Another dissemination opportunity will occur at the upcoming 2016 DR K-12 PI Meeting, which will take place June 1-3 in Washington, DC. We will be in touch soon to invite session proposals. We would like to encourage cross-project, interactive submissions as well as proposals from projects seeking feedback from colleagues. The agenda will also feature several poster sessions and other opportunities for informal networking.
Please remember that the CADRE newsletter now features a regular Newsbites section that highlights news from DR K-12 projects each quarter. The newsletter is distributed to more than 3,500 individuals, and other NSF networks frequently reprint information of interest across programs. We also collect information on your presentations at the myriad of professional conferences occurring in the spring, and will share this information with NSF Program Directors as well as the STEM education community.
Lastly, we want to call attention to our updated Social Media & Technologies Toolkit which might provide ideas for your dissemination activities. The toolkit includes a variety of resources for projects that are new to social media as well as those who are continuing to develop their social media presence.
Best wishes for a productive year!
Barbara Brauner Berns
CADRE Principal Investigator
- selecting and evaluating instructional materials;
- evidence-based curricula and resources that align with or can be adapted to standards;
- scientific practices;
- cyberlearning resources;
- professional development and implementation;
- and new assessment approaches.
- February 2015: Call for proposals
- March 2016: PI registration opens
- April 2016: Poster registration
- Brief: Mentoring for the Postdoctoral/Early Career Researcher: Key Elements and Broader Impacts
- Webinar Recording: Mentoring Plans Webinar
- Sample Mentoring Plans: Sample 1 | Sample 2 | Sample 3
- Mentoring Tips: CADRE Tips for Mentoring Early Career STEM Education Researchers and Developers
- Podcast: What Makes a Successful Mentorship Work?
- Video Series: Mentoring
Whether you're just starting to consider the role of social media in your project or you're interested in enhancing an established social media presence, CADRE's Social Media & Technologies Toolkit (updated December 2015) has a wide range of resources that may be helpful. We've collected a suite of information on different tools and platforms, tips for reaching and engaging different audiences, and more. CADRE continues to update this toolkit, so let us know if you have additional resources to share.
PROJECTS & PEOPLE
We're pleased to share this quarter's news from DR K-12 projects as well as our sister resource networks who serve other NSF funding programs (ARC, CAISE, CIRCL, MSPnet, and STELAR). In addition to our newsletter digest, we disseminate your news items on our website and social media. Let us hear from you!
- Field Experience Resources for Classroom Teachers
Awards & Recognition | Seeds of Science / Roots of Reading was featured on the BEETLES (Better Environmental Education, Teaching, Learning & Expertise Sharing) website as part of a collection of classroom resources for field instruction.
- NewSchools Science Learning Challenge Winner
Awards & Recognition | PhET Simulations was one of 15 companies/nonprofits selected for their development of technologies that support students' development of science and engineering skills while sparking their imaginations as explorers and creators.
- A Novel Way to Teach Kids About Engineering
In the Press | Slate.com recently featured DR K-12's Novel Engineering project and their use of popular novels to teach STEM concepts.
- Science Is Cool in 'The Martian.' Can It Be Compelling In The Classroom, Too?
In the Press | In this opinion piece, DR K-12 PI Jacqueline Miller muses whether science in the classroom be as compelling and cool as in 'The Martian.'
- CRA Report on Data-Intensive Research in Education
Publication | Chris Dede was the intellectual lead on a recent report from the Computing Research Association (CRA), that summarizes case studies and criteria for success for data-driven education initiatives.
- How Does Bayesian Knowledge Tracing Model Student Development Of Knowledge About A Simple Physical System?
Publication | Members of DR K-12's Common Online Data Analysis Platform (CODAP) project presented this paper at the Fifth International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference. In it, they discuss their use of the Monte Carlo Bayesian Knowledge Tracing algorithm to trace students' knowledge about a mechanical system in an instructional game in the CODAP environment. Learn more about opportunities in the CODAP community.
- Impact of Project-based Curriculum Materials on Student Learning in Science: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Publication | In the December 2015 issue of JRST, members of DR K-12's Efficacy Study of Project-Based Inquiry Science project shared and discussed the results of a randomized controlled study looking at the impact of the middle school curriculumProject-based Inquiry Science.
- In the Guise of STEM Education Reform: Opportunity Structures and Outcomes in Inclusive STEM-Focused High Schools
Publication | Carrie Allen, a former CADRE Fellow is co-author of this Ed Researcher article about opportunity structures and outcomes in inclusive STEM-focused high schools.
- New Science Snacks Website
Tools | The STEM Practice-Rich Investigations for NGSS Teaching team recently announced a new website from the Exploratorium Teacher Institute, which features a planning tool for helping teachers adapt activities into NGSS investigations (developed as part of their DR K-12 project) and 150+ activities for hands-on science.
News from NSF Networks
- The Year in Informal Science Education: Milestones in STEM Learning from 2015
Blog | In a recent post on informalscience.org, Jared Nielsen reflects on some of the most significant developments in 2015 for informal STEM education.
- Smart and Connected Communities for Learning: A Cyberlearning Innovation Lab
Event | NSF-funded projects with a Cyberlearning theme are invited to apply to attend a weeklong workshop in Menlo Park, CA. Selected applicants will gather from May 2-6 to identify new challenges, discover and develop breakthrough ideas, and build multidisciplinary teams that will advance learning technologies. Applications are due on February 15.
- Webinar on Measuring Student Learning with the Engineering Design Process Portfolio Scoring Rubric
Event | On February 4 (2-3pm ET), MSP's Technical Evaluation Assistance in Mathematics and Science (TEAMS) project is hosting a webinar where Leigh Abts will share a rubric that can help address the lack of commonly accepted frameworks to benchmark learning in design-based experiences.
- Webinar Recording: Smart and Connected Communities
Resource | On January 21, STELAR hosted webinar where NSF Senior Advisors shared opportunities through Supporting Research Advances in Smart and Connected Communities, and ITEST grantees described how their work connects STEM learning communities in need. Presentation materials, related resources, and a recording are available on the STELAR website.
- What's Missing in Reports and Articles? Results From Meta-analyses To Find Effect Sizes
Resource | In the recording from this October 2015 webinar, Erin Furtak, Susan Kowalski, Alina Martinez, and Joseph Taylor discuss their synthesis studies documenting the types of information that are frequently left out of reports and journal articles.
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If you are PI or Co-PI on a DR K-12 grant, we encourage you to share this newsletter with your colleagues. Many of our news items, resources, and events may be of special interest to others on your project team, e.g., early career researchers and developers, evaluators, communication specialists, etc. We welcome all as part of our DR K-12 community and invite them to subscribe to this newsletter, join us on social media, and create an account on the CADRE website.
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