September 2023 Newsletter

Dear Colleagues,

A recent budget memo outlines US priorities for research and development (R&D) in fiscal year 2025, emphasizing a range of sectors including artificial intelligence, economic competitiveness, social equity, and climate change. This month’s Spotlight showcases DRK-12 projects that are supporting students and teachers in learning and teaching about climate change-related impacts and phenomena. Read the Spotlight on Climate Science Education.

We hope you find one of our upcoming events or opportunities appealing. Join the editors and authors of the recently released report, Classroom-Based STEM Assessment: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives, for a webinar discussing the report's impact on STEM practice and educational research. The session is scheduled for September 26 from 1:30 to 2:30 PM ET. Register here. Additionally, we are introducing a new Learning Series focused on instructional observation. The first webinar will be on September 28 from 11:30 AM to 1 PM ET—please note the updated time. Learn more and register here.

Don't miss the chance for early career researchers to apply for the CADRE Fellows program by September 27, and for new DRK-12 awardees to sign up for the New Awardee Webinar slated for October 4.

Each year, CADRE conducts two surveys within the DRK-12 awardee community. The first survey, 2023 DRK-12 Awardee Survey, aims to collect data on how we can best support you and your project team members. Please take 5-10 minutes to fill out the survey and share this link with your DRK-12 colleagues: The second survey, designed for principal investigators (PIs), will be distributed in the coming months. It will focus on gathering details about current DRK-12 projects to facilitate networking among projects and individuals and to inform the broader STEM educational community about DRK-12 initiatives, among other purposes.

A new report by the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) explores the role of intersectionality in STEM and advocates for understanding overlapping identities to break down barriers and foster inclusivity. Take a look!

The CADRE Team

Climate Science Education | Spotlight

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The Earth’s changing climate is placing new and urgent demands on both the STEM workforce and the general public, underscoring the importance of high-quality climate science education that draws on knowledge and skills taught across STEM disciplines. This Spotlight highlights projects in the DRK-12 portfolio that are developing innovative approaches to understanding and examining climate-related phenomena and their potential impact on populations and ecosystems, as well as projects developing strategies and solutions that promote social justice and environmental resilience. It also features a blog by Leigh Peake, who discusses the power of community engagement around climate change and climate science education.

In this Spotlight:


Spotlight on Research-Practice Partnerships
An upcoming Spotlight will highlight DRK-12 projects with research-practice partnerships (RPPs). If your project is an RPP and you would like your work to be featured, email

Classroom-Based STEM Assessment | Webinar

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September 26 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET
Christopher Harris, WestEd; Eric Wiebe, North Carolina State University; James Pellegrino, University of Illinois Chicago; Erin Furtak, University of Colorado Boulder; Ryan Seth Jones, Middle Tennessee State University; Okhee Lee, New York University

Join authors of the recently released report, Classroom-Based STEM Assessment: Contemporary Issues and Perspectives, to discuss the implications of the report for STEM practice and education research in an upcoming webinar.

Instructional Observation | CADRE Learning Series

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Part 1 Panel: September 28, 2023, 11:30 AM - 1 PM ET
Part 2 Consultations: November 9, 2023, 3 - 4 PM ET

Moderator: Ilana Horn, Vanderbilt University; Panelists: Pauline Chinn, University of Hawaii; Kara Jackson, University of Washington; Gillian Roehrig, University of Minnesota

In Part 1 of our next CADRE Learning Series, hear from researchers who have used or designed instructional observation tools in their DRK-12 research. Participants will learn about a range of tools, their various uses, and their limitations, in the hopes of generating ideas for other project designs.

In Part 2, participants can consult with the presenting researchers to get feedback on their own research designs.

New DRK-12 Awards | Project List

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Since our August newsletter, additional DRK-12 projects have been funded. View the full list of recent awards below.
Congratulations to the newest DRK-12 awardees, and welcome to our community! We look forward to getting to know you and hearing about your work as it progresses.

Project Tip: Insight into Project Budgets

For those new to crafting project budgets, we offer an additional resource: a video presentation from NSF focusing on AISL program budgets. The presenters delve into budget components line by line, highlighting what NSF program officers and reviewers may infer from your budget justification. Find this and more in the NSF Proposal Toolkit.

We’ll also discuss budgeting and other project management and implementation issues at the CADRE Welcome & Orientation Webinar for new DRK-12 awardees.


News from NSF

News from NSF Networks
  • STELAR and NSF are offering an online NSF ITEST proposal development workshop September 27-28. Priority will be given to registrants located within EPSCoR jurisdictions. Registration closes September 26. 
  • The Evidence Quality and Reach Hub (EQR), in partnership with the Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM (TIES), is offering a free webinar on STEM Ecosystems on October 5, 2023, from 1:30 to 2:15 PM ET.
  • EQR is also offering a Community of Practice: Considerations for Centering Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research Syntheses to be held on October 26, November 9, and November 30, 2023, from 4-5:30 PM ET. Please register for the CoP no later than October 13.
News from DRK-12 Projects and Awardees

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Upcoming Opportunities

The following funding and publication opportunities, listed by deadline, may be of interest to you and your DRK-12 project members.


For more NSF funding opportunities, see CADRE's list of Upcoming NSF DRL EHR Solicitation Deadlines.


For other publication opportunities, including those with ongoing submissions, see CADRE's list of Publications for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.
For more conference information, see CADRE's list of Conferences for STEM Educators, Policymakers, and Researchers.

Career & Professional Development

    For job, funding, and capacity-building opportunities for doctoral students, postdocs, and other early career scholars, visit our Early Career News & Opportunities page.
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