Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE)

CADRE is the resource network that supports researchers and developers who participate in DR K-12 projects on teaching and learning in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. CADRE works with projects to strengthen and share methods, findings, results and products, helping to build collaboration around a strong portfolio of STEM education resources, models and technologies. CADRE raises external audiences’ awareness and understanding of the DR K-12 program, and builds new knowledge.

Project Email: 
Award Number: 
0822241
Funding Period: 
Wednesday, October 1, 2008 to Monday, September 30, 2013
Project Evaluator: 
UMass Donahue Institute
Full Description: 

CADRE is resource network that supports researchers and developers who particpate in DR K-12 projects on teaching and learning in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines. CADRE works with projects to strengthen and share methods, findings, results and products, helping to build collaboration around a strong portfolio of STEM education resources, models and technologies. CADRE organizes  technical support activities, conducts portfolio analysis and syntehsis studies, and provides various dissemination activities. The goals of CADRE are to support the imporvment of resarch, evaluation, adn development in STEM eduation and to move forward the goals of NSF and it's DR K-12 program.

To accomplish these goals, Education Development Center (EDC), in collaboration with Abt Associates Inc. and Policy Studies Associates, and with the advice and guidance of DR K-12 PIs, carries out the folflowing activities: (a) portfolio assessment to define the projects in terms of composition and major characteristics and identify project needs; (b) synthesis studies to capture a comprehensive view of the portfolio in order to understand the role that the program plays in advancing K-12 student and teacher learning; (c)individual technical support services to project leadership to enhance the rigor of projects; (d) multiple strategies for in-person and virtual technical support and group consultation to PIs based on the principles of commuties of practice; (e) Principal Investigators (PI) meetings, and (f) assistance in disseminating the DR K-12 projects' results and products within the program and throughout the STEM education community.