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Meeting Within a Meeting (MWM)

Workshop for K-12 Mathematics and Science Teachers

Based on the Utah Secondary Core Curriculum Standards for Statistics and the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction of Statistics Education (GAISE) A Pre-K–12 Curriculum Framework, which complements NCTM’s Principles and Standards for School Mathematics and Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-kindergarten through Grade 8 Mathematics, and College Board Standards for Success – Mathematics and Statistics

Sponsored by the American Statistical Association (ASA)
2007 Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM)

The ASA is in the process of applying for Professional Development Half-credit for 7-13 contact hours for Utah teachers. Confirmation of this will be received six weeks prior to MWM.

Date: Monday, July 30, 2007
Place: Salt Palace Convention Center, Salt Lake City
Audience: Middle School/Junior High Math and Science Teachers
Teachers: Submit applications, letter of intent, and letter from principal/district supervisor. Review and acceptance of applications to attend MWM will begin March 1, 2007 and will continue until the course is filled. Space is limited. If interested in attending, please apply as soon as possible. Special consideration will be given to multiple math/science teachers from the same school.
Objectives: Enhance understanding and teaching of statistics within the math/science curriculum based on conceptual understanding, active learning, real-world data, and appropriate technology
Format: One-day meeting Activity-based sessions, including lesson-plan development Lunch and dinner followed by panel discussion Optional activities on Tuesday (Statistics Education Sessions, Poster Sessions, JSM Exhibit Hall)
Provided: Registration cost
Meals and refreshments
Certificate of Participation from the ASA
Follow up: Program evaluation for future follow-up workshops Development of listserv for participants ASA chapters network with local teachers to organize learning communities
Contact: Rebecca Nichols,; (703) 684-1221, Ext. 1877

The primary goal of the MWM program in 2007 is to provide an opportunity for middle school and high school teachers who teach Math 5, Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Applied Math I, Applied Math II, or science courses to discuss and apply the statistical concepts embodied in Utah Secondary Core Curriculum Standard V. Although the objectives and concepts taught under Standard V differ from course to course, the standard may be summarized as follows: Teachers will explore problems that require them to collect, organize, analyze, and draw conclusions from data and apply basic concepts of probability. The MWM program will include examining what students can be expected to do at the most basic level of understanding and what can be expected of them as their skill level develops and their experience broadens.

Proposed Program Timing:

8:00 – 8:30 Teachers arrive and register for MWM, coffee and pastries available.
8:30 – 8:45 Welcome speech by ASA President, Mary Ellen Bock
8:45 – 9:15 Overviews of the Utah Secondary Core Curriculum Standard V for statistics instruction in Math 5, Math 6, Math 7, Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra, Applied Math I and Applied Math II and the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education.
9:15 – 10:45 Session 1: Teaching Utah’s Standard V: Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting univariate categorical data: including, but not limited to, mode, frequency tables, bar graphs, pictographs, and circle graphs.
10:45 – 11:00 Break with snacks and coffee
11:00– 12:30 Session 2: Teaching Utah’s Standard V: Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting univariate measurement data: including, but not limited to, mean, median, range, interquartile range, standard deviation, line graphs, stem-and-leaf plots, and boxplots.
12:30 – 1:30 Lunch with ASA Utah Chapter members and invited speaker
1:30 – 3:00 Session 3: Teaching Utah’s Standard V: Collecting, analyzing, and interpreting categorical and measurement bivariate data: including, but not limited to, correlation, association versus causation, scatterplots, two-way tables, and line of best fit.
3:00 – 3:15 Break with coffee and snacks
3:15 – 4:45 Session 4: Teaching Utah’s Standard V: Planning lessons and assessing progress
4:45 – 6:30 Check into dorm or hotel, complete conference evaluation
6:30 Return conference evaluation and get raffle ticket before dinner
6:30 – 8:30 Dinner and Committee on Career Development panel discussion
8:30 – 9:00 Question and Answer Session, raffle, and certificates and gifts for participants

Tuesday, July 31

Passes to:

  • Statistics Education Sessions at the Joint Statistical Meetings (JSM) (details of the program will be provided when they become available)
  • Poster Sessions
    • Poster presenters permit face-to-face extended discussions with interested individuals or small groups. Particular advantages of this poster presentation format, as opposed to a more traditional paper session format, are direct feedback to the author and the ability to display extensive graphical or tabular materials, possibly in addition to a handout. Posters will be grouped according to the topic selected.
  • JSM Exhibit Hall
    • JSM Exhibitors provide attendees the opportunity to observe and learn about state-of-the-art products and services related to the statistical industry.

Review and acceptance of applications to attend MWM will begin on March 1, 2008, and continue until the meeting is filled. Interested persons may apply online by clicking here. Please note that a signed letter of recommendation from your principal or district supervisor must be mailed/faxed to the ASA office separately. Applications will not be considered complete until this letter of recommendation is received.

The letter of recommendation should include the following:

  • School acknowledges the need for statistics education at the middle school level
  • Principal/district supervisor supports the initiative of the faculty member to enhance his/her ability to teach statistics
  • Principal/district supervisor supports using the knowledge gained by the MWM attendee to assist other math and science faculty members
  • Principal/district supervisor supports MWM attendee to engage in follow-up activities
  • Click here for a template that includes these points

Senior Mathematics Education or Science Education Students
Click here for a letter of recommendation form that your major advisor/dean of education may use in lieu of writing his/her own letter. The online application system will ask the following from the applicant:

  • What statistical concepts you currently teach in your courses
  • Answers to a brief survey of statistics concepts (This survey has no bearing on the acceptance of the applicant. The data collected will be used by the MWM organizers to hone the MWM program.)
  • Other topics or concepts you would like MWM to address
  • A letter of intent with the reasons you wish to attend MWM and what you expect to gain

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