2016 DRK–12 Event Focuses on Impacts, Bridging Research and Practice, and Digital Media

CADRE at EDC supports and shares innovative DRK-12 STEM education R&D

On June 1–3, EDC convened 230 National Science Foundation (NSF) Discovery Research K–12 (DRK–12) awardees and 20 NSF program officers to share strategies, impacts, and challenges in their innovative work to improve STEM education. Held in Washington, DC, the invitational meeting had a special focus on exploring the role of digital media in fostering deep STEM and cross-disciplinary learning and also engaged participants in examining how STEM education R&D can best address the needs of practitioners. The inspiring line-up of speakers included Dr. James Paul Gee—a member of the National Academy of Education, Presidential Professor of Literacy Studies at Arizona State University, and Advisory Board Member for Games for Change—who presented the plenary “STEM, Language, Experience, Learning, and Life in the Modern World.” Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, Assistant Director of the NSF Directorate for Education and Human Resources, delivered the plenary “The Critical Role of K–12 STEM Learning for the Future.”

The June 2016 event was the fourth awardee convening hosted by EDC during its eight years of leading Community for Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) for the National Science Foundation. Through CADRE, EDC supports DRK–12 teams nationwide in connecting with each other, sharing their important discoveries, and developing innovative products that will shape the future of STEM education. EDC CADRE Principal Investigator (PI) Barbara Brauner Berns and co-PI Catherine McCulloch, who also co-lead EDC’s work on the NSF's STEM Smart initiative, both provided remarks, and eight EDC researchers presented sessions. To view live tweets from the event, use the Twitter hashtag #drk12meeting.

Barbara Brauner Berns noted, “We had some phenomenal speakers and sessions, and I was especially excited about the Closing Plenary, ‘Perspectives from the Field: What Research Do We Need?’ In STEM education research—as well as in all education research—it is imperative for investigators to understand and respond to the needs, priorities, and realities of practitioners. The Closing Plenary engaged stakeholders from higher education, a school district, and a state department of education and DRK-12 researchers in discussing a research agenda for STEM education that directly meets the needs of schools, districts, and states.”

Last Updated: June 2016