February 2023 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

NSF has asked us to share your professional news on a timely and regular basis, and we need your help. Please let us know—now and throughout the year— if you’ve received an accolade or other acknowledgement of your research contributions.

Partnerships of various kinds are an essential part of the education research enterprise. This month we’re featuring collaborative projects in our Spotlight and hope you’ll read about what the leaders of these projects have learned from forming and implementing a collaborative project across institutions. We’re also excited to invite you to our next CADRE Learning Series on partnerships. Join our panelists to learn about their approaches to forming partnerships with teachers, schools, districts, and others, and lessons learned about developing and maintaining these relationships.

DRK-12 PIs received an email from CADRE last week asking them to complete our annual portfolio survey. We’re excited to use the results to better communicate about the portfolio of projects and design services and activities (e.g., upcoming Learning Series and the PI meeting) that align with your research interests and needs. Speaking of the 2023 DRK-12 PI Meeting, invited PIs should have received a recent registration reminder via email. Check your inboxes and register now before we open registration to second project members. Information about signing up to present a poster is coming soon.

We're excited to announce a new Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum of DRK-12 video podcast titled If I Knew Then, What I Know Now, that offers insights on managing an NSF project. Watch a 2-minute preview.

Congress raised the National Science Foundation’s budget by 12%, the largest dollar increase NSF has ever received. In addition to highlighting areas such as AI and climate change, Congress reported interest in examining fairness in NSF’s merit review process. The National Science Board (NSB) has established a commission to reexamine NSF’s merit review policy and associated criteria and processes. In part, the NSB will look at the broader impacts criteria and effective practices and models used by other agencies (including institution-blind, investigator-blind, and dual-anonymous processes). The commission’s report will be presented by May 2024. The first day of the February NSB meeting focused on PreK-12th grade STEM education.

In observance of Black History Month, we invite you to learn more about some of the DRK-12 projects seeking to improve STEM education for Black students

The CADRE Team

DRK-12 Collaborative Projects | Spotlight

This Spotlight features DRK-12 collaborative projects, provides insight into the affordances and challenges of partnering with multiple organizations, and offers advice for those considering a collaborative proposal.

In this Spotlight...

New Episode! If I Knew Then, What I Know Now | Video Podcast

Drs Ilana Horn and Terrell Morton

In CADRE’s third episode of the video podcast, Uncovering the Hidden Curriculum of DRK-12, Terrell Morton and Lani Horn explore what it’s like to manage a project in its first year. Titled If I Knew Then, What I Know Now, the episode features conversations with Principal Investigators Cathery Yeh and Christine Lee Bae, who share what they’ve learned about managing their CAREER and Collaborative Research projects. Lani and Terrell also discuss the advantages of engaging those with different expertise early to broaden project perspectives and build on the core team’s knowledge, skills, and approaches. Watch a 2-minute preview!

Watch the first episode, Post Panel Pop-off, about writing quality project proposals, and the second episode, Responding to Rejection, about what to do when your proposal is not funded.

Capturing Your Project's Current Scope and Progress | 2023 DRK-12 Portfolio Survey

PIs of active DRK-12 awards can expect to receive invitations via email to complete this year’s project survey. If you completed the survey last year, we ask you to review and update your responses as necessary to reflect your project’s current scope and progress.

The information we collect during this annual survey provides NSF, CADRE, and the community with valuable insights into activities, areas ripe for knowledge advancement and synthesis, potential impacts, and opportunities for future investment within the DRK-12 portfolio of projects. CADRE used last year’s results to publicize your products, organize communities of practice, curate topical spotlights on cadrek12.org, and characterize aspects of the portfolio (e.g., evaluation approaches). Complete the survey to make sure your work is represented! Keep an eye on your inboxes.

CADRE Learning Series | Upcoming Opportunity & Resources

Partnerships in Research
Developing and maintaining partnerships is a necessary component of education research. In this two-part series, learn how researchers are approaching partnerships with teachers, schools, districts, and others, and discuss issues and opportunities that have arisen in your own research partnerships.

  • Part 1 | March 7, 11:30 AM—1 PM ET
  • Part 2 | March 28, 11:30 AM—1 PM ET

Moderator: Ilana Horn, Vanderbilt University; Panelists: Angelina Castagno, Northern Arizona University; William McHenry, Jackson State University; Carrie Tzou, University of Washington Bothell; and Emily Weiss, University of California, Berkeley

Using Video in Education Research
In this recent two-part series, our expert panel shared how they incorporate video into their education research studies for a range of purposes and at different scales. Topics included:

  • Developing public-facing videos
  • Working with large video data sets
  • Turning classroom video data into PD materials
  • Studying participant responses to video materials
  • Capturing students and teachers together with video

Resources include a webinar recording and slides (in presentation order: Ilana Horn | Erica Walker | Joanne Lobato | Nanette Seago | Heather Hill) from the Part 1 presentation, as well as a resource list.

View past CADRE Learning Series resources on Designing Case Study Research and Professional Development for Researchers Who Don't Study PD.

Project Tip: Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG)

The revised PAPPG is now in effect. There are a number of changes, including a new certification “requiring senior personnel to certify that the information provided in their Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support documents is accurate, current, and complete. This certification will be included in both SciENcv and the NSF fillable format for proposals submitted or due on or after January 30, 2023.”


News from NSF

  • A recent NSF 101 article shares information about funding opportunities for high school students and undergraduate and post-baccalaureate scholars.
  • NSF is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the EDU Core Research (formerly EHR Core Research) program! Tuesday, March 7 will kick-off the year-long celebration with a 3 PM ET webinar, ECR: Past, Present, and Future.
News from NSF Networks
News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees

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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