August 2020 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

The demand for data skills is growing across industries and disciplines. Understanding how to analyze and interpret data will not only be critical for students as they enter the workforce, but also as they grapple with complex issues, such as the COVID-19 pandemic or climate change. This month’s Spotlight focuses on research to understand and improve students' analysis and interpretation of data in the classroom. We also feature our annual summer reading list of recent DRK-12 publications and resources. If we’re missing your 2019-20 DRK-12 publication, let us know!

We are adapting the CADRE Fellows to a fully virtual program for the coming year. Watch for our announcement in September when we open nominations.

NSF awarded a number of DRK-12 RAPID awards to research ways of informing and educating about the science of virus transmission and prevention, and to encourage the development of processes and actions to address this global challenge. Some findings are already in!

We are seeking projects who are willing to share information (e.g., methodological adaptations, tools/technologies, recruitment strategies) about how you’ve redesigned your research in the face of COVID-19 challenges. If your project has a unique or successful approach to share, please email

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Analyzing & Interpreting Data

This Spotlight features 16 DRK-12 projects that are building students' data skills through research and innovative curriculum and tools.

Learn more about the wide variety of data students are working with, initial research findings, instrumentation, and key challenges related to teaching and learning with data.

September Opportunities to Discuss Leveraging Authentic Data Across STEM CurriculaMultiplex

In related news, CADRE is building off of this month's Spotlight to organize the September Multiplex Theme of the Month, Leveraging Authentic Data Across STEM Curricula. Join us September 17 from 3-4 PM ET for a webinar featuring an expert panel: Randy Kochevar (moderator), Chad Dorsey, Andee Rubin, and teacher leader Margo Murphy.

On September 24 at 8 PM ET, we will team up with NSTA for a live Twitter chat on the topic of data in the science classroom. Join the conversation or listen in at #NSTAchat. (Note: this chat was originally scheduled for 9 PM ET.)

AIR Webinar Series: Systematic Literature Reviews and Meta-Analytic Techniques

Webinar 1: An Introduction to Systematic Literature Reviews
September 3, 2020 | 1:00–2:15 PM ET
Dr. Emily Tanner-Smith from the University of Oregon and Dr. Jeff Valentine from the University of Louisville will introduce the logic underlying systematic reviews. They will then share common challenges and provide practical advice for identifying the kinds of research questions that are suitable for systematic review, developing and assessing literature search strategies, and evaluating the credibility of the studies included in a review. Tools and resources will be shared to help the DRK-12 community apply those approaches. REGISTER

Webinar 2: An Introduction to Meta-Analytic Techniques
September 28, 2020 | 2:30–3:45 PM ET
In the second part of this series, Drs. Tanner-Smith and Valentine will discuss how researchers can use meta-analytic procedures to combine quantitative data from multiple studies, statistically synthesize findings, and interpret meta-analytic results. They will discuss model choice in meta-analysis, describe the basics of computing and meta-analyzing study effects, illustrate how dependencies in effect sizes can be addressed, and discuss how publication bias tests are used (and misused). REGISTER

DRK-12 Reading List

CADRE has compiled a list of recent (2019 and 2020) publications affiliated with DRK-12 projects. Filter by grade level, content area, and/or topical focus to find reading pertinent to your interests.

We also invite you to explore an impressive list of STEM education publications authored by early career researchers in the CADRE community (CAREER awardees, CADRE Fellows, and CADRE postdocs). Find them in our Early Career News section.

Visit our DRK-12 Research and Products page to explore CADRE's full collection of project resources. Email if you have project resources to add.

New DRK-12 Awards

NSF continues to announce recent DRK-12 awards. Congratulations to the newest awardees! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses. Welcome to our community! This list includes all 2020 awards; the projects marked as new denote awards made since our July newsletter.

tipsProject Tip: Equity-Oriented Evaluation

Does your evaluation incorporate principles and methods for conducting culturally competent and equity-focused evaluation? Do you wonder how evaluators explicitly embed equity into their lens of evaluation? Explore these questions and find additional resources in Equity and Evaluation: Models of How Equity Can and Does Impact Evaluation.

Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks

News from NSF 

News from NSF Networks

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees

Awards & Recognition

In the News



Email to share news from your project.

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 Solicitation Deadlines.


For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.
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