Big new NSF project gets the go ahead!

Newsletter for the Section on Statistical Education
Volume 9, Number 1 (Winter 2003)

The NSF project is a joint effort between ASA, Cal Poly and UCLA. Rob Gould is co-PI with Roxy Peck on the grant. The total grant was for around $1million dollars over three years.

The name of the program is INSPIRE: INsight into Statistical Practice, Instruction and Reasoning. It offers high school teachers who are preparing to teach courses in introductory statistics the opportunity to participate in a unique professional development program.

Supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and designed and taught by leading statistics educators and experienced secondary teachers, this program will consist of a weeklong workshop to be held July 6 - 11, 2003 at Cal Poly followed by a yearlong distance learning course offered for graduate credit through UCLA Extension. A capstone meeting will be held at the end of the yearlong program in conjunction with the 2004 NCTM meeting April 21 - 24, 2004 in Philadelphia.

Participants successfully completing the yearlong program will be eligible for consideration for a second-year program that will provide participants with experience solving statistical problems under the guidance of a practicing statistician working in industry or government.

Support from NSF covers travel, room and board for the workshop, workshop fees, and UCLA tuition and fees.

The program is designed primarily for those who are new to teaching statistics. Admission to the program is expected to be competitive. For more information, please visit or contact Rob Gould ( or Roxy Peck (

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