Now that the 2018 US budget has just passed with increased research spending, we can focus on NSF's 2019 Budget Request to Congress. As you look at a breakdown of the EHR funding request, note that the requested funding level for DRK-12 remains level at 82.21 (dollars in millions). (Also note that ECR's budget is separated in several budget lines across divisions.) We look forward to talking about the implications of these approved and proposed budgets, as well as NSF's 2018-2022 strategic plan [PDF], during sessions with NSF program directors at the 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting. We would also like to welcome and congratulate the postdocs who will attend the PI meeting, having recently been accepted following a competitive application process (learn more below).
CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity
CADRE is excited announce that the following postdoctoral researchers have been selected for the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity:
- Valeria Aguirre Holguín, New Mexico State University
- Amy Hawkins, University of Utah
- Jennifer King Chen, University of California, Berkeley
- Melissa Kjelvik, Michigan State University
- Karisma Morton, University of Texas at Austin
- Terrell Morton, University of Missouri
- Maria Olivares Pasillas, TERC
- Lindsey Perry, Southern Methodist University
- ReAnna Roby, Michigan State University
- Vecihi Serbay Zambak, Marquette University
In addition to attending the DRK-12 PI Meeting, the postdoc cohort will participate in capacity-building activities designed for early career researchers.
Thank you to the DRK-12 project members who nominated candidates for this opportunity. We have assembled a group of postdocs with diverse professional backgrounds and research interests, but who share a commitment to broadening participation in STEM education. We look forward to their contributions at this year's PI meeting.
Legislative Visits Webinar
CADRE is hosting a webinar to help NSF awardees prepare for effective informational meetings with congressional staff, and craft appropriate messages for conversations with them about preK-12 STEM education.
For additional tips on conducting legislative visits, explore our latest addition to the Dissemination Toolkit on Policy Outreach.
CADRE-organized Conference Sessions and Twitter Chat
Online and Blended Professional Development at AERA
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 2018 | 8:15-9:45 AM ET
Twelve DRK-12 projects will present their work in a structured poster session at next month's AERA meeting. Featured projects are developing, implementing, and/or studying innovative resources, models, and technologies to support teacher learning in virtual environments; exploring the affordances and challenges associated with specific online and blended approaches; and examining their impacts on teacher practice and student learning.
Using Models to Support STEM Learning in Grades: Examples and Insights from NSF's DRK-12 Program
DRK-12 awardees Sara Lacy, Cory Forbes, Brian Reiser, Carolyn Staudt, Daniel Damelin, Joseph Krajcik, Irene Lee, and Ilana Schoenfeld led two NSTA sessions on using models to support STEM learning at the elementary and secondary grade levels. View the session handouts to learn more about their projects:
Grades K-5 Handout | Grades 6-12 Handout
K-5 Modeling #NSTAChat Storify
CADRE teamed up with NSTA to organize a Twitter chat on scientific modeling in grades K-5. During the chat facilitated by NSTA, DRK-12 awardees Cory Forbes and Lane Seeley answered questions and shared their expertise, and participants contributed their resources and experiences. View the discussion from the March 8 Twitter chat in our Storify.
Do you have an idea for a Twitter chat topic? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
DRK-12 Websites, Publications, and Presentations
For those preparing publications or conference presentations, find data visualization and presentation tips in our Dissemination Toolkit.
Newsbites from DRK–12 & NSF
We're pleased to share 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.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Engineering in the NGSS
Podcast | In a recent Its About Time EDU podcast, Cary Sneider discusses how students can develop scientific practices and concepts through project-based, hands-on activities.
- Model My Watershed Release 1.22
App | Model My Watershed has just released a new and improved web application featuring data visualization tools, analysis capabilities, and more.
- NAGT April 2018 NGSS Webinar
Webinar | On April 12 at 4:00 PM ET, Amy Pallant will discuss student argumentation and modeling skills in the context of the DRK-12 project High-Adventure Science. The webinar will be hosted by the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.
News from NSF Networks
- ATE Outreach Kit
Tool | This toolkit by ATE shares best practices, an assessment guide, case studies, and a resource guide related to outreach.
- Building the Foundational Skills Needed for Success in Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
Blog | In this blog post, Joyce Malyn-Smith shares a new paper recently released by STELAR that explores the foundational skills needed for success in the human-technology frontier.
- Challenges in the CS Classroom: Perspectives from Students with Learning and Attention Disorders
Webinar | In this MSPnet webinar, presenters Sarah Wille and Amy Cassata described findings from their NSF-funded study exploring ways educators and curriculum developers can make computer science more accessible for students who learn differently.
- From Good Intentions to Real Outcomes: Equity by Design in Learning Technologies
Webinar | On January 19, CIRCL hosted a webinar with presenters Justin Reich and Mimi Ito on equity by design in learning technologies. Slides and a recording of the webinar are now available.
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.
Project Tips: Preparing Annual and Final Reports
We asked several former NSF program officers for their annual and final report advice. Here are a few of their top tips:
For more tips, see the "Annual, Interim, Final and Project Outcome Reporting" section of our NSF Project Management Toolkit.
The following funding, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DRK-12 colleagues.
- April 4, 2018 - NSF INCLUDES Full Proposal Deadline
- April 16, 2018 - Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Advancing Cognitive and Physical Capabilities (FW-HTF) Letter of Intent Deadline
- April 16, 2018 - Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) Full Proposal Deadline
- April 17, 2018 - Cultivating Cultures for Ethical STEM (CCE STEM) Full Proposal Deadline
- April 18, 2018 - Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC) Preliminary Proposal Deadline
- May 7, 2018 - US-EU Internet Core & Edge Technologies (ICE-T) Full Proposal Deadline
- May 8, 2018 - Formal Methods in the Field (FMitF) Full Proposal Deadline
- May 9, 2018 - Computer Science for All (CSforAll) Full Proposal Deadline
- May 14, 2018 - Critical Techniques, Technologies and Methodologies for Advancing Foundations and Applications of Big Data Sciences and Engineering (BIGDATA) Full Proposal Deadline
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF DRL EHR solicitation deadlines.
- April 1, 2018 - Science & Children | Problem-Based Learning
- April 2, 2018 - Educational Leadership | Classroom Management Reimagined
- April 6, 2018 - Transactions on Computing Education | Special Issue on Machine Learning Education (abstract submission deadline)
- April 9, 2018 - Mathematics Teacher | 2019 Focus Issue: Mathematical Misconceptions
- May 1, 2018 - Educational Leadership | The Promise of Social-Emotional Learning
- May 1, 2018 - Science & Children | STE and M ... Science, Technology, Engineering, AND Mathematics
- May 1, 2018 - The Science Teacher | STEM
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers and Researchers.
- March 31, 2018 - 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase: Call for facilitators. If interested, contact email@example.com.
- Ongoing - JRST Doctoral Student Mentored Reviewer Initiative
- Ongoing - Educational Technology Research and Development: Call for reviewers
In Case You Missed It
Highlights from recent newsletters and announcements:
- Open Education Resources (OER) Webinar Resources
- NSF Announcement about NSF Accounts in FastLane, Grants.gov and Research.gov
- NSF Project Management Tools
A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.