The United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 07) Takes Statistics Teaching Up a Notch!

Deb Rumsey

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 11, Number 2 (Fall 2006)

The second biennial United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 07) will be held on May 17-19, 2007, at the Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio, hosted by CAUSE, the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education. The target audience for USCOTS is teachers of undergraduate and AP statistics, from any discipline or type of institution. Teachers from two-year colleges are particularly encouraged to attend.

The theme for USCOTS 07 is Taking Statistics Teaching to the Next Level. 'Next level' has many interpretations, such as developing a second course, gaining more confidence in teaching statistics, moving students beyond statistical literacy to statistical thinking, and using the latest technology to improve teaching and learning. USCOTS is a 'working conference' with many opportunities for hands-on activities, demonstrations, networking, sharing ideas, and receiving the latest information on research and best practices in teaching statistics. Leaders in statistics education will give plenary talks, including Jessica Utts, Paul Velleman, Dick DeVeaux, Allan Rossman, and Mike Shaughnessy.

We are calling for proposals for the Idea Exchange Forum (formerly known as the spotlight sessions) for USCOTS. This forum provides an opportunity for conference participants to display, demonstrate, present, and discuss their favorite examples, activities, methods, and ideas. Due to limited space, the Idea Exchange Forum will be limited to 80 presenters. Abstracts submitted before February 1, 2007, will receive feedback from the session organizers by March 1. Final abstracts should be submitted by April 1, 2007. Abstracts submitted between February 1 and April 1 will be considered for selection, but will not receive feedback from the session organizers. All applicants will be notified whether they were selected by April 17.

Registration for USCOTS 07 is $150 before April 1, 2007, and $200 thereafter. Registration grants are available on a limited basis (does not include hotel and travel). The registration fee (which includes conference lunches and a banquet dinner) will be waived for a limited number of participants for whom the fee would be a burden. Priority will be given to graduate students planning a career in teaching, high school teachers, and to those who participate in the Idea Exchange Forum. When you register for USCOTS 07 you can submit your Idea Exchange Forum abstract and/or apply for a registration grant.

To register for USCOTS 07, visit the website at For more information, contact Deb Rumsey, USCOTS Program Chair, at

We look forward to seeing you at USCOTS 07. Your participation will certainly help us take the conference to the next level!

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