Summer 2016 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues:

All our appreciation goes to June's DR K-12 PI Meeting participants. In this issue, we highlight some of the information, ideas, and resources that came out of your good work and conversation at the event.
I am also excited to share that I have very confidently transferred the CADRE PI role to Catherine McCulloch, the past CADRE Co-PI and Project Director. Catherine has the experience and strength that will be essential to lead this network into the next phase. I have enjoyed developing the CADRE structure and agenda along with many of you, and it has been exciting to be a "small part" of the growth of the DRK-12 portfolio and the research and development community.
To the CAREER awardees and CADRE Fellows, we were delighted to have your active engagement at the PI meeting and hope that both the substance and networking opportunities were helpful. To those who developed videos for the NSF Showcase, they are now on our website. If you did not have a chance to view these videos, we encourage you to tune in!
The newsbites section of this newsletter continues the knowledge sharing begun at the meeting. This is a good dissemination opportunity as the newsletter reaches an estimated 3,800 education researchers, developers, practitioners, and policy-makers.  With each newsletter, the number increases.
Greetings from Catherine: Thank you, Barbara, for your vision and hard work to advance DR K-12 research.
The CADRE team is looking forward to a busy fall, and connecting with each of you as we continue this work. Some of our activities will include: hosting DR K-12 Solicitation and Nuts & Bolts webinars, welcoming new PIs, and producing resources to support early career researchers and developers. We will also continue to spotlight DR K-12 projects and your work on the CADRE website and through social media. To that end, we are producing a video blog that highlights contributions of DR K-12 projects in different areas of STEM education I welcome each of you to contact me with your ideas and suggestions for promoting our collective learnings.

I'd also like to thank our PI meeting advisors for their invaluable contributions during the planning process: Jodi Asbell-Clarke, Amy Brodesky, Doug Clark, Tutita Casa, Dan Damelin, Jim Diamond, Cathy Kinzer, Magaly Lavadenz, Emily Moore, and Amy Parks.
Barbara Brauner Berns & Catherine McCulloch
Former & Current CADRE Principal Investigators

New DR K-12 Awardees

Congratulations and welcome to all recently announced DR K-12 awardees! We enjoyed meeting many of you at the PI meeting and look forward to getting to know all of you better as your work continues. We will share an updated list including subsequent awardees in our Fall 2016 Newsletter.

Plenary Highlights

The Critical Role of K-12 STEM Learning for the Future of Science
Joan Ferrini-Mundy welcomed participants and kicked off the meeting with an overview of the state of DR K-12, including challenges, opportunities, and the program's place in NSF's larger strategic initiatives.
*The Ideas for Future Investment described in this session are further explained in this document retrieved from the NSF Toolkit on

Language, Experience, Learning, and Life in the Modern World
James Paul Gee offered a theory of STEM learning based on embodied cognition; discussed new forms of teaching and learning outside of school; and considered the wider framework within which STEM should sit in our world. Jodi Asbell-Clarke responds by suggesting key takeaways for DR K-12 researchers and STEM educators.

Perspectives from the Field: What Research Do We Need?
Nancy ShapiroLinda Chen, and Jack Smithinvited participants to look into the future and consider a research agenda for STEM education that responds to the needs of schools, districts, and states. In a response, Shapiro reflects on the discussion and its implications for the NSF and DR K-12 communities.

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Session Information & Materials

In addition to the plenary sessions, more than 80 awardees and invited speakers led 31 panels, "short talks," and structured poster sessions targeting crosscutting questions, ideas, and challenges.
Concurrent Sessions
Descriptions, slides, posters, and related resources are available for most concurrent sessions through the online agenda, where you can browse the full agenda, by STEM area, or by theme.
Browse by STEM Area: Science | Technology | Engineering | Math

Virtual Poster Halls
More than 120 projects shared their work at the PI meeting's general poster sessions, and 32 participated in the CADRE's third, and largest, Digital Learning Arcade. We've made their posters available in virtual poster halls on the CADRE website.

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Early Career Activities

CADRE continued its ongoing focus on supporting the emerging leaders in STEM education research and development with special PI meeting programming for the CADRE Fellows and NSF CAREER awardees.
CADRE Fellows

In April, PIs Maria Blanton and Stamatis Vokos joined the Fellows to share their experiences and insights in a webinar discussion on proposal writing. Building on this experience, Fellows met in Washington, D.C. to participate in a mock proposal review with NSF's David Campbell. They then connected with the broader DR K-12 community through their participation at the PI meeting, bringing the seventh year of the fellowship to a close. Thank you to the many awardees who have supported our Fellows in diverse ways!
Surveys administered throughout the Fellowship indicate that we made great strides in accomplishing our goals of supporting Fellows' professional needs while simultaneously facilitating relationships with other Fellows, alumni, and PIs. Overall, Fellows were highly satisfied with the Fellowship and experienced many benefits. They appreciated the events and activities, and especially valued the in-person meetings and the networking opportunities they provided. Most Fellows indicated they had established personal and/or professional relationships outside the parameters of the Fellows program, and planned to connect with Fellows in the future for professional advice and networking. They believed the Fellowship offered them important insights into the world of STEM Education R&D.

NSF CAREER Awardee Pre-Session

Awardees of the NSF CAREER Program gathered to discuss issues related to managing an NSF grant. Conversations centered on themes such as project management, making best use of advisors and evaluators, building and nurturing partnerships, interacting with NSF, and disseminating project work. Awardees identified resources and supports that would be useful for the broader early career community. CADRE will continue to work with CAREER awardees to help build some of the supports they identified.

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Disseminating with Video

The PI meeting featured sessions that addressed this year's theme of Making an Impact in a variety of ways. Effective dissemination was the focus of several activities at and leading up to the PI meeting, where special attention was given to strategies that help target a range of audiences -- such as using video.
Making and Using Video for Dissemination
Two PI meeting sessions focused on video as a tool for dissemination. Jim Galdos provided practical tips for planning and producing videos that effectively convey project work, and members of the OSPrI project considered the role of video in drawing broader audiences to NSF research.

NSF STEM for All Video Showcase
Just prior to the PI meeting, 156 projects, including 36 from DR K-12, participated in the 2016 NSF Video Showcase by contributing videos that communicate the nature and promise of their work. During this virtual event, presenters and showcase visitors engaged in discussion around the work that was shared in the more than 2,771 discussion posts added to the site. The showcase has received more than 30,000 visitors from 160 countries.

DR K-12 Video Blog
Coming soon! At the PI meeting, CADRE sat down with several PIs to discuss key ideas, challenges, and opportunities related to the topics of engineering, learning technologies, mentoring, modeling, professional development, as well as the collective impacts of DR K-12 work. Stay tuned for a video series featuring these interviews and highlighting these important areas of work in the DR K-12 portfolio.
Thank you to Jodi Asbell-ClarkeDoug Clark, Dan Damelin, Christine CunninghamCory ForbesAaron JohnsonVikram Kapila, Susan KowalskiJune MarkKathy PerkinsArthur PowellBrian ReiserChris Rogers, Megan Wongkamalasai for their time and contributions in D.C.

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Newsbites from DR K-12 & NSF

We're pleased to share this quarter's news from DR K-12 projects and people, as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ARCCAISECIRCLMSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media. Let us hear from you!

News from DR K-12 Projects & Awardees

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News from NSF Networks

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Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding, publication, and career opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you or your DR K-12 colleagues.

For other opportunities, see CADRE's List of STEM Education Publications (PDF).


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Share with DR K-12 Colleagues

If you are PI or Co-PI on a DR K-12 grant, we encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues. Many of our news items, resources, and events may be of special interest to others on your project team, e.g., early career researchers and developers, evaluators, communication specialists, etc. We welcome all as part of our DR K-12 community and invite them to subscribe to this newsletter, join us on social media, and create an account on the CADRE website.

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