From Broadening to Empowering: Reflecting on the CIRCLS’21 Convening


The Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences (CIRCLS) research community focuses on emerging technologies for teaching and learning. This community includes both awards in the National Science Foundation (NSF) program area of Research on Emerging Technologies for Teaching and Learning (RETTL) as well as research funded elsewhere that has an emerging learning technologies focus. On September 13 and 14, 2021, CIRCLS hosted a convening on the theme “Remake Broadening.” This report focuses on the strategic outcomes of the convening. The convening culminated with eleven strategy sessions that reported out in a town hall meeting. The CIRCLS team organized the outcomes of the strategy sessions and town hall into four detailed recommendations, each reported on a subsequent page:

  1. Preparing Researchers
  2. Changing the Design Focus
  3. Improving Partnerships
  4. Rethinking Broader Impacts

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grant 2021159. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Program Committee Members

Heather Pon-Barry
Erin Ottmar
David Lockett
Yoav Bergner
Matt Bernacki
Vitaliy Popov
‪Monica Miaoxia Chan‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Melissa Rasberry
Nonye Alozie
Brian Smith


Jeremy Roschelle, Digital Promise
Judith Fusco, Digital Promise
Shari Gardner, SRI International
Sarita Nair-Pillai, Education Development Center
Wendy Martin, Education Development Center
Erin Walker, University of Pittsburgh
Leah Friedman, University of Pittsburgh
Carly Chillmon, Digital Promise
Dalila Dragnić-Cindrić, Digital Promise
Jonathan Pittman, Digital Promise
Pati Ruiz, Digital Promise

Technical Facilitators for Expertise Connections and Strategy Sessions

Nilavra Bhattacharya
Tugba Boz
Rachel Dickler
Sarah Hampton
Sreecharan Sankaranarayanan
Kristin Stephens-Martinez

Suggested Citation: Center for Integrative Research in Computing and Learning Sciences (CIRCLS). (2022, Feb.). From broadening to empowering: Reflecting on the CIRCLS’21 Convening.