Special Issue: Dissemination
As we each grapple with how to best achieve our desired project outcomes and impacts, CADRE has pulled together some resources to help. In this special dissemination issue of the CADRE newsletter, we are excited to announce a Dissemination Toolkit, share information about upcoming DR K-12 project presentations, and more.
Do you have a story about your projects' outcomes or impact to share? We hope that you will continue to leverage CADRE as a partner in your efforts to reach audiences beyond those whom you engage through your project work.
We also have two important reminders for grantees:
- DR K-12 PI Meeting: There are currently no plans for a PI meeting in 2017.
- Project Keyword Survey: PIs of active grants received emails on Friday (2/25) with a request to identify appropriate keywords to describe their project. Please complete the 5-minute survey for your project today! If you did not receive a survey link but are an active DR K-12 PI, email email@example.com. See the live survey results.
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Thinking about how to best disseminate your work? This toolkit offers resources, tips, and strategies that may help.
There are multiple ways to use this toolkit, depending on the stage of your project and your purposes for dissemination. We suggest three possible entry points:
1) CREATE AN OVERALL PROJECT COMMUNICATION PLAN
It is always good to reflect on the overall goal of your project's communication and be purposeful about how you portray and communicate your work. Visit Project Communication Plans to start planning your approach and timeline.
2) CREATE A STRATEGY FOR DISSEMINATING A SPECIFIC PRODUCT
If you want to share an existing or planned resource, activity, event, or project milestone, use the 12 Steps for a Product-Driven Dissemination Strategy to help devise a plan for successfully disseminating a specific product.
3) FIND RESOURCES SPECIFIC TO YOUR DISSEMINATION APPROACH & NEEDS
The toolkit offers a variety of resources and tips related to specific methods and approaches. They include:
DR K-12 Websites, Publications, and Presentations
Thank you for the enthusiastic response to our recent survey on project websites, upcoming presentations, and recent publications, and congratulations on all you have accomplished in the past year! We use this information to update project pages, the event calendar, and the resource library on cadrek12.org.
Download All Submissions (XLS)
A record 95 publications were submitted via the survey this year. Browse the publications by topic: Engineering | Math | Science | Science & Math | Science & Technology | Science, Technology & Engineering | Science, Technology & Math | STEM | Technology | Technology & Engineering
We still welcome your submissions and will update the website with your news and products: Websites, Publications, and Presentations Survey
In this webinar, members of The Concord Consortium's Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) project discussed highlights from the February 15-17 DSET conference, which convened more than 100 researchers, curriculum developers, and software developers to build a community and identify innovative tools and approaches for integrating data science into the K-12 classroom.
Effective Data Visualization for Dissemination
March 28, 2017 | 1-2:30pm ET
Presenter: Stephanie Evergreen
Crystal clear charts and graphs are valuable - they save an audience's mental energies and keep a reader engaged. In this virtual workshop, attendees will learn the science behind effective data presentation. We will walk through Dr. Evergreen's Four Step Visualization Process and along the way, consider how audiences will engage with our visuals, which chart type will best tell the story in the dataset, and how we can leverage easy to learn design skills to sharpen our message.
2017 STEM for All Video Showcase
May 15-22, 2017
The 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase will focus on "Research & Design for Impact." Registration to present in the showcase is now closed, but you can still participate! All are encouraged to view and engage with the work of your colleagues across the National Science Foundation's Education and Human Resources Directorate. Interested in being a facilitator for the Video Showcase? If so, please email firstname.lastname@example.org by March 24th.
CAREER Awardee Activities
On January 18th, CADRE hosted a virtual meeting for CAREER awardees, during which current awardees met with a former CAREER grantee to discuss tips for working with graduate students and advisors. This meeting was part of CADRE's broader efforts to support early career researchers and developers. In the spring, CADRE will host an informational webinar on the DR K-12 CAREER program and solicitation for prospective proposal writers.
Newsbites from DR K-12 & NSF
We're pleased to share this quarter's news from DR K-12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ATE, 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. Let us hear from you!
News from DR K-12 Projects & Awardees
- A Hub for STEM Learning
In the Press | In this Connected Science Learning article, Julie Yu and Sara Heredia describe The Exploratorium Teacher Institute (TI) and its work focused on implementing Next Generation Science Standards.
- 2016 Ask-a-Tech-Teacher Awards
Awards & Recognition | In Ask-a-Tech-Teacher's annual recognition of exceptional tech-ed resources, Scratch Jr. was awarded Best in Coding. Scratch was also mentioned as an exemplar in the Insight article How Emerging Technology in Education Enhances the Classroom.
- Decision-making Models Help Students Master Science Skills
Publication | In her International Journal of Education in Mathematics article, former CADRE Fellow Jenny Dauer discusses research showing that "teaching and using a seven-step decision-making model helps students become more scientifically literate."
- Dev-Team Professional Development Modules
Product | Doug Clements and Julie Sarama are the featured experts in a video-based pilot-stage professional development module on Geometric Measurement. In addition to pilot information, there are two modules currently available on the program website.
- GeorgiaTech's Earsketch Uses Music to Teach Students Coding
In the Press | Earsketch was featured in this article after being recognized by the White House for its coding program that uses music to teach students how to code.
- Improving the Impact of Educational Research
Publication | In this Journal for Research in Mathematical Education article, Jinfa Cai and colleagues discuss "how research can have a larger impact on educational practice and what kinds of research can have the greatest impact on educational practice."
- National Geographic Collection: High Adventure Science
Product | High Adventure Science is featured in National Geographic's collection of education resources.
- Sage Review of Research in Education, Volume 40, Issue 1, March 2016
Publication | Several articles by current and former DR K-12 grantees and their colleagues were published in the March 2016 issue of Review in Research in Education, including
- Exploring a Century of Advancements in the Science of Learning (Murphy & Knight)
- Implementation Research: Finding Common Ground on What, How, Why, Where, and Who (Century & Cassata)
- Understanding and Promoting Thinking About Knowledge: Origins, Issues, and Future Directions of Research on Epistemic Cognition (Sandoval, Greene, & Bråten)
- Research in Mathematics Education (Schoenfeld)
- Science Education: From Separation to Integration (Linn, Gerard, Matuk, & McElhaney).
- Science Assessments Under NGSS: What Can We Expect
In the Press | In this Getting Smart article, PHeT and Designing Assessments in Physical Science Across Three Dimensions are cited as examples of projects with simulations and online models/tools being used in schools.
- STEM Starts Early: Grounding Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education in Early Childhood
Publication | In this report, based on the work of Fostering STEM Trajectories: Bridging Early Childhood Education Research, Practice, and Policy, Douglas Clements and colleagues provide recommendations for education stakeholders to improve STEM opportunities in early childhood.
- What Is (or Should Be) Scientific Evidence Use in K-12 Classrooms?
Publication | In this JRST article, Katherine McNeill and Leema Berland "develop design heuristics to inform the design of classroom learning environments that productively use scientific evidence for student sensemaking about the natural world."
Email email@example.com to share news from your project.
News from NSF Networks
- CIRCL Primer: Remote Labs
Jeremy Roschelle, Kemi Jona, and Patricia Schank describe key lessons, current issues, and project work related to remote labs as an alternative method for students to conduct science experiments and data collection. The primer also includes resources and readings for those wanting to learn more.
- Fostering Engineering Affinity and Identity
In a guest post on the MSPnet blog, Christine Cunningham describes three approaches to breaking stereotypes and building students' affinity with engineering.including websites, publications, and project information.
- Improving Accessibility in Computer Science for Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders
Last month, the CS for All Teachers blog featured a three part series by Sarah Wile on research to make computer science more accessible for students with specific learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.
- ITEST Data Brief: Dissemination Strategies
This data brief explores the strategies that ITEST projects use to communicate their findings, including the products they create, where they disseminate their work, and what audiences they reach.
- Science Communication on Social Media
In a recent blog post, CAISE's Kelsey Wright curates some compelling examples of online science communication on social media platforms.
- Spring Sustainability Webinar Series
On March 28, ATE Central will host the 3rd installment of their three part series on sustainability. The March session will focus on revenue generation, while recordings of the first two webinars, focused on successful partnerships and institutional support, are available on the series webpage.
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.
The following funding, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DR K-12 colleagues.
- March 29, 2017 (Proposal) - STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C)
- May 16, 2017 (Proposal) - Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
- July 17, 2017 (Proposal) - Science of Learning (SL)
- July 19, 2017 (Proposal) - Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
- July 25, 2017 (Letter of Intent) - Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)
For other opportunities, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF).
- April 1, 2017 - Mathematics Teacher | Theme: Tool Kit for Early-Career Teachers
- April 1, 2017 - Science and Children | Theme: Developing and Using Vocabulary in Context
- April 1, 2017 - Science Scope | Theme: Informal Learning
- April 6, 2017 - Journal of Educational Technology & Society | Theme: Digital Citizenship: Innovations in Education, Practice, and Pedagogy
- April 10, 2017 - Journal of Educational Technology & Society | Theme: Fostering Deep Learning in Problem Solving Contexts with Technology Support
- May 1, 2017 - Science and Children | Theme: Using the 5E in Alignment with the Next Generation Science Standards
- May 1, 2017 - Science Scope | Theme: Modeling
- June 1, 2017 - Science and Children | Theme: Meeting the Needs of ALL Students with Physical Disabilities
- June 1, 2017 - Science Scope | Theme: Assessment Strategies
Share with DR K-12 Colleagues
We encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues. Many of our news items, resources, and events may be of special interest to others on your project team, e.g., early career researchers and developers, evaluators, communication specialists, etc. We welcome all as part of our DR K-12 community and invite them to subscribe to this newsletter, join us on social media, and create an account on the CADRE website.