June 2021 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

With over 500 registrants, the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting was our largest meeting ever! Aspiring, new, and experienced DRK-12 awardees, NSF staff, and guests came together to share research, discuss critical education issues, and meet with collaborators. We thank everyone who contributed to the meeting conversations, including NSF program officers, moderators and presenters, and attendees. We have now posted session recordings in case you missed one or want to revisit a conversation. The recordings, session resources, and posters will be available to meeting registrants for the next year at 2021.DRK12PIMeeting.org.
Congratulations to the new DRK-12 awardees! You may notice that among the new awardees is CADRE! CADRE has been funded to continue serving as the DRK-12 resource network. We at EDC look forward to working with our new partners at North Carolina State University, WestEd, the University of Missouri, Vanderbilt University, and Mathematica. Watch for future announcements of our efforts to increase strategic collaborations with STEM education stakeholders from diverse contexts, communities, and cultures; build the capacity of early career STEM education scholars and prospective awardees; initiate and facilitate discussions, professional connections, and learning opportunities among DRK-12 awardees; and support the strategic dissemination of DRK-12 research and knowledge. We welcome your suggestions and involvement in CADRE’s efforts to advance DRK-12 research.
The CADRE Team

Upcoming DRK-12 Solicitation Webinars

CADRE will host two NSF-led webinars on DRK-12 Solicitation 20-572 on July 7 and July 22 at 4 PM ET. If you are planning to submit a DRK-12 proposal (deadline October 6, 2021), we encourage you to register and attend.
Important Notices:
Find the above resources (and more!) in our NSF Proposal Toolkit. If you are preparing a DRK-12 proposal for the first time, find guidance in our Proposal Development Timeline.

2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting Follow-Up

We were engaged, challenged, and invigorated by the ways in which the DRK-12 community and research has persevered, responded, and transformed through the events of the past year. Thank you all for your contributions and flexibility during this year's virtual meeting. It was wonderful to see familiar faces as well as get to know prospective awardees, project members, and collaborators who are often unable to attend the in-person conferences. In the coming weeks and months, we hope you will continue to engage and learn from your colleagues:
  • Virtual Poster Hall: Posters are available for browsing and comment for meeting registrants (must be logged in).
  • Session Recordings: Watch recordings of sessions you missed or want to revisit. Please note that breakouts were not recorded.
  • Conference Submissions: As we approach submission deadlines for AERA, NARST, AMTE, and other events, CADRE is planning to support and develop cross-project submissions around topics that are emerging from the portfolio and PI meeting. Email cadre@edc.org if you would like to be involved and have a suggestion of a topic or opportunity. We have previously supported sessions focused on modeling (NSTA), online and blended professional development (AERA), and algebra (AERA, NCTM).
  • Continued Conversation: If you would like to stay in touch via an email listserv, schedule follow-up conversations, or explore further opportunities for collaboration following any of the PI meeting sessions, email cadre@edc.org.
If you attended the meeting, please let us know about your experience by completing the evaluation survey you received on June 17.
If you are on an active DRK-12 project but were not able to attend the meeting and would like access to the event site to view recordings and session materials, please fill out this form. If you are not on an active project, stay tuned for the release of some recordings on our YouTube channel.

CADRE will continue to add resources from the PI Meeting to the event site, e.g., additional recordings, resources from chats, session Google docs, and more!

tipsProject Tip: Advisory Boards

During the recent DRK-12 PI Meeting, Michelle Cirillo, Zandra de Araujo, and Beth Herbel Eisenmann provided suggestions about how to engage your advisory board. Here are a couple of takeaways:
  1. Prepare for an in-person meeting by sending advisors a 2-page project update/summary, a set of questions for discussion, and clear advisory board goals ahead of time. You might also send artifacts and ask for written feedback.
  2. Ask individual or small groups of advisors to engage in targeted tasks based on their expertise.
  3. Involve multiple members of your project team in working directly with the advisory board.


News from NSF

News from NSF Networks

  • CAISE will hold a virtual 2021 Awardee Meeting October 19–21, 2021. If you are a currently funded NSF AISL awardee and have not received an email from NSF about this meeting, please complete this form.
  • EvaluATE described in a recent webinar how evaluators and PIs funded by NSF’s ATE program define and measure diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within their projects.
  • STELAR is hosting two upcoming informational webinars: June 30 for an overview of the ITEST solicitation (deadline August 31) and July 4 for advice on writing a competitive proposal.
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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