Spotlights on STEM Topics

CADRE's Spotlights explore important themes in K-12 STEM education research and development by highlighting DRK-12 project contributions, community perspectives, and important resources.

Algebra Education (2019)
Learn about DRK-12 projects that are promoting access to and success in algebra through pre-service training and professional learning opportunities for teachers, instructional materials, assessments, learning technologies, interventions for at-risk students, and other innovations.

Analyzing & Interpreting Data Across STEM Disciplines (2018)
Explore a range of DR K-12 products within and across STEM disciplines that are designed to develop the knowledge, skills, and ways of thinking that students will need as data literate citizens and/or data-enabled professionals.

Argumentation, Critique & Other Discursive STEM Practices  (2018)
This Spotlight highlights DR K-12 STEM resources—curriculum, professional development, as well as articles, books & papers—that support argumentation, critique, and discourse in the classroom, and in research and development.

This Spotlight highlights opportunities, resources, and projects that aim to increase involvement in STEM.
Early Childhood Education (2018)
In this spotlight, explore NSF-funded projects and resources that focus on early learning opportunities.
In this spotlight, explore DR K-12 games and simulations designed to support science and math learning.
Engaging and Supporting Women and Girls in STEM (2019)
This spotlight features early career scholars and DRK-12 projects working on solutions to engage and support women and girls in STEM fields.
In this spotlight, DR K-12 project members share their work with ELLs, the challenges involved, and strategies for working effectively in this area. 
In this spotlight, DR K-12 project teams present their environmental and earth science work to illustrate how to integrate the three dimensions of NGSS. 

Mentoring (2019)
This spotlight features resources on mentoring strategies and plans.

New Measurement Paradigms (2012)
In this spotlight, take a closer look at the New Measurement Paradigms (NMP) Report and the people and projects involved in the NMP work group.

NSF STEM for All Video Showcase (2018)
The STEM for All Video Showcase is an annual event held in May. NSF-funded projects are invited to submit 3-minute videos showcasing their work. During the virtual event, thousands of attendees viewed videos, voted on their favorite videos, and interacted with presenters asking questions and commenting. View Spotlights on the 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Video Showcases featuring the DR K-12 projects that participated.

Online & Blended Professional Development (2017)
This spotlight offers grantee perspectives on the current state of STEM professional development (PD) and highlights DR K-12 contributions in the area of online and blended PD.

PreK-12 Engineering Education (2019)
This Spotlight provides examples of NSF-funded programs that show promise for educating future generations of scientifically literate and engineering-talented adults.

Rural STEM Education (2019)
Explore how DRK-12 projects are increasing access to resources and opportunities in rural communities that can improve student achievement and representation in STEM.

STEM Practices: Scientific Modeling (2017)
This spotlight highlights resources developed to support scientific modeling.

Students with Disabilities (2018)
This Spotlight features DRK-12 projects that are addressing approaches and developing tools to support STEM teaching and learning for students with disabilities.

Systemic Reform (2019)
In this spotlight, explore the types of partnerships, methodologies, theoretical frameworks, challenges and strategies that support work enacting reforms on a systemic level. This Spotlight includes a perspective piece by Suzanne Donovan and Alan Schoenfeld, highlights the work of seven projects, and offers additional resources for those interested in learning more.

Technology-Enhanced Assessment (2019)
Explore projects using technology to transform the assessment of student and teacher learning as well as advance the field of educational measurement.

Teacher Preparation Models and Programs (2018)
This spotlight features a range of DR K-12 projects that are designing, implementing, and/or studying preservice teacher programs in STEM disciplines.

Using Story in STEM Education (2014)
In this spotlight, listen to PIs Roy Gould and Jackie Miller discuss their work and explore the question, "Why is story such a powerful tool in the classroom?"

Visual Representations in Mathematics (2018)
In this Spotlight, five DRK-12 projects discuss the role of visual representations (VRs) in their work, how VRs are being implemented and tested, as well as emerging findings.