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Announcement | NSF is Looking For Feedback on NSF.gov
The National Science Foundation is working to redesign and build the next NSF.gov website, and is interested in your opinion on what's working well (and what's not) so they can build the site to meet your needs. NSF is currently working on the Careers and Job Openings pages. Your input will help us build a better experience for people interested in working at the National Science Foundation. If...
Posted: Wednesday, June 05
Announcement | “For comment” draft of the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)
NSF is accepting comments from the external community until COB July 29, 2019 on the Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG): https://www.nsf.gov/bfa/dias/policy/ To facilitate review, revised text has been highlighted in yellow throughout the document and explanatory comments have been included in the margins, where appropriate. Any questions should be directed to the...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | Environmental Innovation Challenges: Teaching and Learning Science Practices in the Context of Complex Earth Systems
This project will engage teams of students and teachers of grades 7-12 in four competitive Challenges to design innovative strategies for carbon mitigation in areas such as transportation, agriculture or energy use. The project expands the typical boundaries of schools by enabling teams of students in multiple locations to collaborate in model-based reasoning through online discussion forums,...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | Professional Development for Teaching and Learning about Energy and Equity in High School Physics (Collaborative Research: Scherr)
This project will research and develop instructional materials and conduct professional development for teachers to help students understand energy flow. The project will create a model for secondary science teacher professional development that integrates science concepts with equity education. This model promotes a key epistemological issue: that science concepts are not culture-free or...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | Professional Development for Teaching and Learning about Energy and Equity in High School Physics (Collaborative Research: Mason)
This project will research and develop instructional materials and conduct professional development for teachers to help students understand energy flow. The project will create a model for secondary science teacher professional development that integrates science concepts with equity education. This model promotes a key epistemological issue: that science concepts are not culture-free or...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | Design Research on the Teaching and Learning of Conceptual Understanding in High School Chemistry Though the Use of Dynamic Visualizations of Physical and Chemical Changes
The project will establish a sustained community of practice for high school teachers skilled in the VisChem Approach and a group of new teaching and research scholars with expertise in building conceptual understanding through the effective use of visualization. The project will help students move from describing phenomena to explaining their causes from a molecular-level perspectives (e.g.,...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | Designing and Researching a Program for Preparing Teachers as Facilitators of Computational Making Activities in Classroom and Informal Learning Environments
This project will study a model of pre-service teacher preparation that is designed to to increase teachers' and students' skills and confidence with computational thinking and develop teachers as designers of inclusive learning environments to promote computational thinking. The project will engage elementary (grades K-5) pre-service teachers (who are concurrently involved in school-based...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | CAREER: Expanding Latinxs' Opportunities to Develop Complex Thinking in Secondary Science Classrooms through a Research-Practice Partnership
This project will address the need to educate teachers and students to engage in asking questions, collecting and interpreting data, making claims, and constructing explanations about real-world problems that matter to them. The study will explore ways to enhance youths' learning experiences in secondary school classrooms (grades 6-12) by building a sustainable partnership between researchers and...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | CAREER: Black Youth Development and Curricular Supports for Robust Identities in Mathematics
This study seeks to describe trajectories that describe the ways in which Black learners develop as particular kinds of mathematical learners. The study takes place in the context of an established, multi-year college bridge program that has as its goals to increase the representation of historically marginalized groups in the university community.
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | CAREER: Bridging the Digital Accessibility Gap in STEM Using Multisensory Haptic Platforms
This project investigates how to use new touch technologies, like touchscreens, to create graphics and simulations that can be felt, heard, and seen. Using readily available, low-cost systems, the principal investigator will investigate how to map visual information to touch and sound for students with visual impairments.
Posted: Monday, June 03
Project | STEM Sea, Air, and Land Remotely Operated Vehicle Design Challenges for Rural, Middle School Youth
This project provides middle school students in a high poverty rural area in Northern Florida an opportunity to pursue post-secondary study in STEM by providing quality and relevant STEM design. The project will integrate engineering design, technology and society, electrical knowledge, and computer science to improve middle school students' spatial reasoning through experiences embedded within...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Announcement | Help NSF Review 2026 Idea Machine Competition Entries
The National Science Foundation (NSF) received more than 800 idea submissions for the NSF 2026 Idea Machine competition. Entries were judged and 33 are still in the running for the grand prize. Now, we need YOU to help NSF determine which entries will advance to the next stage by watching entrants' video pitches and commenting on the importance and potential impact of their Big Ideas, as well as...
Posted: Monday, June 03
Resource | Theorizing reciprocal noticing with non-dominant students in mathematics
In this paper, I theorize reciprocal noticing as a relational practice through which teachers and students exchange roles as knowers by reciprocating each other’s noticing as they study mathematics concepts. Findings from a unit on measuring time implemented in two classrooms with non-dominant students illustrate how teachers and students—through their reciprocal noticing—mobilize concepts back...
Posted: Thursday, May 30
Resource | A coding tool for examining the substance of teacher professional learning and change with example cases from middle school science lesson study
Although lesson study is increasingly adopted in the United States (U.S.), the impact of lesson study on teacher learning is uncertain. This study presents a theoretically grounded set of codes to systematically document the various aspects of teacher learning and change (knowledge and beliefs, professional learning community, resources) in lesson study across contexts. To present examples of the...
Posted: Thursday, May 30
Resource | The Diverse Faces of Teacher Leadership: A Typology and Survey Tool
The potential benefits of teacher leadership are widely acknowledged; however, the conceptualization of this construct is in need of theoretical development and analytic clarification. The purpose of this mixed methodology study was to operationalize distinct types of teacher leadership into an organized typology, based on case studies of teacher leaders in a science education project. In...
Posted: Thursday, May 30
Resource | Measuring Science Instructional Practice: A Survey Tool for the Age of NGSS
Ambitious efforts are taking place to implement a new vision for science education in the United States, in both Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)-adopted states and those states creating their own, often related, standards. Inservice and pre-service teacher educators are involved in supporting teacher shifts in practice toward the new standards. With these efforts, it will be important to...
Posted: Thursday, May 30
Newsletter | May 2019 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, Save the date! The 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting will be held June 3-5, 2020, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Invitations will be sent next winter. In the meantime, please send any suggestions (e.g., theme, structure, plenary speakers, etc.) that you have for us to bring to the planning committee. Last week, the CADRE Fellows met with NSF program...
Posted: Wednesday, May 29
Project Spotlight | Systemic Reform
The DRK-12 portfolio includes a number of projects endeavoring to scale innovations and enact reforms on a systemic level. In this spotlight, explore the types of partnerships, methodologies, theoretical frameworks, challenges and strategies that support this kind of work. This Spotlight includes a perspective piece by Suzanne Donovan and Alan Schoenfeld, highlights the work of seven projects,...
Posted: Friday, May 24
Resource | What They Learn When They Learn Coding: Investigating Cognitive Domains and Computer Programming Knowledge in Young Children
Computer programming for young children has grown in popularity among both educators and product developers, but still relatively little is known about what skills children are developing when they code. This study investigated N = 57 Kindergarten through second grade children’s performance on a programming assessment after engaging in a 6-week curricular intervention. Children used the ScratchJr...
Posted: Friday, May 24
Event | STELAR Webinar: 2019 NSF ITEST Solicitation
Learn more here: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-2019-nsf-itest-solicitation-0
Posted: Friday, May 24
Event | STELAR Webinar: 2019 NSF ITEST Solicitation
Learn more here: http://stelar.edc.org/events/stelar-webinar-2019-nsf-itest-solicitation
Posted: Friday, May 24
Resource | Impact of Model‐based Science Curriculum and Instruction on Elementary Students' Explanations for the Hydrosphere
Developing scientific literacy about water systems is critical for K‐12 students. However, even with opportunities to build knowledge about the hydrosphere in elementary classrooms, early learners may struggle to understand the water cycle (Forbes et al., 2015; Gunckel et al., 2012; Zangori et al., 2015; Zangori et al., 2017). Scientific modeling affords opportunities for students to develop...
Posted: Tuesday, May 07
Newsletter | April 2019 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, We are saddened to share the news that Julio Lopez-Ferrao passed away on March 25. Julio had been a DRK-12 program officer since the inception of the program, and was CADRE's first program officer. He will be missed. On a happier note, we hope that you will visit the engineering spotlight. While engineering is an established area of study in post-secondary education, it is...
Posted: Friday, April 26
Resource | Linear Algebra and Geometry
Linear Algebra and Geometry is organized around carefully sequenced problems that help students build both the tools and the habits that provide a solid basis for further study in mathematics. Requiring only high school algebra, it uses elementary geometry to build the beautiful edifice of results and methods that make linear algebra such an important field.  The materials in Linear Algebra and...
Posted: Wednesday, April 24
Resource | Revised RTOP Rubric
The INSPIRES project revised the RTOP rubric for use in engineering classrooms. The RTOP rubric was original developed for assessing lesson design and implementation, content-propositional knowledge, procedural knowledge, classroom culture, and student-teacher relationships.
Posted: Tuesday, April 16
Posted: Tuesday, April 16
Resource | The Soda Can Crusher Challenge
Deniz, H., Kaya, E., & Yesilyurt, E. (2018). The soda can crusher. Science & Children. 74-78.
Posted: Tuesday, April 16
Resource | The Differential Impact of Two Engineering Professional Development Programs on Elementary Teachers’ Engineering Teaching Efficacy Beliefs
Deniz, H., Yesilyurt, E., & Kaya, E. (2018, March). The Differential Impact of Two Engineering Professional Development Programs on Elementary Teachers’ Engineering Teaching Efficacy Beliefs. Paper presented at the annual meeting of National Association for Research in Science Teaching, Atlanta, GA.
Posted: Tuesday, April 16
Resource | Engineering for sustainable communities: Epistemic tools in support of equitable and consequential middle school engineering
This study is focused on engineering for sustainable communities (EfSC) in three middle school classrooms. Three in‐depth case studies are presented that explore how two related EfSC epistemic toolsets—(a) community engineering and ethnography tools for defining problems, and (b) integrating perspectives in design specification and optimization through iterative design sketch‐up and prototyping—...
Posted: Tuesday, April 16

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