Happy new year. As the government shutdown continues, we want to remind you that NSF announced that it is still accepting project reports. NSF has also recently announced that the next DRK-12 submission deadline is November 13, 2019. It isn't too early to begin your planning! Find the new proposal guide (PAPPG) and other resources in our NSF Proposal Toolkit.
This month is National Mentoring Month (January 31 is #ThankYourMentor Day), so we are highlighting a few mentoring projects, as well as reminding you that we have resources available for those of you who are mentoring or advising college and graduate students, or even postdocs, including sample postdoctoral mentoring plans. For those of you writing DRK-12 proposals, consider including a nomination for your postdoc to attend the 2020 PI Meeting in your mentoring plan! Nominations open next winter. If you're interested in related approaches to developing STEM students and teachers, the DRK-12 portfolio also includes projects that focus on coaching, apprenticeships, and internships.
National Mentoring Month
Since 2002, National Mentoring Month has been held to raise awareness, increase involvement, and promote rapid growth of mentoring relationships that promote positive outcomes for youth. To celebrate, and in honor of International Mentoring Day (January 17), we are featuring our Spotlight on Mentoring, which includes:
- DRK-12 projects that focus on mentoring youth and teachers
- Tips, insights, and strategies for mentoring graduate students and postdocs
- Proposal mentoring plans and strategies
In addition, you may also be interested in the CADRE Early Career Guide.
Perspectives from the Field: Report of the 2018 NSSME+
By Eric Banilower, Horizon Research
The 2018 National Survey is the sixth in a series of surveys dating back to 1977. The study was designed to provide up-to-date information and to identify trends in the areas of teacher background and experience, curriculum and instruction, and the availability and use of instructional resources. The 2018 iteration includes an emphasis on computer science, particularly at the high school level, which is increasingly prominent in discussions about K-12 STEM education. (To reflect this change, the 2018 study is called the NSSME+.) Horizon Research, Inc. has just released the first report from the study.
The NSSME+ covers more topics than can be described here, but some highlights follow. In elementary schools, mathematics is taught on most or all school days in most classes, but science is taught on most or all school days in only 35 percent of grades 4-6 classes and 17 percent of grades K-3 classes. Further, the typical elementary class spends about 20 minutes per day on science instruction compared with 60 minutes on mathematics and 90 minutes on reading/language arts. At the high school level, almost all schools offer courses in biology and chemistry, and most offer at least one type of physics course; fewer than half offer an engineering course. Although female students are just as likely as male students to take advanced science and mathematics courses, students from race/ethnicity groups historically underrepresented in STEM are more likely to take lower-level courses than advanced courses. Females and students from these race/ethnicity groups are substantively underrepresented in high school computer science courses.
Lecture and whole-class discussion are the most common modes of instruction in science and mathematics classes. In contrast, high school computer science classes tend to involve students in computer-based programming activities most frequently, though lecture is still fairly common. Teachers were also asked how often they engage students in the practices of their discipline. In science, students are most often engaged in science practices related to conducting investigations and analyzing data, and less often engaged in aspects of science related to evaluating the strengths/limitations of evidence and argumentation. In mathematics, students are engaged in many aspects of mathematical practice on a weekly basis, though having students critique different approaches to solving problems occurs less frequently. In high school computer science, students are most often engaged in practices related to testing and refining computational artifacts, and less often engaged in considering end users.
Register for the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase
Registration for the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase opened January 15. If you plan to participate in the showcase, May 13-20, 2019, you must register by February 18. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and will close once 250 participants have registered.
Creating Effective Videos About Your Work
CADRE's Dissemination Toolkit includes Video & Podcast Tips with information about storytelling, low-tech filming options, editing tips, and more.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Government Shutdown Information
NSF has provided information for NSF proposers, panelists, and grantees regarding policies and procedures in place or on hold during a government shutdown.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- A Framework for Characterizing Students' Cognitive Processes Related to Informal Best Fit Lines
Publication | In Mathematics Teaching and Learning, Randall Groth, Matthew Jones, and Mary Knaub share a hypothetical framework of cognitive processes associated with studying informal best fit lines.
- Developing a Three-Dimensional View of Science Teaching: A Tool to Support Preservice Teacher Discourse
Publication | In the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Michelle Sinapuelas, Corinne Lardy, Michele Korb, Christine Lee Bae, and Rachelle DiStefano discuss their use of the Three-Dimensional Mapping Tool to scaffold teachers as they unpack the NGSS and promote discourse around three-dimensional instruction.
- Dynamics of Scientific Engagement in a Blended Online Learning Environment
Publication | In Research in Science Education, Vesal Dini, Lama Jaber, and Ethan Danahy analyze a shift from teachers following instructions to doing science themselves in a blended online science inquiry course.
- Early STEM Provides 'Critical Foundation' for Future Learning
In the News | The CADRE brief, Considerations for STEM Education from PreK through Grade 3, was featured in THE Journal and mentioned by ASCD and the STEMConnector's STEMdaily, to name a few. Thank you to our DRK-12 authors and contributors.
- English Learners in STEM Subjects: Transforming Classrooms, Schools, and Lives
Webinar | In this recording, David Frances, Judit Moschkovich, and Okhee Lee give an overview of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report on English learners in STEM subjects.
- How Do Middle School Girls of Color Develop STEM Identities?
Publication | In Science Education, Hosun Kang, Angela Calabrese Barton, Edna Tan, Sandra Simpkins, Hyang-yon Rhee, and Chandler Turner discuss key constructs that inform girls' development of senses of self, relations among those indicators of STEM identities, and how they varied by race/ethnicity.
- How Do Teachers Use Comics to Promote Engagement, Equity, and Diversity in Science Classrooms?
Publication | In Research in Science Education, Camillia Matuk (2010-11 CADRE Fellow), Talia Hurwich, Amy Spiegel, and Judy Diamond examine how educators used a comic book series as a way to make science more broadly appealing to their diverse students.
- Illuminating Fractional Reasoning for Students with Learning Disabilities
Publication | In Scientia, Jessica Hunt describes her research on novel teaching methods to help children with learning disabilities think and learn about fractions.
- Learning through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design
Publication | Several past and present DRK-12 awardees contributed to this National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine consensus report on how citizen science projects can be designed to better support science learning.
- Negotiating Coherent Science Teacher Professional Learning Experiences Across a University and Partner School Settings
- Publication | In the Journal of Science Teacher Education, Todd Campbell, Thomas McKenna, Xavier Fazio, Amy Hetherington-Coy, and Patrick Pierce discuss design conjectures underlying a research-practice partnership involving university science teacher educators and mentoring science teachers.
- Teachers' Orientations Toward Using Student Mathematical Thinking as a Resource During Whole-Class Discussion
Publication | In the Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education, Shari Stockero, Keith Leatham, Mary Ochieng, Laura Van Zoest, and Blake Peterson report on their study of teachers' use of mathematical thinking during instruction.
- The 2019 RHSU Edu-Scholar Public Influence Rankings
Awards & Recognition | Linda Darling-Hammond (#2) and Jo Boaler (#5) were listed as the top university-based scholar influencers in these EdWeek blog rankings. View the full list for additional colleagues mentioned.
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News from NSF Networks
- CSTA Board of Directors Nominations and Elections
CS for All Teachers shares this Computer Science Teachers Association opportunity. The application deadline is January 31, 2019.
- Neuroscience and Cyberlearning: A Convergence Conversation
- CIRCL is offering this February 19 webinar, from 3-4 PM EST | 12-1 PM PST
- QEM NSF INCLUDES National Summit
- The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) NSF INCLUDES National Summit will be held March 7-8, 2019. The purpose of the summit is to survey and stimulate broadening participation research at Historically Black and Tribal Colleges/Universities.
- What Is STEM Identity?
- CAISE interviewed 13 researchers to learn how they're thinking about STEM identity.
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)
- May 1 - STEM + Computing K-12 Education (STEM+C)
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF DRL EHR solicitation deadlines.
- 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
- March 15 - Educational Leadership | High-Powered Teams
- April 1 - Educational Leadership | What New Teachers Need
- April 1 - Journal of Chemical Education | Special Issue: Reimagining Chemistry Education: Systems Thinking, and Green and Sustainable Chemistry
- April 1 - Science and Children | Take-Home Science
- April 1 - Science Scope | Using Technology for Instruction & Assessment
- April 15 - Connected Science Learning | STEM Mindset
- 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
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- February 4 - 2019 IEEE Frontiers in Education (FIE) Conference (Call for Papers)
- March 8 - Connected Learning Summit 2019 (Call for Proposals)
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: Digital Promise: Design Based Implementation Researcher
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Job Openings
- Until filled - The Concord Consortium: Research Assistant in STEM
- 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 Nevada, Reno: Assistant Professor in Computer Science K-12
- Until filled - University of Pennsylvania: Postdoctoral Fellow in the Learning Sciences and Science Education