April 2018 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

It has been a busy spring for CADRE and the DRK-12 community who have been working hard on dissemination and outreach efforts. Representatives from DRK-12 projects have been spreading the word about their research to other researchers and practitioners (including through the CADRE-organized AERA and NSTA sessions).
Awardees are finding ways disseminate to their research to policymakers. For those reaching out to policymakers, France Cordova's talking points from a recent AAAS meeting may be a helpful starting point, and the upcoming CADRE webinar on crafting messages for meetings with policymakers (see below) can serve as a primer.
DRK-12 awardees are also endeavoring to reach public audiences. A 2017 Pew Charitable Trust study found that the majority of Americans get science news from general news outlets. For those strategizing around getting their research into general news outlets, be sure to write so that the public (and reporters) can understand the research and have enough basic information to evaluate the claims. University and institutional public relation departments are a good place to start. News aggregators (e.g., ScienceDaily) may pick up the university release, and other outlets (e.g., Hechinger Report) may spot the news and spread it further! For more information on science communication, visit our sister network's website, CAISE's informalscience.org.

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Visual Representations in Mathematics

Visual representations (VRs) in mathematics can serve as problem solving tools as well as help students understand abstract ideas and concepts. Within the DRK-12 portfolio, awardees are using VRs such as graphical representations, number lines, drawings of word problems, and more to enhance mathematical understanding. 
In this Spotlight, five projects discuss the role of VRs in their work, how VRs are being implemented and tested, as well as emerging findi

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New NSF Research.gov Proposal Preparation and Submission Site

Beginning April 30, proposers can choose to use Research.gov or the existing FastLane system to upload proposals. Note, however, that any proposal submitted through Research.gov will not be available in FastLane (and vice versa). Eventually, NSF's goal is to move proposal preparation and submission fully over to Research.gov. 


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2018 STEM For All Video Showcase

May 14-21 Video Showcase Logo
Join us next month for the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase. This year's showcase will feature more than 200 federally funded videos. Support your colleagues by joining in the discussions and voting for your favorite videos and projects. This is a great opportunity for early career researchers to learn from and interact with others in the field of STEM education research. 

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REMINDER: Webinar on Crafting Your Message for Conversations with Policymakers

May 2, 1-2PM EST
Join us for a virtual discussion on crafting appropriate messages for conversations with local, state, and national policymakers about preK-12 STEM education research.
Neil Canfield, Legislative Affairs Specialist, Office of Legislative & Public Affairs, NSF
Augustus Mays, Director of Government Relations, Office of Policy & Communications, WestEd
Rebecca Vieyra, K-12 Program Manager, American Association of Physics Teachers 

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tipsProject Tip: Instruments for Measuring Student and Teacher Outcomes

CADRE's Compendia of Research Instruments can provide a starting point for researchers looking for existing measures:

Advancing Online & Blended Professional Development through NSF's DRK-12 Program

On April 16, representatives from 12 DRK-12 projects gathered at AERA to share their work and emerging findings in a structured poster session on online and blended professional development (PD) in K-12 STEM education. Their posters are available on the CADRE website.
Discussant Barry Fishman reflected on the ways in which these projects are contributing to areas of needed research and on opportunities to advance the field going forward. During the reflection and discussion that followed, Fishman, presenters, and participants noted the need for more shared understanding around the critical features of high quality PD, the critical role of research and practice partnerships, and the importance and difficulty of designing for scale.

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Newsbites from DRK–12 & NSF

We're pleased to share news from DRK--12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ATECentralCAISECIRCL, CS for All TeachersMSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media. 

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees

Email cadre@edc.org to share news from your project.

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News from NSF Networks

See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATE, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, MSPnet, or STELAR, events that may be of interest to you.

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Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DRK-12 colleagues.

NSF Funding
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF DRL EHR solicitation deadlines.
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers and Researchers.


In Case You Missed It

Highlights from recent newsletters and announcements:

A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.

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