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Poster | CAREER: From Research to Meta-Research to Practice - The Development of an Educational Learning Environment Framework for School Algebra
This project advances the understanding of teaching and learning of algebra in grades K through 12 by using a methodology that leverages the cumulative power of an analysis of many studies on a topic. This work will synthesize results aggregated from 40 years of research in the field of mathematics education and develop a unified framework to inform parents, students, teachers, other educators,…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | CAREER: Expanding Latinxs' Opportunities to Develop Complex Thinking in Secondary Science Classrooms Through a Research-Practice Partnership
One goal of this project is to improve Latinx and multilingual students’ opportunities to engage in complex thinking in secondary science classrooms through a district and university partnership. In this poster, we present the success and challenges of co-designing and enacting equity/justice centered units that promote civic engagement with five teams of secondary science teachers (n=20) and…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | CAREER: Designing and Enacting Mathematically Captivating Learning Experiences for High School Mathematics
We will share the results of our designed based research project on how to design secondary mathematics lessons which shift the aesthetic opportunities of students. We worked with a group of six high school math teachers and used mathematical story framework to explore how mathematics lessons on topics that are typically described as boring or dull by students can instead be described as…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | CAREER: Cultivating Teachers' Epistemic Empathy to Promote Responsive Teaching
This design-based research project investigates ways to understand and cultivate science and mathematics teachers’ “epistemic empathy”—their capacity for tuning into and valuing students’ intellectual and emotional experiences in constructing, communicating, and critiquing knowledge. The project team develops educative experiences aimed at cultivating teachers’ epistemic empathy, examines the…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | CAREER: Covariational and Algebraic Reasoning: A New Path to Algebra
Project CARe’s goal is to explore how new technologies create a path into algebra that allows students to build algebraic reasoning and knowledge from their intuitive covariational reasoning, which entails conceiving two quantities changing together. For example, Project CARe explores how students can learn to solve equations by comparing two changing quantities in a dynamic digital depiction of…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | CAREER: Bridging the Digital Accessibility Gap in STEM Using Multisensory Haptic Platforms
In this project, we investigate haptic systems that are readily available for rendering visual STEM content through sight, sound, and touch. We use combinations of visual display, text-to-speech, vibrations, and the movement of one’s hands for interacting with STEM content (such as charts and graphs in math and science-based simulations) multimodally on touchscreens. Our investigations extend…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | CAREER: Black and Latinx Parents Leading Reform and Advancing Racial Justice in Elementary Mathematics
Through critical community-engaged scholarship with ten Black and Latinx families and two community organizations, the PI is co-designing and co-studying an educational program aimed at advancing racial justice in elementary mathematics. Specifically, the program seeks to build parents’ capacity to catalyze change across classrooms and schools within their local communities. I share preliminary…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Building Sustainable Networked Instructional Leadership in Elementary Mathematics Through a University Partnership with a Large Urban District
Over the last five years, the Responsive Math Teaching Project has developed and refined a sustainable model for the development of mathematics instructional leadership through a research-practice partnership with a network of 14 urban under-resourced K-8 schools. Teacher instructional capacity is built through developing new visions of mathematics teaching and learning, practice-based pedagogies…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Building Middle School Students' Understanding of Heredity and Evolution
The “Genes, Traits & Change over Time” middle school curriculum unit integrates core ideas in genetics, heredity, and natural selection. This 4-5 week, NGSS-friendly unit includes scaffolded practice in working with models, crafting explanations, and identifying cause and effect relationships. We will report findings from a nation-wide efficacy test of the unit as well as case studies of…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Building Insights Through Observation: Researching Arts-based Methods for Teaching and Learning with Data
Building Insights through Observation is an early stage design and development project that is studying the application of arts-based approaches to support students in observing and analyzing visual information, and to improve teachers’ knowledge and practice related to teaching with scientific data. This design-based research, conducted over four years, will iteratively develop, test, and refine…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Building a Teacher Knowledge Base for the Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Resources Through the Collaborative Investigation of Video Cases (Collaborative Research: Wilson)
Our work focuses on developing teacher knowledge within a PLC that uses the AIM-TRU learning cycle to support teachers’ engagement with mathematical tasks and video cases. The learning cycle is grounded in the Teaching for Robust Understanding (TRU) framework (Schoenfeld, 2014) and utilizes Charles’s (2005) Big Mathematical Ideas within Formative Assessment Lesson (FAL) content. Teacher…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Bridging Preschool and Kindergarten Science: Exploring Play-based Engagement with Scientific and Engineering Practices in Early Learning Environments (Collaborative Research: Cook Whitt)
Young children naturally engage in science and engineering practices (SEPs) through play in sophisticated ways. We are developing professional learning modules for early childhood and elementary educators to recognize and deepen children's engagement with SEPs while leveraging SciEPOP, as a professional online learning tool. This poster explores the design of these modules to engage educators in…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Boosting Data Science Teaching and Learning in STEM
Boosting Data Science Teaching and Learning in STEM (aka “Data Fluency”) is a project that seeks to improve teachers’ and students’ “data fluency,” which includes understanding sources of data, structuring data for analysis, interpreting representations of data, inferring meaning from data, and explaining data and findings to diverse audiences. We will accomplish this goal by iteratively…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Bilingualtek: An Integrated Science-Language Approach for Latinx Preschoolers
Young children engaged in observation, experimentation, exploration, and conversations about their natural world can synergistically develop science and language skills (Lee, 2018). In this poster presentation we discuss the iterative development and results from the initial pilot of Bilingualtek’s instructional approach. This project integrates cultural-linguistically-responsive science-language…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Attributions of Mathematical Excellence in Teaching and Learning
This project aims to examine how teachers' beliefs about the origins of mathematical excellence, which might be attributed to genetic, social, or personal characteristics, affect racial and gender equity in their classrooms. A three-part study will create, validate, and apply the Attributions of Mathematical Excellence Scale (AMES), correlating scores with race, gender, and achievement equity.…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Assessing College-Ready Computational Thinking (Collaborative Research: Brown)
Wright maps can provide psychometricians with information about validity based on internal structure, by allowing us to look for banding based on score levels across items. We recently interviewed teachers and trainers about the use of these maps, along with learning progressions and sample student responses to find what was more and less useful, and what features should be added. In this…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Applying and Refining a Model for Dynamic, Discussion-based Professional Development for Middle School Teachers about Fractions, Ratios and Proportions (Collaborative Research: Brown)
In this design-based research project, we are refining a model for mathematics professional development. We engage middle grades teachers in playful, discussion-based exploration of fractions and proportions through tasks and dynamic "toys” as well as planning for classroom implementation. We are now adding “Connections”, designed to support participants in transitioning from learners to teachers…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Anchoring High School Students in Real-Life Issues that Integrate STEM Content and Literacy
We present a framework for using scenario-based assessments (SBAs) to measure middle school students' ability to formulate written arguments around socio-scientific issues. We present data showing both the current strengths and limitations of these SBAs. We also present data which shows that, through the process of writing over a 2-week time span, the students showed significant improvements in…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | AI-based Assessment in STEM Education Conference
This conference brought experts in areas of STEM domain-specific learning, assessments and measurement, learning technologies, computer sciences, and pedagogy to discuss and address the challenges of applying AI in revolutionizing STEM assessments and identify future research directions. It generated knowledge of integrating AI-based STEM assessment practices with domain-specific learning…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Advancing Equity and Strengthening Teaching with Elementary Mathematical Modeling (Collaborative Research: Suh)
Advancing Equity and Strengthening Teaching with Elementary Mathematical Modeling is a teacher PD project focused on strengthening K-5 teaching with mathematics modeling. Building on previous foundational work around mathematics modeling and equity, this project will bring together equity-oriented teaching practices and mathematical modeling to design and research the impact of a blended PD…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Poster | Advancing Earth Science Instruction across High School Life and Physical Science
EarthX is a collaboration of school district teachers and administrators, scientists and education researchers helping bring Earth science and compelling environmental phenomena into high school Biology, Chemistry, and Physics courses in Baltimore. EarthX will develop, test, and refine beginning of course, embedded and unit assessments that will provide near-real-time feedback to teachers and…
Posted: Monday, July 24
Resource | Webinar Resources: Informational Webinars on DRK-12 Solicitation (23-596)
Resources from the NSF-led webinars on the new DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596.   2023 NSF Information Session on DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596: Recording Led by DRK-12 Program Co-lead Joan Walker. DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596 Q&A Webinar 1 (July 20, 2023): Recording | Slides Led by NSF Program Directors Joan Walker, Jen Noll, and Rob Ochsendorf. Topics: merit review criteria, program strands, and…
Posted: Friday, July 21
Poster | Adapted Measure of Math Engagement: Designing Self-Report Measures of Mathematics Engagement for Black and Latina/o Middle School Students (Collaborative Research: Holquist)
A three year, mixed-methods, critical participatory action research project to develop a culturally sustaining self-report measure of Black and Latina/o student math engagement, called the Adapted Measure of Math Engagement (AM-ME).
Posted: Wednesday, July 19
Poster | Accessible Computational Thinking in Elementary Science Classes Within and Across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts (Collaborative Research: Nelson)
Accessible Computational Thinking in Elementary Science Classes within and across Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Contexts (ACT) investigates best practices for helping teachers provide culturally relevant experiences for elementary children to participate in and engage with computational thinking (CT) integrated into science lessons. ACT focuses on the question: how do elementary teachers…
Posted: Wednesday, July 19
Newsletter | July 2023 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, We are delighted to be back with our newsletter after taking a brief hiatus last month to focus on the 2023 DRK-12 PI Meeting. It was a pleasure to see both familiar and new faces at the event. We thank the NSF program officers who welcomed us and responded to questions, and to Ivory Toldson who gave a compelling talk, Post-Reform Education, the Data Revolution, and DRK–12.…
Posted: Wednesday, July 19
Resource | Opportunities for Research within the Data Science Education Community
This webinar provided early career data science education researchers with information on the state of the field; tools, curricula, and other resources for researchers; and insight into funding opportunities and proposal development. Participants explore topics, research interests, and problems of practice in more depth in breakout rooms with session leaders.
Posted: Wednesday, July 19
Poster | Young Mathematicians: Expanding an Innovative and Promising Model Across Learning Environments to Promote Preschoolers' Mathematics Knowledge
Young children’s mathematics development underpins cognitive development, building brain architecture, fostering problem-solving, puzzling, and persevering, and strongly impacting and predicting future success in school – but systemic opportunity gaps have created unequal access to high-quality mathematics learning experiences, with differences in children’s math knowledge beginning before…
Posted: Tuesday, July 18
Event | NSF DRK-12 Solicitation Webinar 2
NSF released a pre-recorded information session on the new DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596. DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596 Q&A Webinar 2 (July 25, 2023): Recording | Slides Led by NSF Program Directors Asli Sezen-Barrie, Margret Hjalmarson, Barry Sloane, and Robert Russell. Topics: technical support and budgeting. Visit our NSF Proposal Toolkit for more guidance and resources.  
Posted: Monday, June 26
Event | NSF DRK-12 Solicitation Webinar 1
NSF released a pre-recorded information session on the new DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596. DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596 Q&A Webinar 1 (July 20, 2023): Recording | Slides Led by NSF Program Directors Joan Walker, Jen Noll, and Rob Ochsendorf. Topics: merit review criteria, program strands, and project types. Visit our NSF Proposal Toolkit for more guidance and resources.
Posted: Monday, June 26
Announcement | New DRK-12 Solicitation: Informational Webinars and Resources
CADRE will host NSF-led informational sessions on the new DRK-12 Solicitation 23-596. If you are planning to submit a DRK-12 proposal (deadline November 8, 2023), we encourage you to register and attend one of the following events and access the resources listed below. Office Hours with NSF Program Directors Monday, August 7, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET Tuesday, August 15, 2023 | 1:00-2:00 PM ET…
Posted: Friday, June 23