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Discovery Research PreK-12 Program Solicitation

National Science Foundation

Directorate for Education & Human Resources
Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):

November 14, 2017

November 14, 2018

Synopsis of Program:

The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.

The DRK-12 program invites proposals that address immediate challenges that are facing preK-12 STEM education as well as those that anticipate radically different structures and functions of preK-12 teaching and learning. The DRK-12 program has three major research and development strands: (1) Assessment; (2) Learning; and (3) Teaching. The program recognizes the synergy among the three strands and that there is some overlap and interdependence among them. However, proposals should identify a clear focus of the proposed research efforts (i.e., assessment, learning, or teaching) consistent with the proposal’s main objectives and research questions. The program supports five types of projects: (1) Exploratory, (2) Design and Development, (3) Impact, (4) Implementation and Improvement, and (5) Conferences and Syntheses. All five types of projects apply to each of the three DRK-12 program strands.

Proposal Preparation Instructions

  • Letters of Intent: Not required
  • Preliminary Proposal Submission: Not required
  • Full Proposals:

Evaluation/Research position at LEAD Center

Looking for an evaluation/researcher position with the Community of Practice?
The LEAD Center is recruiting (in partnership with Gear Learning) to fill this position.

BPC Partners with Northwest Area Foundation & Rainbow Research on National Workforce Development Project

Shawano, WI May 19, 2017 Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) has been hired to work as an evaluation and technical assistance subject matter expert to work on a new workforce development initiative funded by the Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF).  The NWAF “Reservation-based Work Opportunity Initiative” is part of the “Work Opportunity” portfolio of NWAF to provide funding and support to Native-led grantees for the focus areas of:

  1. Promising career pathway programs that link training to available jobs.
  2. Capacity building efforts to increase the effectiveness of workforce organizations and their leaders.
  3. “Building the field” activities that lead to a larger and more networked field of stakeholders invested in reservation-based workforce efforts.

BPC’s partnership with Rainbow Research (RR) will support the efforts of the grantees who will work to increase workforce development skills and capacities of their organizations; strengthening systemic supports with non-Tribal workforce partners; and increasing the participation, knowledge, and skills of Tribal workforce participants.   This will result in a Native-led grantee portfolio that documents Tribal workforce development best practices, best strategies for program effectiveness, and a greater understanding and capacity of local Tribal and non-Tribal workforce system partners to increase reservation-based work opportunities.

BPC will work with RR as an Indigenous evaluation and multi-jurisdictional workforce education systems subject matter expert.  BPC will provide support to needs assessments, grantee training and technical assistance, curriculum development and implementation, and design of a culturally responsive Indigenous evaluation study.  BPC will also provide technical feedback to grantees on their evaluation and data collection instruments and support the capacity, knowledge, and skill building of RR and NWAF to strongly support the efforts of Native-led grantees from Reservation or urban workforce contexts. Bowman Performance Consulting has contributed over two decades of culturally responsive and multi-jurisdictional evaluation, research, training and technical assistance.  Their living mission and motto is “working WITH people and not ON them.” If you would like more information about this project, please contact BPC at 715-526-9240 or by email


New HHS Research Brief: Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a new research brief entitled Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness.

About the Brief

Using data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Family Options Study, the brief examines the well-being of young children 20 months after staying in emergency homeless shelters with their families. It draws comparisons between children who experienced homelessness and national norms for children of the same age. The brief also examines housing instability, child care instability, and enrollment in center-based care and Head Start, and associations between housing and child care stability and child well-being.

Summary of Findings

The brief finds that twenty months after staying in an emergency shelter with their families, young children scored worse in pre-reading skills and had higher rates of overall behavior problems and early development delays compared to national norms for children their age. However, they displayed only small disadvantages in pre-math skills, and for some types of behavioral challenges their rates were similar to national norms. Unstable housing arrangements remained common during the 20 months following a stay in emergency shelter, with children who had more stable recent living situations and more stable child care arrangements displaying fewer behavior problems 20 months after a shelter stay than those who did not. In addition, enrollment in early education and center-based care was lower for families who had experienced housing instability in the past six months compared to those who had been stably re-housed. However, housing instability did not appear to be associated with lower enrollment in Head Start programs. Moreover, children ages three and four who were enrolled in Head Start or other early education and center-based care displayed stronger pre-math and pre-reading skills than those who were only in parental care.

Download the Brief

Well-being of Young Children after Experiencing Homelessness, along with two other research briefs that are part of the same series, are available for downloading at

Research Grant Opportunity: William T Grant Foundation

The William T Grant Foundation funds research that increases understanding in the following areas: 1) programs, policies and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and 2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. Research grants about reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000 and cover two to three years of support. Research grants about improving the use of research initiative will range between $100,000 and $1,000,000 and cover two to four years of support.

We realize this funding opportunity is not for evaluation; however, many Network members also conduct research. The Research Grants Application Guide is attached to this message.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Research project advances the Foundation’s interests in understanding programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality or improving the use of research evidence.
  • Research project has compelling relevance for programs, policies, and practices affecting youth ages 5-25 in the U.S.
  • Funds primarily support research activities, not intervention or service costs.
  • Applicant is employed at a tax-exempt organization

The online application for a research grant is now open. The next deadline for submitting letters of inquiry in 2017 is May 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm EST. More information about this opportunity can be found via this link (

Friday Funny! Research?

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Video: Collaborations with Native American Nations: Community Based Participatory Research

Please watch and share Team Roswell’s journey and approach to community based research efforts in Native American communities.

The piece helps create awareness, education, and notes the importance of Employee Assistance Programs as a means of prevention and intervention.

Special thanks to Roswell Park’s Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, RPCI’s Health Behavior and Health Communications Resource Team, and our community media partner, Western Door Productions (Gary Sundown). An additional thanks to academic champion and actor Dr. Evan Adams for sharing insights to workplace health (a.k.a. “Thomas-Builds-the-Fire”; Smoke Signals)

Embedding Spiritual & Sustainable Wisdom in Education and Research

13th Annual Aboriginal Education Research Forum ‘Shawane Dagosiwin’ – 5th Annual Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education

Embedding Spiritual & Sustainable Wisdom in Education and Research as an Act of Reconciliation

Faculty of Education Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB/Canada

April 24 – 25, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Aboriginal Education Research Forum – “Shawane Dagosiwin” is co-hosting with the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba the 5th Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education on Monday, April 24 & Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Location: Faculty of Education Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“Shawane Dagosiwin” (as translated from the Anishinaabe language) reflects the values of, and embraces integrity and respect for family and community in educational research. This year we are pleased to co-host this event organized through a planning committee that includes educators from Manitoba’s universities, the provincial departments of education, First Nations and Métis governments and various representative organizations.

The Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education is hosted by various Faculties of Education in Canadian that take the lead in hosting the symposium. This annual event is in its 5th year and has been previously hosted by the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and University of New Brunswick.

Keynote Speakers: Drs. Chantal Fiola & Jean-Paul Restoule

Registration fees (Includes admission to all sessions, forum meals, forum events, and nutrition breaks):

Presenters/posters – $225.00

Early Bird – $250.00 (March 24, 2017)

Regular – $275.00

One day regular – $200.00

Student presenter and/or participant – one day $80.00

Students – two day fee $100.00

We encourage you to register early to facilitate our planning of the conference program.

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Association for Institutional Research (AIR) 57th Annual Forum…Register Today!


MAY 30 – JUNE 2, 2017

The Forum, the annual conference for the Association for Institutional Research, is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals in institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning and related fields. The four-day event features more than 300 educational sessions and an Exhibit Hall showcasing the latest tools and services for these higher education fields.  Register today!


Monday 5/29

Tuesday 5/30 Forum Opening Day

Wednesday 5/31

Thursday 6/1

Friday 6/2

* Additional Fee Require


WestEd Justice & Prevention Research Center Update

The Justice & Prevention Research Center (JPRC) has as its core mission providing evidence-based information to help guide policy and practice in areas such as violence prevention, school safety, juvenile and adult criminal justice, and public health. This guidance can come in various ways: through reports and publications, webinars and presentations, technical assistance and training, and by serving on advisory panels and technical working groups.

In this update, we describe a new Justice & Prevention Research Center (JPRC) effort to provide guidance to a large agency providing services across the U.S. to at-risk youth. We also put the spotlight on a National Institute of Justice-funded school safety project getting ready to launch next month in Texas.

Finally, we again underscore the importance of a multi-partner effort, involving the JPRC, to carefully synthesize research to inform the development of new guidelines for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts. We conclude the newsletter by highlighting a recent blog article on WestEd’s use of regression discontinuity design in the educational context, and a upcoming presentation by WestEd staff at the upcoming crime prevention symposium at George Mason University.

To read complete update click here

WestEd is a nationally recognized not-for-profit research and services firm. The agency’s mission is to promote excellence, achieve equity, and improve social and learning outcomes for children, youth, and adults. WestEd has a long history of effective collaboration with local community, justice, and education agencies in implementing, and evaluating successful programs that promote positive youth development, physical health and well-being, and prevention of risk behaviors including violence.