November 2023 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to those of you who submitted a DRK-12 proposal. We have our fingers crossed for your success. If you didn't submit, we encourage you to consider serving in a reviewer capacity. It's not too early to start preparing for the next proposal, and participating as a reviewer is a valuable way to gain insights into the elements of a successful proposal. Please complete this NSF survey to be considered as a reviewer. NSF also invites your collaborators (e.g., practice partners) to complete the survey. Please forward the link to them.

Please join us in welcoming the 2024 CADRE Fellows. Thank you to those who spread the word about the opportunity, recommended an applicant, served as an application reviewer, and, in advance, to those who will serve as mentors to them during the program.

This month’s Spotlight on Learning Progressions and Trajectories (LPs and LTs) features projects that create, refine, and implement LPs and LTs through curriculum development, teacher professional development, or the development of assessment items, strategies, and systems that align with LPs and LTs. In the related blog post by Jere Confrey and Alan Maloney, the authors liken LPs and LTs to a climbing wall, allowing multiple entry points and probabilistic paths for diverse learners and argue that LPs and LTs can promote equity. Read the post to learn how.

During the Directorate for STEM Education Advisory Committee meeting on November 15 and 16, the NSF’s Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) report, titled Making Visible the Invisible: Understanding Intersectionality, came up in discussions about expanding participation, forming partnerships, and enhancing the diversity of NSF proposal submitters. The importance of analyzing data from an intersectional perspective (even if it means a smaller sample size) was mentioned.

You may be interested in two upcoming National Academies open events: The PreK-12 STEM Education Innovations committee is meeting on December 7, and the 40thbiannual meeting of the Board on Science Education will be held on January 8.


The CADRE Team

Learning Progressions and Trajectories | Spotlight

boy on climbing wall

This Spotlight features research on science and math learning progressions and trajectories. The projects share their approaches to addressing issues of equity and describe how they prepare and support teachers in understanding and using learning progressions and trajectories in their practice. In the Spotlight's blog post, Jere Confrey and Alan Maloney discuss the elements of learning trajectory research that are critical to supporting equity.

In this Spotlight:

Meet the 2024 CADRE Fellows | Announcement

2024 CADRE Fellows images

We are excited to announce the newest cohort of CADRE Fellows. Congratulations to this talented group of early career scholars! View their bios to learn more about their work and interests.

  • Miranda M. Allen, Texas Tech University
  • Jerome Amedu, University of New Hampshire
  • Fangxing Bai, University of Cincinnati
  • Tajma A. Cameron, Drexel University
  • Destinee Cooper, Clemson University
  • Justice Ejike, Georgia State University
  • Kristina Kramarczuk, University of Maryland, College Park
  • Samuel Lee, Boston College
  • Kim Megyesi-Brem, Claremont Graduate University
  • Luis Montero-Moguel, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Nasriah Morrison, Columbia University
  • Takeshia Pierre, University of Florida
  • Dyanne Baptiste Porter, Georgia Institute of Technology
  • Jaquelina Schmittlen-Garbocci, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
  • Jordan Sherry-Wagner, University of Washington

Visit CADRE's Early Career page for more information about the Fellows program, early career resources, and early career news.

Project Tip: Ethical Excellence for Equitable Impact

In the pursuit of equitable STEM education, it's not enough to ask the right research questions; we must also ensure our research practices are in accord with the Common Rule and align with principles of fairness and justice. Here are several resources to help us navigate this intersection:


News from NSF

  • A new NSF 101 blog post describes the Growing Research Access for Nationally Transformative Equity and Diversity (GRANTED) initiative.
  • NSF seeks proposal reviewers for the DRK-12 program.

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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