PSA is a partner in the Community Advancing Discovery Research in Education (CADRE) initiative, an NSF-funded resource network for STEM education researchers and developers who have grants under the NSF’s Discovery Research K-12 (DR K-12) program. CADRE supports DR K-12 researchers in sharing their methods, findings, products, and interests with each other and with the broader R&D community and public. The network convenes members of the DR K-12 community for conferences and work groups, provides information through methods such as newsletters, hosts a program web site, and supports emerging researchers through the CADRE Fellowship program. CADRE is a partnership of Education Development Corporation (EDC), PSA, Abt Associates, and the University of Massachusetts Donohue Institute.
PSA’s role in providing support through CADRE has focused on issues of knowledge use, R&D partnerships, and the bridge between research and practice. PSA staff have written white papers on these issues and have convened DR K-12 researchers and developers in work groups. Work groups have produced products and engaged with district practitioners to develop ideas of common interest.