February 2022 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

We’re excited to announce upcoming CADRE events. We launch our first Learning Series next month. The series will give our community the opportunity to learn together about professional development (PD) design—first during a webinar, followed by individual consultations, and ending with a discussion of case studies. Along with our newly updated Spotlight on Culturally Responsive STEM Education, we’re also happy to showcase the research of DRK-12 projects focused on Culturally Responsive Science Instruction in an upcoming webinar.
The Board of Science Education (BSE) has released the report The State of U.S. Science and Engineering 2022. The executive summary confirms that “inequality persists in K–12 educational outcomes by race or ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and U.S. region.” During Black History Month and beyond, we want to recognize the advances made by DRK-12 researchers and their research that leverage assets and address inequities. And congratulations to the newest recipients of the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) and Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) who are on the ground helping to improve STEM education.
The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Culturally Responsive STEM Education

This month's Spotlight highlights DRK-12 work to make STEM education culturally relevant and responsive. In addition to describing their work, project teams share culturally responsive instruments as well as recommended readings. To continue the conversation, join members of four projects to discuss culturally responsive science instruction in an upcoming webinar.
Upcoming Webinar: Culturally Responsive Science Instruction
April 4, 12 PM ET | REGISTER
Panelists: Julie Brown, Angelina Castagno, Pradeep Dass, Shannon Davidson, Lama Jaber, Darold Harmon Joseph, Kristina Anna Kramarczuk, Diane Jass Ketelhut, and Allison Metcalf.
Researchers describe frameworks for equitable and responsive science teaching, models for developing responsive teaching practices, and tools for examining those practices.

CADRE Learning Series: Professional Development for Researchers Who Don't Study PD

CADRE is excited to launch our first learning series titled Professional Development for Researchers Who Don't Study PD.
This series is for researchers developing a PD component for a DRK-12 project or proposal that is not the primary focus of the work nor your expertise.
In the first interactive webinar, our expert panelists will share important design principles for PD. After the webinar, participants will have an opportunity to consult with panelists about specific issues in their PD designs. In a follow-up webinar, panelists will share what they learned from their design consultations, including how they applied (or modified) the design principles to address the investigators’ needs and resources.
  • Part 1: Webinar | March 22, 12:00-1:30 PM ET | REGISTER
  • Part 2: Consultations | Dates/Times TBD 
  • Part 3: Webinar | Date/Time TBD


tipsProject Tip: Planning for Better Collaboration

When multiple partners come together to work on a project, there are numerous challenges and opportunities. As researchers, we focus on what is going well or not with our interventions, but we often don’t pay the same attention to what is going well or not within and across our teams and collaborations. Especially in the case of complex, inter-institutional collaborations, we should plan beyond the nuts and bolts types of challenges and consider potential issues, such as differing assumptions or use of language. Not only do we need to reflect, assess, and address what is and is not working in the partnership, but we need to establish systems for iterative reflection during project planning to ensure our teams are as functional, efficient, and productive as possible. If you have a project evaluator, they may be able to help guide this process.


News from NSF

News from NSF Networks

News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees
Awards & Recognition
Do you have news to share? Email cadre@edc.org.

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.

Career & Professional Development

For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.
A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.

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