Deb Rumsey

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 13, Number 2 (Fall 2008)

The third biennial United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) will be held at The Ohio State University on June 25-27, 2009. The conference is hosted by CAUSE (Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education).

The overarching goals of USCOTS are to: 1) Hold a national conference that focuses on undergraduate level statistics education (including AP Statistics); 2) Share ideas, methods, and research results regarding what teachers want and need to know about teaching statistics; 3) Facilitate teachers incorporating new ideas, methods, and resources into their existing courses and programs; and 4) Promote connections between all teachers of undergraduate level statistics throughout the country.

The theme of USCOTS 09 conference is "Letting Go to Grow." Questions to be addressed include: Are we trying to fit in too much to have a "good" statistics course? Can we retool and rethink our courses to better meet our goals? What should we let go of in order to grow?

Our lineup of plenary speakers is outstanding again this time, including George Cobb (Mt. Holyoke College); Ron Wasserstein (Executive Director, ASA), Dani Ben-Zvi, (University of Haifa, Israel); Chris Wild (The University of Aukland, New Zealand); and Peter Ewell (Center for Higher Education Management Systems).

Please plan to join us for what promises to be an interesting, thought-provoking, and fun conference!

Information about USCOTS 09 is located on our website: Registration information and a call for contributed posters will be made soon. If you have any questions, feel free to email Deb Rumsey, USCOTS 09 program chair, at

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