March 2018 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,  

Now that the 2018 US budget has just passed with increased research spending, we can focus on NSF's 2019 Budget Request to Congress. As you look at a breakdown of the EHR funding request, note that the requested funding level for DRK-12 remains level at 82.21 (dollars in millions). (Also note that ECR's budget is separated in several budget lines across divisions.) We look forward to talking about the implications of these approved and proposed budgets, as well as NSF's 2018-2022 strategic plan [PDF], during sessions with NSF program directors at the 2018 DRK-12 PI Meeting. We would also like to welcome and congratulate the postdocs who will attend the PI meeting, having recently been accepted following a competitive application process (learn more below).

The CADRE Team

CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity

CADRE is excited announce that the following postdoctoral researchers have been selected for the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity:

  • Valeria Aguirre Holguín, New Mexico State University
  • Amy Hawkins, University of Utah
  • Jennifer King Chen, University of California, Berkeley
  • Melissa Kjelvik, Michigan State University
  • Karisma Morton, University of Texas at Austin
  • Terrell Morton, University of Missouri
  • Maria Olivares Pasillas, TERC
  • Lindsey Perry, Southern Methodist University
  • ReAnna Roby, Michigan State University
  • Vecihi Serbay Zambak, Marquette University

In addition to attending the DRK-12 PI Meeting, the postdoc cohort will participate in capacity-building activities designed for early career researchers.

Thank you to the DRK-12 project members who nominated candidates for this opportunity. We have assembled a group of postdocs with diverse professional backgrounds and research interests, but who share a commitment to broadening participation in STEM education. We look forward to their contributions at this year's PI meeting.

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Legislative Visits Webinar

Date/Time: May 2, 2018 | 1:00 PM ET
Presenters: Augustus Mays, Director, Government Relations, WestEd; Rebecca Vieyra, K-12 Program Manager, American Association of Physics Teachers 

CADRE is hosting a webinar to help NSF awardees prepare for effective informational meetings with congressional staff, and craft appropriate messages for conversations with them about preK-12 STEM education.

For additional tips on conducting legislative visits, explore our latest addition to the Dissemination Toolkit on Policy Outreach. 

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CADRE-organized Conference Sessions and Twitter Chat

Online and Blended Professional Development at AERA
Date/Time: Monday, April 16, 2018 | 8:15-9:45 AM ET

Twelve DRK-12 projects will present their work in a structured poster session at next month's AERA meeting. Featured projects are developing, implementing, and/or studying innovative resources, models, and technologies to support teacher learning in virtual environments; exploring the affordances and challenges associated with specific online and blended approaches; and examining their impacts on teacher practice and student learning.

Using Models to Support STEM Learning in Grades: Examples and Insights from NSF's DRK-12 Program
DRK-12 awardees Sara Lacy, Cory Forbes, Brian Reiser, Carolyn Staudt, Daniel Damelin, Joseph Krajcik, Irene Lee, and Ilana Schoenfeld led two NSTA sessions on using models to support STEM learning at the elementary and secondary grade levels. View the session handouts to learn more about their projects: 
Grades K-5 Handout | Grades 6-12 Handout 

K-5 Modeling #NSTAChat Storify
CADRE teamed up with NSTA to organize a Twitter chat on scientific modeling in grades K-5. During the chat facilitated by NSTA, DRK-12 awardees Cory Forbes and Lane Seeley answered questions and shared their expertise, and participants contributed their resources and experiences. View the discussion from the March 8 Twitter chat in our Storify.

Do you have an idea for a Twitter chat topic? Email

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DRK-12 Websites, Publications, and Presentations 

Explore the latest updates to our lists of project websites and social media pages, read recent publications, and see where your colleagues are presenting this year. 

For those preparing publications or conference presentations, find data visualization and presentation tips in our Dissemination Toolkit.

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Newsbites from DRK–12 & NSF

We're pleased to share 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. 

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees

Email to share news from your project.

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News from NSF Networks

See our Upcoming CADRE & 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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tipsProject Tips: Preparing Annual and Final Reports 

We asked several former NSF program officers for their annual and final report advice. Here are a few of their top tips:  

  • Save all research-related records. If new to NSF funding, view the annual report form at the very beginning to see what is required. Get started early on mundane things like personnel reporting, or contacts with others in the field or university, or new collaborations with others in the field. The PI might not recall such details later when the report is due, but this all reflects on broader impacts. 
  • Summarize highlights of the work at the beginning of the report. Do not bury highlights in the various reporting frames. Tell the reader where to find the results. Tell the reader about accomplishments in the year of record, since the last annual report.
  • Be honest. If things did not go as planned or the project is behind, say so, and why. Suggest ways that you plan to make adjustments. If there is a real problem, contact the program officer in person to discuss before submitting the report.  

For more tips, see the "Annual, Interim, Final and Project Outcome Reporting" section of our NSF Project Management Toolkit.

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 other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers and Researchers.


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