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Current program: Letters of intent required (2 opportunities/yr) Full proposal deadlines (2 opportunities/yr) Note: NSF may be combining the DRK-12 and

Apr 01, 2015



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Current program: Letters of intent required (2 opportunities/yr) Full proposal deadlines (2 opportunities/yr) Note: NSF may be combining the DRK-12 and MSP programs in the near future Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) NSF Solicitation 11-588 SCIED 590 presentation 1-18-2013 Slide 2 Synopsis The DRK-12 program seeks to enhance the learning and teaching of STEM by preK-12 students, teachers, administrators and parents. The emphasis in DRK-12 is on research projects that study the development, testing, deployment, effectiveness, and/or scale-up of innovative resources, models, and tools. DRK-12 invites proposals that address immediate challenges facing preK- 12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate a radically different structure and function of preK-12 teaching and learning. DRK-12 especially encourages proposals that challenge existing assumptions about learning and teaching within or across STEM fields, envision the future needs of learners, and consider innovative ways to support learning. There are four strands described in the solicitation: 1) Assessment; 2) Learning; 3) Teaching; 4) Scale-up. Slide 3 Estimated Awards per Year 15-20 Exploratory awards ($450,000 over 1-3 yrs.) New projects 15-20 total Full R&D awards ($3,000,000 over 4 yrs.) and Full R&D scaleup awards ($4,000,000 over 4 yrs) Build on results of the most promising Exploratory projects or other non-NSF projects 5 Conference/Workshop awards ($100K over 2 yrs) Note: NSF anticipated funding $40M of new projects in 2012, which assumed a number of awards at < maximum budget allowed. Slide 4 DRK-12 Program Strands (Arzu) Assessment: assessments of student and teacher knowledge, skills, and practices. summative assessment of student content knowledge, skills, attitudes, beliefs, motivation, formative assessment of student progress in learning STEM concepts, skills, and practices; and assessments of STEM teacher content and PCK, effective teaching practices Learning: resources, models and tools to support all students' STEM learning, enhance their knowledge and abilities, and build their interest in STEM fields. prepare students to understand increasingly sophisticated content in STEM subjects, engage students in data collection, analysis, visualization, modeling and interpretation, develop important, cross-cutting concepts and ideas needed to understand important interdisciplinary subjects, help students learn STEM practices, modes of inquiry, and engineering design and/or STEM learning activities that effectively engage and serve the diversity of learners found in contemporary U.S. classrooms. Teaching: resources, models and tools to help pre- and in-service teachers provide high quality STEM education for all students. innovative models to recruit, certify, induct, and retain STEM teachers; new resources for helping pre- and in-service teachers develop content and pedagogical knowledge and skills; tools for sharing teaching expertise within schools and districts and across the nation. Scale-up and Sustainability: the factors that contribute to successful implementation, scale-up, and sustainability of proven, high-quality innovations in schools and districts in a cost effective manner. the research designs must involve a statistically appropriate number and nesting of individuals, classes, or schools, and should give careful attention to measures of fidelity and adaptation when the intervention is implemented. Slide 5 CADRE: Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education is a network for STEM education researchers funded by the National Science Foundation's Discovery Research K-12 (DRK-12) program. connects researchers who are endeavoring to improve education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics in, and outside of, schools. helps the DRK-12 researchers to share their methods, findings, results, and products inside the research and development community and public. has partnership with Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC), Abt Associates, Inc. (Abt), and Policy Studies Associates, Inc. (PSA). UMass Donahue Institute serves as evaluator. Slide 6 Search For Current Projects in DRK-12 Go to CADRE Project Smart Search Use key words to find specific projects Or Go to Then in the search box write specific key words for the type of strand, such as projects for the learning strand Or Go to Go to projects and then browse in projects if you know the project name, leading organization, PIs names or key words to describe projects. Slide 7 Exploratory awards: $450,000 over 1-3 years, 15-20 awarded (Michele) What is it? Allows researchers an opportunity to clarify concepts, assemble theoretical/conceptual foundations, preform early investigations or focus on adapting innovative resources, models, tools and/or prototypes. They are generally short in duration, produce empirical evidence which is basis for future research. Example #1: Ocean Tracks: Investigating Marine Migrations in a Changing Ocean, $311K, Description: Ocean Tracks harnesses the promise of emerging CI (computer imaging) to engage high school students in the use of data visualization tools to study the movement patterns and habitat usage of marine animals. Example #2: Enhancement of Wet Lab Capabilities for Coral Reef Stress Research and Education, $204K, Description: The broader impacts include producing new, high quality results on topics that are of the highest concern for society; providing a training ground for young scientists, who are the future of scientific discovery; attracting the best scientific minds and increasing the capacity of the station by establishing new partnerships and collaborations. Slide 8 Full R&D (and scale-up) awards: $3-4,000,000 over 4 years, 15-20 awarded What is it? Built from promising exploratory work, this award allows for a longer term, more in-depth study that reaches a broad audience. Example #1: Collaborative Proposal: Universal Design of Inquiry-Based Middle and High School Science Curriculum, $1.2M, Description: The Center for Applied Special Technologies (CAST) has pioneered the development of technology to differentiate instruction, for students with a wide range of disabilities. The University of Michigan and Education Development Centers are developing and testing comprehensive science curricula for the middle school and high school. They bring their joint expertise together to create heuristics for universally designed science materials for middle and high school instructional materials. Example #2: Exploring the Effects of Teacher Research Experiences (RE) on Classroom Inquiry, $3.4M, Description: The research goals are to (1) analyze the essential features of RET programs, (2) examine participants' understanding and enactment of inquiry, (3) study interactions with the personal characteristics of participants, and (4) assess the influence of inquiry teaching on student learning in science. Slide 9 Conference/Workshop awards: $100K over 2 years, 5 awarded What is it? Awards fund focused conferences, symposia and workshops which produce usable information for researchers or practitioners. Example #1 Workshop: Improving capacity for game-based research to scale, $99K, Description: This workshop addresses the need to connect a wide range of experts involved in game development and research to develop and disseminate best practices. Example #2 Mini-Symposia: The Results of the African Diaspora: Developing Black Scholars in Science Education for the 21st Century in the United States, Part II, $100K, Description: The project goal is the development of a network of science education faculty members to conduct research on issues related to science learning and teaching of rural and urban students in the United States and to increase numbers of African American science education and science faculty members from traditionally White and Historically Black Colleges and Universities who are prepared to design and conduct rigorous research studies. Slide 10 DRK-12 Portfolio Overview (Jenay) In 2012, a portfolio overview of the first four cohorts of projects funded by DRK-12 was published. 91% of the 272 eligible projects met the criteria for the study, which asked: What are the sizes of the projects DRK-12 is funding? Who is being funded? What types of projects is DRK-12 funding? Where is the program focusing its investment? What research is being conducted? Are projects evaluating their work? How do projects plan to disseminate their work? Slide 11 DRK-12 Portfolio Overview Populations targeted: Mostly K-12, only 5.7% Pre-K and 4.4% Other Disciplines 75.0% Science and/or Math Math and science data broken down by subjects and grade levels are in the report. Research and Development Cycle: Design, develop, and test (63.7%); Implement, study efficacy, and improve (8.1%); Scale up and study effectiveness (4.8%); Synthesize and theorize (12.1%); Explore, hypothesize, and clarify (11.3%) Resources, Models, and Technology: Resources - instructional or related materials (85.1%); Models - having a more indirect or distal influence on learning and instruction (37.5%); Technology - developing or studying technologies (42.7%) Distribution Across Areas of Interest Most projects focus on developing, revising, or studying resources in math or science. The report includes data for the number of projects in major discipline areas that are developing or studying resources, models, and technologies by grade. Data outside of K-12 settings is not included. Slide 12 DRK-12 Portfolio Overview Research Conducted: 49.6% of projects use both qual. and quant. methods.; only 10.1% of projects are longitudinal. Project Evaluations The majority of projects plan to use an advisory board, a summative evaluation, and/or formative evaluations. A notab