We are greatly saddened to share the news that Dr. Karen King passed away in December. Among her many accomplishments, Karen was a key DRK-12 and former CADRE program officer, as well as a generous contributor to the CADRE Fellows program. We know that many of you worked with her or were impacted by her work. We send our condolences to you and grieve the loss to the field. On February 3, NSF will be hosting a celebration of life for Karen.
Watch your email over the next month for an invitation to register for the 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting and the Call for Session Proposals.
CADRE currently invites application submissions to the 2020 DRK-12 Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity (deadline February 21). Read more below about this opportunity, which includes sponsored participation in the PI meeting. In other early career news, we want to congratulate former CADRE Fellow (2015-16) Maria Gonzalez-Howard on her new CAREER award!
Registration is also open for the STEM for All Video Showcase. View last year's DRK-12 video entries as you plan your own entry and prepare to engage a wide audience in your work. Visit the new Multiplex to view DRK-12 videos across the years. As you engage other audiences through DRK-12 publications, products, and presentations, don't forget to share the details with us by February 12 so that we can share this news in our February newsletter. We would love to help promote your products and activities.
Earlier this month, NSF released the new CS for All solicitation which includes an additional strand for conducting research on the learning and teaching of computer science (deadline April 13). We invite you to learn about DRK-12 work in this area in our new Spotlight on Computer Science and Computational Thinking.
Spotlight on Computer Science and Computational Thinking
As the field of computer science grows and computing technology becomes increasingly prominent, helping students develop proficiency with computer science concepts and practices and computational ways of thinking has become a national priority. Preparing all students for a computer-driven future will require innovations in curriculum, assessment, and teaching.
In this Spotlight, Aankit Patel reflects on his experience working with teachers to implement equitable computer science education in New York City schools. In addition, DRK-12 projects discuss their work with K-12 students and teachers to promote computer science and computational thinking across academic disciplines.
In This Spotlight
- Equitable Implementation of Computer Science Education | Blog by Aankit Patel
- Featured Projects
- A New Visual Programming Environment for Learning and Teaching Computational Thinking across Cyber-Physical Spaces (PI: Charles Xie)
- CAREER: Spreading Computational Literacy Equitably via Integration of Computing in Preservice Teacher Preparation (PI: Lauren Margulieux)
- Computing and Math Play Spaces (CAMPS) (PI: Melissa Gresalfi)
- Determining Prerequisites for Middle School Students to Participate in Robotics-based STEM Lessons: A Computational Thinking Approach (PI: Vikram Kapila)
- GEM-STEP: Generalized Embodied Modeling to Support Science through Technology Enhanced Play (PIs: Noel Enyedy and Joshua Danish)
- Getting Unstuck: Designing and Evaluating Teacher Resources to Support Conceptual and Creative Fluency with Programming (PI: Karen Brennan)
- Zoombinis: The Implementation Research Study of a Computational Thinking Game for Upper Elementary and Middle School Learners (PI: Jodi Asbell-Clarke)
- Additional Resources
Call for 2020 CADRE Postdoc Nominations
CADRE is inviting five postdoctoral researchers working in the field of STEM education research to participate in the 2020 CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity. Selected postdocs will have the opportunity to network with other early career researchers, engage in informal mentoring with more experienced researchers, participate in capacity-building webinars on funding their research agenda, and attend the 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting in Washington, D.C.
2020 STEM For All Video Showcase and Multiplex
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Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPPs) Solicitation
The CSforAll solicitation has been updated with an additional strand to allow proposals that focus on research on computer science teaching and learning. The proposal deadline is April 13, 2020.
- New Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (NSF 20-1)
NSF has released the latest PAPPG. This guide should be used for proposals submitted or due, and awards made, on or after June 1, 2020.
- Webinar - Updates to the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1)
NSF will host a webinar on updates to the PAPPG on Thursday, February 6, 2020 at 2:00 PM EST.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Beyond "Active Learning": How the ICAP Framework Permits More Acute Examination of the Popular Peer Instruction Pedagogy
Publication | In this Harvard Educational Review article, J. Bryan Henderson explores how and why the Peer Instruction technique (a "pedagogy utilizing handheld classroom response technology to promote student discussion") is effective.
- Characterizing the Formative Assessment Enactment of Experienced Science Teachers
Publication | In this Science Teacher Education article, Vesal Dini, Hannah Sevian, Klaudja Caushi, and Raúl Orduña Picón share the results of their study that examined classroom videos of experienced science teachers to create a model of formative assessment enactment.
- Emergent Bilingual and Multilingual Learners in California: Californians Together Passing the Torch to the Next Generation of Advocates (1996 to Present)
Publication | In this Berkeley Review of Education article, Tina Cheuk shares her journey from former English learner (EL) to educator to researcher, the history of California Proposition 227, and her perspective on where the field is today.
- Exploring the Role of Coherence in Science Teachers' Sensemaking of Science-Specific Formative Assessment in Professional Development
Publication | In this Science Teacher Education article, Sara Heredia discusses the role of conceptual coherence in science teacher learning of science-specific formative assessment.
- Lincoln Students Piloting Climate Change Curriculum Using NASA Computer Models
In the News | NET News recently wrote a story about the CliMES project, which is bringing NASA climate-model data into classrooms through a new interface and curriculum. PIs Cory Forbes and Mark Chandler were quoted in the article.
- On the Screen, Beneath the Screen, Beyond the Screen: Using Educational Technology to Support Argumentation
Publication | In this NSTA Reports article, J. Bryan Henderson and Earl Aguilera share three questions to guide decisions on how and which educational technology to use to support argumentation in the classroom.
- Understanding STEM-focused Elementary Schools: Case Study of Walter Bracken STEAM Academy
Publication | In this School Science and Mathematics article, Erin Peters-Burton, Ann House, Vanessa Peters, and Julie Remold describe a case study designed to articulate the mission and design of an effective and nationally recognized STEM-focused elementary school.
News from NSF Networks
- CAISE Offers Expanded Access to Journals on InformalScience.org
Members of InformalScience.org now have access to EBSCO's Communication and Mass Media Complete database, which covers disciplines including media studies, linguistics, rhetoric, and discourse.
- Cyberlearning 2019 Recap
Watch keynotes from the Cyberlearning 2019 meeting. Transcripts are also available.
- EvaluATE Blog: Increasing Response Rates
This blog by Amy Germuth shares advice on improving the odds that participants complete and return your survey.
- Meet Cynthia D'Angelo
CIRCL interviewed former CADRE Fellow (2009-10) Cynthia D'Angelo. Learn about her current work in this September Perspectives piece.
See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, NSF INCLUDES National Network 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 31 - NSF | Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet)
- February 3 - NSF | Growing Convergence Research (GCR)
- February 28 - NSF | EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)
- March 10 - NSF | EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
- April 13 - NSF | Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP)
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of Upcoming NSF DRL EHR Solicitation Deadlines.
- February 1 - Science & Children | Engaging Families in Science Learning
- February 1 - Science Scope | Using Literature in the Science Classroom
- February 1 - The Science Teacher | Evaluating Scientific Claims
- March 1 - Science Scope | Effective Classroom Strategies for Science for All
- March 1 - The Science Teacher | Interdisciplinary Science
- March 15 - Transactions on Computing Education | Re-Entering Computing through Emerging Technology (Extended abstract deadline)
- March 30 - Computer Science Education | Assessing Computational Thinking
- March 31 - Research in Science Education | Multimodal Meaning Making in Science
- April 1 - Science & Children | Start with the Phenomena
- April 1 - Science Scope | Science Beyond the Classroom
- April 1 - The Science Teacher | STEM on a Shoestring
- April 15 - Connected Science Learning | Engaging Families in Science
- May 1 - The Science Teacher | Technology Innovations in Science
- Ongoing - Educational Technology Research and Development | Special Issue Proposals
- Ongoing - The Elementary STEM Journal | STEM for All: Learning Opportunities
- Ongoing - Journal of Research on Technology in Education | Special Issue Proposals
- Ongoing - Research in Science Education | 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 1 - 2020 ASCD Conference on Teaching Excellence (Call for Proposals)
- February 4 - 2020 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference (Call for Papers)
- March 18 - 2020 AEA Evaluation Conference (Call for Proposals)
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- Until filled - BSCS Science Learning: Science Educator, Professional Learning
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Research Assistant
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Director, STEM Strategy & Initiatives
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Jobs
- Until filled - Southern Methodist University, Research in Mathematics Education Department: Senior Research Specialist (Application submission before December 2 encouraged)
- Until filled - University of Connecticut: Assistant/Associate Professor in Learning Sciences (Application review began October 28)
- Until filled - University of Georgia: Assistant Professor of Science Education
- Until filled - University of Kentucky: Assistant or Associate Professor in Science/STEM Education
- Until filled - University of Texas at Austin: Assistant/Associate Professor in STEM Education (Application review began November 5)
- Until filled - University of Wisconsin-Madison: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
- Until filled - Utah State University, Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences: Assistant/Associate Professor (Application review began November 1)
- Until filled - Utah State University, Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences: Professional Practice Assistant/Associate Professor (Application review began November 1)
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