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Dan Teague

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Summer Statistics Institute
Posted: Sep 14, 1998 2:11 PM
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Calculus folks,

If you know a colleague who would be interested in this offering,
please point them to this message.

NCSSM Statistics Leadership Institute
June 27-July 16, 1999

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) is
pleased to announce the 1999 Statistics Leadership Institute to be
held on the NCSSM campus in Durham, North Carolina during the weeks of
June 27-July 16. SAS Institute is generously supporting the cost of
the Institute for participants. Participants will be responsible only
for their own travel expenses.

The institute, modeled after the Woodrow Wilson Summer Institutes in
Mathematics held at Princeton University from 1984 to 1994, will
bring together 50 experienced high school teachers with leading
statisticians from universities and industry to enrich and deepen the
teachers' knowledge of statistics and to enable the teachers to share
their expertise with other teachers upon completion of the institute.

The institute participants and their schools must commit to supporting

outreach activities in the years following the institute.

The Statistics Leadership Institute has two fundamental components;
scholarship and leadership. By bringing together pre-eminent
statisticians with high school statistics teachers selected from a
national applicant pool, the Institute will strengthen and deepen the
statistical knowledge base of the participating teachers and enhance
their understanding of how statistics is practiced by statisticians.
content focus of the Institute will be the mathematical basis for the
high school statistics course and the essential elements of designing
quality surveys and experiments. Respected statisticians in these
two areas will work daily with the participants, sharing their
expertise and experiences.

By working together to develop instructional materials, and by
developing and conducting workshops across the country, the
teacher-leaders will share this knowledge with many other teachers and
their students. Experienced teachers are able to assess what will
work in the classroom, are able to translate the technical
explanations of experts into mathematical language suitable for high
school students, and, most importantly, are trusted by their peers as
is no other source. By training a small number of the best teachers
in the field and providing them with the encouragement and support to
instruct other teachers, the Institute will ultimately benefit a large
number of teachers and their students.

The program includes:

1. a 3-week summer institute held on the campus of the North
Carolina School of Science and Mathematics in which

a) teacher-leaders will work closely with practicing statisticians
to deepen their understanding of statistics and its application in

b) teacher-leaders will work with representatives of statistical
software companies to understand the capabilities of the software and
to develop materials for use in teaching high school statistics. It
is anticipated that the teachers in the institute will be a consulting
resource for software companies as they refine their products to
address the needs of the high school teaching environment;

c) teacher-leaders will have the opportunity to work with
NCSSM media specialists to develop web-based teaching
units and animations to "bring to life" important topics in

d) teacher-leaders will work with each other to share "examples of
best practice" and develop a network of colleagues to draw upon for
their future outreach work.

2. development of a CD and/or web-page containing all curriculum
materials created by the institute participants for use by any
teacher of statistics.

3. opportunities for participants to be in contact with
statisticians after they return to their home region.

4. development of a network of teachers with an expanded vision of
their careers that includes responsibility for the professional
development of other teachers.

The Institute will be directed by Dan Teague (NCSSM) and Dick
Schaeffer (University of Florida), with assistance from Landy Godbold
(Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia), Chris Olsen (George
Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa), and Gloria Barrett
(NCSSM). Visiting statisticians and other experts will work with the
participants throughout the Institute.

Information about the Institute and an application form can be found
in the section entitled Especially for Teachers under the Department
of Mathematics and Computer Science icon at the NCSSM website,
located at

The application deadline is December 1, 1998.

If you have questions about the Institute or application process,
please send a message to Dan Teague at

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