March 2023 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Thank you to those who have completed the survey we recently sent to gather information about DRK-12 projects. The majority of results are aggregated, but we have also collected information about DRK-12 awardee presentations at upcoming conferences and hope that you will consider attending them, including CADRE’s session on classroom-based assessment at the AERA Annual Meeting. Many awardees will also be presenting at the 2023 DRK-12 PI Meeting in June. We are thrilled to hear from Dr. James Moore, assistant director for NSF’s STEM Education Directorate (EDU) at the meeting. You can review a draft agenda here.

Our recent surveys have revealed that partnerships and equity are major issues for our community. To further explore these topics, we have included sessions focused on them in the DRK-12 PI Meeting agenda. We have also provided related resources and insights in our Learning Series—be sure to check them out!

Argumentation in science and mathematics is important to promote deeper learning, increase student engagement, and provide opportunities for meaningful conversations. It also helps students think critically, develop evidence-based reasoning, and understand how mathematics and science are interconnected. Read our March Spotlight on argumentation in STEM to learn about current DRK-12 research in this area.

For those interested in the 2024 budget request for NSF's DRK-12 program, it mentions the goal of reaching the "Missing Millions" in STEM, as well as emerging fields such as data science, quantum information science, artificial intelligence, microelectronics, and remote/online learning environments.

The CADRE Team

Argumentation in STEM | Spotlight

young children in a circle having a discussion led by teachers

The ability to support an argument from evidence crosses STEM disciplines. This Spotlight highlights DRK-12 research and products that support the STEM practice of argumentation in math and science classrooms. In his blog post, Jonathan Osborne makes the case why argumentation is a powerful tool for student learning in science classrooms.

In this Spotlight...

CADRE Learning Series: Partnerships in Research | Resources & Upcoming Opportunity

During the March 7 webinar (Part 1), panelists Ilana Horn, Angelina Castagno, William McHenry and Emily Weiss shared how they approach partnerships with teachers, schools, districts, and others. View the webinar recording, slides (Intro | Emily Weiss | William McHenry | Angelina Castagno | Ilana Horn), and resource list for advice on developing and maintaining partnerships.

In today's March 28 webinar (Part 2), panelists Ilana Horn, Angelina Castagno, Carrie Tzou, and Emily Weiss will offer small group consultations on the following topics: partnerships focused on community values, partnerships focused on youth, multisite partnerships (e.g., schools, universities, non-profit institutions), and teacher-centered partnerships. There is still time to register.

Classroom-based STEM Assessment: Current Status and Future Directions | AERA Session

CADRE convened a working group—led by Christopher Harris, Eric Wiebe, James Pellegrino, and Shuchi Grover—to write a synthesis report on classroom-based assessment in STEM. Authors include Leanne Ketterlin-Geller, Arthur Baroody, Okhee Lee, Erin Furtak, Ryan Seth Jones, Eric Banilower, and Xiaoming Zhai. The report will be finalized this spring/summer.

Get a sneak preview at an upcoming AERA session in Chicago on Thursday, April 13, 9:50 to 11:20 am CDT (10:50am to 12:20 pm EDT). Themes discussed in the report include (1) Assessment for Learning; (2) Connecting Assessment to Curriculum and Instruction; (3) Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Assessment; (4) Teachers’ Knowledge and Practices for Assessment; and (5) Technology-based Assessment in STEM+C.

Upcoming DRK-12 Presentations and Annual Survey Reminder | Sharing Your Work

Find out which DRK-12 colleagues will be presenting at upcoming conferences such as AERA and NARST!

PIs of active DRK-12 awards can share upcoming presentations, recent publications, and new products by completing the annual DRK-12 portfolio survey. You should have received a survey link from (be sure to check Spam folders). Email CADRE if you cannot find your link or have questions.

Project Tip: Networking at Upcoming Conferences

Whether you'll be participating in person or virtually this conference season, see CADRE's Tips for Building Professional Networks for advice on making connections and maintaining professional relationships.


News from NSF

  • NSF seeks to hire temporary program directors with education research or development expertise in one or more of the following areas: (1) equity in STEM: diversity, equity, inclusion and access in preK-12 and informal settings; (2) advanced and emerging technologies in education such as AI, quantum, data science, and semiconductors; (3) science education research or development in preK-12 formal or informal settings.
  • NSF is offering a virtual workshop on Thursday, May 11, for prospective CAREER applicants to the NSF Directorate for STEM Education. You must register to attend.
News from NSF Networks
  • CIRCL is offering mock review panels that will include professional development, networking, and opportunities for sharing interdisciplinary ideas related to artificial intelligence. Applications are due April 5.
  • If you missed the February 28 REVISE-ing the Conversation Webinar hosted by the new AISL resource center, a recording is now available.
  • NSF INCLUDES hosted a virtual discussion around the NASEM’s Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEMM Organizations report.
  • STELAR has updated its website and now has information portals for ITEST members, educators, and proposal writers.
  • Slides and resources are available from EQR Hub's community of practice sessions on developing a conceptual framework centered on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees

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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 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.
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