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Resource | Students’ Plausibility Shifts & Knowledge Gains When Evaluating Competing Models about Freshwater Resource Availability
Critique and evaluation are considered essential to deeper science learning. Furthermore, critical evaluation may influence plausibility judgments about explanations through re-appraisal. We developed the YIS-activity (blinded for peer review) to activate students’ epistemic judgments (i.e., plausibility) about competing models explaining scientific phenomena and to further their learning about...
Posted: Monday, April 13
Resource | Teacher Voices from an Online Elementary Mathematics Community: Examining Perceptions of Professional Learning
This study compares web usage data with interviews from 41 participants, who are members of an online professional development site called the Everyday Mathematics Virtual Learning Community (VLC), to explore how elementary school teachers learn from classroom video. Web usage data reveal that the commentary surrounding video posted to the VLC is sparse and surface level, possibly indicating a...
Posted: Friday, April 10
Survey | Early Career COVID-19 Support
CADRE would like to continue offering early career STEM education researchers an opportunity to communicate with one another about issues related to the pandemic. Please respond to the questions below about your interest and availability.
Posted: Thursday, April 09
Early Career News | STEM in PreK: Using Cat in the Hat Media Resources
Tiffany Maxon (2019-20 CADRE Fellow) and Elisa Garcia published this guest blog for the Erikson Institute's Technology in Early Childhood Center.
Posted: Wednesday, April 08
Resource | TEEMS Curriculum
The TEEMS curriculum is a free engineering curriculum for 6th-grade science classrooms.
Posted: Tuesday, April 07
Announcement | NSF-approved Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support Formats
NSF has posted a webinar recording describing the NSF-approved formats for the biographical sketch and current & pending support documents for proposals. An April 2 announcement from NSF: We are pleased to announce the availability of both NSF-approved formats for the Biographical Sketch and Current and Pending Support sections of National Science Foundation (NSF) proposals that fall under...
Posted: Thursday, April 02
Resource | Math Mapper
A digital tool that offers compelling student middle grades math problems and provides students with assessment tools and a dynamic learning map.
Posted: Wednesday, April 01
Announcement | New Research.gov Capabilities
NSF recently announced the following news: We are excited to announce that effective March 30, 2020, the research community can prepare and submit separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations in Research.gov. Proposers can now prepare Full, Research proposals in Research.gov that are: Single submissions from one organization (available since April 2018) Single...
Posted: Tuesday, March 31
Resource | WorldWide Telescope in Education
The American Astronomical Society’s WorldWide Telescope (WWT) is a visual- ization program that enables a computer to function as a virtual telescope—bringing together archival imagery from the world’s best ground- and space-based telescopes for the exploration of the universe. It is a powerful resource for astronomy education. In this chapter, we describe curricula developed by the authors that...
Posted: Tuesday, March 31
Resource | Building Statistical Thinking with Social Justice Investigations and Social Science Data
This poster provides an overview of the Strengthening Data Literacy across the Curriculum (SDLC) project, which is developing and studying curriculum modules for non-AP high school statistics classes to promote interest and skills in statistical thinking and data science among diverse high school populations. This early-stage design and development project aims to engage students with data...
Posted: Tuesday, March 31
Resource | How Do Balance Scales Shape K–2 Students' Understandings of Equations?
This poster shares data from a Grades K–2 cross sectional study that examined how students' thinking about equations and the meaning of the equal sign were shaped by their experiences exploring equations with pan balances and number balances. The study found that these tools afforded students opportunities to reconsider their initial interpretations of equations, connect the idea of a balancing...
Posted: Tuesday, March 31
Resource | A Study of the Impact of an Early Childhood Intervention on STEM Learning
The context for this study was an intervention that provided professional development (PD) for preschool (pre-K) and kindergarten (K) teachers and science engagement activities for families. The research sought to determine the impact of the intervention and the extent to which parent engagement adds to student learning. These presentation slides were prepared for the 2020 Annual International...
Posted: Tuesday, March 31
Resource | WISE: Web-based Inquiry Science Environment
Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE)All WISE units are research-tested and aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. Each unit is designed according to the knowledge integration perspective on learning and instruction. The units include dynamic, interactive models, automated scoring and guidance, hands-on design projects, and teacher tools for giving comments to students, tracking...
Posted: Friday, March 27
Announcement | Coronavirus Information from NSF
NSF has posted new guidance on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), as well as FAQs for proposers, awardees, and panelists; impacts on deadline dates; and new funding opportunities to address COVID-19. https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/coronavirus/
Posted: Friday, March 27
Resource | Hurricane Module V2: How will hurricane risks and impacts change over the next 100 years?
Students will use the Hurricane Explorer model to explain and predict how the path and strength of a hurricane can change, investigate real-world case studies on the risk and impact of hurricanes, and explore the effect of rising global temperatures on hurricanes.
Posted: Wednesday, March 25
Resource | Plate Tectonics
The Plate Tectonics module "What will Earth look like in 500 million years?" helps students build a systems view of plate tectonics through focused case studies and interactions with the Seismic Explorer and Tectonic Explorer models. 
Posted: Wednesday, March 25
Resource | Moon Phases & Eclipses
Moon Phases & Eclipses is a free and innovative 3-day unit that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to explore why the Moon's phase changes.
Posted: Tuesday, March 24
Resource | Seasons
Seasons is a free and innovative 8-day unit that provides interactive videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and student worksheets to explore the causes behind Earth’s seasons.
Posted: Tuesday, March 24
Newsletter | March 2020 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, Since our lives are saturated with COVID-19 concerns, we're starting this newsletter with good news. CADRE is happy to announce the early career researchers who have been selected to participate in the 2020 CADRE Postdoc Professional Growth Opportunity. Congratulations to these postdocs! Thank you to all of those who applied and those in the DRK-12 community who have supported...
Posted: Tuesday, March 24
Resource | Exploring Infectious Diseases
This site provides an engaging and scientifically accurate set of instructional materials and resources aimed at deepening high school students’ understanding of infectious diseases (including Ebola and COVID-19) and enhancing students’ skills in seeking out additional information they need to make informed decisions, and influence their behaviors in response to future outbreaks and epidemics...
Posted: Monday, March 23
Announcement | 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting is Cancelled Due to COVID-19
The 2020 DRK-12 PI Meeting has been cancelled due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19. We are sorry to miss the opportunity to meet with you, explore successful approaches to common challenges, and learn about your findings. We are in conversation with the National Science Foundation to determine next steps, so please watch your email for updates and news. In the meantime, if you...
Posted: Monday, March 23
Resource | Analyzing Instruction in Math using the Teaching for Robust Understanding Framework (AIM-TRU)
The Analyzing Instruction in Math using the Teaching for Robust Understanding Framework (AIM-TRU) learning cycle is the result of a research-practice partnership centered on using the analysis of videocases grounded in high-quality instructional materials for use as a resource for in-service and pre-service professional learning. For videos, materials, slidedecks and a facilitation guide, please...
Posted: Monday, March 23
Blog | Subject Matter Knowledge is Important!
Any educator knows that content knowledge is important in teaching. In our work, we have been thinking about content knowledge as subject matter knowledge. For us, we see subject matter knowledge as knowledge in the discipline taught by a teacher. It often includes an understanding about how the discipline advances, along with what is known within the discipline. These areas are certainly...
Posted: Monday, March 23
Tool for Online Learning | Tip: Leveraging Your Networks
If you are looking for online resources, many museums, universities, teacher networks, and educational organizations are curating lists. For example, the Exploratorium has created a Learning Toolbox featuring free materials addressing coronavirus science, as well as general science support for at-home learning.
Posted: Friday, March 20
Project Spotlight | COVID-19 and Online Learning
In response to the spread of COVID-19, an increasing number of schools are temporarily closing their doors and turning to online learning. Our community of preK-12 education researchers offer the following activities (online curriculum, modules, and/or simulations), tools (apps and general resources), as well as tips to support remote student learning or teacher professional development. View...
Posted: Friday, March 20
Project Spotlight | Teacher Content Knowledge
In this Spotlight, Julie Luft reflects on the various ways that teachers' subject-matter knowledge can be strained as teachers navigate the STEM education landscape and their careers as well as key questions that can guide innovation in content knowledge supports for teacher educators and teachers. In addition, nine DRK-12 projects discuss the approaches they're taking to developing and measuring...
Posted: Thursday, March 19
Resource | Research Quest
Research Quest is a series of science investigations designed to improve students’ critical thinking skills. Registration and use is free! Parents can also sign up free for Research Quest Live, hosted by a live museum education facilitator (https://nhmu.utah.edu/rq-live).
Posted: Thursday, March 19
Resource | A Medical Mystery
A free middle school science program that supports teachers in the effective instruction of an NGSS-aligned, EQuIP-reviewed body systems curriculum unit. Includes the complete middle school science curriculum unit, a teacher’s guide, and an online professional learning course.
Posted: Thursday, March 19
Resource | Understanding Ebola
This is a free resource to educate the public about Ebola. The website includes an interactive model that allows teachers, students, and community members to actively explore the factors that influence a disease’s spread and mortality rate. 
Posted: Thursday, March 19
Resource | Family Science Activities
Each short video provides ideas for family science activities for preschool-grade 3 students that reinforce NGSS 3D learning.
Posted: Thursday, March 19