January 2018 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,  

We are excitedly preparing for the 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting. The planning committee is working on the agenda, including designing strategies to engage and leverage the expertise of 50 STEM+C awardees who will join DRK-12 awardees in Washington, D.C. from June 6-8. Registration for invitees opens in February. We welcome your input for making this meeting the best yet. Email cadre@edc.org with suggestions. 

Two new topical groups are convening in February to discuss key issues and current DRK-12 research in early learning and broadening participation. The products developed out of their efforts will be shared at the PI meeting.

CADRE is also launching a new initiative within our ongoing effort to support early career researchers. Read below about how to nominate a postdoc for a professional growth opportunity that includes attending the PI meeting, networking with leading STEM education researchers, and meeting NSF program directors.

The CADRE Team

2017 CADRE FellowsSpotlight on Teacher Preparation Models and Programs

This Spotlight highlights DRK-12 projects that are designing, implementing, and/or studying teacher preparation programs in STEM disciplines. Profiles of three featured projects offer details about their preservice models, the key challenges the models were designed to address, research questions, and emerging findings from the project work.


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Register to Present!

2018 STEM for All Video Showcase
May 14-21, 2018
Registration Deadline: February 15
Video Submission Deadline: April 25
Share your work by creating a three-minute video and participating in discussions with researchers, practitioners, and policy makers during the event. The 2017 Video Showcase had more than 50,000 unique visitors! 

In addition to appearing in the Video Showcase, participating videos are added to project profiles on cadrek12.org to give site visitors updated information on your work. CADRE also features a different video each week on Facebook and Twitter throughout the year, and promotes the videos via social media during the event. 

Visit CADRE's Dissemination Toolkit for tips on creating videos. 


Project Tip!
Build Your Network by Facilitating the 2018 Video Showcase


The 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase is recruiting PIs, Co-PIs, and other project members to help facilitate asynchronous discussion around projects' videos.  For PIs, Co-PIs, early career researchers, and other project members, this is a great way to discuss key issues in research and practice, as well as network with other awardees, practitioners, and other STEM education stakeholders who visit the showcase. If you or a member of your team are interested in facilitating, email cadre@edc.org.

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CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity

Application Deadline: February 20, 2018 at 5:00pm EST. 

CADRE is supporting the attendance of 10 postdoctoral researchers at the 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting. These postdocs will have the opportunity to participate in topical sessions, network with current DRK-12 awardees, and meet NSF program directors. CADRE will also offer activities specifically designed for postdocs to learn about NSF proposal development, explore career pathways, and network with other early career STEM education researchers.

We invite PIs and co-PIs on current DRK-12 projects to nominate a postdoc in STEM education research whom you think would benefit from this opportunity. The postdoc can be a member of your project team, someone within your department, or someone with whom you've had the opportunity to work in a different capacity, as long as you can speak to the quality of their work. (Note: The nominating PI or co-PI does not have to be in attendance at the PI meeting.) 

Please invite your nominee to complete an application, which includes a required letter of recommendation from the nominating PI or co-PI.

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Webinar: Open Education Resources for K-12 STEM Education

Open Education Resources (OER) for K-12 STEM Education: Issues and Opportunities
February 14, 2018 | 1-2pm ET
Moderator: Jake Foster
Panelists: Darrell Porcello, Ricky Scott, Tamara Sumner

CADRE is hosting a webinar on freely available, openly-licensed open education resources (OER) in K-12 STEM. Panelists and participants will discuss the current demand for OER and opportunities for NSF-funded projects to contribute; key considerations, opportunities, and challenges for individuals, projects, and organizations developing OER (e.g., intellectual property and financial trade-offs); how OER products are identified, evaluated, and used by teachers, schools, and districts; and avenues for dissemination and uptake. Read more.

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Newsbites from DRK-12 & NSF

We're pleased to share this quarter's news from DRK-12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ATECentralCAISECIRCL, CS for All TeachersMSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media. Let us hear from you!

News from DRK-12 Projects & Awardees

Email cadre@edc.org to share news from your project.

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News from NSF Networks

  • Computational Thinking from a Disciplinary Perspective 
    On January 16, as part of the MSPnet Academy webinar series, Irene Lee and Joyce Malyn-Smith shared a new framework for exploring computational thinking from a disciplinary perspective. The discussion continues on MSPnet, where a recording and slides are also available.
  • Equity by Design in Learning Technologies
    On January 19, Mimi Ito and Justin Reich led a CIRCL webinar where they discussed why educational technologies often fail to achieve equitable outcomes as well as strategies and examples that help illustrate how to address this challenge. Slides and a recording are available on the CIRCL website. 
  • Unpacking Computational Thinking & CT's Role in Interdisciplinary Learning
    On January 31, STELAR is hosting a webinar, led by Shuchi Grover and Joyce Malyn-Smith, to unpack the term "computational thinking" and discuss its role in non-computer science education contexts. Login or create an account on the STELAR website to register.

See our Upcoming NSF Network Events page for ATE, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, MSPnet, or STELAR, events that may be of interest to you.

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Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DRK-12 colleagues.

NSF Funding
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF EHR solicitation deadlines.


For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF).