October 2020 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

Building strong foundations for STEM literacy, one of the goals outlined in the federal STEM education strategic plan, includes investing in our youngest learners. This month, we are rebooting our Spotlight on early learning with new research and resources. Learn more about the current findings, research challenges, and innovative products from the growing DRK-12 investment in preK-3 STEM education.

Thank you to the CADRE Fellows Program selection committee and all of the DRK-12 awardees who nominated an early career researcher to participate in 2020-21. Please join us in welcoming the new CADRE Fellows and watch next month for more information about their work and interests.

  • Amanda Armstrong, New Mexico State University
  • Coskun Erden, Iowa State University
  • Lindsey Hildebrand, Boston College
  • Brittany Hinyard, Southern University and Agricultural and Mechanical College
  • Megan Humburg, Indiana University
  • Stacy Jones, University of Texas at Austin
  • Rachel Juergensen, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • Amanda Lannan, University of Central Florida
  • Amanda Riske, Arizona State University
  • Darrius Robinson, University of Michigan 

In commemoration of World Teachers’ Day on October 5, we want to recognize those projects studying approaches to preparing preservice STEM education teachers for the demands and opportunities of the profession.

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Early Childhood Education

In our latest Spotlight, 14 DRK-12 projects describe their work in early learning and share their challenges, findings, instruments, and products.

Arthur Baroody, co-author of the 2018 CADRE brief, Considerations for STEM Education from PreK through Grade 3, reflects on approaches to helping 2- to 3-year olds construct an understanding of small numbers in this blog.


News from NSF

  • Access the recording and slides from NSF's recent webinar on funding opportunities for broadening participation in STEM through diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • NSF invites participation in identifying mid-scale infrastructure for STEM education research. RSVP to the Oct. 30 (1-3 PM ET) listening session.
  • NSF is seeking to hire visiting and permanent program officers in multiple areas of STEM education research.
  • NSF will be hosting a virtual grants conference during the weeks of Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, 2020. Registration will open Oct. 29 (12 PM ET). This is a great opportunity for new faculty, researchers, and administrators interested in NSF funding! 

News from NSF Networks

News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees




Email cadre@edc.org to share news from your project.

tipsProject Tip: TA on Research Methods

NSF and the US Department of Education have been investing in the advancement of education research methodologies to increase the impacts of our research. In addition to agency resources, organizations such as the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research (IQMR), SREE, and Advanced Methods Institute offer publicly available resources, webinars, and trainings (e.g., on culturally responsive research methods). For online trainings designed specifically for DRK-12 awardees, view the AIR webinar series.

Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members. 

NOTE: Due to incorrect links in our November newsletter, you are currently viewing the October 2020 newsletter. The Upcoming Opportunities below are updated with November's list of opportunities. To view the full November 2020 newsletter, click here


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.

In Case You Missed It

Highlights from recent newsletters and announcements:

A complete archive of our newsletters and announcements is available on cadrek12.org.

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