Summer 2017 Updates

Dear Colleagues,  

We hope that you are all having a great summer! We invite you to take a break from your summer reading list to glance at the new CADRE Early Career Guide. For those of us who work to improve STEM education for all children, we know that supporting the development of a diverse group of early career researchers is an important component of education improvement. We welcome you to share the guide with your colleagues who are early career researchers, or who advise and mentor them. Also, keep your eyes on your Inbox for the 2017-18 CADRE Fellows nomination forms. The CADRE Fellows program offers doctoral students a unique networking and learning opportunity through which they engage with early career and experienced researchers outside of their own department and institution.

For those of you who are busily developing a DRK-12 proposal, we invite you to attend one of the upcoming DRK-12 solicitation webinars, where you can hear about changes to the 2017 solicitation from an NSF program officer.

The CADRE Team

Register: 2017 DRK-12 Solicitation WebinarsNSF logo

Join NSF program officers for an informational webinar on the newest DRK-12 Program Solicitation.
Register today for one of the following options:
  • Thursday, August 31, 2-3pm EST
  • Monday, September 11, 2-3pm EST
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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CADRE Early Career Guide

CADRE is pleased to share a new resource as part of our continuing efforts to support early career STEM education professionals. The CADRE Early Career Guide offers insights on becoming a successful researcher in the field of STEM education, and profiles the CADRE Fellows program. The tips offered throughout the guide come from PIs and others in the DRK-12 community who over the years have offered advice to doctoral students and other early career researchers through the Fellows program.

The guide is divided into three parts. Parts I and II provide tips and resources on:

Part III profiles the CADRE Fellows program and is designed to serve as a model for those who advise, supervise, or mentor graduate students and other early career professionals.
Thank you to all who helped to make the Early Career Guide possible! We invite you to share the guide with your own graduate students, departments and institutions, or others in your network who might benefit.

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Your Project Team

Connect your team to CADRE's resources and opportunities. Co-PIs, evaluators, research associates, graduate students, and other project members may be interested in receiving resources, such as the following, that are coming soon:

  • List of newly awarded DRK-12 projects
  • Brief on Online & Blended Professional Development
  • 2017-2018 CADRE Fellowship Nominations
  • 2017-2018 Topical Working Groups
  • And more!

There are several ways to help members of your team stay in the loop and increase their participation in the DRK-12 community. They can:

We encourage you to forward this newsletter and DRK-12 communications, or email with their contact information to add them to our general mailing list.

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Spotlight on Argumentation, Critique, and Other Discursive STEM Practices

Math, Science, and ELA standards all highlight the importance of discursive practices such as constructing an argument from evidence, critiquing others' reasoning, and clearly communicating claims and conclusions (see diagram).
This Spotlight highlights DRK-12 STEM resources–curriculumprofessional development, as well as articles, books & papers–that support these practices in K-12 STEM.
If your project would be a good fit for this Spotlight or others, contact to see about including your work.

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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 (ATECAISECIRCL, 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 to share news from your project.

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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 other opportunities, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF)

Other Opportunities

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