March 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

This month, we are celebrating International Women's Day and Women's History Month by highlighting women and girls in STEM (@UN_Women; #WomenInScience)! On PI Day (March 14, 2019), NASA sent two women into space to upgrade the International Space Station and almost complete the first-ever all-female spacewalk! Still, UNESCO reports that "low female participation in STEM studies and consequently STEM careers has been a concern voiced by countries around the globe." The National Girls Collaborative Project, originally funded by NSF, includes a science and engineering indicator from the National Science Board in The State of Women and Girls in STEM, which states that "female scientists and engineers are concentrated in different occupations than men, with relatively high shares of women in the social sciences (60%) and life sciences (48%) and relatively low shares in computer and mathematical sciences (26%), and engineering (15%)." This newsletter includes the perspectives of two early career researchers (a CADRE Fellow and postdoc) and the work of DRK-12 projects on women and girls in STEM, an area crucial to broadening participation in STEM.

On the policy side, you can peruse Science & Technology Highlights in the Second Year of the Trump Administration while we wait for Congress' response to the White House's fiscal year 2020 budget, which includes cuts to NSF's requested budget.

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Engaging and Supporting Women and Girls in STEM

The number of women earning STEM degrees and choosing STEM occupations has been increasing, according to the National Science Board. Despite these gains, however, gender disparities in STEM occupations remain. This spotlight features DRK-12 projects and early career scholars working on innovative solutions to engage and support women and girls in STEM fields. 

Featured Project
STEP UP 4 Women: Supporting Teachers to Encourage the Pursuit of Undergraduate Physics for Women
(PIs: Zahra Hazari, Theodore Hodapp,  Robynne Lock, Rebecca Vieyra)  

DRK-12 Community Voices
3 Ways Intersectionality Can Help You Predict the Future (Or, At Least Provide Job Security)
Courtney P. Benjamin, PhD Candidate, Washington State University

What Black Women Are Trying to Teach Us: Transforming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in K-12 STEM Education Research, Practice, and Policy
Dr. Terrell Morton, Preparing Future Faculty Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri

Webinar: Evidence Standards for Evaluating Math and Science Programs

The DRK-12 project Advancing Methods and Synthesizing Research in STEM Education recently led a webinar on evidence standards. Presenters Lyzz Davis and Joe Taylor from the American Institutes for Research discussed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Tiers of Evidence and the What Works Clearinghouse (WWC) evidence rating system, and how these evidence standards relate to evaluating math and science programs. The webinar also covered how researchers can use these resources to strengthen their existing and proposed study designs.

Opportunity for Feedback from Your Peers

We have an opening in May for a project to put forward a problem for consideration by their peers in a 1-hour virtual session, modeled after the Science Education at the Crossroads meeting. CADRE will work with project members to identify and recruit participants with relevant experience, as well as host and facilitate the session.

To sign up and participate, you must (1) have a specific challenge in your current work that others in the STEM education community can relate and speak to and (2) prepare a 1-page description of that issue in advance of the session. 

Sample topics might include, but are not limited to: 

  • coordination of project activities across multiple states and constituencies
  • effective collaboration between research and instructional design teams
  • creation of accessible project materials within a project's budget and time constraints

For an example, a previous session focused on dissemination and sustainability of project results, services, and products.

If you would like to participate, email If we are unable to host your session in May, there will be a waitlist for future openings in the summer and fall.



Project Tip

Consider polishing your presentations this conference season with these tips. Don't forget to bring your business/contact cards. And remember to support our early career researchers by attending their presentations!


Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks

News from NSF

  • CS Bits & Bytes
    This NSF newsletter highlights innovative computer science research, the individuals who do this work, resources for further exploration, and interactive activities.
  • Mathematics Education Administrator
    New job opportunity at NSF, open until March 29.

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees

Email to share news from your project.

News from NSF Networks

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

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.

Conference Proposals
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.

Job Openings


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