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 still emerging in prek-12 settings. DRK-12 research continues to inform this developing field now supported by the NRC Frameworks and NGSS. In our new spotlight, learn more about the current DRK-12 work, access resources, and read a perspective piece by Christine Cunningham.

CADRE is excited to be joined by Malcolm Butler, Cory Buxton, Salvador Huitzilopochtli, LeAnne Ketterlin Geller, and Arthur Powell to host a conversation about the important topic of broadening participation in STEM (one of NSF's 10 Big Ideas) during the upcoming May 13-20 STEM for All Video Showcase. We hope that you will visit our video and join the conversation to share your successes and challenges related to broadening opportunities for and expanding participation of groups, institutions, and geographic regions that are underrepresented in STEM disciplines. While you're there, visit more than 200 other STEM education videos from federally funded projects. Watch your inbox for more information about the event.

Did you celebrate Earth Day this month? Learn more about DRK-12 research on Earth science and environmental education.

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on PreK-12 Engineering Education

This Spotlight features DRK-12 programs, approaches, and resources that show promise for educating future engineers and scientifically literate adults.

Access additional resources including DRK-12 engineering videos from the STEM for All Video Showcase.

Timeline for NSF Proposal Development Timeline

As you consider your next submission to NSF, perhaps with an eye toward the November 2019 deadline for DRK-12 funding, we hope that this timeline and the resources it includes will help. From inspiration and concept formation to uploading your final materials, it outlines the development process and supports strategic planning around your proposal ideas. 

We also invite you to visit our NSF Proposal Toolkit that offers a variety of resources related to funding, proposal development, and submission.


Project Tip: Serve on an NSF Review Panel

Don't forget to send your credentials to NSF and ask to be considered as a proposal reviewer. Serving on a review panel is great preparation for writing your own proposal, especially for those who are new to proposal development. Explore our Proposal Development Timeline for more tips and links to important proposal development guidance.  

Updates to Cadrek12.org

The CADRE website is undergoing a partial renovation this spring. We hope you enjoy the new look and feel, content, and features. While we continue to make improvements, highlights from recent updates include:

  • DRK-12 Community Voices Blog: In CADRE's new home for perspective pieces from our community, hear from current and former awardees, CADRE Fellows, and other STEM education stakeholders as they reflect on key areas of research, STEM education events, and more. We welcome your voice! Email cadre@edc.org if you would like to contribute.
  • Early Career in DRK-12: A new section of the site showcases resources and programming to support early career STEM education researchers and developers, as well as news about the DRK-12 early career community and opportunities for early career researchers.
  • New Search Functionality: If you use the sitewide search, you'll notice new filter and sorting capabilities. You can now sort by project start date or resource year, and filter by content type (e.g., projects or events) and keywords.

Email cadre@edc.org if you have questions about changes to the site.

Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks

News from NSF

  • Adobe Software Compatibility
    On May 1, 2019, Adobe Reader version 9.x will no longer be compatible for use with Grants.gov Workspace PDF forms.
  • NSF HRD EHR Employment Opportunity
    NSF has openings for three rotator program directors who will work with HRD programs that include but are not limited to NSF INCLUDES, CREST, HBCU-UP, and LSAMP.

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees

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

News from NSF Networks

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

Upcoming Opportunities

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

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.

Conference Proposals
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.

Job Openings

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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