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Federal Funding to Improve Education Research and Practice: Lessons Learned, Insights Gained as a Program Director at the National Science Foundation (online)

December 9, 2022 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Presented by Asli Sezen-Barrie, associate professor of curriculum, assessment and instruction. Part of the School of Learning and Teaching Research Brown Bag series. Sezen-Barrie started an Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) position at the NSF’s Division for Research on Learning (DRL) at Formal and Informal Settings on Aug. 30, 2021. Since then, she has served as the program director for numerous DRL programs and represented her division in cross-directorate and interagency groups created to respond to climatic changes. On Oct. 3, 2022, she was appointed co-lead for the Discovery Research PreK-12 program that leads the nation in funding studies on STEM learning, teaching, and assessment at the PreK-12 level. In this talk, Sezen-Barrie will provide information about the structure of NSF and how the foundation works to respond to policy, needs from the field, and future directions highlighted by scholars. She will then provide insights into how an interdisciplinary team of researchers can successfully respond to NSF’s program solicitations or Dear Colleague Letters (DCLs). Specifically, she will talk about a) choosing the right program for your research ideas, b) developing familiarity with the panel structure, c) building relationships with the program directors, and d) understanding cross directorate or interagency calls that respond to current and future societal issues. The talk will provide examples of how researchers and practitioners from various fields of education (such as literacy, special education, teacher education, art teachers, and community leaders) can work together to develop successful proposals. Finally, Sezen-Barrie will share some of the contributions of the IPA position to her professional development.

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December 9, 2022
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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