October 2017 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,  

Please join us in welcoming the 2017-18 CADRE Fellows! Their bios are accessible below. Over the next year, we may invite you to share your experiences with them!
In every CADRE newsletter, we include "newsbites" related to awardees, DRK-12 projects, and our "sister" NSF resource networks. In addition to taking advantage of CADRE's resources, we encourage you to visit the other resource network websites where you will find resources on evaluationsustainabilityinstruments, and more! In this newsletter, we highlight resources about the nuts and bolts of project management, including report writing for NSF.
The CADRE Team

2017 CADRE FellowsMeet the 2017-2018 CADRE Fellows 

Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Fellows! CADRE is proud to announce the new cohort. They are:

  • Portia Botchway, Vanderbilt University (PI: Rich Lehrer)
  • Shondricka Burrell, Temple University (PI: Doug Lombardi)
  • Santiago Gasca, TERC (PI: Judy Storeygard)
  • Salvador Huitzilopochtli, University of California, Santa Cruz (PI: Trish Stoddart)
  • Jenifer Hummer, University of Delaware (PI: Michelle Cirillo)
  • Josie Melton, Western Washington University(Co-PI: Chris Ohana)
  • Rachelle Minor, Auburn University (PI: Jakita Thomas)
  • Jen Tennison, Saint Louis University (PI: Jenna Gorlewicz)
  • Brianna Tomlinson, Georgia Institute of Technology (PI: Emily Moore)
  • Gabriela Vargas, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (PI: Gloriana González)
The Fellowship will begin with an in-person orientation at EDC in Waltham, MA, during which Fellows will learn more about NSF and the DRK-12 program; discuss their career trajectories and current research; present their DRK-12 work; participate in discussions with Fellows alumni and PIs; and plan for the upcoming Fellowship year.

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Managing Your DRK-12 Award

Highlights from the 2017 NSF Nuts & Bolts Webinar
On October 25, NSF Program Officer Rob Ochsendorf led a webinar on the ins and outs of NSF project management. He shared NSF requirements and expectations around evaluation and reporting, advisory boards, Institutional Review Boards (IRB), site visits, notifications and requests, and more.  
Additional Project Management Resources
Project Tip! NSF requires disclaimer language on DRK-12 project slides, reports, websites, etc. You can adapt from the following:  

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation, grant # [INSERT]. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in these materials are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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We're on LinkedIn!

CADRE, STELAR and MSPnet have joined forces to co-facilitate a LinkedIn group on NSF STEM Education Research. The group provides a forum for sharing ideas, news, resources, and job opportunities related to NSF-funded STEM education research projects. We hope you'll join us!

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Spotlight on Analyzing and Interpreting Data Across STEM Disciplines 

Explore a range of DRK-12 products--within and across STEM disciplines--that are designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that students will need as data literate citizens and/or data-enabled professionals.

Grade Levels: 6-14
CODAP is a free, online, open source data exploration, visualization, and analysis platform that is being used in classrooms and by STEM projects to engage students with data. Sample data sets and activities are available as well as support for bringing in your own data sets that could be used as the basis for new student investigations. Learn more in this video. (NSF Award # 1435470)

Data Nuggets LogoData Nuggets
Grade Levels: K-12
Data Nuggets are free classroom activities, co-designed by scientists and teachers, that bring real data from current and ongoing research into the classroom. The activities guide students through identifying hypotheses and predictions, visualizing and interpreting data, making evidence-based claims, and asking their own questions for future research. (NSF Award # 1503005, 1503211)

InquirySpace LogoInquirySpace
Grade Levels: 9-12
InquirySpace supports essential scientific practices such as collecting and analyzing data by integrating probeware, video analysis tools, and data exploration capabilities into a unified technology environment and scaffolding teachers and learners toward generating and conducting their own extended, inquiry-based investigations. (NSF Award # 1621301)

Ocean Trakcs LogoOcean Tracks
Grade Levels: 9-14
Explore top predators' movements through the Pacific Ocean, learn about human impacts on marine environments, and discover how oceanographic conditions can affect marine life using authentic tracking and environmental data in the Ocean Tracks curriculum and platform. Learn more in this video. (NSF Award # 1222220, 1222413)

TI Sensor Tag LogoTI Sensor Tag
Grade Levels: 9-12
Students use WiFi-linked sensor tags to collect environmental data in their schoolyard and then analyze and interpret their data using data tables and graphs in the ITSI activity. Learn more about the Model My Watershed project and TI sensor probeware in this video. (NSF Award # 14175271417722, and 1418133)

TCMSTransition to College Mathematics and Statistics
Grade Level: 12
Transition to College Mathematics and Statistics (TCMS) is a problem-based, inquiry-oriented, and technology-rich fourth-year high school mathematics course that emphasizes modeling and data analytics, including the processes of problem formulation, data collection, representation, interpretation, prediction, and simulation supported by strategic use of TCMS-Tools, a suite of public domain software tools concurrently developed and integrated with the curriculum materials. (NSF Award # 1020312)

Grade Levels: 5-9

The Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) offers teachers and students a web-based, interactive set of units covering NGSS goals that support diverse students to interpret, critique, and construct graphs; enable students to explore graphs  of complex scientific phenomena such as thermodynamics; and offer teachers a dashboard showing individual student progress during instruction, a grading tool, and ways to customize instruction. Example units: Thermal Challenge and Ocean Biodiversity. (NSF Award # 1418423)


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Planning for the 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting 

The 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting will be held June 6-8, 2018 in Washington, D.C. In addition to DRK-12 PIs, CADRE is pleased to welcome a cohort of STEM+C PIs. A call for session proposals and registration will open in the spring.  
More than 100 PIs gave input on the upcoming PI meeting via a survey (thank you!) and expressed interest in these cross-disciplinary session topics:
  • broadening participation (45%)
  • professional development (35%)
  • assessments/measures of teacher practice or knowledge (26%)
  • integrated STEM (25%)
  • educational technology (23%)
In additional to suggestions of specific presenters (both individuals and organizations), PIs also identified the following as presenter types of interest:  
  • PIs with proven success disseminating (63%)            
  • researchers with strong partnerships with practitioners (57%)
  • expert on equity and underrepresentation in STEM (54%)
  • expert in federal STEM policy and funding (39%)

If you have promising practices, experiences, and/or expertise in one of these areas and may be interested in sharing with your colleagues, please contact us! We also welcome additional suggestions and input at cadre@edc.org. The most up-to-date PI meeting information will be available on the event page.

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DRK-12 Modeling Sessions at NSTA

CADRE's proposed sessions for the 2018 NSTA National Conference were accepted! Thank you and congratulations to all involved. Learn more about modeling in DRK-12.
Using Models to Support STEM Learning in Grades K-5: Examples and Insights from NSF's DRK-12 Program
March 15, 2018 | 5-6pm
Presenters: Cory Forbes, Sara Lacy, Brian Reiser, Carolyn Staudt
Using Models to Support STEM Learning in Grades 6-12: Examples and Insights from NSF's DRK-12 Program
March 16, 2018 | 8-9am
Presenters: Daniel Damelin, Joseph Krajcik, Irene Lee, Susan Yoon
Organizing a Cross-Project Session
CADRE continues to seek opportunities to raise DRK-12's profile around different topics and for different audiences. If there is an event or topic of interest to you, we are happy to help identify DRK-12 co-presenters and/or coordinate a session submission. 
Email cadre@edc.org to learn more.

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Newsbites from DRK-12 & NSF

We're pleased to share this quarter's news from DRK-12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ATECentralCAISECIRCL, CS for All TeachersMSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media. Let us hear from you!

News from DRK-12 Projects & Awardees

Email cadre@edc.org to share news from your project.

News from NSF Networks

See our Upcoming NSF Network Events page for ATE, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, MSPnet, or STELAR, events that may be of interest to you.

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Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DRK-12 colleagues.

For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF EHR solicitation deadlines.
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF).



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In Case You Missed It

Highlights from recent newsletters include:
A complete archive of our newsletters is available on cadrek12.org.

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