The DRK-12 program has funded projects that research innovative approaches to providing equitable and high-quality STEM education opportunities to rural students, such as place-based learning, online professional development, lesson study models, and interactive digital tools. Read about the projects featured in our Spotlight on Rural STEM Education to see how they are helping rural students engage in quality STEM education.
We’ve been gathering information about DRK-12 projects through our annual portfolio survey. In this newsletter, we share details about some of the products they’ve developed. We look forward to providing further insights, trends, and characterizations of DRK-12 projects in future newsletters as more projects respond to the survey.
Don’t miss the workshop on developing DRK-12 proposals, led by CADRE co-PIs Terrell Morton and Lani Horn, on May 5 during the virtual portion of AERA 2023. Additionally, members of CADRE’s topical group presented at AERA in anticipation of the release of a report on classroom-based assessment expected early this summer. The implications of the report will be discussed during the 2023 DRK-12 PI Meeting.
Pre-register for the upcoming NSF workshop for Directorate of STEM Education CAREER applicants on May 11. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. View all current funding opportunities in the Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings.
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Rural STEM Education | Spotlight
The projects described in this Spotlight are all connected by the goal of providing equitable and high-quality STEM education opportunities to rural students. Through the development of place-based learning, online professional development platforms, innovative lesson study models, interactive digital learning tools, immersive STEM learning opportunities, and more, each project seeks to provide rural students with meaningful and engaging learning experiences that are grounded in students' local communities and draw on STEM knowledge and practices.
In this Spotlight:
- Place Matters: Preparing STEM Teachers for Rural Schools | Blog by Devon Brenner
- Featured Projects
- Build It Green!: Enhancing Middle School Science Education Through an Energy Efficient Building Design Curriculum (PI: Laura Zangori)
- Cultivating Relationships: Partnering with Teachers and Tribes to Integrate Indigenous and School STEM Knowledge (PI: Vanessa Anthony-Stevens)
- Developing the Pedagogical Skills and Science Expertise of Teachers in Underserved Rural Settings (PI: Rebecca Sansom)
- Developing the Science Comprehensive Online Learning Platform for Rural School Science Teacher Development (PI: Brooke Moore)
- Investigating How Combining Intensive Professional Development and Modest Support Affects Rural, Elementary Teachers’ Science and Engineering Practice (PI: Ryan Summers)
- Place-based Learning for Elementary Science at Scale (PeBLES2) (PI: Katahdin Cook Whitt)
- Additional Resources
- Completed DRK-12 Research on Rural K-12 STEM Education | Outcomes and Impacts and Publications
- Support for Rural Education: A Sampling of Policy and Programs
Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum of Discovery Research PreK–12 (DRK-12) Awards | AERA Virtual Session
Based on their podcast of the same name, Terrell Morton and Lani Horn will share CADRE resources for writing and refining an NSF DRK-12 proposal at a virtual AERA session on Friday, May 5, 11:30 am–1:00 pm CT (12:30 to 2:00pm ET). These resources include, how to craft a strong project narrative, identify a robust team, build community partners, and develop a worthwhile budget.
Given NSF's goals to diversify its portfolio, this workshop is designed for early career scholars studying at or employed by historically underfunded institutions (e.g., MSIs, R2s, teaching institutions, community colleges). Early and mid-career scholars from underrepresented groups are also encouraged to participate.
2023 Survey of DRK-12 Awards | Preliminary Analysis
Analysis of this year’s survey is underway! Thank you to all who submitted information on behalf of your projects. If you are a PI on an active award and have not yet completed a survey or updated your responses from last year (if applicable), there’s still time to make sure your work is reflected in our characterization of the portfolio for NSF, the STEM education community, and the public. Check your email (or spam folder) for an invitation with your project’s survey link.
Preliminary analysis of this year’s survey data suggests:
- An increased focus on assessment. Survey data for 2023 include a higher percentage of projects in the assessment strand than last year (2023: 17% vs. 2022: 6%) and identify assessment tools and/or instruments as a research and development focus (2023: 28% vs. 2022: 18%).
- A decrease in work at the high school level. Data suggest that there may be less work happening in grades 8-12 in the active DRK-12 portfolio than there was last year (2023: 32% vs. 2022: 41%).
- Projects are using different strategies to engage specific populations. Of the projects that indicated they were engaging one or more underrepresented populations, fewer reported involving these populations in the project’s design (2023: 20% vs. 2022: 33%) and conducting outreach and dissemination to these populations (2023: 21% vs. 2022: 29%), whereas a higher proportion of projects indicated they are working in locations that enable them to engage specific populations (2023: 71% vs. 2022: 63%).
- Science overtakes mathematics as the most frequently reported disciplinary focus. This year, a greater number of projects report focusing on science (2023: 55% vs. 2022: 49%) than on mathematics (2023: 46% vs. 2022: 51%).
In the survey, projects also shared information about recent and upcoming conference presentations, publications, and other products. We look forward to compiling and sharing the publications in a few months as part of our summer reading list. Below is a sample of the products we’ve received and will continue to promote through our networks of researchers and practitioners.
- Lesson Plans & Activities incorporate primary literature into science classroom tools.
- MoDa Platform is Web-based platform that supports integrated agent-based modeling and data analysis.
- STEM SEALs SEA Lectionary is a student guide to the SEA challenge, where students build a boat capable of navigating in the water autonomously and by remote control.
- STEM SEALs AIR Lectionary is a student guide to the AIR challenge, where students build a remote control for an unmanned aerial vehicle, learn the principles of flight, and learn to fly drones.
- STEM Observation Protocol (STEM-OP) Training Platform provides training for an observation protocol for integrated STEM instruction.
- Leadership Practices for Racially Just, Ambitious Mathematics Teaching & Learning Framework describes three leadership practices in the context of mathematics: framing racial justice and mathematics; building capacity towards racially just structures, policies, and practices; and evidence of and for transformation.
- TecRocks Explorer supports students’ visualization of plate tectonic environments and rock genesis associated with the environment on an Earth-like planet.
- Earth Rocks Map shows a generalized representation of Earth's geology as well as country borders and tectonic plate boundaries.
- Rocks & Tectonics Module revolutionizes the teaching of the traditional rock cycle by focusing on the broader relationship between plate tectonics and rock genesis connecting rock types to the tectonic conditions under which they form.
Project Tip: Partnerships in Research
CADRE held a Learning Series on partnerships in research featuring insights from DRK-12 researchers engaged in various types of partnerships. Explore this collection of resources and information from the webinars. It includes slides and advice from the panelists, as well as resources for supporting partnership work. It also includes recommendations for site selection, building and maintaining relationships, managing power dynamics, engaging teachers in the design process, and managing competing demands.
News from NSF
- NSF has issued revised Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Proposal Preparation and Award Administration Related to the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 23-1).
Awards & Recognition
- A Content Analysis of Alignment Messages to the Next Generation Science Standards | Disciplinary and Interdisciplinary Science Education Research
Authors: Jamie Tanas and Gavin Fulmer
- A Normative Analysis of the TechCheck Computational Thinking Assessment | Educational Technology & Society
Authors: Emily Relkin, Sara K. Johnson, and Marina U. Bers
- Characterizing Engineering Outreach Educators' Talk Moves: An Exploratory Framework | Journal of Engineering Education
Authors: Karen Miel, Rebecca D. Swanson, Merredith Portsmore, Kelli M. Paul, Elizabeth A. Moison, Jungsun Kim, and Adam V. Maltese
- (Counter)Productive Practices for Using Student Thinking | Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
Authors: Laura R. Van Zoest, Shari L. Stockero, Blake E. Peterson, and Keith R. Leatham
- Cultural Validity: Promoting Cultural Responsiveness in Classroom Assessment | Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education
Authors: David Baidoo-Anu, Liu Lei, Dante Cisterna, and Yi Song
- Ditch the Debate: Preparing Preservice Teachers to Nurture Productive Discourse About Controversial Issues | Innovations in Science Teacher Education
Authors: Eric A. Kirk (2023 CADRE Fellow) and Troy D. Sadler
- Equity for Students Requires Equity for Teachers: The Inextricable Link Between Teacher Professionalization and Equity-Centered Science Classrooms | Journal of Science Teacher Education
Authors: E. Adah Miller, L. Berland, and T. Campbell
- Examining the Effect of Counternarratives About Physics on Women’s Physics Career Intentions | Physical Review Physics Education Research
Authors: Geoff Potvin, Zahra Hazari, Raina Khatri, Hemeng Cheng, T. Blake Head, Robynne M. Lock, Anne F. Kornahrens, Kathryne Sparks Woodle, Rebecca E. Vieyra, Beth A. Cunningham, Laird Kramer, and Theodore Hodapp
- Exploring the Relationships Between Teacher Noticing, Ambisonic Audio, and Variance in Focus When Viewing 360 Video | Educational Technology Research and Development
Authors: Richard E. Ferdig, Karl W. Kosko, and Enrico Gandolfi
- Finding the Right Grain-Size for Measurement in the Classroom | Journal of Educational and Behavioral Statistics
Author: Mark Wilson
- How Well Do Contemporary Knowledge Tracing Algorithms Predict the Knowledge Carried Out of a Digital Learning Game? | Educational Technology Research and Development
Authors: Richard Scruggs, Ryan S. Baker, Philip I. Pavlik Jr., Bruce M. McLaren, and Ziyang Liu
- Identifying the Roles of Science Teacher Leaders in Practice | Journal of Science Teacher Education
Authors: Sara C. Heredia, Michelle Phillips, Sarah Stallings, Ti’Era Worsley (2019-20 CADRE Fellow), Julie H. Yu, and Carrie D. Allen (2014-15 CADRE Fellow)
- Increasing Student Confidence in Writing: Integrating Authentic Manuscript Writing into an Online 8-Week Research Program | Journal of Microbiology & Biology Education
Authors: Choah Kim, Kiam Preston Jr., Alice Braga, and Sarah C. Fankhauser
- Instructional Pathways to Considering Social Dimensions Within Socioscientific Issues | Innovations in Science Teacher Education
Authors: Rebecca Rawson Lesnefsky, Troy Sadler, Li Ke, and Pat Friedrichsen
- Leading for Justice, Leading for Learning: Conceptualizing Urban School Leadership for Antiracist Mathematics Teaching and Learning | Urban Education
Authors: Jessica G. Rigby and Stephanie Forman
- Mathematics and More Through 3D Making | The Elementary STEM Journal
Authors: Jennifer Knudsen, Harriette S. Stevens, Teresa Lara-Meloy, and Ken Rafanan
- “Protected Teaching Spaces”: Opportunities and Constraints When Teaching for the edTPA | Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis
Authors: Karin Lohwasser, Caroline Long, Soo-Yean Shim, and Mark Windschitl
- Revisiting Analogical Reasoning in Computing Education: Use of Similarities Between Robot Programming Tasks in Debugging | Journal of Educational Computing Research
Authors: ChanMin Kim, Emre Dinç, Eunseo Lee, Afaf Baabdullah, Anna Y. Zhang, and Brian R. Belland
- Secondary Mathematics Preservice Teachers’ Perceptions of Program (In)coherence | Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education
Authors: Phi Nguyen and Charles Munter
- Sense of Belonging in Engineering and Identity Centrality Among Undergraduate Students at Hispanic-Serving Institutions | Journal of Engineering Education
Authors: Anita Patrick, Madison Andrews, Catherine Riegle-Crumb, Meagan R. Kendall, John Bachman, and Vignesh Subbian
- State-Level Efforts to Reform Elementary Science Education | Educational Policy
Authors: Angela M. Lyle, James P. Spillane, and Christa Haverly (2018-19 CADRE Fellow)
- The Emphasis on Multicultural Science Instruction in NSTA Science Scope and The Science Teacher Journals | Journal of Science Teacher Education
Authors: Julie C. Brown and Michelle C. Joyce
- “The Good Struggle” of Flexible Specificity: Districts Balancing Specific Guidance with Autonomy to Support Standards-based Instruction | American Educational Research Journal
Authors: Amy Stornaiuolo, Laura Desimone, and Morgan Polikoff
- The Multimodality of Lesson Guides and the Communication of Social Relations | ZDM – Mathematics Education
Authors: Hendrik Van Steenbrugge and Janine T. Remillard
- Understanding Student Use of Epistemic Criteria in Engineering Design Contexts | Science Education
Authors: Christina Baze, María González-Howard (2015-16 CADRE Fellow), Vic Sampson, Mic Fenech, Rich Crawford, Todd Hutner, Lawrence Chu, and Xiaofen Hamilton
- Unpacking Response Process Issues Encountered When Developing a Mathematics Teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) Assessment | Investigations in Mathematics Learning
Authors: Martha L. Epstein, Hamza Malik, Kun Wang, and Chandra H. Orrill
- Vygotskian Hybridizing of Motion and Mapping: Learning About Geometric Transformations in Block-based Programming Environments | Mathematical Thinking and Learning
Authors: Jesús E. Hernández-Zavaleta, Corey Brady, Sandra Becker, and Douglas B. Clark
- Young Philosophers: Fifth-Grade Students Animating the Concept of Space | ZDM – Mathematics Education
Authors: Higinio Dominguez, Sofía Abreu, and Melvin Peralta
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- April 27, 2023 – NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Preliminary Proposal)
- May 1, 2023 – NSF | Advancing Innovation and Impact in Undergraduate STEM Education at Two-year Institutions of Higher Education
- NEW! June 1, 2023 – NSF | LSAMP National Coordination Hub and Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers (LSAMP Hub & LSCRCs)
- NEW! June 1, 2023 – NSF | Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
- June 26, 2023 – NSF | Expanding AI Innovation Through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI)
- NEW! July 19, 2023 – NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Directorate for STEM Education (IUSE: EDU)
- July 25, 2023 – NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) (Letter of Intent)
- July 26, 2023 – NSF | Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
- July 27, 2023 – NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research (HBCU - EiR) (Letter of Intent)
- August 11, 2023 – NSF | Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)
- August 30, 2023 – NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program)
- May 15, 2023 – Journal of Science Education and Technology | Leveraging Technology for Teaching and Learning About Environmental Science and Geohazards (Extended Abstract Deadline)
- May 20, 2023 – Educational Technology & Society | Educational Design Research for Human Beings’ Learning Access – Centering Accessibility, Equity, and Inclusion
- May 31, 2023 (Extended) – Multi-Journal Special Issue | Gender Equality in Education
- June 1, 2023 – Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12 | 2024 Collaborative Issue
- June 1, 2023 – Science & Children | Climate Justice
- June 1, 2023 – Science & Children | Connecting Mathematics and Science
- June 1, 2023 – Science Scope | Eliciting Student Thinking
- June 1, 2023 – The Science Teacher | Crosscutting Concepts for All
- June 30, 2023 – School Science and Mathematics | Making STEM Accessible for Individuals with Divergent Learning Needs (Proposal Deadline)
- July 1, 2023 – School Science and Mathematics | STEM Teacher Leadership (Extended Abstract Deadline)
- August 1, 2023 – Educational Measurement | Leveraging Measurement for Better Decisions
- August 1, 2023 – Science Scope | Assessment
- September 30, 2023 – Learning, Media and Technology | Theorizing the Future of Generative AI in Education (Abstract Deadline)
- October 1, 2023 – Science Scope | Climate Change
- November 30, 2023 – Connected Science Learning | Celebrating the Eclipse Through Collaboration
- December 1, 2023 – Science Scope | Using Phenomena
- NEW! December 15, 2023 – Educational Technology & Society | Virtual Reality in Teacher Education: Innovations, Opportunities, and Challenges
- NEW! May 2, 2023 – 2023 NSTA National Conference (Call for Proposals)
- May 4, 2023 – 2024 AAAS Annual Meeting (Call for Proposals)
- May 15, 2023 – 2024 AMTE Conference (Call for Proposals)
- NEW! May 22, 2023 – 2023 EdMedia + Innovate Learning Conference (Call for Papers)
- NEW! May 31, 2023 – 2024 AASA National Conference on Education (Call for Proposals)
- NEW! June 23, 2023 – 2023 Connected Learning Summit (Call for Proposals)
- NEW! July 10, 2023 – 2024 ASTE Annual Conference (Call for Proposals)
Career & Professional Development
- April 30, 2023 – University of California, Irvine, School of Education: Postdoctoral Scholar for NSF CAREER Project (Application review began April 7, 2023)
- NEW! June 7, 2023 – American Evaluation Association: Minority-Serving Institution Fellowship
- Until filled – Columbia University, Teachers College: Lecturer - Communication, Media, and Learning Technologies Design
- Until filled – Michigan State University: Assistant Professor of Secondary Science Education (Application review began November 1, 2022)
- Until filled – Michigan State University: Research Associate, Department of Counseling, Educational Psychology, and Special Education (Application review began May 2, 2022)
- Until filled – Michigan State University, College of Education: Postdoctoral Researcher (Application review began November 16, 2022)
- Until filled – North Carolina Agricultural and Technological State University: Assistant Professor of Science Education
- NEW! Until filled – Purdue University, Center for Early Learning: Post Doc Research Associate (Application review began April 15, 2023)
- Until filled – The University of Texas at Arlington: Assistant Professor in Bilingual Education (Application review began September 8, 2022)
- Until filled – The University of Texas at Arlington: Assistant/Associate Professor of Science Education
- NEW! Until filled – University of California, Davis, School of Education: Postdoctoral Scholar: Studying Youth Community Action and Science (Application review began April 15, 2023)
- NEW! Until filled – University of Delaware, School of Education: Post Doctoral Researcher for NSF Project
- Until filled – University of Georgia, Owens Institute for Behavioral Research: Post Doctoral Research Associate (Application review began March 1, 2023)
- Until filled – University of Illinois Chicago, Department of Educational Psychology | Black epiSTEMologies Postdoctoral Research Associate
- Until filled – University of Utah: Director of the Genetic Science Learning Center; Assistant/Associate Professor (Application review began May 1, 2022)
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