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 website, and social media. CADRE will work with NSF and a planning committee to organize a PI meeting for 2020. We will continue to collaborate with DRK-12 awardees, working across disciplines and topical foci, to get the word out about what awardees and the greater DRK-12 community are learning regarding how to improve STEM education. And CADRE will support two more cohorts of early career researchers in an effort to broaden participation in STEM. In fact, we open nominations for CADRE Fellows today! Read more below.

The CADRE Team

Reminder: Informational Webinars on on DRK-12 Solicitation (17-584) 

Thursday, September 13 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET 

Register today for the September 13 webinar on the DRK-12 Solicitation (17-584). The submission deadline is November 14, 2018. NSF program officers will be available to answer questions at the end of the webinar.

Related resources:

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The Use of Theory in Research on Broadening Participation in PreK-12 STEM Education: Information and Guidance for Prospective DRK-12 Grantees

Developed by a DRK-12 topical group, this paper seeks to provide a resource for prospective DRK-12 awardees by identifying some of the theories that current and recent DRK-12 awardees are using in their research on broadening participation.

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2018-19 CADRE Fellows Program

CADRE invites PIs and co-PIs of active DRK-12 projects to recommend an early career STEM education researcher who you think would contribute to and benefit from the CADRE Fellows program. The person you recommend may be a member of your project team, someone in your department, or a researcher with whom you've had the opportunity to work in a different capacity and can speak to the quality of their work.

We aim to establish a cohort of 10 Fellows that represent diverse backgrounds, experience, interests, professional goals, institutions, and geographic regions. Special consideration will be given to applicants who have not had similar professional development opportunities, and are recommended by awardees and/or from institutions that have not previously had a CADRE Fellow.

Please note that we will accept only one recommendation per PI/co-PI per year. Applicants should fit the following criteria:

  1. Be a doctoral student or similar early career professional at an academic or non-academic institution.
  2. Have research experience in education and exhibit evidence of leadership.
  3. Demonstrate the desire and potential for advancing the field of STEM education.
  4. Have professional experience and career goals that contribute to broadening participation in STEM education.
  5. Have the capacity to contribute to the Fellows program by participating in all activities.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Wednesday, September 19. The new Fellows cohort will be announced at the end of September. Please direct questions to

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CADRE Fellows Alumni: Where are they now?

We recently surveyed the CADRE Fellows alumni network to learn more about where they are in their careers. Read updated alumni profiles to learn about their current work and research interests.

Congratulations to the CADRE Fellows alumni who were recently awarded DRK-12 funding! 

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  Early Career Tip: Securing a Postdoc Position

If you're a doctoral student interested in pursuing a postdoctoral fellowship, speak with your advisor about possible opportunities. Sometimes people secure postdoc positions with professors at other institutions through their advisor's network. These positions may not even be posted; rather, they are created for you based on their connection. -Tip offered by Karisma Morton 

For more tips, see Advice on Postdoctoral Fellowships.

Conferences and Publications

CADRE regularly updates lists of upcoming STEM education-related conferences (featuring dates, session proposal information, etc.) as well as publication opportunities (featuring submission guidelines, target audience, etc.) that may be of interest to DRK-12 awardees. 

The most up-to-date lists can always be found on the CADRE Events page.

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

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.


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