Save the date! The 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting will be held June 3-5, 2020, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Invitations will be sent next winter. In the meantime, please send any suggestions (e.g., theme, structure, plenary speakers, etc.) that you have for us to bring to the planning committee.
Last week, the CADRE Fellows met with NSF program directors to engage in a mock proposal review, share their research, and discuss current and future funding trends. We thank NSF program directors for sharing their insights and Fellows for their questions and contributions! Read more below.
Our new blog, DRK-12 Community Voices, has several new posts. Learning about Complex Systems Using Modeling and Scientific Argumentation, also posted to the Teaching Channel, features DRK-12 research. Mixed Methods Research, written in response to interest in an April newsletter Newsbite, shares links to the resources of several national working groups on the topic. And our newest blog post, Key Features of Successful Partnerships: Reflections from the TRU-Lesson Study Team, provides insights about partnerships that support systemic change. Read more about DRK-12 projects engaged in systemic change in this month's Spotlight.
Finally, we were excited to promote DRK-12 videos in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase. Congratulations to video presenters for attracting so much attention to STEM education research.
Spotlight on Systemic Reform
The DRK-12 portfolio includes a number of projects endeavoring to scale innovations and enact reforms on a systemic level. In this spotlight, explore the types of partnerships, methodologies, theoretical frameworks, challenges and strategies that support this kind of work. This Spotlight includes a perspective piece by Suzanne Donovan and Alan Schoenfeld, highlights the work of seven projects, and offers additional resources for those interested in learning more.
- Key Features of Successful Partnerships | Suzanne Donovan, Alan Schoenfeld
- Featured Projects:
- MIST (Middle-School Mathematics and the Institutional Context of Teaching)
- A Research-Practice Partnership to Develop Math Professional Development Leaders and Build District Capacity
- The Responsive Math Teaching Project: Developing Instructional Leadership in a Network of Elementary Schools
- Science Communities of Practice Partnership
- Testing a Leadership Development Model for High School Science Reform and the Relationship of Key Variables to Student Achievement
- A Three-Way Partnership to Build School District Leadership in Scientific Argumentation
- TRUmath and Lesson Study: Supporting Fundamental and Sustainable Improvement in High School Mathematics Teaching
Using Video to Showcase Our Work
The 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase was held May 13-20. The NSF DRK-12 Program was represented by 29 videos. Out of these videos, five were recognized:
- Broadening Participation in PreK-12 STEM Education | Presenters' & Public Choice
- How Video Storytelling Reengages Teenagers in STEM Learning | Presenters' & Public Choice
- Improving Science Teachers' Knowledge through PD | Facilitators' Choice
- Math Understanding in a Digital Collaborative Environment | Facilitators' Choice
- Synchronous Online Professional Development Model | Presenters' Choice
Congratulations to all involved for showcasing your work! Stay tuned as we highlight the DRK-12 videos via social media in our "Featured #DRK12 Video of the Week" posts.
Though the main event has come to a close, you can still view the videos and archived discussions. The CADRE video, Broadening Participation in PreK-12 STEM Education, generated a good conversation about this very important topic which is a focus of many DRK-12 projects and one of NSF's Big Ideas. Issues and ideas raised in the comments included:
- Challenges to broadening participation and theoretical frameworks that can help address them
- Task characteristics that support broadening participation
- Structures for co-learning and engagement with communities and families
- Examples of effective partnerships for broadening participation
- Intervention design for students with disabilities
- Indicators of success in broadening participation in STEM
- Practices that expand the accessibility of learning environments
A special thank you goes to the CADRE's video showcase collaborators, who either shared their insights in the video and/or co-presented during the showcase: Malcolm Butler, Cory Buxton, Salvador Huitzilopochtli, Odis Johnson, Leanne Ketterlin Geller, and Arthur Powell. We'd also like to thank the DRK-12 community members who contributed to the discussion with examples and insights from their own work.
2018-19 CADRE Fellows Update
Last week, the CADRE Fellows met with NSF program directors to engage in a mock proposal review, share their research, and discuss current and future funding trends. Thank you Wu He, Karen King, Robert Ochsendorf, Ann Rivet, Robert Russell, Michael Steele, Finbarr (Barry) Sloane, M. Alejandra Sorto, and Amy Wilson-Lopez for sharing your expertise and insights! Thank you Fellows for sharing your expertise in the areas of simulations, funds of knowledge, and more!
The meeting with NSF program directors was the pinnacle of the Fellows program. This past year, the Fellows have built a support network with each other, as well as expanded their networks to include more experienced DRK-12 researchers. Each year, CADRE invites a different set of researchers to share their expertise, experiences, and advice with CADRE Fellows in the areas of career pathways; research design, use, and dissemination; building a community of colleagues and collaborators; and funding.
This year, the following researchers met with Fellows: June Ahn, Jose Blackorby, Laura Bofferding, Brenda Capobianco, Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis, Chonika Coleman-King, Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, Brian Gravel, Joseph Henderson, Eric Knuth, Eve Manz, Kimberly Scott, Judy Storeygard, Idalis Villanueva, and Susan Yoon. The current Fellows also met with Fellows program alumni, Shondricka Burrell, Kyle Cox, Salvador Huitzilopochtli, Gladys Krause, Kelsey Lipsitz, Karen Trujillo, and Gabriela Vargas. In addition, CADRE matched individual Fellows with NSF awardees for informal mentoring and solicited proposals from several awardees to share with the Fellows. The Fellows collaborated with each other on capacity-building activities and contributed to the growing set of resources that CADRE has developed and shared with Fellows. Some of these early career resources are available to the public.
Tip: Writing a CAREER proposal?
Be mindful of the scope of your project. A common mistake for early career researchers is proposing to do too much. Your goal as an early career scholar is to advance a line of inquiry step by step, and your CAREER award is just one part of your overall research agenda.
Join an AERA Submission on Culturally Responsive Instrumentation
CADRE is exploring the possibility of organizing a session for submission to the 2020 AERA Annual Meeting on the development and use of culturally responsive instruments in STEM education. If your project is developing such an instrument or examining issues around their use, we invite you to contribute. The 2020 meeting will be held on April 17-21 in San Francisco, CA, and session proposals are due on July 10.
If interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your project title and a brief description of the nature of your work with culturally responsive instrumentation by June 10.
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.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Development of an Early Grade Relational Reasoning Subtask: Collecting Validity Evidence on Technical Adequacy and Reliability
Publication | In this International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education article, Lindsey Perry (CADRE Postdoc) details the characteristics of the Relational Reasoning items developed and validity evidence that was collected to support an assumption about technical adequacy and reliability on an interpretation-use argument.
- Episode 031: Model Based Inquiry with Todd Campbell PhD
Blog | In this NGS Navigators blog, Todd Campbell shares strategies and resources to use when implementing model based inquiry in your NGSS classroom.
- Guiding Collaborative Revision of Science Explanations
Publication | In this International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning article, Libby Gerard, Ady Kidron, and Marcia Linn illustrate how the combination of teacher and computer guidance can strengthen collaborative revision and identify opportunities for teacher guidance in a computer-supported collaborative learning environment.
- Pre-service Teachers' Figurative and Operative Graphing Actions
Publication | In this Journal of Mathematical Behavior article, Kevin Moore (CAREER), Irma Stevens, Teo Paoletti, Natalie Hobson, and Biyao Liang report on semi-structured clinical interviews to describe U.S. pre-service secondary mathematics teachers' graphing meanings.
- Reframing Teacher Knowledge: A Research and Development Agenda
Publication | In this ZDM article, Alan Schoenfeld argues that in order to help teachers create more powerful learning environments, a much more general framing of the concept of teacher knowledge is required-one that incorporates a teacher's perceptions, inclinations and orientations as well as their understandings and related proficiencies.
- The Teacher Responding Tool: Scaffolding the Teacher Practice of Responding to Student Ideas in Mathematics Classrooms
Publication | In this Computers & Education article, James Bywater (2018-19 CADRE Fellow), Jennifer Chiu, James Hong, and Vidhya Sankaranarayanan examine the role of the Teacher Responding Tool in scaffolding four high school teachers' responding practice.
- Theorizing Reciprocal Noticing with Non-dominant Students in Mathematics
Publication | In this Educational Studies in Mathematics article, Higinio Dominguez (CAREER) theorizes reciprocal noticing as a relational practice through which teachers and students exchange roles as knowers by reciprocating each other's noticing as they study mathematics concepts.
- What They Learn When They Learn Coding: Investigating Cognitive Domains and Computer Programming Knowledge in Young Children
Publication | In this Educational Technology Research and Development article, Amanda Strawhacker and Marina Umaschi Bers share findings from a study that investigated K-2 children's performance on a programming assessment after engaging in a 6-week curricular intervention.
News from NSF Networks
- Attend #InclusiveSciComm as a Research + Practice Collaboratory Fellow | CAISE
Apply by June 3 to receive up to $2,000 to attend the #InclusiveSciComm symposium, September 27-29, at the University of Rhode Island.
- Maker Resource Library | STELAR
View a compilation of resources in the Maker field.
- New SciGirls Strategies Featured on an Upcoming Webinar | CAISE
Learn about research on best practices for engaging girls in STEM from SciGirls in a webinar June 12.
- STELAR Webinar: 2019 NSF ITEST Solicitation | STELAR
STELAR is offering two informational webinars on the ITEST solicitation: May 28 and June 20 from 3-4:30 pm ET.
- Webinar: Getting Everyone on the Same Page: Practical Strategies for Evaluator-Stakeholder Communication | EvaluATE
View a recording of this May 22 webinar about strategies to improve communication between those involved in evaluation planning, implementation, and use.
The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.
- June 3 - ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (Full proposal deadline for Catalyst proposals)
- June 7 - ECR: Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)
- June 19 - Industry-University Cooperative Research Centers Program (IUCRC)
- June 28 - Harnessing the Data Revolution (HDR): Institutes for Data-Intensive Research in Science and Engineering - Ideas Labs (I-DIRSE-IL)
- July 17 - Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
- August 19 - Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
- June 1 - Science and Children | Mindful Modeling
- June 1 - Science Scope | Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information
- June 3 - Educational Leadership | A Culture of Coaching
- June 30 - International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education | Posing Researchable Questions in Mathematics and Science Education
- June 30 - International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education | Science and Mathematics Teacher Educators and their Professional Growth
- July 1 - Educational Leadership | Building Bridges for ELLs
- July 1 - Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education | Special Issue: Computational Thinking and Coding for Learning in Teacher Education
- July 1 - Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership | Fall 2019 Issue
- July 1 - Science and Children | Environmental Health Literacy
- July 1 - Science Scope | Budget Conscious Labs
- July 15 - Connected Science Learning | Effective Collaboration Revisited
- August 1 - Science Scope | Turning STEM into STEAM
- 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.
- May 31 - 2020 AASA National Conference on Education (Call for Proposals)
- June 1 - 2020 NCSM Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- June 3 - #InclusiveSciComm Symposium Research + Practice Fellowship
- June 30 - 2020 ITEEA Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
- July 1 - 2020 NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition (Call for Proposals)
- July 8 - 2019 AACE World Conference on E-Learning (Call for Proposals)
- July 10 - 2020 AERA Annual Meeting (Call for Submissions)
- 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, Speical Sessions, Workshops)
- Ongoing - CASIS (International Space Station) Partnering Opportunity
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Job Openings
- 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 Delaware: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor of Mathematics Education
- Until filled - University of Delaware: Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Learning Sciences
- Until filled - University of Missouri, Department of Learning, Teaching, and Curriculum: Postdoctoral Fellow
In Case You Missed It
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A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.