As we welcome the spring season, we also welcome a new group of DRK-12 awardees. Congratulations to the recent CAREER and RAPID award winners!
Our newsletter is full of information and resources for you, including a Spotlight on simulations, the recording of the recent webinar PD design for those who don’t study PD, and a tip on project outcomes reports. We hope you’ll join us to learn about and discuss project work related to culturally responsive education on April 4. We also look forward to sharing results of the DRK-12 project survey by updating project pages with new information, presenting insights into dimensions of DRK-12 research, and further showcasing DRK-12 products and outcomes. If your project hasn’t already completed the survey, please find the link in an email from email@example.com, sent to PIs on March 17 along with a reminder on March 29. Email us if you need an extension.
NSF announced the establishment of a Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships (TIP), which will focus on supporting “use-inspired” R&D through partnerships, technology and innovation, and translation. While budget limitations (lawmakers only increased NSF’s budget by 4% to $8.8 billion) may restrict new activities under the new directorate this fiscal year, we’ll keep our eyes and ears open for preK-12 education-related funding opportunities next fiscal year. Meanwhile, there are a number of Q&A webinars coming up.
This Women’s History Month, our attention was drawn to The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s recently released report, Measuring Sex, Gender Identity, and Sexual Orientation. Read more about the report’s five guiding principles for inclusiveness, precision, autonomy, parsimony, and privacy in data collection which may have implications for those studying women and LGBTQI+ populations in STEM education.
Our Newsbites section below includes DRK-12 publications and products. You can also visit the NSF Public Access Repository (NSF-PAR) to identify DRK-12 publications and products.
Spotlight on Simulations in STEM Teaching & Learning
- Using Simulations to Support STEM Teacher Learning: Exploring Possibilities, Challenges, and Future Directions | Blog by Jamie Mikeska
- Featured Projects
- CAREER: Bridging the Digital Accessibility Gap in STEM Using Multisensory Haptic Platforms (PI: Jenna Gorlewicz)
- Developing Preservice Elementary Teachers' Ability to Facilitate Goal-Oriented Discussions in Science and Mathematics via the Use of Simulated Classroom Interactions (PI: Jamie Mikeska)
- Enhancing Science Education Through Virtual Reality: A Conference to Design Simulations That Enhance the Clinical Preparation of Secondary Science Teachers (PI: Jaqueline Rodriguez)
- RAPID: Learning to Teach During COVID-19: Leveraging Simulated Classrooms as Practice-Based Spaces for Preservice Elementary Teachers Within Online Teacher Education Courses (PI: Jamie Mikeska)
- Leveraging Simulations in Preservice Preparation to Improve Mathematics Teaching for Students with Disabilities (PIs: Julie Cohen, Nathan Jones)
- Mathematical Learning via Architectural Design and Modeling Using E-Rebuild (PI: Russell Almond)
- Online Practice Suite: Practice Spaces, Simulations and Virtual Reality Environments for Preservice Teachers to Learn to Facilitate Argumentation Discussions in Math and Science (PI: Jamie Mikeska)
- Additional Projects
- Related Resources
Annual Survey of Active DRK-12 Awards
- DRK-12 projects are working in all 50 states! California and Massachusetts are the most frequently reported states where projects are conducting activities.
- Earth/Environmental Science is the most frequently reported disciplinary focus in science.
- Algebra is the most frequently reported disciplinary focus in mathematics.
- Analyzing & Interpreting Data is the most frequently reported focus in STEM practices.
- Early and Late Stage Design and Development are the most frequently reported project types. No syntheses or conferences have been reported.
- DRK-12 projects are presenting at upcoming conferences. View an initial list of presentations.
CADRE Learning Series on the Design of Professional Development
Part 1: Panelists shared design principles and considerations during the March 22 Professional Development for Researchers Who Don't Study PD webinar.
Part 2: In April, panelists will offer 20-minute consultations on PD design questions and issues.
Part 3: Panelists will share PD challenges, design principles, and adaptations explored during the consultations in an upcoming webinar (date/time TBD).
Stay tuned for more details!
New DRK-12 Awards
Project Tip: NSF Outcomes Reports
To promote transparency, NSF requires projects to submit project outcomes reports (POR) in addition to a final report at the end of each award. PORs are found on an expired award's page after the abstract and briefly describe (in 200-800 words) the intellectual merit and broader impacts of the project findings and outcomes.
NSF provides guidance on preparing and submitting PORs. If you’ve never written a POR before, you may want to read several DRK-12 PORs to get a sense of how others have portrayed their work for a public audience.
To access DRK-12 project outcomes reports:
News from NSF
- A recent NSF blog post offers tips on identifying NSF funding opportunities for minority-serving institutions.
- NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan recently released a statement on the President's Fiscal Year 2023 budget.
- NSF has established the Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships (TIP). This is NSF's first new directorate in more than 30 years.
- NSF seeks proposals to create an AISL Equity Resource Center (AISL-ERC) (deadline May 10, 2022). The final Q&A session will be held April 5 at 3 PM ET.
- NSF's Learning Agenda describes the evidence-building efforts NSF expects to pursue several over the four years of the next Strategic Plan, FY 2022 — FY 2026.
- On May 10, NSF is holding a workshop (10 AM - 4 PM ET) for potential EHR CAREER applicants.
- The Spring 2022 NSF Virtual Grants Conference will be held June 6-10, 2022. Registration will open in May.
News from NSF Networks
- CIRCLS has posted three new Rapid Community Reports, which offer early dissemination of research-based ideas. Reach about teacher orchestration load, supporting STEM identity through asset-based positioning, and gameful learning.
- In NSF INCLUDES' new podcast episode, Dr. Aaron Thomas discusses his work with both the American Indian Traditional Science Experience and Indigenous STEM.
- NSF INCLUDES is hosting a webinar on systems change strategies to promote equity and broaden participation in STEM on March 29.
- STELAR is hosting two upcoming webinars on creating inclusive STEM opportunities for students with disabilities. The April 11 webinar focuses on formal settings; the April 13 webinar focuses on informal settings.
- A Curriculum-Based Approach to Learning Trajectories in Middle School Algebra | Journal of Research in Mathematics Education
Authors: Mara V Martinez, Alison Castro-Superfine, and Timothy Stoelinga
- A Troubling Lack of Diversity in Educational Materials | Edutopia
Author: Amanda Armstrong (2020-21 CADRE Fellow)
- Addressing the Need for Spanish Literacy Assessments Within the Context of Bilingual MTSS: Investigating the Technical Adequacy of ISIP Español for Grades 3–5 | School Psychology Review
Authors: Deni L. Basaraba, Leanne R. Ketterlin-Geller, and Anthony Sparks
- “All We Wanna Do Is Be Free”: Advocating for Black Liberation in and Through K-12 Science Education | Journal of Science Teacher Education
Authors: Terrell R. Morton (CADRE co-PI and 2018 CADRE Postdoc), Monica L. Miles, ReAnna S. Roby (2018 CADRE Postdoc), and Nickolaus A. Ortiz
- An Alternative to STEBI-A: Validation of the T-STEM Science Scale | International Journal of STEM Education
Authors: Alana Unfried, Arif Rachmatullah, Alonzo Alexander (2022 CADRE Fellow), and Eric Wiebe (CADRE co-PI)
- Area of a Changing Triangle: Piecing It Together | Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
Author: Blake Peterson
- Assessing High‐School Students' Modeling Performance on Newtonian Mechanics | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Author: Xiaoming Zhai
- Beyond the Sign Rules | Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
Authors: Jessica Pierson Bishop, Lisa L. Lamb, Ian Whitacre, Randolph A. Philipp, and Bonnie P. Schappelle
- Computational Thinking for Using Models of Water Flow in Environmental Systems: Intertwining Three Dimensions in a Learning Progression | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Kristin L. Gunckel, Beth A. Covitt, Alan R. Berkowitz, Bess Caplan, and John C. Moore
- Contributions of the Learning Through Activity Theoretical Framework to Understanding and Using Manipulatives in the Learning and Teaching of Mathematical Concepts | The Journal of Mathematical Behavior
Author: Martin A. Simon
- Developing and Supporting a Strong, Diverse Science Teaching Workforce | NSTA Next Gen Navigator
Guest Editor: Okhee Lee
- Developing Effective and Accessible Activities to Improve and Assess Computational Thinking and Engineering Learning | Educational Technology Research and Development
Authors: Yue Yin, Soroush Khaleghi, Roxana Hadad, and Xiaoming Zhai
- Elementary Teachers' Verbal Supports of Science and Engineering Practices in an NGSS‐Aligned Science, Engineering, and Computational Thinking Unit | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Sarah Lilly, Anne M. McAlister, Sarah J. Fick, Jennifer L. Chiu, and Kevin M. McElhaney
- Emancipating STEM Education Through Abolitionist Teaching: A Research-Practice Partnership to Support Virtual Microteaching Experiences | Journal of Science Teacher Education
Authors: Vanessa N. Louis (2022 CADRE Fellow) and Natalie S. King
- Fun Moments or Consequential Experiences? A Model for Conceptualising and Researching Equitable Youth Outcomes from Informal STEM Learning | Cultural Studies of Science Education
Authors: Louise Archer, Angela M. Calabrese Barton, Emily Dawson, Spela Godec, Ada Mau, and Uma Patel
- General Proof Tasks Provide Opportunities for Varied Forms of Reasoning about the Domain of Mathematical Claims | Electronic Journal for Research in Science and Mathematics Education
Authors: Kimberly Conner and Samuel Otten
- Going Beyond #RetireELL: A Call for Anti-colonial Approaches to Languages in STEM Education | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Miwa A. Takeuchi, Shakhnoza Kayumova, Zandra de Araujo, and Tia C. Madkins
- Good Writing Is All about Momentum | The Science Teacher
Authors: Sean Crumley and Anna F. DeJarnette
- Handbook of Special Education Research, Volume II: Research-Based Practices and Intervention Innovations | Routledge
Editors: Christopher J. Lemons, Sarah R. Powell, Kathleen Lynne Lane, and Terese C. Aceves
- Humanistic Science Education: Updating Our Collective Consciousness and Offering Fresh Consideration | Science Education
Authors: Sherry A. Southerland and John Settlage
- Keeping Cool with SageModeler | The Science Teacher
Authors: Jonathan Bowers, Daniel Damelin, Emanuel Eidin, and Cynthia McIntyre
- Leading Instructional Improvement in Elementary Science: State Science Coordinators' Sense-Making about the Next Generation Science Standards | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Christa Haverly (2018-19 CADRE Fellow), Angela Lyle, James P. Spillane, Elizabeth A. Davis, and Donald J. Peurach
- Learning to Think Spatially Through Curricula That Embed Spatial Training | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Julia D. Plummer, Patricia Udomprasert, Abha Vaishampayan, Susan Sunbury, Kyungjin Cho, Harry Houghton, Erin Johnson, Erika Wright, Philip M. Sadler, and Alyssa Goodman
- Leveraging Portfolios in Professional Development for Middle School Science Teachers' Assessment and Data‐Use Practice | Science Education
Authors: Matthew Kloser, Hilda Borko, Matthew Wilsey, and Stephanie Rafanelli
- Mathematics Specialists as School-based Leaders: Adapting Responsibilities to Address Shifts in Teaching and Learning | Investigations in Mathematics Learning
Authors: Courtney Baker, Margret Hjalmarson, and Francis Fennell
- Models for Developing Explanations of Earth’s Dynamic Plate System | Science Scope
Authors: Amy Pallant, Trudi Lord, Sarah Pryputniewicz, and Scott McDonald
- My Best Science Teacher: The Views of Black Students and Implications for Science Education Reform | Cultural Studies of Science Education
Authors: Eileen C. Parsons and Terrell R. Morton (CADRE co-PI and 2018 CADRE Postdoc)
- Rethinking Online Science Learning | Connected Science Learning
Authors: Kirsten R. Butcher, Madlyn Larson, McKenna Lane, and Mitchell J. Power
- Situating Multi‐modal Approaches in Engineering Education Research | Journal of Engineering Education
Authors: Idalis Villanueva Alarcón and Saira Anwar
- Teacher Learning of Ambitious and Equitable Mathematics Instruction: A Sociocultural Approach | Routledge
Authors: Ilana Horn (CADRE co-PI) and Brette Garner
- The Effectiveness of an Integrated STEM Curriculum Unit on Middle School Students' Life Science Learning | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Saira Anwar, Muhsin Menekse, Siddika Selcen Guzey, and Lynn A. Bryan
- The Role of Inclusion, Discrimination, and Belonging for Adolescent Science, Technology, Engineering and Math Engagement In and Out of School | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Kelly Lynn Mulvey, Channing J. Mathews (2021 CADRE Postdoc), Jerica Knox, Angelina Joy, and Jaqueline Cerda-Smith
- The Teacher Experiences of Racialized Microaggression (TERM) Scale: Construction and Initial Validation | Urban Education
Authors: Marvin G. Powell, Toya J. Frank, Jenice View, Christina Lee, Asia Williams, and Jay Bradley
- Theoretical Diversity and Inclusivity in Science and Environmental Education Research: A Way Forward | Journal of Research in Science Teaching
Authors: Roberta Howard Hunter (2020 CADRE Postdoc) and Gail Richmond
- Toward a Theory of Affective Pedagogical Goals for Social Justice Mathematics | Journal for Research in Mathematics Education
Author: Kari Kokka
- Trigonometry and the World Water Crisis | Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12
Authors: Courtney Fox and Anna DeJarnette
- Water Play Is Science | Science and Children
Author: Alissa Lange
- Watersheds, Communities, and Collaboration | Science and Children
Authors: Joshua Boling, Max Longhurst, and Kimberly Lott
- “We constantly have to navigate”: Indigenous Students’ and Professionals’ Strategies for Navigating Ethical Conflicts in STEMM | Cultural Studies of Science Education
Authors: Angelina E. Castagno, Jani C. Ingram, Ricky Camplain, and Davona Blackhorse
- April 1, 2022 – NSF | Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) for Secondary and Elementary Teachers in STEM - Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI) and Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP)
- April 1, 2022 – Spencer Foundation | Racial Equity Research Grants (Intent to Apply Form)
- April 7, 2022 – Spencer Foundation | Racial Equity Research Grants (Full Proposal)
- April 28, 2022 – NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (ADVANCE) (Preliminary Proposal)
- May 5, 2022 – NSF | Civic Innovation Challenge (CIVIC)
- May 10, 2022 – NSF | Advancing Informal STEM Learning Equity Resource Center
- July 25, 2022 – NSF | Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)
- July 28, 2022 – NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research (HBCU- EiR) (Letter of Intent)
- October 5, 2022 – NSF | Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
- October 6, 2022 – NSF | Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
- October 6, 2022 – NSF | EHR Core Research (ECR:Core)
- October 17, 2022 – NSF | Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning
- Ongoing – Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12 | Exploring Mathematics
- Ongoing – Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK-12 | Transitioning to a Postpandemic World
- Ongoing – Mathematics Teacher Educator | Perspectives on Practice
- April 2022 – The Science Teacher | Special Issue on Infectious Disease
- April 1, 2022 – Electronic Journal for Research in Science & Mathematics Education | Critical Rhetorics in Science and Mathematics Education (Abstract Deadline)
- April 1, 2022 – Science & Children | Energy
- April 1, 2022 – Science Scope | Integrating SEPs and CCCs
- April 1, 2022 – The Science Teacher | Alternative Assessments in the Science Classroom
- June 1, 2022 – Journal of Engineering Education | Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses in Engineering Education
- June 1, 2022 – Science & Children | NGSS 10 Years Later—Where Are We Now?
- June 1, 2022 – Science Scope | MS-LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
- June 1, 2022 – The Journal of Environmental Education | The Praxis and Imaginary of Environmental and Sustainability Education in the Capitalocene (Abstract Deadline)
- June 1, 2022 – The Science Teacher | Social Justice and Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in the Science Classroom
- August 2022 – Journal of Chemical Education | Teaching Changes and Insights Gained in the Time after COVID-19
- August 1, 2022 – Science Scope | PS2: Matter and Its Interactions
- August 5, 2022 – Journal of Geoscience Education | The Effects of the COVID-19 Crisis on Geoscience Education: Insights, Problems, and Unanticipated Benefits
- September 30, 2022 – Educational Technology & Society | Developing Learner Agency in Smart Environments
- December 31, 2022 – Educational Technology & Society | Preparing for the Future: Cultivating Self-directed Learners with Technology in the K-12 Context
- April 1, 2022 – 2022 NCTM Baltimore Regional Conference & Exposition (Call for Proposals)
- April 11, 2022 – SREE 2022 Conference (Call for Abstracts)
- April 13, 2022 – 2022 ASEE Summer Virtual Workshops (Call for Proposals)
- April 21, 2022 – 2022 AAPT Summer Meeting (Call for Abstracts)
- April 22, 2022 – AEA Evaluation 2022 Conference (Call for Proposals)
- April 25, 2022 (Extended) – 2022 EdMedia + Innovate Learning Summit (Call for Proposals)
- May 15, 2022 – 2023 AMTE Conference (Call for Proposals)
- May 31, 2022 – 2023 AASA National Conference on Education (Call for Proposals)
- June 17, 2022 – 14th Annual Biology Education Research Symposium (Call for Proposals)
Career & Professional Development
- March 31, 2022 – Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness: Call for Editors
- April 1, 2022 – Gulf of Maine Research Institute: Postdoctoral Researcher in Climate-Fisheries Modeling
- April 1, 2022 – Northwestern University, Institute for Policy Research: Improving Evaluations of R&D in STEM Education 2022 Summer Institute
- April 10, 2022 – University of Florida: Educational Technology Clinical Assistant Professor
- April 15, 2022 – Mathematics Teacher: Learning and Teaching PK–12: Call for Associate Editors
- April 20, 2022 – University of Delaware: Motivation in ST Math (MIST) Fellowship (For PhD students)
- May 11, 2022 – American Evaluation Association: Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) Fellowship
- Until filled – BSCS Science Learning: Science Educator, Instructional Material Development for Informal STEM Learning (Application review began March 18, 2022)
- Until filled – California State University, Long Beach: Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education (Application review began October 15, 2021)
- Until filled – Chapman University: Postdoctoral Research Scholar Position on Racial Equity in Education (Application review began March 15, 2022)
- Until filled – Education Development Center: Research Assistant II for Regional Education Laboratory Northeast and Islands and The Quality Measures Center
- Until filled – Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis: Call for Editors (2023-2025)
- Until filled – Educational Technology Research and Development: Call for Reviewers
- Until filled – Educational Testing Service: Research Scientist - Fairness, Equity, Validity and Efficacy
- Until filled – Florida State University: Teaching Faculty Position
- Until filled – Georgia State University: Assistant Professor in Computer Science Education (Application review began January 1, 2022)
- Until filled – Georgia State University: Assistant/Associate Professor of Mathematics Education (Application review began November 1, 2021)
- Until filled – Harvard University: Senior Faculty Position in Teacher Learning and Practice (Application review began February 22, 2021)
- Until filled – Hunter College - CUNY: Postdoctoral Fellow for NSF Project (Application review began January 3, 2022)
- Until filled – Michigan State University: Postdoctoral Research Associate (Application review began March 16, 2022)
- Until filled – Muhlenberg College: Associate Professor & Education Department Chair (Application review began November 1, 2021)
- Until filled – Northwestern University: Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Science Education (Application review began January 3, 2022)
- Until filled – Southern Methodist University: Education Policy and Leadership Associate/Full Professor (Application review began December 15, 2021)
- Until filled – The Education Trust: Director of P-12 Research
- Until filled – The University of Texas at Austin: Open Rank Professor of STEM Education (Application review began October 1, 2021)
- Until filled – University of California, Santa Cruz: Assistant Professor of Early Literacy Education (Application review began November 1, 2021)
- Until filled – University of California, Santa Cruz: Assistant Professor of Educational Policy Studies (Application review began October 15, 2021)
- Until filled – University of Delaware: Research Associate for NSF CS4All Project
- Until filled – University of Florida, Department of Natural History: Assistant/Associate Faculty for AI for Natural History and Biological Diversity at the Florida Museum (Application review began March 15, 2022)
- Until filled – University of Maryland: PDS Secondary Math Education Coordinator
- Until filled – University of Pittsburgh: Assistant, Associate, or Full Professor with Focus on Critical Disability Studies and Special Education
- Until filled – University of Pittsburgh: Associate or Full Professor of Black Radical Tradition in Urban Education (Application review began November 30, 2021)
- Until filled – University of Rochester: Postdoctoral Scholar for NSF-funded Project
- Until filled – University of Utah: Associate Professor of STEM Education (Application review began December 15, 2021)
- Until filled – Vanderbilt University: Postdoctoral Researcher for Early Math Education NSF Project (Application review began January 30, 2022)
- Until filled – Vanderbilt University: Postdoctoral Researcher for Math Education NSF Project (Application review began January 15, 2022)
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