March 2021 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Registration for the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting has opened! If you are the PI of a project that will be active in June, check your inbox for the invitation. This year, up to three project members and collaborators may register to attend. We have also released a Call for Proposals. Please consider how you can contribute to the discussions about Reimagining STEM Education and Research.
CADRE welcomes five early career researchers to the CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity. They’ll attend the upcoming PI meeting, where you’ll have a chance to meet them and learn about their research. The current CADRE Fellows, as well as the 2019-20 Fellows and postdocs, will also attend.
Below you’ll also read about a new Spotlight on Sustaining & Scaling Professional Development and the recent and upcoming DRK-12 publications, presentations, and products collected through our recent survey. Don’t miss the information about the upcoming CADRE-organized presentation at AERA!
NSF is incrementally moving the preparation and submission of all proposals from FastLane to Awardees are encouraged to attend the upcoming webinar, Migrating NSF Proposal Preparation and Submission from FastLane to, from 1-2:30 PM ET on May 12.
In honor of Women’s History Month, we want to bring attention to the work of two researchers awarded NSF CAREER grants last year: Partnering with Teachers and Students to Engage in Mathematical Inquiry about Relevant Social Issues (PI: Kari Kokka) and Black and Latinx Parents Leading Reform and Advancing Racial Justice in Elementary Mathematics (PI: Frances Harper). If you’re considering submitting a CAREER proposal, you may be interested in attending the NSF workshop for EHR CAREER applicants on April 13 from 10 AM-3:30 PM ET. Pre-registrations required.
Women researchers have been particularly challenged by the impacts of COVID-19. Learn more at the upcoming webcast on March 31 from 1-4 pm EST, during which the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will discuss the report, The Impacts of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

The CADRE Team

Announcing the 2021 CADRE Postdocs

CADRE is excited to announce that the following postdoctoral researchers have been selected for the 2021 CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity. They represent diverse professional backgrounds and research interests, and share a commitment to broadening participation in STEM education:
  • Noah Glaser, University of Connecticut
  • Dennis Lee, BSCS Science Learning
  • Channing J. Mathews, North Carolina State University
  • Calli Shekell, Educational Testing Service (ETS)
  • Amber Willis, University of Michigan/TeachingWorks 
The postdoc cohort will participate in capacity-building activities related to grant funding and proposal development, including a virtual mock proposal review led by an NSF program director. Postdocs will also attend the virtual DRK-12 PI Meeting in June.
Thank you to the DRK-12 project members who nominated candidates for this opportunity and to the review panelists for their service.

Spotlight on Sustaining & Scaling Professional Development

In this Spotlight, we feature nine projects that are researching approaches to creating sustainable professional development programs or scaling interventions to broaden their impacts on STEM teaching and learning. Johannah Nikula also discusses facilitation approaches and tools that support professional learning beyond the life and involvement of a project.
In this Spotlight...

DRK-12 Publications, Presentations, and Products

Thank you to the current awardees who filled out our survey on recent publications and products, upcoming presentations, and project websites. Congratulations on all you have accomplished in the past year!
You can view all submissions—new publications and products, upcoming presentations, and project websites—in Excel spreadsheets, and on updated project pages, in the event calendar, and in the resource library on
If you have not yet filled out the survey, submit information by April 9 to have your latest work featured in CADRE’s April newsletter.
Attending one of the conferences below? See which DRK-12 colleagues will be presenting their work:
If you are attending AERA, we'd like to extend a special invitation to join CADRE and DRK-12 colleagues on April 9 (10:40-12:10 PM ET), at our structured poster session: Innovations in Video-Intensive STEM Professional Development in Online and Blended Environments.

tipsProject Tip: Supplements

With pandemic-related disruptions, grant supplements are on the minds of some researchers.
        • Begin by knowing the guidelines (e.g., you can’t request more than 20% of your original budget) and then consider how your request argument will help NSF understand why you need additional funds to round out the promise of your original scope of work (e.g., to extend support for a graduate student after COVID-19-related delays in research).
        • If you still have significant funds available, you’ll have to explain how those funds are allocated.
        • Consider whether your request should come in the form of a new proposal application in the next round of competition rather than a supplement to your existing award.
        • Don’t ask for a supplement too close to the end of your award. NSF needs time to process the request before the award closes, and supplement decisions usually involve more people than just you and your program officer; there's a vetting process within NSF.
        • Finally, are you aware that NSF has a special career-life balance supplement?


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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 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.
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