August 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

The 2019 DRK-12 grants have been awarded, and new projects are beginning. Welcome to all the new members of the CADRE community! We send a special congratulations to former CADRE Fellows Camillia Matuk and Jonee Wilson, who have earned new awards. Learn about their exciting and innovative research by exploring the newly funded work. 

We are also looking forward to welcoming a new cohort of CADRE Fellows this fall. CADRE is now accepting applications. Please spread the word about this opportunity for early career researchers. Past Fellows have called this program one of the best career-building experiences that they have had.

Read about DRK-12 citizen science projects in our latest Spotlight. Designing and implementing research and public partnerships that result in scientific and educational outcomes is a challenge that can offer great rewards to the field and those who participate. For those who are just entering into this type of research, you may find this toolkit useful.


The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Citizen Science in K-12 Education

Citizen ScienceCitizen Science and crowdsourcing projects enable the public--young and old, students and teachers, amateur and expert--to participate in scientific data collection and research. Hundreds of Citizen Science projects are active across the United States,collecting data both locally and internationally on various topics including archaeology, chemistry, and ecology. In this Spotlight, you'll read about five projects funded by NSF's DRK-12 program.

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-20 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 who are recommended by awardees and/or are 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 either 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. Contribute to the Fellows program by fully participating in all activities.

Applications are due by 5:00 PM ET on Wednesday, September 18, 2019. The new Fellows cohort will be announced at the end of September. Please direct questions to

New DRK-12 Awardees

Congratulations to this year's DRK-12 awardees! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses. Welcome to our community! This list of new awards includes all awards posted since our last announced awards.
You can also sort new projects by their start date on We will continue to add projects to the website as they are announced.  

September 26 #NSTAChat on Technology-Enhanced Assessment

On September 26 at 9 PM ET, join @CADREK12, Libby Gerard (@wisetels), Christopher Harris (@chrsharris), J. Bryan Henderson (@JBryanHenderson), Joseph Krajcik (@krajcikjoe), Matt Silberglitt (@silberglitt), and @NSTA for a live Twitter chat on the topic of technology-enhanced assessment in STEM education, the focus of a recent Spotlight.


Project Tip: Mentoring Early Career Researchers on Your Team

Whether you are working on a mentoring plan for a new proposal or working on an active project, consider engaging your early career researchers in all aspects of proposal development and management. Having experience building a budget, interacting with NSF, and establishing working relationships with partners such as school districts, for instance, will help prepare the early career researcher to become an independent researcher. Access additional resources, including a former advisor-advisee conversation about the occasional tension between supporting the growth of an advisee and the progress of a project. 

Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks

News from NSF

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
Email to share news from your project.

News from NSF Networks

See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, MSPnet, NSF INCLUDES National Network 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. 


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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