2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting

Reimagining STEM Education and Research

The Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), the resource network for NSF DRK–12 awardees, hosted the 2021 DRK–12 PI Meeting. The meeting was held virtually, June 15-17, with additional programming (e.g., meetings with program officers, asynchronous viewing of project posters, networking opportunities) beginning June 1.

The meeting provided opportunities for learning, networking, and substantive conversations for DRK–12 project members and collaborators (e.g., practitioners, administrators), NSF program directors, CADRE Fellows, postdocs, and guests. The purpose of the meeting was to engage the DRK–12 community in:

  • Addressing the critical needs and opportunities that the events of the last year have highlighted 
  • Building and sharing new knowledge, best practices, and tools critical to increasing the impact and sustainability of our collective work over time
  • Developing and maintaining professional connections that may result in future collaborations and innovations
  • Supporting attendees at different stages of their careers and projects at different stages in their cycle of research

The meeting took place at https://2021.drk12pimeeting.org/. You must be registered to access the site, session recordings and resources, and posters.


The meeting was guided by the overarching theme, Reimagining STEM Education and Research. The events of the last year have affected each of us, STEM education, and the research we do. The PI meeting offered an opportunity to take account of the impact of those events, share the ways we have adapted and transformed our work, and reimagine the future of STEM education and research. 

Each of the three days of central synchronous programming (June 15-17) was focused on different aspects of the theme, building from our current understandings and experience toward our plans for a reimagined future in STEM education and research. There were two strands that run through the three days as we explored the theme through the lenses of 1) STEM Education, and 2) STEM Education Research.

  • June 15 | The current state of education and research
    Concurrent sessions enabled participants to discuss the effects of the pandemic, social justice movements, and critical scientific and societal issues (e.g., climate change) on education and research, and examine gaps in the field (that were perhaps brought into higher relief over the last year).
  • June 16 | Immediate opportunities based on learnings from the last year and re-envisioned priorities 
    Concurrent sessions highlighted innovations, approaches, and resources/tools that grew out of and/or are responsive to the current context (e.g., remote learning strategies and tools, new methodologies).
  • June 17 | Planning for the future
    Concurrent sessions enabled participants to discuss how we envision the future of education and research, and how our research can help build towards the best version of that future.


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CADRE is working closely with the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting Planning Committee to design a meeting that offers many opportunities for meeting participants to engage in discussion about current and future STEM education research, share your work, and network. The committee members include:

Jody Bintz, Associate Director for Strategic Partnerships & Professional Learning, BSCS Science Learning | Bio

Jose Blackorby, Senior Director of Research and Development, CAST | Bio

Paul Cobb, Research Professor, Vanderbilt University | Bio

Zandra de Araujo, Associate Professor, University of Missouri | Bio

Ximena Dominguez, Director of Early STEM Research, Digital Promise | Bio

Maisie Gholson, Associate Professor, University of Michigan | Bio

Marcia Linn, Professor, University of California, Berkeley | Bio

Jamie Mikeska, Research Scientist, Educational Testing Service (ETS) | Bio

Eric Wiebe, Professor, North Carolina State University | Bio


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