This month's Spotlight focuses on improving science and mathematics education in rural America. Though rural areas differ, they often share similar assets (e.g., community orientation) that can support STEM education. They also share many of the same challenges (e.g., shortage of teachers experienced in STEM education). The national STEM strategic plan notes that "...of the 24 million Americans who lack access to basic broadband services, 83% live in rural or Tribal communities." NSF is making investments across programs, including several DRK-12 awards to study STEM education in indigenous communities, to leverage the assets and address the challenges that rural students face. Resources can also be found at the Department of Ed's Rural Education Resource Center.
The Foundations for Evidence-Based Policymaking Act of 2017 (1-page description) became law last January, and the Office of Management and Budget released guidance for the law. We are now seeing the release of data resources and tools that may be of interest to researchers and the first-year action plan for the related federal data strategy, discussed at a recent forum, is expected in August. We don't yet know what, if any, implications this new law may have for NSF projects and the data that we collect and share.
Finally, we thought you might be interested in seeing a list of DRK-12 project evaluators. The list was created from the profiles that have been entered by project members on cadrek12.org. If your project has an evaluator that isn't listed, let us know. We can add them to the website.
Resources for Preparing an NSF DRK-12 Proposal
On July 9, NSF Program Directors Robert Ochsendorf and Karen King led a webinar on the DRK-12 Solicitation (17-584) to address the solicitation and proposal preparation process.
As a reminder, the submission deadline is November 13, 2019.
Spotlight on Rural STEM Education
Students and teachers in rural communities often lack access to resources and opportunities that can improve student achievement and representation in STEM. This Spotlight features a perspective piece by Pam Buffington and highlights the work of two projects developing innovative, contextually responsive professional learning experiences.
- Rural and Ready: Embracing the Assets and Needs of Rural Schools and Districts | Blog by Pam Buffington
- Featured Projects:
- Investigating Fifth Grade Teachers' Knowledge of Noticing Appalachian Students' Thinking in Science | PI: Melissa Luna
- Synchronous Online Professional Learning Experiences for Middle Grades Mathematics Teachers in Rural Contexts (SyncOn) | PI: Jeffrey Choppin
- Additional Resources
Blog about Your Work!
CADRE's blog, DRK-12 Community Voices, was created to informally share our work, ideas, and thoughts around STEM education. We welcome your voices. If you are interested in contributing a post, contact email@example.com.
Tip: Improve Your Reports to NSF
Whether you're preparing an annual, interim, or final report, CADRE's Project Management Toolkit has a number of resources to help guide you through the report writing process as well as effectively capture your project's activities and results. We recommend starting with Tips for Preparing NSF Reports.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) Program Solicitation 19-583
ITEST Proposals are due August 19, 2019.
- Permanent Science Education Administrator (Program Director) Job Opportunity
The position would support programs including but not limited to Cyberlearning, CSforAll, EHR Core Research, and Discovery Research preK-12.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Clarifiable Ambiguity in Classroom Mathematics Discourse
Publication | In this Investigations in Mathematics Learning article, Blake Peterson, Keith Leatham, Lindsay Merrill, Laura Van Zoest, and Shari Stockero illustrate clarifiable ambiguity that occurs in mathematics classrooms and consider ramifications of not addressing it.
- Decomposition of Practice as an Activity for Research-Practice Partnerships
Publication | In this AERA Open article, Alison Fox Resnick and Elham Kazemi examine what can be learned from the process by which one research-practice partnership (RPP) engaged in decomposing practice that might be useful for other RPPs.
- Framing, Adapting, and Applying: Learning to Contextualize Science Activity in Multilingual Science Classrooms
Publication | In this Research in Science Education article, Sara Tolbert, Corey Knox (2014-15 CADRE Fellow), and Ivan Salinas describe how preservice science teachers can be prepared to frame lessons using contextualization practices.
- Free Workshop Focuses on STEM Teaching
In the News | This month, the Teaching STEM with Robotics project is offering a free workshop for local middle school teachers on developing STEM lessons in the life sciences, physical sciences, and mathematics.
- Geek of the Week: Researcher, Writer, Mom Amanda Sullivan Pushes Importance of STEM for Young Girls
In the News | Geekwire profiled Amanda Sullivan in this Q&A article on her work, research, and life balance.
- How to Support Secondary School Students' Consideration of Uncertainty in Scientific Argument Writing: A Case Study of a High-Adventure Science Curriculum Module
Publication | In this Journal of Geoscience Education article, Amy Pallant, Hee-Sun Lee, and Sarah Pryputniewicz write about a case study looking at the impact of the High-Adventure module on middle- and high-school student learning of uncertainty attribution.
- Instruments to Measure Elementary Student Mindsets about Smartness and Failure in General and with Respect to Engineering
Publication | In this International Journal of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology article, Pamela Lottero-Perdue and Cathy Lachapelle share the results of their study to assess evidence for the validity of General Mindset (GM) and Engineering Mindset (EM) surveys developed for fifth-grade students.
- Investigating Teaching in Conceptually Oriented Mathematics Classrooms Characterized by African American Student Success
Publication | In this Journal for Research in Mathematics Education article, Jonee Wilson (2013-14 CADRE Fellow), Mahtab Nazemi, Kara Jackson, and Anne Garrison Wilhelm describe forms of instructional practice in middle-grades mathematics classrooms that showed African American students' success on state assessments.
- Making Sense of Day and Night
Publication | In this Science and Children article, Christa Haverly (2018-19 CADRE Fellow) and Kim Sedlmeyer describe how teachers can use first graders' scientific models as formative assessments.
- Patterns Linking Interpreting and Deciding How to Respond During the Launch of a Lesson: Noticing from an Integrated Perspective
Publication | In this Mathematics Teacher Education and Development article, Rob Wieman and Corey Webel describe a way of studying the connections between different aspects of noticing, one that stresses the content of teachers' noticing.
- President Donald J. Trump Announces Recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers
Awards & Recognition | Congratulations to Christopher Wright and Idalis Villanueva for receiving the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists & Engineers (PECASE)!
- Scaling Up Innovative Learning in Mathematics: Exploring the Effect of Different Professional Development Approaches on Teacher Knowledge, Beliefs, and Instructional Practice
Publication | In this Educational Studies in Mathematics article, Daniel Heck, Courtney Plumley, Despina Stylianou, Adrienne Smith, and Gwendolyn Moffett share their findings from a study that compared the impact of three Professional learning experiences (PLE) formats on the early algebra knowledge and teaching practices of elementary mathematics teachers.
- Tensions Between Learning Models and Engaging in Modeling
Publication | In this Science & Education article, Candice Guy-Gaytán (2015-16 CADRE Fellow), Julia Gouvea, Chris Griesemer, and Cynthia Passmore illustrate examples drawn from a model-based curriculum development project to highlight issues and tensions observed through the course of modeling instruction.
- Using Media to Engage Families in Science
Blog | In this Global Family Research Project blog, Jennifer Stiles, Megan Silander, and Gay Mohrbacher share ideas on how media can be an effective way to motivate families with young children to do science together.
News from NSF Networks
- 2019 NSF ITEST Summit Online Program | STELAR
View slides and videos from the 2019 NSF ITEST Summit.
- A Roadmap to Addressing STEM Equity in Rural Settings | CAISE
Read the final report from the NSF-funded Rural Informal STEM Conference (RISC), which brought together key innovators and experts in rural STEM learning outside of school.
- NSF INCLUDES National Network Convening Materials| NSF INCLUDES National Network
Keynote, plenary, poster, and concurrent session materials are available from the May 29-30 NSF INCLUDES National Network Convening.
- Webinar: Diversity, Equity, and Exclusion? How to Address Diversity with Respect to Ability in your Research and Practice in the INCLUDES National Network | CIRCL
Register to attend this August 7 webinar (11-12 pm PT; 2-3 pm ET).
See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, MSPnet, 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.
- August 6 - NSF | Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC) (Letter of Intent Deadline)
- August 19 - NSF | Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
- August 29 - IES | Education and Special Education Research Grants; Research Training Programs; Research Grants Focused on Systematic Replication
- September 3 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) (Letter of Intent)
- September 6 - NSF | Smart and Connected Communities (S&CC)
- September 18 - NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program)
- September 20 - NSF | Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) (Target STEM Infusion Projects)
- September 27 - NSF | Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
- September 30 - NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
- October 1 - NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (Preliminary Proposal)
- October 1 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
- October 3 - NSF | Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
- October 3 - NSF | EHR Core Research
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF DRL EHR solicitation deadlines.
- August 1 - Science and Children | Environmental Health Literacy
- August 31 - Harvard Educational Review | Youth Voices in Education Research
- September 1 - Science and Children | Cross-grade Collaboration
- September 1 - Science Scope | Fieldwork/Outdoor Lessons
- October 1 - Educational Leadership | The Empowered Student
- October 1 - Science and Children | Beyond the Field Trip
- October 15 - Connected Science Learning | Embracing Social Media
- October 30 - Science & Education | Nature of STEM or Nature of S, T, E, M? Investigating the Interdisciplinary Foundations and the Educational Applications of STEM
- November 1 - Educational Leadership | Deeper Discussions
- 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.
- August 23 - 2020 SIGCSE Technical Symposium (Call for Proposals: Paper Abstracts, Pre-symposium Events)
- August 30 - 2020 SIGCSE Technical Symposium (Call for Proposals: Full Papers, Panels, Special Sessions, Workshops)
- September 8 - RCML 2020 Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- October 1 - ITEEA 2020 Annual Conference (Call for Participation in STEM Showcase)
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- Until filled - The Concord Consortium: Software Developer (Temporary)
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Director, STEM Strategy and Initiatives
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Jobs
- Until filed - Public Media Group of Southern California: Education Evaluation and Data Analyst
- Until filled - University of Wisconsin-Madison: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
In Case You Missed It
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A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.