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.

Key Activities

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.


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