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Project | Building Middle School Students' Understanding of Heredity and Evolution
This project will develop and test the impact of heredity and evolution curriculum units for middle school grades that are aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The project will advance science teaching by investigating the ways in which two curriculum units can be designed to incorporate science and engineering practices, cross-cutting concepts, and disciplinary core ideas,...
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Project | An Integrated Approach to Early Elementary Earth and Space Science
This project will study if, how, and under what circumstances an integration of literacy strategies, hands-on inquiry-based investigations, and planetarium experiences supports the development of science practices (noticing, recognizing change, making predictions, and constructing explanations) in early elementary level students. The project will generate knowledge about how astronomy-focused...
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Project | LabVenture - Revealing Systemic Impacts of a 12-Year Statewide Science Field Trip Program
This project will examine the impact of a 12-year statewide science field trip program called LabVenture, a hands-on program in discovery and inquiry that brings middle school students and teachers across the state of Maine to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) to become fully immersed in explorations into the complexities of local marine science ecosystems.
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Project | Advancing Methods and Synthesizing Research in STEM Education
This project will address two critical opportunities to improve the translation and connection of innovations and evidence across federally funded STEM education projects. First, the project will aim to build capacity and learning opportunities for STEM education research and development. Second, the project will synthesize evidence of discovery and innovation across NSF-funded work.
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Project | Supporting Teachers in Responsive Instruction for Developing Expertise in Science (Collaborative Research: Riordan)
This project takes advantage of advanced technologies to support science teachers to rapidly respond to diverse student ideas in their classrooms. Students will use web-based curriculum units to engage with models, simulations, and virtual experiments to write multiple explanations for standards-based science topics. The project will also design planning tools for teachers that will make...
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Project | GeoHazard: Modeling Natural Hazards and Assessing Risks
This project will develop and test a new instructional approach that integrates a data analysis tool with Earth systems models in a suite of online curriculum modules for middle and high school Earth science students. The modules will facilitate development of rich conceptual understandings related to the system science of natural hazards and their impacts.
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Announcement | Dr. Karen Marrongelle new head of NSF EHR
NSF has selected Dr. Karen Marrongelle to head its Education and Human Resources Directorate. Read the full announcement here.
Posted: Thursday, August 30
Newsletter | August 2018 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, We've heard! CADRE has been awarded a grant to continue serving the DRK-12 program and its awardees for another two years. Here's what we know. We will continue to share news and resources with you through our monthly newsletters, the cadrek12.org website, and social media. CADRE will work with NSF and a planning committee to organize a PI meeting for 2020. We will continue to...
Posted: Wednesday, August 29
Resource | The Use of Theory in Research on Broadening Participation in PreK–12 STEM Education: Information and guidance for prospective DRK–12 grantees
This paper seeks to provide a resource for prospective DRK–12 grantees by identifying some of the theories that current and recent DRK–12 grantees are using in their research on broadening participation. It reflects the results of a synthesis process with a volunteer group of principal investigators (PIs). It offers information that might not be easily found or accessible, partly because some of...
Posted: Wednesday, August 29
Project | Enhancing Teacher and Student Understanding of Engineering in K-5 Bilingual Programs
This mixed-method exploratory study will examine how bilingual teachers working in elementary schools in Massachusetts and Puerto Rico understand the role and skills of engineers in society. In turn, it will examine how teachers adapt existing engineering lessons so that those activities and concepts are more culturally and linguistically accessible to their students.
Posted: Thursday, August 23
Project | Engaging High School Students in Computer Science with Co-Creative Learning Companions (Collaborative Research: Magerko)
This research investigates how state-of-the-art creative and pedagogical agents can improve students' learning, attitudes, and engagement with computer science. The project will be conducted in high school classrooms using EarSketch, an online computer science learning environments that engages learners in making music with JavaScript or Python code. The researchers will build the first co-...
Posted: Thursday, August 23
Project | Understanding the Role of Simulations in K-12 Science and Mathematics Teacher Education
This project will develop and implement a working conference for scholars and practitioners to articulate current use cases and theories of action regarding the use of simulations in PreK-12 science and mathematics teacher education. The conference will be structured to provide opportunities for attendees to share their current research, theoretical models, conceptual views, and use cases focused...
Posted: Thursday, August 23
Project | Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Teaching in Rural Areas Using Cultural Knowledge Systems
This project will collaborate with Indigenous communities to create educational resources serving Inupiaq middle school students and their teachers. The Cultural Connections Process Model (CCPM) will formalize, implement, and test a process model for community-engaged educational resource development for Indigenous populations. The project will contribute to a greater understanding of effective...
Posted: Thursday, August 23
Project | Prospective Elementary Teachers Making for Mathematical Learning
This study takes an innovative approach to documenting how teacher knowledge can be enhanced by incorporating a design experience into pre-service mathematics education. Teachers will use digital and fabrication technologies (e.g., 3D printers and laser cutters) to design and use manipulatives for K-6 mathematics learning. The goals of the project include describing how this experience influences...
Posted: Thursday, August 23
Project | Design and Development of a K-12 STEM Observation Protocol (Collaborative Research: Roehrig)
This project will design and develop a new K-12 classroom observation protocol for integrated STEM instruction (STEM-OP). The STEM-OP will inform the instruction of integrated STEM in many contexts with the goal of improving integrated STEM education.
Posted: Monday, August 20
Project | Design and Development of a K-12 STEM Observation Protocol (Collaborative Research: Dare)
This project will design and develop a new K-12 classroom observation protocol for integrated STEM instruction (STEM-OP). The STEM-OP will inform the instruction of integrated STEM in many contexts with the goal of improving integrated STEM education.
Posted: Monday, August 20
Project | Design and Development of a K-12 STEM Observation Protocol (Collaborative Research: Ring-Whalen)
This project will design and develop a new K-12 classroom observation protocol for integrated STEM instruction (STEM-OP). The STEM-OP will inform the instruction of integrated STEM in many contexts with the goal of improving integrated STEM education.
Posted: Monday, August 20
Project | Exploring the Relationship Between High School Mathematics and Bioscience, Standardized Testing and College Performance in Biotechnology-Related Fields
This project will focus on an early stage exploratory study of an idea that will reveal ways to develop more effective interventions to address student retention in bioscience and bioengineering pipelines. The study will attempt to initiate a new line of research in search of factors associated with bioscience and bioengineering education as a novel approach for uncovering factors that may...
Posted: Monday, August 20
Project | Methods for Assessing Replication
The goal of this project is to formalize subjective ideas about the important concept of replication, provide statistical analyses for evaluating replication studies, provide properties for evaluating the conclusiveness of replication studies, and provide principles for designing conclusive and efficient programs of replication studies.
Posted: Monday, August 20
Project | Promoting Engineering Problem Framing Skill-Development in High School Science and Engineering Courses
This project will develop curricular activities and assessment guidance for K-12 science and engineering educators who seek to incorporate engineering design content into their biology, chemistry, and physics classes.
Posted: Monday, August 20
Project | Testing the Efficacy of the Strategic Observation and Reflection (SOAR) for Math Professional Learning Program
The purpose of this project is to develop, implement and test a professional development program, SOAR for Math, to build capacity for mentors and teachers to improve English learner's academic language development and mathematical content understanding.
Posted: Monday, August 20
Announcement | Now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Fellows program!
CADRE is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 Fellows cohort! The CADRE Fellows program provides professional growth opportunities for early career professionals in the field of STEM education research. Through a series of capacity-building activities, the program offers Fellows the opportunity to gain insight into what it takes to be successful and effective in this field, become more...
Posted: Wednesday, August 15
Resource | 2018 Informational Webinars on DRK-12 Solicitation 17-584 Resources
Watch a Recording of the 2018 DRK-12 Solication Webinar:  Webinar held August 14, 2018 Webinar held September 13, 2018
Posted: Tuesday, August 14
Announcement | Webinar: Give Your Proposal A Competitive Edge with a Great Evaluation Plan
EvaluATE is hosting a webinar on August 22 at 1PM ET on the essential elements of an effective evaluation plan. EvaluATE is the evaluation resource center for the National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program, so the webinar will focus on proposals for the ATE program, but there should be helpful tips for DRK-12 proposal writers. Learn more and register
Posted: Wednesday, August 08
Announcement | The NSF 2026 Big Idea Machine
The NSF 2026 Idea Machine is an opportunity for researchers, the public, and other interested stakeholders to contribute to NSF's mission to support basic research and enable new discoveries that drive the  U.S. economy, enhance national security, and advance knowledge to sustain the country's global leadership in science and engineering.  NSF has released a toolkit that includes material for...
Posted: Monday, August 06
Resource | Considerations for STEM Education from PreK through Grade 3
Research Says Early Learning in Science and Mathematics MattersQuality early STEM experiences provide a critical foundation for learning about science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) in ways that facilitate later learning. Early childhood educatorshave a unique opportunity to benefit all students by bringing the STEM disciplines into greater balance with literacy, reducing early...
Posted: Tuesday, July 31
Announcement | Upcoming Webinars on NSF DRK-12 Solicitation
Join NSF program officers for an informational webinar on the Discovery Research preK-12 Solicitation (17-584) due November 14, 2018. There are two webinar opportunities: August 14, 2018 at 1pm ET and September 13, 2018 at 1pm ET. REGISTER If you are submitting a proposal, we encourage you to visit our NSF Proposal Toolkit for more resources.
Posted: Monday, July 30
Event | Informational Webinar on DRK-12 Solicitation (17-584)
Join NSF program officers for an informational webinar on the Discovery Research K-12 Solicitation (17-584) due November 14, 2018. There are two webinar opportunities: August 14, 2018 at 1pm ET and September 13, 2018 at 1pm ET. WEBINAR RECORDING AND SLIDES If you are submitting a proposal, we encourage you to visit our NSF Proposal Toolkit for more resources.
Posted: Monday, July 30
Event | Informational Webinar on DRK-12 Solicitation (17-584)
Join NSF program officers for an informational webinar on the Discovery Research K-12 Solicitation (17-584) due November 14, 2018. There are two webinar opportunities: August 14, 2018 at 1pm ET and September 13, 2018 at 1pm ET. WEBINAR RECORDING AND SLIDES If you are submitting a proposal, we encourage you to visit our NSF Proposal Toolkit for more resources.
Posted: Monday, July 30

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