November 2020 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

The new CADRE Fellows are getting to know each other this week at the virtual program orientation. Selecting a cohort of 2020-21 Fellows from among a very competitive applicant pool isn’t easy. Working with the selection committee reviews, we attempt to compose a cohort that represents diversity across several dimensions (e.g., institution, research foci), and each of the early career researchers is committed to a research career focused on addressing equity and inclusion. 
This month our Spotlight focuses on modeling in preK-12 science and mathematics education, an area in which DRK-12 research has made important contributions to how students develop and learn from models. Learn more about related DRK-12-developed educator-ready materials and research, and read a community perspective blog by Ryan Seth Jones
CADRE’s AERA session submission, Innovations in Video-Intensive STEM Professional Development in Online and Blended Environments, has been accepted. We look forward to building on conversations and previous information about professional development research in DRK-12. For those of you who are making conference plans, we have updated our conference list (cancellations, venue and date changes, etc.).
Thank you to everyone who took the time to take our poll about your newsletter preferences. The results: The majority of you like our newsletter the way it is!
If you need a momentary distraction from keeping tabs on potential education policy changes of the new administration or COVID-19-related school budget cuts, consider viewing the photo winners of this year’s Nikon Small World Competition.
The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Modeling in Science & Mathematics Education

CADRE's Spotlight on modeling is the most visited page on the CADRE website. This month we have updated the feature to include modeling in mathematics, highlight new products, and share project findings, innovations, and challenges. In addition, Ryan Seth Jones discusses how the events of this year have underscored the importance of supporting cross-curricular coherence around ideas and practices such as modeling, inference, and uncertainty. 

Meet the 2020-21 CADRE Fellows

Congratulations to the 2020-21 Fellows! View their bios to learn more about their work and interests. 
  • Amanda Armstrong, New Mexico State University (Nominating co-PI: Barbara Chamberlin)
  • Coskun Erden, Iowa State University (Nominating PI: Ji Yeong I)
  • Lindsey Hildebrand, Boston College (Nominating PI: Sara Cordes)
  • Brittany Hinyard, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College (Nominating PI: Nastassia Jones)
  • Megan Humburg, Indiana University (Nominating PI: Joshua Danish)
  • Stacy Jones, University of Texas at Austin (Nominating PI: Carlos Nicolas Gomez)
  • Rachel Juergensen, University of Missouri-Columbia (Nominating PI: Laura Zangori)
  • Amanda Lannan, University of Central Florida (Nominating co-PI: Lisa Dieker)
  • Amanda Riske, Arizona State University (Nominating PI: Steven Zuiker)
  • Darrius Robinson, University of Michigan (Nominating PI: Meghan Shaughnessy

tipsProject Tip: Research Instruments

If you’re looking for repositories of STEM education research instruments, try these curated by STELAR, CAISE, Horizon Research, and OERL. CADRE also has compendiums of teacher and student instruments.


News from NSF

  • Consider signing up for the NSF grants and policy newsletter to keep abreast of news and events such as the upcoming NSF Grants Conference.
  • NSF has launched the proposal preparation demonstration site, offering proposers the opportunity to create proposals with the role of a PI prior to preparing and submitting proposals in the actual system.
  • NSF’s Science and Engineering State Profiles: Fall 2020 Update provides state-level rankings and totals of science and engineering data for the 50 states, District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. 
  • The agenda and newly released slides from EHR’s 2020 Advisory Committee Meeting focus on the NSF response to COVID-19, the Committee of Visitors report, and STEM education of the future. 
  • View presentation slides from the Electronic Research Administration Forum hosted by NSF. Topics included proposal preparation and submission, upcoming features, migrating from FastLane to, SciENcv capabilities, and more.

News from NSF Networks

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 Solicitation Deadlines.


For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
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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