September 2020 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

The CADRE Fellows nominations are open! Please spread the word about this professional growth opportunity for early career researchers. Applications are due October 8, 2020.

Schools are back in session. Students, parents, teachers, and our community of researchers are all trying to adapt to the new COVID-19 education landscape (and more visible equity issues). In this month’s Spotlight on Adapting Research Amid COVID-19, four DRK-12 projects recount how they have adjusted their research designs.

For researchers who rely on standardized testing scores, the ESEA waivers and amendments are another complication caused by COVID-19. Planning ahead, CCSSO has offered considerations for spring 2021 testing and guidance on reporting those test results that have implications for researchers. For additional guidance for all of us to consider when reporting data, see our project tip on applying racial equity awareness in data visualizations.

AIR recently held two webinars as part of their methodology series designed for the DRK-12 Program. View recordings and resources on the topics of systematic literature reviews and meta-analytic techniques.

Good luck to everyone working on DRK-12 proposals!

The CADRE Team

Spotlight on Adapting Research Amid COVID-19

Whether the pandemic-related changes in teaching and learning are short-term or the catalyst for a paradigm shift in education, many—if not most—DRK-12 projects have needed to adjust their research practices and designs.

In this Spotlight, four projects share the changes they made to their questions and/or collection, measurement, and analysis of data.

In addition, explore resources from the Adapting Your DRK-12 Research Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic webinar.

Accepting Applications for the 2020-21 CADRE Fellows Program

CADRE invites PIs and co-PIs of active DRK-12 projects to recommend an early career STEM education researcher who you think would contribute to and benefit from the CADRE Fellows program. The person you recommend may be a member of your project team, someone in your department, or a researcher with whom you've had the opportunity to work in a different capacity and can speak to the quality of their work.

We aim to establish a cohort of 10 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 ET on Thursday, October 8, 2020. The new Fellows cohort will be announced mid-October. Please direct questions to

A Focus on Data in the Classroom

Our blog this month focuses on Practical Approaches to Advance K-12 Data Literacy, written by teacher leader Susan Meabh Kelly.
Following last month's Spotlight on Analyzing & Interpreting Data Across STEM Disciplines, CADRE organized the Multiplex's Theme of the Month on Leveraging Authentic Data Across STEM Curricula, which included a blog, webinar panel, resources, and video playlist featuring DRK-12 and other federally funded work. Watch a recording of the webinar and/or add your voice to the online discussion.
In addition, we teamed up with NSTA for a Twitter #NSTAchat on September 24 to discuss data in the science classroom. Thank you to Chad Dorsey, Ryan Seth Jones, Randy Kochevar, Nancy Songer, and Veena Vasudevan for sharing their work! View an archive of the conversation.

tipsProject Tip: Inclusive Data Visualizations 

It’s time to examine our data visualization practices. The Urban Institute has released a new resource that may help: Applying Racial Equity Awareness in Data Visualization. Find additional guidance from a variety of data visualization style guides.


News from NSF

News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees


Email to share news from your project.

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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