6, 2018 - National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) Program Full Proposal Deadline
- February 8, 2018 - Innovation Corps-National Innovation Network Sites Program (I-Corps Sites) Full Proposal Deadline
- February 28, 2018 - Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) Full Proposal Deadline
- March 13, 2018 - EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4) Full Proposal Deadline
- April 4, 2018 - NSF INCLUDES Full Proposal Deadline
- April 18, 2018 - Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) Preliminary Proposal Deadline
- January 31, 2018 - Education Policy Analysis Archives Online | Edtech and the Policies of Human Formation
- February 1, 2018 - Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School | 2019 Focus Issue: Making Math Social
- February 1, 2018 - Science and Children | Early Childhood: The Reggio Emilia Approach to Science
- February 1, 2018 - Science Scope | MS-ESS2 Earth's Systems
February 1, 2018 - The Science Teacher | Creativity in the Science Classroom
- March 1, 2018 - Science and Children | Visual Literacy
- March 1, 2018 - Science Scope | Critical Thinking Strategies
- March 31, 2018 - International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education | Abstracts due for 2019 Special Issue - Maker-centered Science and Mathematics Education: Learning, Teaching and Environment Design
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF).