August 2022 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

As summer winds down and the school year is upon us, we hope you’ve had some time to relax and are happily anticipating the opportunities ahead. In that vein, CADRE is excited to announce the 2023 DRK–12 PI Meeting to be held in-person (for the first time since 2018) from June 28–30. We’re looking forward to the discussions among colleagues and NSF program directors about topics, issues, and innovations in STEM education and research. Invitations will be sent in the winter to the NSF-recognized PI of each actively funded DRK-12 project.

We have several learning opportunities for you in September. The second CADRE Learning Series will focus on designing case study research. CADRE also organized a STEM for All Multiplex webinar on inclusive mathematics classrooms. We are also excited to share the second episode of the Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum of DRK-12 series by Drs. Ilana Horn and Terrell Morton, which focuses on responding to rejection. And the EQR Hub is offering a webinar on the value of cultural and linguistic competence in research

External review is a required component of DRK-12 projects. Sometimes there is confusion about the differences between research and evaluation, and the role that external review can play in the success of a project. We spoke with researchers and evaluators Dan Hanley and Jessica Sickler about these topics and invite you to listen to and read highlights of the conversation. Find additional external review resources in the article below.

The FY22 cohort is nearly complete, as we welcome the newest DRK-12 grants. One of the newest INCLUDES Alliance grants, NSF INCLUDES Cultivating Indigenous Research Communities for Leadership in Education and STEM Alliance led by the University of Montana, includes a K-12 component. The alliance will increase the representation of American Indian and Alaska Native students in STEM disciplines and the workforce of six EPSCoR states (Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming) through STEM activities, mentoring, investments, pathways, and instruction focused on the K-12 educational level. And in addition to the announcement of the selection of new EHR Assistant Director James L. Moore III, news from NSF includes the introduction of the GRANTED initiative. GRANTED will focus on addressing systemic barriers within the nation’s research enterprise by improving research support and service capacity at emerging, developing, and underserved research institutions.

The CADRE Team

Designing Case Study Research | CADRE Learning Series

Portraits of learning series panelists.

CADRE is hosting a free two-part learning series on designing case study research.

In the first webinar on September 12, panelists will address the questions: How do you situate your case study research to explain the phenomena you are studying at different phases of your work? What are some core strategies you might share? During the second webinar on October 24, attendees will discuss in small groups topics, questions, and issues raised during the first webinar. 


  • Part 1 Webinar: September 12, 2:00-3:30 PM ET
  • Part 2 Webinar: October 24, 2:00-3:30 PM ET

Inclusive Mathematics Classrooms: Advocating for Policies, Practices, and Resources | STEM for All Multiplex Webinar

September 20, 2022 | 3-4 PM ETPortraits of panelists for the STEM for All Multiplex Webinar on inclusive mathematics classrooms.

In this CADRE-organized webinar, panelists will discuss the different ways to support equitable instructional practice in mathematics classrooms for students and groups minoritized in the study of mathematics. In addition, panelists consider new questions and the work yet to be done.

Moderator: Salvador Huitzilopochtli


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External Review of Education Research | Resources

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DRK-12 proposals are required to include “mechanisms to assess success through project-specific external review and feedback processes.” Questions often emerge around the most appropriate mechanisms for this assessment, how to differentiate between research and evaluation programs, and how to plan for and implement an effective evaluation.

The following resources from CADRE and other networks offer information and advice on the evaluation and external review of NSF-funded projects that may be helpful whether you are finalizing your submissions for this year’s DRK-12 solicitation, considering how external review of your current award can better support or inform your project activities, or interested in learning more about the possible roles that evaluators and external review boards can play.

The Value of Cultural and Linguistic Competence in Research | EQR Hub Webinar

Flyer for EQR Hub webinar.

September 7, 2022 | 1-2 PM ET

The Evidence Quality and Reach Hub will offer a free webinar on the value and importance of integrating cultural and linguistic competence (CLC) into research. Experts Yan Wang and Robyn Madison will facilitate a discussion on how one’s cultural worldview affects research, share the implications of not attending to CLC in research, and provide examples of how to incorporate culturally and linguistically appropriate standards and approaches in research. The webinar aligns with the EQR Hub’s goal to offer services and resources related to research methods; knowledge translation; and diversity, equity, and inclusion to current and aspiring DRK-12 grantees. 

New DRK-12 Awards | Project List

Since our July newsletter, we have received news of several newly funded DRK-12 projects. View the full list of recent awards below.

Congratulations to the newest DRK-12 awardees and welcome to our community! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses.

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Project Tip: Responding to Proposal or Publication Rejection

Rejection of proposals and publications is normal in the field of education research. While difficult, it can often lead to stronger proposals and publications.

In our second episode of the “Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum of DRK-12” series, Drs. Ilana Horn and Terrell Morton share advice on processing rejection. Through their own experiences with rejection and those of Drs. Eric Wiebe and Melissa Gresalfi, they offer strategies for coping and for deciding on next steps for the proposal or publication:

  • Don’t keep the rejection to yourself. Ask friends and colleagues to help process the feedback.
  • Don’t get beaten down by rejection. It is not a commentary on your self-worth; it’s just about the writing.
  • Once you’ve taken time to process your emotions about the rejection, revisit the proposal or paper with fresh eyes to decide if the idea should be tabled or revised for resubmission.

Watch the full episode, Responding to Rejection, for additional advice on dealing with rejection and making your DRK-12 proposal submission stronger.


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

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