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Announcement | CAREER Program Deadline Extension
NSF's CAREER program deadline was extended until tomorrow, July 28 (5PM your local time) due to system-wide issues.
Posted: Tuesday, July 27
Poster | Validation of the Equity and Access Rubrics for Mathematics Instruction (VEAR-MI)
This poster describes the work of the Validation of the Equity and Access Rubrics for Mathematics Instruction (VEAR-MI) project, which aims to address the growing need to develop empirically grounded ways of assessing the extent to which the practices that are being outlined in research literature actually serve to support students who are currently underserved and underrepresented in mathematics...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Poster | The Spectrum Laboratory: Towards Authentic Inquiry for All
The Spectrum Laboratory is an online data visualization tool and associated set of investigations that supports students in learning about light, color, and the electromagnetic spectrum by working with authentic scientific spectral data. The research study investigates factors that hinder or promote students' reasoning about spectra; and to determine how the curriculum can help students to use...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Poster | The Developmental Emergence and Consequences of Spatial and Math Gender Stereotypes
Attitudes and beliefs about math and space have been found to be predictive of STEM participation and achievement, with females generally reporting lower math and spatial self-concept and higher anxieties related to these domains (e.g., Sokolowski et al., 2019). However, little work to date has explored the acquisition of these attitudes and beliefs, particularly related to the domain of space....
Posted: Monday, July 26
Poster | Teacher Professional Learning to Support Student Motivational Competencies During Science Instruction (Collaborative Research: Harris, Linnenbrink-Garcia, and Marchand)
This collaborative project uses co-design as a strategy to develop a professional learning approach to help middle school teachers support students' motivation and engagement in the context of NGSS instruction. The project brings together motivation experts, science education researchers, and middle school science teachers. The poster outlines the project goals, introduces five motivation design...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Poster | Sensing Science through Modeling: Developing Kindergarten Students' Understanding of Matter and Its Changes
The Sensing Science through Modeling Matter: Kindergarten Students’ Development of Understanding of Matter and Its Changes project has developed and researched a technology-enriched curriculum to support learning about matter and its changes at the kindergarten level. Traditionally, particle-based worlds are introduced in upper elementary school when children already hold incorrect ideas that...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Poster | Case Studies of a Suite of Next Generation Science Instructional, Assessment, and Professional Development Materials in Diverse Middle School Settings
Our learning approach, eco-solutioning, emphasizes learning 3D environmental content through the construction of solutions that have an impact with and on the local environment. Project goals include the design, implementation, and evaluation of a Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) curricular unit delivered through Gooru’s Learning Navigator data backbone system where middle school...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Poster | Supporting Teachers in Responsive Instruction for Developing Expertise in Science (Collaborative Research: Riordan)
With the increasing use of online interactive environments for science and engineering education in grades K-12, there is a growing need for detailed automatic analysis of student explanations to provide targeted and individualized guidance. In this work we describe a process of human annotation of student ideas based on deconstructed holistic scoring rubrics for knowledge integration in science...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Blog | Tips for Planning a Conference Session
It can be a challenge to plan a conference session that effectively engages panelists from different institutions and research backgrounds. The panelists may or may not know one another, or one another’s work. How do you plan for a dialogue that showcases each panelist and their work while also highlighting areas of overlapping interest? Here are a session designer’s strategies as remarked upon...
Posted: Monday, July 26
Early Career News | 2013-14 CADRE Fellow awarded NSF CAREER grant
K.C. Busch (2013-14 CADRE Fellow) at North Carolina State University was recently awarded an NSF CAREER grant to conceptualize, operationalize, and measure community level scientific literacy.
Posted: Friday, July 23
Early Career News | Next Directions in Measurement of the Home Mathematics Environment: An International and Interdisciplinary Perspective
Yemimah A. King (2019-20 CADRE Fellow), Leanne Elliott (2020 CADRE Postdoc), and David J. Purpura (CAREER Awardee) were co-authors on this recent Journal of Numerical Cognition paper synthesizing findings from an international NSF-funded virtual conference focused on the home mathematics environment.
Posted: Friday, July 23
Poster | Strengthening STEM Teaching in Native American Serving Schools through Long-Term, Culturally Responsive Professional Development
This is a 4-year, level II Exploratory study within the teaching strand of DRK12. The research explores the functioning and impact of a nationally-developed STEM professional development model within the Navajo Nation. Teacher participants represent the entire K-12 grade range and multiple content areas, and they all participate in an innovative STEM-content, culturally responsive, 8-month...
Posted: Friday, July 23
Poster | BioGraph 2.0: Online Professional Development for High School Biology Teachers for Teaching and Learning About Complex Systems
The purpose of this study has been to address the accessibility and efficacy of high quality professional development by modifying a successful in-person PD to be delivered on the edX platform. The PD course introduces BioGraph, a curriculum that uses computer-based simulations to teach biology concepts and complex systems ideas. The study has taken place over the last four years with teachers...
Posted: Friday, July 23
Poster | Extending and Investigating the Impact of the High School Model-based Educational Resource (Collaborative Research: Passmore and Wilson)
We are collaborating on a project to examine the efficacy of high school biology instructional materials that support teachers' understanding and practice of model-based reasoning as an approach to support students in developing an integrated, multidimensional understanding of science. This poster summarizes our efforts to develop assessment tasks that measure students' ability to use model-based...
Posted: Friday, July 23
Poster | Building a Teacher Knowledge Base for the Implementation of High-Quality Instructional Resources through the Collaborative Investigation of Video Cases (Collaborative Research: Murray and Wilson)
Analyzing Instruction in Mathematics using the TRU framework (AIM-TRU) is a research-practice partnership that is investigating the pressing problem of supporting teachers in increasing their capacity to implement high-quality instructional materials in the classroom with fidelity. Drawing upon the design-based research paradigm, the partnership has worked to co-design, investigate, and...
Posted: Friday, July 23
Poster | Getting Unstuck: Designing and Evaluating Teacher Resources to Support Conceptual and Creative Fluency with Programming
We are studying how an online professional learning experience for K-12 computer science teachers can be adapted for use in the classroom. Our goal is to increase teachers' conceptual and creative fluency with the Scratch programming environment. In collaboration with several teachers, we further refined our online professional learning experience for summer 2020. We have also been...
Posted: Friday, July 23
Newsletter | July 2021 Newsletter
Dear Colleagues, The National Academies report, Call to Action for Science Education: Building Opportunity for the Future, calls on communities across our nation to provide time, materials, and resources to support PreK-16 science education and the development of science knowledge and scientific thinking that are essential for democracy and the future STEM workforce. DRK-12 plays an important...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Preparing Next Generation Scientists Through Teacher and Extension Science Partnerships and Schoolyard Citizen Science Investigations in Elementary Schools
Research shows a need for professional development (PD) that builds K-5 teachers' ability to incorporate the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) science practices into the classroom and supports their implementation of reform-minded science instruction. The Schoolyard SITES research study and PD program at the University of New Hampshire (UNH) partners elementary teachers with UNH Extension...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Measuring Early Mathematical Reasoning Skills: Developing Tests of Numeric Relational Reasoning and Spatial Reasoning
The MMaRS project is designing classroom assessment resources of numeric relational reasoning and spatial reasoning for students in grades K-2. During the pandemic, SMU researchers worked virtually with teachers and K-2 students to develop resources that are responsive to their needs and accurately elicit their reasoning. This poster will highlight the virtual data collection methods and...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Mathematical Learning via Architectural Design and Modeling Using E-Rebuild
This poster presentation will introduce the current study findings governing the design and implementation of E-Rebuild, a 3D architecture and math game that aims to promote versatile representation and epistemic practice of mathematics for students in grades 6th-8th. Utilizing the real-time, evidence-centered in-game learning assessment and a game-level editor, E-Rebuild enables not only problem...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Integrating Science with Mathematics and Engineering: Linking Home and School Learning for All Young Learners
This study investigates the integration of early science with mathematics and engineering and involves co-designing resources with preschool teachers and families from historically underserved communities to provide preschool children equitable STEM learning experiences. The study also explores connections between home and school learning and involves designing resources to support multilingual...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Incorporating Professional Science Writing into High School STEM Research Projects
Description: Reading, writing, revision and even publication are integral to progressing science. Yet, these skills are not emphasized in the typical high school STEM classroom. This project investigates the experiences and outcomes of secondary students who have participated in the peer-review and publication of their STEM research projects. Overall, students report increased understanding of...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Improving the Implementation of Rigorous Instructional Materials in Middle-Grades Mathematics: Developing a System of Practical Measures and Routines (Collaborative Research: Ahn, Cobb, Jackson, and Smith)
This project has developed practical measures, and associated routines and data representations, to support the implementation of instructional improvement strategies (e.g.,coaching) in middle-grades mathematics teaching. We will describe our classroom measures, which assess students' perspectives of key aspects of the classroom learning environment; the contributions they have made to our...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Exploratory Evidence on the Factors that Relate to Elementary School Science Learning Gains Among English Language Learners
This study provides evidence on the confluence of school, classroom, teacher, and student inputs that shape elementary school science learning for English learners. The study explores the relationship between (1) science inputs (time on science, content covered, availability of lab resources, teacher training in science instruction, etc.), and (2) EL-specific inputs (classroom language use, EL...
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Developing Teacher Noticing in Engineering in an Online Professional Development Program
The Teacher Engineering Education Program is designed to support teacher learning in engineering education in an 18-month online asynchronous program. In this project, we collected data from two cohorts of elementary teachers (N=26) including multiple interviews throughout the program, teachers’ video recordings of their classroom teaching, and their coursework in the four required courses....
Posted: Thursday, July 22
Poster | Developing Preservice Elementary Teachers' Ability to Facilitate Goal-Oriented Discussions in Science and Mathematics via the Use of Simulated Classroom Interactions
In this project, we developed, piloted, and studied the use of a set of performance-based tasks delivered within a simulated classroom environment in order to improve preservice elementary teachers' ability to facilitate argumentation-focused discussions in mathematics and science. We conceptualized these simulated discussions as formative assessment opportunities, and studied how teacher...
Posted: Wednesday, July 21
Poster | Developing Organizational Capacity to Improve K-8 Mathematics Teaching and Learning
CASPIR is a 5-year NSF-funded project aimed at co-developing and implementing the Elementary Math Leadership (EML) model in four K-8 school districts to improve K-8 math teaching and learning. This is done by: (1) gathering information about problems of practice collaboratively identified by districts/research team; (2) co-designing and co-implementing coherent PD; and (3) engaging in iterative...
Posted: Wednesday, July 21
Poster | Developing Learning Environments that Support Molecular-Level Sensemaking
Our team works with high school chemistry teachers to co-develop a suite of curricular materials that engage students in making sense of chemical phenomena in terms of atomic/molecular behavior. This suite of materials undergoes a regular cycle of development and refinement, guided by teachers’ sense of “what works” when implementing the materials and observations of classroom discourse...
Posted: Wednesday, July 21
Poster | Designing for Science Learning in Schools by Leveraging Participation and the Power of Place through Community and Citizen Science (Collaborative Research: Ballard and Henson)
This study focuses on youth community action and science in our forests. We address questions about when and where youth cultivate their agency and create change relevant to their lives through environmental science. We explore these questions through a place-based and community-lead, forest monitoring program looking at forest health and fire risk in the wildfire prone Sierra Nevada foothills....
Posted: Wednesday, July 21
Poster | Design and Implementation of Immersive Representations of Practice
The project examines how representations of practice facilitate preservice teachers' professional knowledge for teaching fractions and multiplication/division. The project focuses specifically on: how single and multi-perspective 360 video affects PSTs' professional knowledge; how PSTs use technological scaffolds to engage in 360 video, and its effect on their professional knowledge; and the...
Posted: Wednesday, July 21

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