STEM Smart Initiative

Starting in 2011, the National Science Foundation funded CADRE to disseminate the findings of the National Research Council report, Successful K-12 STEM Education: Identifying Effective Approaches in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, to a broad audience of policymakers; school and district decision-makers; local, state, and federal government agencies; curriculum developers; educators; and industry representatives. STEM education research and related resources were highlighted during a series of workshops and featured on a website.

Visit the Successful STEM Education website to browse promising practices, tools and resources for K-12 education. 

CADRE also sends periodic emails to workshop invitees and attendees with STEM education news and opportunities. If you are not on the mailing list but would like to subscribe, sign up here.


  • November 2018
    This newsletter shares a new brief, Creating Inclusive PreK-12 STEM Learning Environments, and related video.
  • October 2018
    This newsletter features a new brief, Considerations for STEM Education from PreK through Grade 3, and related video and resources.
  • September 2018
    This newsletter gives examples of research-based tools and resources for visualizing representations in mathematics.
  • May 2018
    This newsletter features the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase event, an opportunity to learn about federally funded STEM education research and development.
  • March 2018
    This newsletter shares two upcoming opportunities: a March 8th #NSTAchat on Twitter and two sessions at the 2018 NSTA National Conference, all on the topic of scientific modeling. It also rehighlighted NSF-funded resources to support scientific modeling.
  • February 2018
    This newsletter features a Spotlight on Teacher Preparation Models and Programs, as well as information on the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST).
  • December 2017 (Theme: Online & Blended Professional Development)
    This newsletter features a new report, Emerging Design Principles for Online and Blended Teacher Professional Development in K-12 STEM Education.
  • November 2017 (Theme: Analyzing & Interpreting Data)
    This newsletter highlights NSF-funded tools developed to support the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that students will need as data literate citizens and/or data-enabled professionals.
  • August 2017 (Theme: Argumentation, Critique, & Discourse)
    This newsletter highlights NSF-funded resources developed to support argumentation, critique, and discourse.
  • June 2017 (Theme: Scientific Modeling)
    This newsletter highlights NSF-funded  resources developed to support scientific modeling.
  • May 2017 (Theme: Early Childhood)
    This newsletter features the 2017 STEM for All Video Showcase, early childhood resources, and a video of a White House talk given by STEM Smart presenter Doug Clements.
  • April 2017 (Theme: Engineering Education)
    This newsletter features a Spotlight on Engineering Education, videos from the 2016 STEM for All Video Showcase, and information about the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). 
San Francisco–February 01, 2016 
Needham–May 12, 2014
Washington–December 03, 2013 
Atlanta–June 23, 2013
Baltimore–March 22, 2013 
Chicago–April 10, 2012 
Seattle–February 28, 2012 
Philadelphia–September 19, 2011