This month, we spotlight research on supporting teachers in choosing, adapting, and/or developing STEM instructional materials. Teachers are increasingly involved in these curriculum activities and decisions.
Congratulations to all of you who submitted a DRK-12 research proposal this month! If you didn't submit, consider volunteering to review proposals.
The NSF Education and Human Resources (EHR) Advisory Committee met recently to discuss a number of topics including federal interagency working groups' updates on strategic partnerships, computational literacy, convergence, transparency and accountability, and inclusion in STEM (see related progress report on federal strategic plan), as well as EHR progress in addressing the recommendations in the 2014 report, Strategic Re-envisioning for the Education and Human Resources Directorate.
Spotlight on Curriculum: Practitioner Selection, Adaptation, & Design
Paradigm shifts in current national standards, efforts to broaden participation, innovations in instructional technologies, and the increasing availability of digital and open education resources have transformed the landscape of STEM instructional materials. These changes call for new kinds of curricula, and while many DRK-12 projects engage practitioners as critical partners in developing these new materials, others are researching approaches and resources that support them in choosing, adapting, or developing their own.
This spotlight explores the role of educators in creating quality and coherent curricula in today's science and mathematics classrooms. Two blog posts examine the importance of curriculum coherence (one in the context of science, the other in mathematics), and four projects describe their efforts to support and empower practitioners in this area.
In This Spotlight
- Coherence Across the Mathematics Curriculum | Blog by Corey Drake, Jill Newton, Amy Olson, Marcy Wood
- Positioning Students’ Perspectives at the Center in Developing and Teaching with Science Curriculum Materials | Blog by Brian Reiser
- Featured Projects:
- Co-Developing a Curriculum Coherence Toolkit with Teachers (PIs: Corey Drake, Jill Newton, Amy Olson, Marcy Wood)
- CAREER: The Designing Mathematically Captivating Lesson Experiences (MCLE) Project (PI: Leslie Dietiker)
- CAREER: Expanding Latinxs' Opportunities to Develop Complex Thinking in Secondary Science Classrooms through a Research-Practice Partnership (PI: Hosun Kang)
- CAREER: Supporting Elementary Science Teaching and Learning by Integrating Uncertainty into Classroom Science Investigations (PI: Eve Manz)
Tools for Disseminating Your Work
Share your DRK-12 work with fellow researchers, NSF program officers, and others interested in improving STEM education by sending CADRE your products, upcoming presentations, project websites, and recent publications.
If you are looking for additional dissemination ideas, explore our recently updated Dissemination Toolkit.
Project Tip: Media Interviews
What should you do if a journalist calls you about a potential interview? Never take a call "on the fly." Tell the journalist you will call them back to give yourself time to prepare for the interview. This interview tip (and many more) can be found in our Dissemination Toolkit.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Fall 2019 Grants Conference Live Stream
Watch the webcast from NSF's fall grant conference held November 18-19, 2019.
- NSF EHR Job Openings
Browse a list of current job openings in NSF's EHR directorate.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Complementary Assessments of Prospective Teachers' Skill with Eliciting Student Thinking
Publication | In this Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education article, Meghan Shaughnessy,Timothy Boerst, and Susanna Owens Farmer share insights into the affordances and challenges of field assessment and simulation assessment.
- Empowering Students with Specific Learning Disabilities: Jim's Concept of Unit Fraction
Publication | In this Journal of Mathematical Behavior article, Jessica Hunt, Juanita Silva, and Rachel Lambert outline one student's affordances and constraints of developing fraction knowledge and describe teaching moves that supported growth in the student's reasoning.
- How Can We Promote Persistence in Math?
Publication | In this roundtable discussion, Al Cuoco, Kevin Waterman, and teacher Stephanie Ragucci discuss why it is important for students to learn how to persevere when the problems get tough.
- Impact of Graph Technologies in K-12 Science and Mathematics Education
Publication | In this Computers & Education article, Dermot Francis Donnelly-Hermosillo, Libby Gerard, and Marcia Linn report on their analysis of design and comparison studies involving graphing technologies.
- In-Game Actions to Promote Game-Based Math Learning Engagement
Publication | In this Journal of Educational Computing Research article, Jewoong Moon and Fengfeng Ke describe their study examining whether middle school students' in-game actions are likely to promote certain types of learning engagement.
- Performance Differences on a Measure of Mathematics Vocabulary for English Learners and Non-English Learners with and without Mathematics Difficulty
Publication | In this Reading & Writing Quarterly article, Sarah Powell, Katherine Berry, and Le M. Tran describe their study measuring the mathematics-vocabulary performance of third graders to determine if performance differences existed among English learners (ELs) and non-ELs with and without mathematics difficulty.
- Profiling Self-regulation Behaviors in STEM Learning of Engineering Design
Publication | In this Computers & Education article, Juan Zheng, Wanli Xing, Gaoxia Zhu, Guanhua Chen, Henglv Zhao, and Charles Xie describe their research on whether and how self-regulation leads to different learning outcomes among students in engineering design.
- The Effect of Automated Feedback on Revision Behavior and Learning Gains in Formative Assessment of Scientific Argument Writing
Publication | In this Computers & Education article, Mengxiao Zhu, Ou Lydia Liu, and Hee-Sun Lee report on a study focused on constructed response items in a formative feedback system integrated into an online science curriculum module teaching climate change.
- The Impact of Engineering Curriculum Design Principles on Elementary Students' Engineering and Science Learning
Publication | In this Journal of Research in Science Teaching article, Christine Cunningham, Cathy Lachapelle, Robert Brennan, Gregory Kelly, Chris San Antonio Tunis, and Christine Gentry report on an efficacy study of the elementary engineering curriculum, Engineering is Elementary (EiE).
- The Impact of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! on Learning
Publication | This report by Todd Grindal, Megan Silander, Sarah Gerard, Tiffany Maxon (2019-20 CADRE Fellow), Elisa Garcia, Naomi Hupert, Phil Vahey, and Shelley Pasnik shares findings from a study that examined the impact of The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That! media resources.
News from NSF Networks
- Blog: Contracting for Evaluator Services
A new EvaluATE blog shares advice on selecting and contracting an evaluator.
- Instruments on STELAR
Browse STEM education instruments posted to the STELAR website, including the Common Instrument Suite - Student, designed for youth 10 years or older, that includes 10 self-report items to assess child and adolescent interest and engagement in science.
- New ITEST Projects
STELAR announces newly awarded ITEST projects.
- NSF INCLUDES Planning Grant Solicitation Webinar
View a recording of the recent webinar on the NSF INCLUDES Planning Grant Solicitation.
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.
- November 26 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) (Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, and ACE Implementation Projects)
- December 3 - NSF | Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Planning Grants
- December 4 - NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) (Engaged Student Learning and Institutional and Community Transformation Level 2 and 3)
- December 10 - NSF | Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
- January 13 - NSF | Cyberlearning for Work at the Human-Technology Frontier
- January 15 - NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (Full Proposal for Adaptation and Partnership Competition)
- February 11 - NSF | Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP)
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of Upcoming NSF DRL EHR Solicitation Deadlines.
- November 30 - Mathematics Education Research Journal | Innovations in 'Gender Issues' Research in Mathematics Education (Extended Abstract Submission Deadline)
- December 1 - Science & Children | Beyond the Field Trip
- December 1 - Science Scope | Straight from the Headlines
- December 2 - Educational Leadership | Learning and the Brain
- January 1 - Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership | Spring 2020 Issue
- January 1 - Science & Children | Earth and Space Science for Young Learners
- January 1 - The Science Teacher | Equity for All
- January 15 - Connected Science Learning | Design Thinking: Human-Centered Science
- 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 31 - Research in Science Education | Multimodal Meaning Making 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.
- December 3 - 2020 NSTA STEM Forum & Expo (Call for Proposals)
- December 13 - 2020 International CSEDU Conference (Call for Regular Papers)
- December 22 - 2020 International CSEDU Conference (Workshop and Special Session Proposals)
- January 1 - 2020 NCTM Annual Meeting & Exposition (Call for Proposals)
- January 13 - Connected Learning Summit (Call for Proposals)
- January 15 - 2020 NSTA Area Conferences (Call for Proposals)
- January 15 - EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference (Call for Papers)
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- December 31 - University of California, Irvine: Postdoctoral Scholar in Computer Science for All (Application submission by November 30 ensures full consideration)
- January 2 - Simon Fraser University: Assistant/Associate Professor of Technology & Learning Design
- Until filled - Drexel University: Assistant/Associate Professor, Urban Teacher Education (Application review begins January 6)
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Jobs
- Until filled - New York University: Postdoctoral Scholar in Arts-Integrated Data Literacy (Application review began November 15)
- Until filled - Southern Methodist University, Research in Mathematics Education Department: Senior Research Specialist (Application submission before December 2 encouraged)
- Until filled - University of Arizona: Advanced Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Learning Sciences (Application review began November 12)
- 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 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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