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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. The 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 practice;
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 statistics;
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 professional 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