Improving STEM education is a team effort. It requires dedicated teachers, researchers, curriculum developers, and scholars all working together to support innovation and excellence in the classroom.
This idea is the foundation for the Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE), an EDC-led network for STEM education researchers who have been funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) program. CADRE supports and accelerates learning among the DRK-12 community about the practice and outcomes of STEM education research. We help project teams leading NSF-funded initiatives across the United States to connect with each other, share important discoveries, and develop the innovative products that will shape the future of STEM education.
EDC’s CADRE staff support a network of more than 300 actively funded NSF projects and their principal investigators (PIs) and project staff. Examples of CADRE’s key activities follow:
- Convene DRK-12-funded researchers to share and generate knowledge about improving STEM education, such as through awardee conferences, topical working groups, and webinars.
- Provide capacity-building professional development experiences for early career and more experienced researchers and developers, for example, through the CADRE Fellows program, CADRE Learning Series, and topical working groups.
- Engage education researchers, practitioners, and other education stakeholders with STEM education research, information, and resources via conference presentations, a website, social media, podcasts, newsletters, and webinars.
- Supported the capacity building of more than 1,000 DRK-12 projects and their principal investigators (PIs) and program staff since 2008
- Supported a new cohort of 10–15 CADRE Fellows each year since 2009
- Created and curated resources for education researchers, including the project Management Tools and the Dissemination Toolkit
- Supported prospective awardees in developing successful DRK-12 proposals through a video series about designing and developing NSF research projects, the NSF Proposal Toolkit, and the Research Toolkit
- Provided Spotlights on key areas of pre-K–12 STEM education and research, such as assessment
- Engaged the education community through the STEM Smart website, outreach meetings, and newsletters that connect research and practice
Collaborate closely with other NSF Networks