Spotlight on English Language Learners
There are many terms used to describe students whose first language is not English and each term has subtle differences in meaning. This Spotlight title, English Language Learners, is the term most used in schools. Some believe this term perpetuates inequalities by not accounting for home languages and cultural understandings; instead they prefer the terms emerging bi- and multilingual learners, which recognize the language assets of these students.
- Innovative Approaches to Teaching and Assessing English Language Learners | Blog by Guillermo Solano-Flores
- Featured Projects
- CAREER: Analyzing the Nexus between Advantaged Social Positioning and Science Identity Development among English Language Learners (PI: Shakhnoza Kayumova)
- CAREER: Designing Learning Environments to Foster Productive and Powerful Discussions among Linguistically Diverse Students in Secondary Mathematics (PI: William Zahner)
- CAREER: Developing Elementary Preservice Teachers' Understandings and Abilities to Support Emerging Bilingual Students' Scientific Sensemaking (PI: María González-Howard)
- CAREER: Making Science Visible: Using Visualization Technology to Support Linguistically Diverse Middle School Students' Learning in Physical and Life Sciences (PI: Kelly Kihyun Ryoo)
- Design Technology and Engineering Education for Bilingual English Learners (DTEEL) (PI: Rebecca Callahan)
- Language-Rich Inquiry with English Language Learners through Biotechnology (LISELL-B) (PI: Cory Buxton)
- LETS Science: Language-Enhanced Teaching in Superdiverse High School Science Classrooms (PI: Minjung Ryu)
- Project QUEST (Quality Urban Ecology Science Teaching) for Long Term English Learners (LTELs) (PI: Magaly Lavadenz)
- Science And Integrated Language (SAIL): Development of Language-Focused Three-Dimensional Science Instructional Materials to Support English Learners in Fifth Grade (PI: Okhee Lee)
- SciMath-DLL: Designing and Testing a Professional Learning Model for Preschool Teachers to Support Young Children's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Learning, with Supports for Dual Language Learners (PI: Alissa Lange)
- Additional Resources
DRK-12 Publications, Presentations, Products, and Websites
- AACTE 72nd Annual Meeting; Atlanta, GA
- 2020 Leadership Seminar on Mathematics Professional Development; Portland, OR
- 2020 RCML Annual Conference; Las Vegas, NV
- SREE Spring 2020 Conference; Crystal City, VA
- 2020 Annual International NARST Conference; Portland, OR
- 2020 ACS National Meeting & Expo; Philadelphia, PA
- 2020 NCSM Annual Conference; Chicago, IL
- 2020 NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting; Chicago, IL
- 2020 NCTM Math Education Research Celebration; Chicago, IL
- 2020 National NSTA Conference; Boston, MA
- 2020 NCME Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA
- 2020 AERA Annual Meeting; San Francisco, CA
- 2020 ICLS Conference; Nashville, TN
- 2020 ASEE Annual Conference; Montréal, Québec, Canada
- 2020 ISTE Conference & Expo; Anaheim, CA
- 6th International STEM in Education Conference STEM 2020; Vancouver, Canada
- 14th International Congress on Mathematical Education ICME 14; Shanghai, China
- TODOS 2020 Conference; Scottsdale, AZ
DRK-12 Research Methods Webinar Series on Social Network Analysis
Project Tip: Navigating Mid-Course Changes
Whether you are figuring out how to maintain rigor when faced with sample attrition or you need to switch PIs, don't forget to communicate with your program officer and external reviewers when you are facing significant changes in project budget, objectives, scope, timing, methods, PIs or co-PIs, or lead institution. Some changes require prior NSF approval. Document the challenges your project is facing, changes you want to make or have made, how those changes affect the project, and whether and how you are still able to meet the goals of your grant.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPPs) Webinar Recording
If you are interested in submitting a proposal to the CSforAll program, watch a recording of NSF's informational webinar.
- Dear Colleague Letter (DCL): Exploring the NSF 2026 Idea Machine
This DCL invites submission of proposals for conferences, and EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGERs), following the themes that emerged in the top group of Idea Machine entries. See the DCL for deadlines.
- Frequently Asked Questions on Current and Pending Support
This FAQ addresses policy questions related to the PAPPG clarifications to the current and pending support coverage, as well as questions regarding use of an NSF-approved format for current and pending support.
Job Opportunities at NSF
NSF is currently looking for temporary program directors, as well as a permanent program director with research expertise on the teaching and learning of mathematics at the preK-12 level (including research on teacher education) and a permanent program director with research expertise in science or engineering teaching and learning research at the K-12 level.
NSF Grants Conference
The next NSF Grants Conference will be held May 18-19, 2020, in Minneapolis, MN. Registration for this conference will open on March 17 at 12 Noon EST and fill very quickly.
- NSF Selects 7 Winners from Its First-Ever NSF 2026 Idea Machine Prize Competition
NSF has announced the selection of four grand prize and three meritorious prize winners for its first-ever NSF 2026 Idea Machine prize competition.
- PAPPG Update Webinar 2020
A recording and slides from this February 6 webinar are now available. During the webinar, presenters reviewed the significant changes and clarifications to the revised NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), effective June 1.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- 3 Ways to Support Online Discussion Board Participation
Blog | In this Innovations blog, 2014-15 CADRE Fellow Miriam Gates discusses how her project has created structures that support participation on discussion boards for online professional development.
- A Nation at Risk or a Nation in Progress? Naming the Way Forward through Research in Teacher Education
Publication | In this Journal of Teacher Education article, Robert Floden, Gail Richmond, and Maria Salazar assess the progress on the PISA and NAEP, and the landscape of teacher education.
- Chemistry Critical Friendships: Investigating Chemistry-Specific Discourse within a Domain-General Discussion of Best Practices for Inquiry Assessments
Publication | In this Chemistry Education Research and Practice article, Adam Schafer and Ellen Yezierski share results from their investigation of teacher assessment beliefs and practices as well as peer guidance and supports through analysis of discussion between high school chemistry teachers.
- Examining and Developing Fourth Grade Children's Area Estimation Performance
Publication | In this School Science and Mathematics article, Cheryl Eames, Jeffrey Barrett, Craig Cullen, George Rutherford, David Klanderman, Douglas Clements, Julie Sarama, and Douglas Van Dine describe their study of children's area estimation performance.
- Fostering Video Sharing and Discourse among STEM Educational Researchers in a Multimodal Environment
Publication | In this Journal of Interactive Learning Research article, Joni Falk, Debra Bernstein, and Brian Drayton share findings from a mixed methods study of the forms of participation at the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase, a thematic analysis of its discussion forums, and the design decisions and embedded features that promoted different forms of interactivity among participants.
- Framing a Robust Understanding of Proportional Reasoning for Teachers
Publication | In this Journal of Mathematics Teacher Education article, Travis Weiland, Chandra Hawley Orrill, Gili Gal Nagar, Rachael Eriksen Brown, and James Burke present an initial definition of a robust understanding of proportional reasoning for teaching and a preliminary framing of operationalized knowledge resources.
- From the Inside Out: Teacher Responses to the AP Curriculum Redesign
Publication | In this Journal of Science Teacher Education article, Ayana McCoy (2015-16 Fellow), Abigail Jurist Levy, Kim Frumin (2016-17 Fellow), Frances Lawrenz, Christopher Dede, Arthur Eisenkraft, Christian Fischer, Barry Fishman, and Brandon Foster report on their study of the 2012-15 large-scale curricular reform of the Advanced Placement (AP) science courses and how teachers prepared for and adapted to this reform over a three-year period.
- Fusing Equity and Whole-School STEM Models
Event | Fusing Equity and Whole-School STEM Models: A Conference Proposal project is organizing a June conference at the Museum of Science and Industry about integrating equity in whole-school STEM reform. The call for participation is open. Travel support is available.
- Meet Education Scholar Okhee Lee at Her New Website
In the News | Okhee Lee's new website was recently announced. The website shares her story, research, upcoming presentations, recent AERA video, Aligning English Language Proficiency Standards with Content Standards: Shared Opportunity and Responsibility Across English Learner Education and Content Areas, and more.
- Next Generation Sheltered Instruction to Support Multilingual Learners in Secondary Science Classrooms
Publication | In this Science Teacher Education article, Cory Buxton and Linda Caswell discuss a new and exploratory set of Next Generation Sheltered Instruction practices for integrating science and language to support multilingual learners in secondary science classrooms.
- Productive Thinking and Science Learning in Design Teams
Publication | In this International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education article, Siddika Selcen Guzey and Ji Yoon Jung describe their study, which examined middle-school students' naturally occurring design conversations in small design teams and their learning of science as a result of engaging in an engineering and science unit.
- Real-time Orchestrational Technologies in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning: An Introduction to the Special Issue
Publication | In this International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning article, 2010-11 CADRE Fellow Camillia Matuk, Michael Tissenbaum, and Bertrand Schneider introduce the topic of real-time dashboards in computer-supported collaborative learning.
- STEM for All Multiplex: Theme of the Month
Event | The Multiplex's February theme focuses on effective use of video for outreach and communication. Explore the topic via a blog, expert webinar panel, playlist of related videos, discussion, and resources.
- The Boxcar Challenge Unit
Publication | In this Science and Children article, Kirsten Edwards, Amelia Wenk Gotwals, and Tanya Wright walk through activities from the Boxcar Challenge Unit, a unit for kindergarteners from the SOLID Start (Science, Oral Language, and Literacy Development from the Start of School) project, funded by a Lappan-Phillips-Fitzgerald (LPF) Innovation Grant.
News from NSF Networks
- Goals and Metrics: Gathering Evidence of Success Webinar | NSF INCLUDES
Learn more and RSVP for this webinar on February 26, 2-3pm ET.
- Rapid Community Reports (RCR): Call for Submissions | CIRCL
Submissions are accepted on an ongoing basis. Contact the RCR Committee to discuss a possible article. Once accepted, submissions will be published under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC by 4.0) license.
- Resource: Excel Quick Data-Cleaning Tips | EvaluATE
This resource provides strategies for cleaning data in Microsoft Excel.
See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, NSF INCLUDES National Network or STELAR events that may be of interest to you.
The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.
- February 28 - NSF | EHR Core Research (ECR): Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)
- March 9 - NSF | Future of Work at the Human-Technology Frontier: Core Research (FW-HTF)
- April 13 - NSF | Computer Science for All (CSforAll:RPP)
- May 12 - NSF | EPSCoR Research Infrastructure Improvement Track 4: EPSCoR Research Fellows (RII Track-4)
- March 1 - Science Scope | Effective Classroom Strategies for Science for All
- March 1 - The Science Teacher | Interdisciplinary Science
- March 15 - Transactions on Computing Education | Re-Entering Computing through Emerging Technology (Extended abstract deadline)
- March 30 - Computer Science Education | Assessing Computational Thinking
- March 31 - Research in Science Education | Multimodal Meaning Making in Science
- April 1 - Science & Children | Start with the Phenomena
- April 1 - Science Scope | Science Beyond the Classroom
- April 1 - The Science Teacher | STEM on a Shoestring
- April 15 - Connected Science Learning | Engaging Families in Science
- May 1 - Science & Children | Engineering Design
- May 1 - The Science Teacher | Technology Innovations in Science
- May 31 - Water | Water Literacy and Education
- June 1 - Educational Leadership | The Early Grades
- June 1 - Science & Children | Culturally Responsive Teaching
- June 1 - Science Scope | Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
- Ongoing - Educational Technology Research and Development | Special Issue Proposals
Ongoing - The Elementary STEM Journal | STEM for All: Learning Opportunities
- Ongoing - Journal of Research on Technology in Education | Special Issue Proposals
- Ongoing - Research in Science Education | Special Issue Proposals
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- Until filled - BSCS Science Learning: Postdoctoral Associate in Biology Education Research
- Until filled - BSCS Science Learning: Research Scientist
- Until filled - BSCS Science Learning: Science Educator, Professional Learning
- Until filled - Edfinity: Postdoctoral Position
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Research Assistant
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Director, STEM Strategy & Initiatives
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Jobs
- Until filled - Northern Illinois University: Postdoctoral Researcher (Application review will begin March 15)
- Until filled - Southern Methodist University, Research in Mathematics Education Department: Senior Research Specialist
- Until filled - University of Connecticut: Assistant/Associate Professor in Learning Sciences (Application review began October 28)
- Until filled - University of Georgia: Assistant Professor of Science Education
- Until filled - University of Southern California: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Application review begins March 15)
- Until filled - University of Texas at Austin: Assistant/Associate Professor in STEM Education (Application review began November 5)
- Until filled - University of Wisconsin-Madison: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
- Until filled - Utah State University, Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences: Assistant/Associate Professor (Application review began November 1)
- Until filled - Utah State University, Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences: Professional Practice Assistant/Associate Professor (Application review began November 1)
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