May 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Save the date! The 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting will be held June 3-5, 2020, at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, D.C. Invitations will be sent next winter. In the meantime, please send any suggestions (e.g., theme, structure, plenary speakers, etc.) that you have for us to bring to the planning committee.

Last week, the CADRE Fellows met with NSF program directors to engage in a mock proposal review, share their research, and discuss current and future funding trends. We thank NSF program directors for sharing their insights and Fellows for their questions and contributions! Read more below.

Our new blog, DRK-12 Community Voices, has several new posts. Learning about Complex Systems Using Modeling and Scientific Argumentation, also posted to the Teaching Channel, features DRK-12 research. Mixed Methods Research, written in response to interest in an April newsletter Newsbite, shares links to the resources of several national working groups on the topic. And our newest blog post, Key Features of Successful Partnerships: Reflections from the TRU-Lesson Study Team, provides insights about partnerships that support systemic change. Read more about DRK-12 projects engaged in systemic change in this month's Spotlight.

Finally, we were excited to promote DRK-12 videos in the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase. Congratulations to video presenters for attracting so much attention to STEM education research. 


The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Systemic Reform

The DRK-12 portfolio includes a number of projects endeavoring to scale innovations and enact reforms on a systemic level. In this spotlight, explore the types of partnerships, methodologies, theoretical frameworks, challenges and strategies that support this kind of work. This Spotlight includes a perspective piece by Suzanne Donovan and Alan Schoenfeld, highlights the work of seven projects, and offers additional resources for those interested in learning more.

Using Video to Showcase Our Work

The 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase was held May 13-20. The NSF DRK-12 Program was represented by 29 videos. Out of these videos, five were recognized:

Congratulations to all involved for showcasing your work! Stay tuned as we highlight the DRK-12 videos via social media in our "Featured #DRK12 Video of the Week" posts.

VideoThough the main event has come to a close, you can still view the videos and archived discussions. The CADRE video, Broadening Participation in PreK-12 STEM Education, generated a good conversation about this very important topic which is a focus of many DRK-12 projects and one of NSF's Big Ideas. Issues and ideas raised in the comments included:

A special thank you goes to the CADRE's video showcase collaborators, who either shared their insights in the video and/or co-presented during the showcase: Malcolm Butler, Cory Buxton, Salvador Huitzilopochtli, Odis Johnson, Leanne Ketterlin Geller, and Arthur Powell. We'd also like to thank the DRK-12 community members who contributed to the discussion with examples and insights from their own work.  

2018-19 CADRE Fellows Update

FellowsLast week, the CADRE Fellows met with NSF program directors to engage in a mock proposal review, share their research, and discuss current and future funding trends. Thank you Wu He, Karen King, Robert Ochsendorf, Ann Rivet, Robert Russell, Michael Steele, Finbarr (Barry) Sloane, M. Alejandra Sorto, and Amy Wilson-Lopez for sharing your expertise and insights! Thank you Fellows for sharing your expertise in the areas of simulations, funds of knowledge, and more! 

The meeting with NSF program directors was the pinnacle of the Fellows program. This past year, the Fellows have built a support network with each other, as well as expanded their networks to include more experienced DRK-12 researchers. Each year, CADRE invites a different set of researchers to share their expertise, experiences, and advice with CADRE Fellows in the areas of career pathways; research design, use, and dissemination; building a community of colleagues and collaborators; and funding.  

This year, the following researchers met with Fellows: June Ahn, Jose Blackorby, Laura Bofferding, Brenda Capobianco, Sylvia Celedon-Pattichis, Chonika Coleman-King, Yasemin Copur-Gencturk, Brian Gravel, Joseph HendersonEric Knuth, Eve Manz, Kimberly Scott, Judy Storeygard, Idalis Villanueva, and Susan Yoon. The current Fellows also met with Fellows program alumni, Shondricka Burrell, Kyle Cox, Salvador Huitzilopochtli, Gladys Krause, Kelsey Lipsitz, Karen Trujillo, and Gabriela Vargas. In addition, CADRE matched individual Fellows with NSF awardees for informal mentoring and solicited proposals from several awardees to share with the Fellows. The Fellows collaborated with each other on capacity-building activities and contributed to the growing set of resources that CADRE has developed and shared with Fellows. Some of these early career resources are available to the public.


Tip: Writing a CAREER proposal?

Be mindful of the scope of your project. A common mistake for early career researchers is proposing to do too much. Your goal as an early career scholar is to advance a line of inquiry step by step, and your CAREER award is just one part of your overall research agenda.   

Join an AERA Submission on Culturally Responsive Instrumentation

CADRE is exploring the possibility of organizing a session for submission to the 2020 AERA Annual Meeting on the development and use of culturally responsive instruments in STEM education. If your project is developing such an instrument or examining issues around their use, we invite you to contribute. The 2020 meeting will be held on April 17-21 in San Francisco, CA, and session proposals are due on July 10.

If interested, email with your project title and a brief description of the nature of your work with culturally responsive instrumentation by June 10.

Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks

News from NSF

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.

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