November 2019 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

This month, we spotlight research on supporting teachers in choosing, adapting, and/or developing STEM instructional materials. Teachers are increasingly involved in these curriculum activities and decisions.

Congratulations to all of you who submitted a DRK-12 research proposal this month! If you didn't submit, consider volunteering to review proposals.

The NSF Education and Human Resources (EHR) Advisory Committee met recently to discuss a number of topics including federal interagency working groups' updates on strategic partnerships, computational literacy, convergence, transparency and accountability, and inclusion in STEM (see related progress report on federal strategic plan), as well as EHR progress in addressing the recommendations in the 2014 report, Strategic Re-envisioning for the Education and Human Resources Directorate.


The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Curriculum: Practitioner Selection, Adaptation, & Design


Paradigm shifts in current national standards, efforts to broaden participation, innovations in instructional technologies, and the increasing availability of digital and open education resources have transformed the landscape of STEM instructional materials. These changes call for new kinds of curricula, and while many DRK-12 projects engage practitioners as critical partners in developing these new materials, others are researching approaches and resources that support them in choosing, adapting, or developing their own.

This spotlight explores the role of educators in creating quality and coherent curricula in today's science and mathematics classrooms. Two blog posts examine the importance of curriculum coherence (one in the context of science, the other in mathematics), and four projects describe their efforts to support and empower practitioners in this area.

In This Spotlight

Tools for Disseminating Your Work

Share your DRK-12 work with fellow researchers, NSF program officers, and others interested in improving STEM education by sending CADRE your products, upcoming presentations, project websites, and recent publications.

CADRE will promote your work through our website (e.g., resource library and event pages), in addition to newsletter and social media posts (e.g., Twitter and Pinterest).

If you are looking for additional dissemination ideas, explore our recently updated Dissemination Toolkit.


Project Tip: Media Interviews

What should you do if a journalist calls you about a potential interview? Never take a call "on the fly." Tell the journalist you will call them back to give yourself time to prepare for the interview. This interview tip (and many more) can be found in our Dissemination Toolkit

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 ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, NSF INCLUDES National Network 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


In Case You Missed It

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