February 2020 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

DRK-12 projects are out and about sharing their work. In this month's Spotlight, read about projects focused on improving STEM education for students whose first language isn't English. (Use the Education Data Explorer portal to learn how many English language learners—among other options—there are in any particular school district or state, or review recent stats about changes in English learner populations.) Join the NSTA community and DRK-12 engineering projects at #NSTAchat for a live Twitter chat on March 12 at 9pm ET, followed by a CADRE-organized session at the NSTA annual conference in Boston on April 4. Review a listing of DRK-12 publications and presentations at upcoming conferences.
We are looking forward to learning more about recent DRK-12 innovations and impacts at the 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting. If you lead an active project, don't forget to check your email for an invitation and the Call for Proposals. Last week, we opened registration to second project members on a first-come, first-served basis.
In federal news, NSF announced 2026 Idea Machine winners, including a Top 14 entry that focuses on K-12 education, and the White House released its FY2021 budget with a focus on industries of the future and a proposed 2% increase to the EHR budget.
The CADRE Team

Spotlight on English Language Learners

English Language Learners

This Spotlight features DRK-12-funded projects that are researching and developing approaches to improving STEM learning for students classified as English language learners (ELLs) or English learners (ELs). In addition to sharing their current research, projects featured in this Spotlight share their advice about how we, as a community, might better serve English 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.

Dr. Guillermo Solano-Flores, professor at Stanford University and former DRK-12 PI, shares lessons learned from his NSF-funded work around the effective teaching and assessment of English language learners in our DRK-12 Community Voices blog.
In this Spotlight...

DRK-12 Publications, Presentations, Products, and Websites

Thank you to the current awardees who filled out our survey on recent publications, upcoming presentations, and project websites. Congratulations on all you have accomplished in the past year!
View all submissions—new publications and products, upcoming presentations, and project websites—in Excel spreadsheets. Publications and presentations by CADRE Fellows are denoted by an asterisk. We use this information to update project pages, the event calendar, and the resource library on cadrek12.org.  
Attending one of the conferences below? See which DRK-12 projects will be presenting their work:
If you work on a DRK-12 project that is currently funded and have not yet filled out the survey, we encourage you to do so! We also invite members of completed projects to share your research results, products, and services with the DRK-12 community. Please email this information to cadre@edc.org.

DRK-12 Research Methods Webinar Series on Social Network Analysis

Social network analysis is an analytical approach—including theoretical perspectives and methodological techniques—that focuses on the relationships among actors in a system using quantitative or qualitative data. To learn more about how to use social network analysis in STEM education research, join experts from the American Institutes for Research, the University of Texas at Austin, and the University of California, San Diego, for two engaging webinars:
Webinar 1: Social Network Analysis - An Introduction
Thursday March 26, 2020, 1-2:15pm ET
Webinar 2: Applying Social Network Analysis to STEM Education Research
Monday April 20, 2020, 1-2:15pm ET


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

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
Email cadre@edc.org 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, 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 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.

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

Job Openings

In Case You Missed It

Highlights from recent newsletters and announcements:

A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.

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