October 2021 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

This month we begin accepting applications for the CADRE Fellows Program. We’ve made some exciting changes to the program. We’re combining the Fellows and Postdoc programs this year and inviting applications from early career scholars in PhD programs, postdoc positions, or similar stages of a research career. The program will begin in January and include monthly career-development activities through July.
In honor of Indigenous Peoples’ Day (Oct. 11), we invite you to learn more about DRK-12 research on STEM teaching and learning for Indigenous people. In addition, Oct. 4-10 was World Space Week, which celebrated women in space! Our October Spotlight features projects that are engaging students in astronomy and the space sciences, featuring a special blog by Roy Gould. We’re also excited to continue highlighting resources from the DRK-12 PI Meeting. This time we’re featuring the session, STEM, Civic Discourse, and Reasoning, moderated by Marcia Linn.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy is seeking responses by Nov. 19 to the question, “How can we guarantee all Americans can fully participate in, and contribute to, science and technology?” Read about the preceding “The Time is Now” roundtables that focused on STEM and women and people with gender-expansive identitiespeople with disabilitiesunderrepresented racial and ethnic groupscommunity-centered research, and institutional settings. We’re also watching the progress of the FY22NSF budget appropriations and the development of two new commissions within the Department of Education to improve education for Black students.
The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Astronomy and Space Sciences

This month, as space enthusiasts and students across the globe participate in World Space Week, International Observe the Moon Night, and Dark Matter Day events, we highlight projects in the DRK-12 portfolio that support teaching and learning about astronomy and space sciences. In an accompanying blog post, Roy Gould discusses the increasingly blurry boundaries between disciplines on the frontiers of astronomy.
In this Spotlight:

Accepting Applications for the 2022 CADRE Fellows Program

CADRE is now accepting applications for the 2022 CADRE Fellows Program. The program provides professional growth opportunities for early career researchers (e.g., doctoral students, postdocs, research assistants) whose work centers on diversity, inclusion, equity, and/or justice in preK-12 STEM education. We invite early career scholars to apply. If you are a more senior scholar and know someone who may be a good fit for the program, we encourage you to invite them to apply.
We aim to establish a cohort of 15 Fellows that represent diverse backgrounds, experiences, interests, professional goals, institutions, and geographic regions. View the full applicant criteria.
Applications are due by 5:00 PM EST on Friday, November 19, 2021. The new Fellows cohort will be announced mid-December. This year’s program will run from January to July 2022. Please direct questions to cadre@edc.org.

STEM, Civic Discourse, and Reasoning

At the 2021 DRK-12 PI Meeting, Carol Lee, Marcia Linn, Judit Moschkovich, and Sepehr Vakil discussed this year’s NAEd report on Civic Discourse and Reasoning, opportunities to integrate civic reasoning in STEM education, emerging evidence to support such integration, and the challenges ahead. If you weren’t able to attend, we invite you to view the recording and slides, as well as consider some of the resources and strategies offered by participants during breakout discussions. 

tipsProject Tip: Writing a Successful Press Release

Spreading the word about your project can start as soon as you receive notice of your funding. These recent press releases offer models of how you and your institution can jump start the promotion and dissemination of your research. For more information about writing a press release, visit our Dissemination Toolkit.
Sample institutional press releases:
Sample announcements picked up by the media:


News from NSF

News from NSF Networks

News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees
Do you have news to share? Email cadre@edc.org.

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

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