Winter 2017 Newsletter

Special Issue: Dissemination

Dear Colleagues,  

As we each grapple with how to best achieve our desired project outcomes and impacts, CADRE has pulled together some resources to help. In this special dissemination issue of the CADRE newsletter, we are excited to announce a Dissemination Toolkit, share information about upcoming DR K-12 project presentations, and more.

Do you have a story about your projects' outcomes or impact to share? We hope that you will continue to leverage CADRE as a partner in your efforts to reach audiences beyond those whom you engage through your project work.

We also have two important reminders for grantees:

  1. DR K-12 PI Meeting: There are currently no plans for a PI meeting in 2017. 
  2. Project Keyword Survey: PIs of active grants received emails on Friday (2/25) with a request to identify appropriate keywords to describe their project. Please complete the 5-minute survey for your project today! If you did not receive a survey link but are an active DR K-12 PI, email See the live survey results.

Catherine McCulloch
CADRE Principal Investigator

Dissemination Toolkit

Thinking about how to best disseminate your work? This toolkit offers resources, tips, and strategies that may help.

There are multiple ways to use this toolkit, depending on the stage of your project and your purposes for dissemination. We suggest three possible entry points:

communication plan iconIt is always good to reflect on the overall goal of your project's communication and be purposeful about how you portray and communicate your work. Visit Project Communication Plans to start planning your approach and timeline.


Product Dissemination IconIf you want to share an existing or planned resource, activity, event, or project milestone, use the 12 Steps for a Product-Driven Dissemination Strategy to help devise a plan for successfully disseminating a specific product.  


The toolkit offers a variety of resources and tips related to specific methods and approaches. They include:   

accessibility icon  Analytics icon  audience and messaging icon  Media Interviews Icon  Presentations Icon 
Social Media Icon  Video & Podcasts Icon  Visualizations Icon  Webinar Icon  Websites Icon  Writing & Publishing Icon

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DR K-12 Websites, Publications, and Presentations

Thank you for the enthusiastic response to our recent survey on project websites, upcoming presentations, and recent publications, and congratulations on all you have accomplished in the past year! We use this information to update project pages, the event calendar, and the resource library on

Download All Submissions (XLS)

A record 95 publications were submitted via the survey this year. Browse the publications by topic: Engineering | Math | Science | Science & Math | Science & Technology | Science, Technology & Engineering | Science, Technology & Math | STEM | Technology | Technology & Engineering 

We still welcome your submissions and will update the website with your news and products: Websites, Publications, and Presentations Survey

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DSET WebinarPast Event

 Data Science Education Technology (DSET) Webinar
March 3, 2017 | 1-2pm ET

In this webinar, members of The Concord Consortium's Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) project discussed highlights from the February 15-17 DSET conference, which convened more than 100 researchers, curriculum developers, and software developers to build a community and identify innovative tools and approaches for integrating data science into the K-12 classroom. 

Slides | Webinar Recording | Notes and Resources

Upcoming Events

Effective Data Visualization for Dissemination
March 28, 2017 | 1-2:30pm ET
Presenter:  Stephanie Evergreen

Crystal clear charts and graphs are valuable - they save an audience's mental energies and keep a reader engaged. In this virtual workshop, attendees will learn the science behind effective data presentation. We will walk through Dr. Evergreen's Four Step Visualization Process and along the way, consider how audiences will engage with our visuals, which chart type will best tell the story in the dataset, and how we can leverage easy to learn design skills to sharpen our message.

Register Here

Video Showcase Logo2017 STEM for All Video Showcase
May 15-22, 2017

The 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase will focus on "Research & Design for Impact." Registration to present in the showcase is now closed, but you can still participate! All are encouraged to view and engage with the work of your colleagues across the National Science Foundation's Education and Human Resources Directorate. Interested in being a facilitator for the Video Showcase? If so, please email by March 24th.

Previous Showcases: 2015 | 2016
Video Resources: Tips on Creating Video

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CAREER Awardee Activities

On January 18th, CADRE hosted a virtual meeting for CAREER awardees, during which current awardees met with a former CAREER grantee to discuss tips for working with graduate students and advisors. This meeting was part of CADRE's broader efforts to support early career researchers and developers. In the spring, CADRE will host an informational webinar on the DR K-12 CAREER program and solicitation for prospective proposal writers.

Active DR K-12 CAREER Awards | Virtual Meeting Notes | CAREER Solicitation

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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 (ATECAISECIRCLCS for All TeachersMSPnet, 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

  Email to share news from your project.

News from NSF Networks

  • CIRCL Primer: Remote Labs
    Jeremy Roschelle, Kemi Jona, and Patricia Schank describe key lessons, current issues, and project work related to remote labs as an alternative method for students to conduct science experiments and data collection. The primer also includes resources and readings for those wanting to learn more. 
  • Fostering Engineering Affinity and Identity
    In a guest post on the MSPnet blog, Christine Cunningham describes three approaches to breaking stereotypes and building students' affinity with engineering.including websites, publications, and project information.
  • Improving Accessibility in Computer Science for Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders
    Last month, the CS for All Teachers blog featured a three part series by Sarah Wile on research to make computer science more accessible for students with specific learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.
  • ITEST Data Brief: Dissemination Strategies
    This data brief explores the strategies that ITEST projects use to communicate their findings, including the products they create, where they disseminate their work, and what audiences they reach.
  • Science Communication on Social Media
    In a recent blog post, CAISE's Kelsey Wright curates some compelling examples of online science communication on social media platforms.
  • Spring Sustainability Webinar Series
    On March 28, ATE Central will host the 3rd installment of their three part series on sustainability. The March session will focus on revenue generation, while recordings of the first two webinars, focused on successful partnerships and institutional support, are available on the series webpage.

See our Upcoming NSF Network Events page for ATE, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, MSPnet, or STELAR, events that may be of interest to you.

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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

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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