1 July, 2011
Volume 16 No. 26
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Q-and-A W|A by SMS

Statistics Workshops for K-12 Teachers

The Math Place


Online PD


Orientation Sessions

Math and Tech Workshops


Problem Based Learning Courses

Graduate Credit:
Mathematics Teaching and Learning Certificate

Master's Degree


Q-and-A W|A by SMS


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Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"Thanks to all who replied privately. It is the Clifford torus again...."
- Arkadiusz, posted to the geometry.research discussion

Statistics Workshops for K-12 Teachers


The American Statistical Association (ASA) offers two workshops in conjunction with the 2011 Joint Statistical Meetings, July 30 - August 4, Miami Beach, Florida.

The Meeting Within a Meeting (MWM) Statistics Workshop for K-12 Mathematics and Science Teachers — with grade K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 strands — seeks to enhance teachers' knowledge and teaching of data analysis and statistics within the mathematics and science curriculum. This two day-long workshop will also provide hands-on, classroom-ready activities aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and the Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE) Report: A Pre-K-12 Curriculum Framework.


The Beyond AP Statistics (BAPS) Workshop, for experienced Advanced Placement statistics teachers, consists of a day of enrichment material just beyond the basic AP syllabus.


Workshop registration, which does not require registering for the overall Joint Statistical Meetings, includes access to the conference's exhibit hall.

Sign up by July 13th to save money and to ensure your selections:


Now taking place: math education conversation of the hour

"I'm working on a letter to State Ed. and want to include a list of all of the errors that we have seen (and the state has officially recognized).... Here's a list of what I have so far. Have I missed anything?"
- Brent, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State

The Math Place


Frank and Mickey Jo Sobierajski offer their narrated PowerPoint presentations, problems, and video files of student solutions. Their work — some with supporting documents such as Geometer's Sketchpad sketches, others published in the journal Mathematics Teacher — includes

  • Millennium Force Rollercoaster
  • Wheelchair Ramp
  • The Chaos Game
  • Dynagraphs
  • Sliders in Sketchpad
  • Think, Communicate, Justify
  • Bead Patterns
  • Greedy Bear Story


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