DRK-12 Community Voices

Our blog features voices from our community of STEM education researchers and developers.

           The Frontline of Workforce Development: PreK-12 Education - September 25, 2019
Blog | Jeff Weld, Executive Director of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and former Senior Policy Advisor for the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, reflects on the importance and power of teaching towards workforce development, laying out key approaches from a new Federal strategic plan...
           Citizen Science Opportunities, Partnerships, and Challenges - August 19, 2019
Blog | PI and former CADRE Fellow Camillia Matuk and team members Suzanne Dikker and Ido Davidesco share insights on collaboration opportunities, key features of successful partnerships, and strategies to address some of the typical challenges of citizen science projects....
           Rural and Ready: Embracing the Assets and Needs of Rural Schools and Districts - July 30, 2019
Blog | Pam Buffington reflects on the unique STEM education assets, challenges, and opportunities in rural communities....
           Algebra in the Early Grades: Setting the Stage for Future Studies and a Math Mindset - June 23, 2019
Blog | Colleen Henry reflects on how STEM professional development changed her thinking about mathematics education and her role as an early math educator....
           External Review of DRK–12 Projects - June 18, 2019
Blog | When and how do you use one entity versus another to inform decision-making during a research project? CADRE contacted several DRK–12 evaluators to get their perspectives on this question....
           Key Features of Successful Partnerships: Reflections from the TRU-Lesson Study Team - May 28, 2019
Blog | Suzanne Donovan and Alan Schoenfeld reflect on the lessons they've learned from their work at the district level, sharing features of and strategies for successful partnerships....
           Mixed Methods Research - May 28, 2019
Blog | CADRE shares resources on mixed methods research, including links to working groups convened to explore the topic....
           Learning about Complex Systems Using Modeling and Scientific Argumentation - May 1, 2019
Blog | In this Teaching Channel blog, CADRE highlights resources and examples from NSF DRK-12 projects about modeling and scientific argumentation in the classroom and how these practices can help students understand complex systems...
           New Directions for Engineering Education Research—Building the K-12 Agenda - April 17, 2019
Blog | Christine Cunningham reflects on the state of engineering education and discusses opportunities to shape the direction of the field in its infancy. "Two decades ago when I started thinking about doing engineering with K–12 students, it was a new idea and there was paucity of research in this area. Conducting a literature review related to preK–12 engineering yielded almost no articles."...
           What Black Women Are Trying to Teach Us: Transforming Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Work in K-12 STEM Education Research, Practice, and Policy - March 20, 2019
Blog | Terrell Morton, 2017-18 CADRE postdoc, shares ways to incite true change based on the voices, needs, and experiences of Black women in STEM fields. "On October 16th, 2018, I had the opportunity to attend a presentation at the University of Missouri by Dr. Ashley Woodson"...
           3 Ways Intersectionality Can Help You Predict the Future (Or, at least provide you job security) - March 20, 2019
Blog | Courtney Benjamin, 2018-19 CADRE Fellow, discusses intersectionality theory as a critical to the future of STEM education research. "Knowledge, power, identity. What do these words mean to STEM? As a STEM education researcher, I’d say a lot. More so, as a Black woman, a mother, and a feminist who studies critical STEM education, I’d say they mean everything."...
           Learning Technologies in the Classroom - March 19, 2019
Video | Doug Clark, Jodi Asbell-Clarke, and Kathy Perkins reflect on how technology can support and transform student learning and assessment. "Engaging in the practices of science is no longer something that we can just hand kids a worksheet. Technology can provide the scaffolds to support kids in engaging in modeling."...
           New Measurement Paradigms and the Future of Technology-Enhanced Assessment - March 19, 2019
Blog | James Lester discusses recent advancements in technology-enhanced assessment, specifically in artificial intelligence, and their implications for the next generation of assessments. "Research on assessment has experienced a sea change since CADRE published the New Measurement Paradigms report in 2012."...
           Aligning New Educational Strategies to Evolving Workforce Needs (2018 PI Meeting Reflection) - June 22, 2018
Blog | Amy Hawkins, 2017-18 CADRE postdoc, reflects on education for a changing workforce. "On Thursday afternoon, I attended a panel discussion on 'Today’s Education for Tomorrow’s College and Career Readiness.' The presentations and dialogue facilitated by the panel echoed some of the larger pragmatic themes articulated in the plenary session earlier that morning: how do we communicate about"...
           Technological Innovations for Mathematics Teacher Preparation (2018 PI Meeting Reflection) - June 19, 2018
Blog | Vecihi Serbay Zambak, 2017-18 CADRE postdoc, reflects on technological innovations, their affordances, and their role in professional learning. "In the topical session I attended on Thursday morning, the presenters (Dr. Herbst, Dr. Grosser-Clarkson, Dr. Zahner, and Dr. Goffney) described the LessonSketch platform, providing cases and studies demonstrating the potential of LessonSketch for prospective teachers"...
           Engineering in the Classroom - October 17, 2017
Video | Christine Cunningham and Chris Rogers talk about the promise and potential power of engineering education in the K-12 classroom. "I think it's actually a very interesting time for engineering education at the K-12 level in our country. We've decided that we're going to include it in the education of children, but there's still a lot of work."...
           Using Story in STEM Education - February 19, 2016
Podcast | Roy Gould and Jackie Miller discuss their their passion for using story in education and why story can be such a powerful tool in the classroom. "R. Gould: Can I be radical here? Is that OK? J. Miller: Of course. R. Gould: I love science, and I love the concepts of science, but we put so much focus on concepts. They're holding us back from the stories that could really interest us in kids' science." ...
           Broadening Participation in STEM - October 16, 2015
Video | Odis Johnson, Leanne Ketterlin Geller, Cory Buxton, and Salvador Huitzilopochtli discuss the importance of giving underserved and underrepresented student populations opportunities in STEM and ways in which the field can make progress in this area. "In terms of broadening participation, we're trying to address the problem of underrepresentation, the fact that women, minorities"...
           The Importance of Early Mathematics Education - September 23, 2014
Video | Arthur Baroody, Jere Confrey, Julie Sarama, and Paul Goldenberg discuss the importance of giving every child the opportunity to excel in math at an early age. "Well, imagine that you wake up tomorrow morning and you don't understand anything about numbers. You don't even understand 1, 2, or 3. Suddenly, your life has become a whole lot harder."...
           Crossroads at the 2012 DR K-12 PI Meeting - October 23, 2012
Blog | John Settlage describes and reflects on a model for researchers to convene and collaboratively strategize around challenges that arise in doing project work. "Battling isolation is a continual challenge for science and math educators. As a novice science teacher, the closing of the classroom door effectively cut me off from all support systems."...
           Proposals, Posters, Advocacy, Curriculum, and STEM Education (2012 PI Meeting Reflection) - June 2, 2012
Blog | Jeremy Price, 2011-12 CADRE Fellow, shares his perspective on and takeaways from several sessions at the 2012 DRK-12 PI Meeting: a plenary by Joan Ferrini-Mundy, the poster hall, and the CADRE Curriculum Design SIG meeting. "As a CADRE Fellow, one of my tasks at the DRK-12 PI Meeting--in addition to making new connections and learning about the projects that are being funded by the DRK-12 program"...
           Polish and Parents (2010 PI Meeting Reflection) - January 14, 2011
Blog | Vishakha Parvate, 2010-2011 CADRE Fellow, reflects on software products and the lack of discussion about parental responsibility for learning at the 2010 DRK-12 PI Meeting. "The two memorable revelations for me of the 2010 DR K-12 PI meeting were the exceptionally polished software products on display and the lack of discussion about parental responsibility for learning. Speaking as a software developer"...
           Access to Challenging and Engaging Mathematical Problems for Students with Mild Disabilities (2010 PI Meeting Reflection) - January 14, 2011
Blog | Casey Hord, 2010-11 CADRE Fellow, describes how the use of Universal Design principles has the potential to make science and mathematics concepts accessible. "As a researcher who studies mathematics interventions for students with mild disabilities, the principles of universal design presented in the SmartGraphs software by the Concord Consortium were encouraging to me."...
           Research Through Partnerships (2010 PI Meeting Reflection) - January 14, 2011
Blog | Jessica Tybursky, 2010-11 CADRE Fellow, describes challenges related to building and maintaining partnerships between researchers and practitioners and outlines strategies to support their success. "A primary goal of education research is to inform and benefit the everyday work of practitioners, yet often it is hard to establish and maintain partnerships between groups. What is so difficult about building relationships" ...
           Are We Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water? (2010 PI Meeting Reflection) - January 12, 2011
Blog | Irving Brown, 2010-11 CADRE Fellow, asks whether there is a role for traditional instructional methods in addition to more active learning strategies. "Shortly after my 10th birthday, Neil Armstrong took 'one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.' This was a short 11 years after the creation of NASA, which was just one of the political-technical reactions to the successful Soviet launch of the first Earth satellite"...
           The Water is Not So Wide, After All (2010 PI Meeting Reflection) - January 10, 2011
Blog | Jennifer Hope, 2010-11 CADRE Fellow, discusses accountability and the relationship between DRK-12 projects and those making policy and funding decisions that impact STEM education. "Accountability has certainly become a theme in educational pursuits, and so when I write that I found it to be a thread running through and connecting my experiences at the December meeting of DR K-12 project principal investigators" ...
           Beyond Standards, Curriculum, and Teaching: Attending Not Just to Supply, but to Demand - June 24, 2010
Blog | Paul Goldenberg argues that advancing education requires shifts in society's definition and expectation of mathematics. "Why does Japan do better than us in mathematics? (Well, ok, some people argue that they don’t do better than us, but I’ll start by assuming that they do.) People point to curriculum; or teaching and lesson study; or national standards. Surely these all matter, but there may be more to it than that."...
           NARST and AERA: Reflections on 2010 Conferences - May 19, 2010
Blog | Melissa Braaten, 2009-10 CADRE Fellow, reflects on her experience at 2010 national conferences. "For this year’s NARST conference in Philadelphia I had the opportunity to bring a high school teacher, Bethany Sjoberg, who has been a participant and collaborator on our research projects for the past four years. Having her attend sessions with me allowed me to see research in science education through new eyes"...