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.


  • March 2024
    This newsletter shares NSF resources for the April 8 solar eclipse, a webinar opportunity on the classroom impact of the Framework, and recent Spotlights on NSF-funded education research on the topics of climate science education, coaching and mentoring STEM educators, and social studies and STEM integration.
  • September 2023
    This newsletter highlights STEM education research focused on rural students, an upcoming webinar on classroom-based assessment, educator resource collections, and PAEMST nominations.
  • April 2023
    This newsletter highlights current NSF-funded research that supports the STEM practice of argumentation in math and science classrooms. 
  • November 2022
    This newsletter highlights different ways to support equitable instructional practice in classrooms for students and groups minoritized in the study of mathematics. It also shares resources and opportunities including the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), a Spotlight on Social-Emotional Learning, the STEM Teacher Leadership Video Showcase, and NSF-funded curriculum and educator resources.
  • July 2022
    This newsletter highlights research and development efforts to understand the impacts of the pandemic on STEM education, as well as materials for educators teaching about  COVID-19. 
  • April 2022
    This newsletter announces the 2022 PAEMST awardees, features a Spotlight on Culturally Responsive STEM Education and highlights research-based  curriculum and resources from NSF projects. 
  • November 2021
    This newsletter shares two opportunitiesThe Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship (AEF) Program and Presidential Awards for Excellence
    in Mathematics and Science Teachingas well as additional resources.
  • September 2021
    This newsletter features a new collection of 75+ National Science Foundation-supported STEM+C lessons, apps, professional learning materials, and other free resources. 
  • April 2021
    This newsletter features a blog on environmental literacy, teacher Earth & environmental science resources, and a save the date for the 2021 STEM for All Video Showcase.
  • February 2021
    This newsletter shares information on the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST), highlights a Spotlight on Connecting Informal and Formal STEM Education, and shares distance learning resources.
  • December 2020
    This newsletter shares new NSF-funded resources for teaching & learning modeling in both mathematics and science and highlights a Spotlight on Early Childhood Education.
  • September 2020
    This newsletter features information about the STEM for All Multiplex theme, Leveraging Authentic Data Across STEM Curricula, which includes a webinar,  blog, video playlist, resources and online discussion; an #NSTA chat on data in the science classroom; recent Spotlights on STEM Education Topics; online learning resource collection; and an announcement of the PAEMST awardees.
  • April 2020
    This newsletter features the May 5-12, 2020 STEM for All Video Showcase, as well as tools and resources for teaching and learning about infectious diseases, research on teacher content knowledge, and an update to the COVID-19 and Online Learning collection.
  • March 2020 Special Issue: COVID-19 and Online Learning
    This newsletter features online learning resources including activities, tools, and tips to support remote student learning and teacher development.
  • March 2020
    This newsletter shares information on a March 12 #NSTAchat on Twitter on the topic of engineering education, upcoming CADRE-organized sessions at NSTA and NCTM, recent Spotlights (English Language Learners, Computer Science and Computational Thinking, and Curriculum: Practitioner Selection, Adaptation, and Design), and a reminder about the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) deadline.
  • November 2019
    This newsletter shares information on the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST)and features three Spotlights on STEM Topics: Citizen Science, Culturally Responsive Education, and STEM Pathways.
  • September 2019
    This newsletter features learning and assessment tools that are enhanced by technology.
  • August 2019
    This newsletter features a blog, programs and resources on algebra education.
  • June 2019
    This newsletter features programs and resources on preK-12 engineering education.
  • May 2019
    This newsletter features the 2019 STEM for All Video Showcase event, an opportunity to learn about federally funded STEM education research and development.
  • 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