United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 09)

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 14, Number 1 (Spring 2009)

The third biennial United States Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS 09) will be held on June 25-27, 2009 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 of statistics at two year colleges and those planning a career in statistics education are especially encouraged to attend.

The theme of USCOTS 09 is "Letting Go to Grow." 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?

USCOTS 09 is a 'hands-on' conference with plenary sessions from leaders in statistics education, working breakout sessions, interactive idea exchange forums, and networking opportunities. The distinguished plenary speakers for USCOTS 09 are Dani Ben-Zvi, George Cobb, Peter Ewell, Chris Wild, and Ronald Wasserstein.

USCOTS offers a unique opportunity of participating in on-going interest groups called clusters. Cluster group topics are Statistics Education Research, Study of Fun, Teaching Statistics in the On-Line World, and Student Attitudes. Participants in these interest groups will meet at varying times before, during and following the conference. Details about each interest group and how to become a cluster participant are available at http://www.causeweb.org/uscots/cluster/.

In connection with the conference, several satellite workshops are being offered. There is no registration fee for the workshops. Descriptions and registration information can be found at http://www.causeweb.org/workshop/.

Registration for USCOTS is $160 before April 1, 2009, and $220 thereafter. Faculty, staff and students of CAUSE institutional members receive a $20 discount. Registration includes conference lunches and a banquet dinner. Resource materials on teaching statistics will also be provided to all participants. Some registration grants are available.

To register for USCOTS 09, visit the website at http://www.causeweb.org/uscots.

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