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Project | Doing the Math with Paraeducators: Enhancing and Expanding and Sustaining a Professional Development Model in PreK to Grade 3 Math Classrooms
This project builds on exploratory work engaging in mathematics professional learning with paraeducators to enact and study a professional learning experience with paraeducators focused on teaching and learning mathematics in grades PreK-3.
Posted: Wednesday, April 07
Announcement | Aspiring Awardees: Apply to Attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting
WHAT: NSF and CADRE invite early career researchers to apply to attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting, a virtual convening of NSF DRK-12 grant recipients discussing current PreK-12 STEM education research. This meeting will offer opportunities to network with leading researchers and early career professionals in the field, meet NSF program officers, and learn about current NSF-funded work in STEM...
Posted: Wednesday, April 07
Project Spotlight | Earth and Environmental Science
Explore NSF-funded curriculum, teacher supports, research, and resources designed to help students understand complex earth and environmental science topics such as natural phenomena, ecosystems, and human impact on our environment. Resources for Teaching & Learning about the Earth & Environment Elementary School Middle School High School What Is Environmental Literacy? | Blog by Karen...
Posted: Monday, April 05
Page | Apply to Attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting
WHAT: NSF and CADRE invite early career researchers to apply to attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting, a virtual convening of NSF DRK-12 grant recipients discussing current PreK-12 STEM education research. This meeting will offer opportunities to network with leading researchers and early career professionals in the field, meet NSF program officers, and learn about current NSF-funded work in STEM...
Posted: Thursday, April 01
Survey | Office Hours for Aspiring Awardees: Apply to Attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting
When: April 15 | 12:00-12:30 PM ET To broaden participation in research, NSF has reserved 25 spots for early career researchers and prospective awardees who represent a group or institution underrepresented in the DRK-12 portfolio (e.g., HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, MSIs) to attend the meeting at no cost.  These office hours are an opportunity for prospective awardees to ask questions about the 2021 DRK-12...
Posted: Wednesday, March 31
Survey | Apply to attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting
The deadline for this opportunity has passed. About the PI Meeting Invitation NSF and CADRE invite you to apply to attend the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting, a virtual convening of NSF DRK-12 grant recipients discussing current PreK-12 STEM education research. This meeting will offer opportunities to network with leading researchers and early career professionals in the field, meet NSF program officers,...
Posted: Wednesday, March 31
Project | Supporting Teachers to Teach Mathematics through Problem Posing
This project aims to support teachers to engage their students in mathematical problem posing (problem-posing-based learning, or P-PBL). P-PBL is a powerful approach to the teaching and learning of mathematics, and provides students with opportunities to engage in authentic mathematical practices.
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | Practice-Driven Professional Development for Algebra Teachers
This project seeks to develop a personalized, scalable PD approach that centers on and builds from algebra teachers’ practices and individual strengths. The project will focus its PD efforts on instructional actions that are tailored to teachers' existing practice, can be readily adopted, and are easily accessible.
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | CAREER: Partnering with Teachers and Students to Engage in Mathematical Inquiry about Relevant Social Issues
This project team partners with the mathematics department of one urban public charter high school that serves 65% students of color (most of whom identify as African American). At the school, 70% of all students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and 25% of the students have Individualized Education Plans. This project investigates: 1) how mathematics teachers learn to teach the mathematics...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | Improving Professional Development in Mathematics by Understanding the Mechanisms that Translate Teacher Learning into Student Learning
This project explores the mechanisms by which teachers translate what they learn from professional development into their teaching practice. The goal of this project is to study how the knowledge and skills teachers acquire during professional development (PD) translate into more conceptually oriented mathematics teaching and, in turn, into increased student learning.
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | CAREER: Black and Latinx Parents Leading chANge and Advancing Racial (PLANAR) Justice in Elementary Mathematics
This project explores possibilities for localized change led by parents and caregivers. By making explicit how to foster and increase Black and Latinx parents’ engagement in solidarity with community organizations and teachers, this project could provide a model for other communities and schools seeking to advance racial justice in mathematics education. Through critical community-engaged...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | Developing and Researching K-12 Teacher Leaders Enacting Anti-bias Mathematics Education (Collaborative Research: Heaton)
The goal of this project is to study the design and development of community-centered, job-embedded professional development for classroom teachers that supports bias reduction. The project team will partner with three school districts serving racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse communities, for a two-year professional development program. The aim is to reduce...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | Developing and Researching K-12 Teacher Leaders Enacting Anti-bias Mathematics Education (Collaborative Research: Elliott)
The goal of this project is to study the design and development of community-centered, job-embedded professional development for classroom teachers that supports bias reduction. The project team will partner with three school districts serving racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse communities, for a two-year professional development program. The aim is to reduce...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | Developing and Researching K-12 Teacher Leaders Enacting Anti-bias Mathematics Education (Collaborative Research: Thanheiser)
The goal of this project is to study the design and development of community-centered, job-embedded professional development for classroom teachers that supports bias reduction. The project team will partner with three school districts serving racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse communities, for a two-year professional development program. The aim is to reduce...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | Developing and Researching K-12 Teacher Leaders Enacting Anti-bias Mathematics Education (Collaborative Research: Yeh)
The goal of this project is to study the design and development of community-centered, job-embedded professional development for classroom teachers that supports bias reduction. The project team will partner with three school districts serving racially, ethnically, linguistically, and socio-economically diverse communities, for a two-year professional development program. The aim is to reduce...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Organization | Chapman University
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Project | The Impact of COVID on American Education in 2021: Continued Evidence from the Understanding America Study
This study will build upon the team's prior research from early in the pandemic. Researchers will continue to collect data from families and aims to understand parents’ perspectives on the educational impacts of COVID-19 by leveraging a nationally representative, longitudinal study, the Understanding America Study (UAS). The study will track educational experiences during the Spring and Summer of...
Posted: Tuesday, March 30
Resource | 8 Lesson Plans to Integrate JEI into the Classroom
Includes eight separate lesson plans to help integrate the primary literature into the classroom.
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | CHALK Coaching Website
The CHALK tool is a progressive web application that guides educators to improve instructional quality in early education settings. CHALK provides targeted observation tools that allow instructional coaches to easily track key classroom practices on their digital devices in real-time. This tool instantly transforms observation data into user-friendly visualizations for coaches and teachers to...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Student Ideas about the Small Particle Model of Matter
What ideas do students have about small particles of matter? The Two Cups of Liquid task is intended to elicit preservice teachers’ CKT related to students’ ideas about the small particle model (SPM) for matter. The first part of the task asks preservice teachers to articulate their own understanding about why two cups containing different volumes of liquid might have the same mass, while the...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Scientific Modeling and the Structure of Matter
What does it mean to help students develop a small particle model of matter? The Mystery Bubble task is intended to elicit preservice teachers’ CKT related to students’ ideas about the small particle model (SPM) for matter, particularly the idea of empty space between the particles. The task presents a phenomenon in which combining ethanol and water results in a mixture that occupies less space...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Scientific Explanations of Changes in Matter
What is a scientific explanation and how can we support students in explaining changes in matter? The Fizzy Antacid task is intended to elicit and develop preservice teachers’ CKT related to students’ scientific explanations of changes in matter. The first part of the task asks preservice teachers to develop their own explanations and engage in scientific argumentation, while considering how...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Investigating Conservation of Matter
What investigations can help students best understand conservation of matter? The Investigating Matter tasks are intended to elicit preservice teachers’ CKT related to the conservation of matter. The open-ended task asks preservice teachers to identify an investigation that would provide students with evidence to support this idea, while the multiple-choice version, Selecting Investigation of...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Instructional Goals and Big Ideas for Teaching about Materials
How can we align activities with instructional goals to support student understanding of matter and materials? The Building a Tower Task is intended to elicit preservice teachers’ CKT about descriptions and appropriate uses of materials based on their properties. This task asks preservice teachers to identify the activities that align with the NGSS Performance Expectation  that asks elementary...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Asking Questions about Matter
What kinds of questions should guide investigations of matter? The Questions to Investigate task is intended to elicit preservice teachers’ CKT related to asking questions to frame investigations of changes in matter. The task presents a variety of student-posed questions for preservice teachers to evaluate in terms of their quality and appropriateness. The CKT tasks are intended as a complement...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Transforming Engineering Education for Middle Schools (TEEMS) Curriculum
Transforming Engineering Education for Middle Schools (TEEMS) is a free engineering curriculum for grade 6-8 learners. TEEMS is based on theories of learning that encourage the use of story to promote engagement. The curriculum includes two 2-week engineering units on (1) the engineering design process and (2) materials and tools and six 1-4 day lessons that connect engineering to NGSS science...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Responsive Math Teaching (RMT) Planning and Coaching Protocol
The Responsive Math Teaching Project's (RMT) Planning and Coaching Protocol is an 18-page booklet that includes the RMT Instructional Model as well as a planning and coaching guide for each phase of the RTM instructional cycle. These guides provide questions and facilitation moves to support educators in the planning, implementing, coaching, and/or reflecting on an RMT lesson.
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Responsive Math Teaching (RMT) Instructional Model
The Responsive Math Teaching (RMT) Instructional Model breaks high-quality math teaching down into seven core components: Plan: Select or adapt an appropriate task, identify the mathematical goal(s), and anticipate possible solution paths and challenges. Launch: Set up the task so that students understand the problem and can access the important mathematics. Facilitate productive struggle:...
Posted: Monday, March 29
Resource | Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life
"Evolution: DNA and the Unity of Life" is an eight-week, comprehensive curriculum unit that sharply illuminates the underlying role of genetics in evolution by maintaining a conceptual connection to DNA and heredity throughout. Through paper-based and interactive multimedia lessons, the unit aligns with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) by engaging students in questioning, using models...
Posted: Monday, March 29

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