This month we are featuring DRK-12 projects with a focus on STEM pathways. Though there may not be consensus of what constitutes a STEM job, we might all agree that educational experiences are a critical factor in providing access to and removing roadblocks from the pursuit of STEM careers (including the skilled technical workforce) or the use of STEM skills in other occupations. Read a perspective piece on this topic by Jeff Weld, executive director, Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council and former senior policy advisor, White House Office of Science & Technology Policy.
The NSF DRK-12 proposal submission deadline has been postponed to November 18, 2019. Please share this information with your colleagues and associates. If you are planning to submit a proposal, CADRE's NSF Proposal Toolkit offers a compilation of helpful resources.
As a reminder, join your colleagues tonight at 9 PM ET for an #NSTAchat on technology-enhanced assessment. CADRE is also curating and featuring practitioner-oriented DRK-12 products on Pinterest. Details below!
Finally, we have a few hellos and a good-bye. We welcome new NSF program directors and rotators who have been part of the DRK-12 community: Monica Cardella, Beth Herbel-Eisenmann, and Sharon Lynch. After 16 years, MSPnet is sunsetting, but you can still access an extensive library of archived resources on the site.
Spotlight on STEM Pathways
According to the NCSES 2019 report on Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering, there are still significant gaps in representation in science and engineering. How do we broaden STEM opportunities so that all students get access to STEM skills and learn about possible STEM career paths?
In this Spotlight, Jeff Weld reflects on the importance and power of teaching towards workforce development, laying out key approaches from a new Federal strategic plan. In addition, three DRK-12 projects discuss how they are researching and innovating pathways that allow and encourage all students to pursue continued study or careers in STEM.
In this Spotlight
- The Frontline of Workforce Development: PreK-12 Education | Blog by Jeff Weld
- Featured Projects:
- iSTEM: A Multi-State Longitudinal Study of the Effectiveness of Inclusive STEM High Schools (PI: Barbara Means)
- STEP UP (PIs: Mark Hannum, Zahra Hazari, Theodore Hodapp, Robynne Lock)
- Stereotypes about Math and Spatial Skills (PI: Sara Cordes)
- Additional Resources
Measuring Program Implementation Webinars
Why is it important to know how well a program was implemented? How do you know whether a program was implemented as designed? For answers to these questions and more, join Dr. Chris Hulleman for two upcoming DRK-12 research methods webinars hosted by AIR:
- Measuring Program Implementation | October 1, 2019 | 12-1:15 PM ET
Discuss logic model development and use of systematic measurement approaches to examine program implementation, the merits and limitations of different methods, and tools and resources for developing and refining implementation measurement plans.
- Developing a Program Implementation Measurement Framework | October 10, 2019 | 12-1:15 PM ET
Discuss development of implementation measurement frameworks, practical considerations (e.g. reporting burden and availability and quality of data), and participants' own experiences and challenges with measuring program implementation.
CADREK12 Now on Pinterest
CADRE has a new Pinterest page featuring DRK-12 products designed for educators, students, and/or the public. Current boards include:
- Algebra Education
- Analyzing & Interpreting Data in PreK-12 Education
- Argumentation, Critique, & Other Discursive STEM Practices
- PreK-12 Engineering Education
- Scientific Modeling in preK-12 Education
- Tools for Using Visual Representations in Mathematics
- Using Technology to Assess Learning
We welcome ideas for new boards! If you have a product you would like to include in current or future Pinterest boards, email email@example.com. Follow our page to see new posts.
Newsbites from NSF, DRK-12, and NSF Networks
News from NSF
- Dear Colleague Letter: Support for Engaging Students and the Public in Polar Research
NSF seeks DRK-12, AISL, and IUSE proposals that advance polar science educational opportunities.
News from DRK–12 Projects & Awardees
- Breaking the STEM Stereotype: Reaching Girls in Childhood
Publication | This book by Amanda Sullivan discusses the gender divide, gender identity development, gender stereotypes, and ways to engage girls in STEM.
- From Professional Development to Implementation: A District's Experience Implementing Mathematics Tiered Systems of Support
Publication | In this Learning Disabilities Research & Practice article, Erica Mason, Sarah Benz, Erica Lembke, Matthew Burns, and Sarah Powell describe a school-district-initiated partnership with university faculty and their effort to implement a mathematics multi-tiered system of support.
- Gina's Mathematics: Thinking, Tricks, or "Teaching"?
Publication | In this Journal of Mathematical Behavior article, Jessica Hunt, Beth MacDonald, and Juanita Silva discuss the extent to which one case-study elementary school child with identified learning disabilities made sense of composite units and unit fractions.
- Integrating Crosscutting Concepts into Science Instruction
Publication | In this Science and Children article, Marcelle Goggins, Alison Haas, Scott Grapin, Lorena Llosa, and Okhee Lee discuss how crosscutting concepts can build on students' everyday experiences in their homes and communities.
- The Role of Teacher Framing in Producing Coherent NGSS-Aligned Teaching
Publication | In this Journal of Science Teacher Education article, Jarod Kawasaki and William Sandoval report on one teacher's efforts to redesign an entire instructional unit as a coherent storyline about forces and motion as a part of a multiyear professional development project around the NGSS.
- "This is Really Frying My Brain!": How Affect Supports Inquiry in an Online Learning Environment
Publication | In this Research in Science Education article, Lama Jaber, Elizabeth Hufnagel, and Jennifer Radoff examine what gets learners engaged and invested in scientific inquiry in order to better support their learning.
- Toward a Theoretical Structure to Characterize Early Probabilistic Thinking
Publication | In this Mathematics Education Research Journal article, Randall Groth, Jathan Austin, Madeline Naumann, and Megan Rickards share a tentative theoretical structure on early probability learning with a goal of potentially informing curriculum decisions and future research.
News from NSF Networks
- Cyberlearning 2019 Webcast | CIRCL
Register to view the Cyberlearning 2019 webcast and participate in an online conversation October 3-4.
- Cyberlearning Workshops: Principles for the Design of Digital STEM Learning Environments | CIRCL
White papers, slides, and a synthesis report are available from this workshop-leaders summit on designing digital STEM learning environments.
- Strengthening Capacity to Implement Culturally Responsive Practices | NSF INCLUDES
Join NSF INCLUDES for a webinar on culturally responsive practices on September 25 from 2 PM to 3 PM ET.
- Virtual Office Hours | CAISE
Ask NSF AISL program officers questions about the AISL solicitation and/or the NSF merit review process on October 10 and/or October 16.
See our Upcoming CADRE & NSF Network Events page for ATECentral, CIRCL, CAISE, CS for All Teachers, EvaluATE, NSF INCLUDES National Network or STELAR events that may be of interest to you.
The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.
- September 27 - NSF | Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program
- October 1 - NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (Preliminary Proposal)
- October 1 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) (Research Initiation Awards and Excellence in Research Projects)
- October 3 - NSF | Advanced Technological Education (ATE)
- October 3 - NSF | EHR Core Research
- October 24 - NSF | NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) (STEM Education and Learning)
- October 30 - NSF | Accelerating Research through International Network-to-Network Collaborations (AccelNet) (Letter of Intent)
- November 1 - NSF | ADVANCE: Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions (Letter of Intent)
- November 6 - NSF | Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)
- November 18 - NSF | Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12)
- November 19 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) (Broadening Participation Research Centers)
- November 26 - NSF | Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) (Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, and ACE Implementation Projects)
- December 3 - NSF | Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES)
- December 4 - NSF | Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)
- December 10 - NSF | Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP)
For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of upcoming NSF DRL EHR solicitation deadlines.
- October 1 - Educational Leadership | The Empowered Student
- October 1 - The Science Teacher | Social Justice in the Science Classroom
- October 15 - Connected Science Learning | Embracing Social Media
- October 30 - Science & Education | Nature of STEM or Nature of S, T, E, M? Investigating the Interdisciplinary Foundations and the Educational Applications of STEM
- November 1 - Educational Leadership | Deeper Discussions
- November 1 - Science & Children | Cross-grade Collaboration
- November 1 - Science Scope | MS-PS4 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
- November 1 - The Science Teacher | Nature and the Environment
- December 1 - Science & Children | Beyond the Field Trip
- December 2 - Educational Leadership | Learning and the Brain
- Ongoing - Educational Technology Research and Development | Special Issue Proposals
- Ongoing - The Elementary STEM Journal | STEM for All: Learning Opportunities
- Ongoing - Journal of Research on Technology in Education | Special Issue Proposals
- Ongoing - Research in Science Education | Special Issue Proposals
For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- September 27 - 2020 ISTE Annual Conference and Exposition (Call for Proposals)
- October 1 - 2020 SREE Spring Conference (Call for Papers)
- October 1 - ITEEA 2020 Annual Conference (Call for Participation in STEM Showcase)
- November 8 - 2020 SITE International Conference (Call for Proposals)
- November 15 - 16th International CDIO Conference (Abstract Submission: Papers, Workshops and Roundtables, Working Groups)
- December 13 - 2020 International CSEDU Conference (Call for Regular Papers)
- December 22 - 2020 International CSEDU Conference (Workshop and Special Session Proposals)
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
- October 1 - Stanford University: Faculty Position in Educational Data Science
- Until filled - The Concord Consortium: Research Assistant
- Until filled - Education Development Center: Director, STEM Strategy and Initiatives
- Until filled - McREL Research and Evaluation Jobs
- Until filled - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Teaching Assistant Professor in Computer Science Education
- Until filled - University of Wisconsin-Madison: Assistant Professor of Learning Sciences
- September 27 - Application Deadline for the NSF CSforAll Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) Workshop (Atlanta, GA | November 5-6)
- October 7 - Application Deadline for the NSF CSforAll Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) Workshop (San Mateo, CA | November 14-15)
- October 11 - Application Deadline for the NSF CSforAll Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) Workshop (Washington, DC | November 21-22)
- October 15 - The Concord Consortium: Robert F. Tinker Fellows Program
- October 28 - Application Deadline for the NSF CSforAll Researcher-Practitioner Partnership (RPP) Workshop (Chicago, IL | December 5-6)
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