The STN (Statistics Teacher Network) newsletter has been mentioned several times on the apstats net. As current editor, I thought you might be interested in its history and its purpose (given below).
Brief version: The newsletter is a free publication sponsored by ASA (the American Statistical Association) and NCTM (the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics), published three times a year, includes 8 pages of reviews of statistics texts and books and software, articles on successful statistics classroom activities, and notices of meetings. It is designed for K-12 teachers. To be added to the 7,000+ teachers currently on the mailing list, send your name and address to email@example.com.
The publication is not currently available electronically, but that is on the agenda to be done, hopefully by the autumn 1996 issue. Making back issues available is being thought of as well.
I'm in the process of creating an index of the last five years articles. As soon as it is completed, I'll send it on this apstats net. I'll also provide a way to get copies of the articles you have an interest in, until the electronic versions are available on the web.
Jerry Moreno, Editor Statistics Teacher Network newsletter
Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science John Carroll University University Hts., OH 44118 firstname.lastname@example.org
=============================================================== HISTORY and PURPOSE of STN
In 1967, the ASA Board of Directors and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Board of Directors established the ASA-NCTM Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability. The charge given this committee was to provide national leadership for the inclusion of statistics and probability in the nation's mathematics curriculum, promote awareness programs and quantitative literacy among teachers, and support the development of appropriate curriculum materials.
The committee's initial response to its charge resulted in two excellent publications: "Statistics: A Guide to the Unknown"; and, a four volume series of materials called "Statistics by Example." In the 80's, the committee took a quantum leap forward in creating the Quantitative Literacy program that has grown to include five major projects with a sixth pending. QL has been enormously beneficial in promoting statistics in the curriculum of our nation's schools.
The committee also began the Statistics Teacher Network Newsletter, a publication for precollege teachers. The newsletter provides reviews of statistics texts, reference books, videos, and software. It provides announcements of workshops and other programs, and it presents statistics activities that teachers have found to be successful in their classrooms.
The first issue was in September 1982. It is published three times a year and currently remains free in cost to its over 7000 subscribers. Some recent book reviews were on the fifth QL volume "Exploring Measurements" by Barbella, Kepner and Scheaffer, "The Cartoon Guide to Statistics" by Gonick and Smith, "Data Analysis: An Introduction" by Witmer, "The Art of Science Writing" by Worsley and Mayer, the Proceedings of the First Scientific Meeting of the IASE, and the ISI's "Introducing Data Analysis in the Schools: Who Should Teach It and How?" Also reviewed have been the text by UCSMP (University of Chicago School Mathematics Project) called "Functions, Statistics and Trigonometry" and "Introduction to Algebra and Statistics" of the Ohio Math Project.
Some of the software reviews have been on "Statistics Workshop" from Wings, "Understanding Statistics" from the Centre for Statistical Education, and "DataScope" and "Prob Sim" from Intellimation.
Articles on successful activities or class projects have included using the Calculator Based Laboratory (CBL) with the TI-82 in the algebra classroom, how to organize field trips to "real" statisticians, making the mathematics class "fun" by motivating topics through data, linking mathematics and science curricula with statistical design of experiments, and using birthday data to integrate statistics into the K-12 mathematics curriculum.
If you have an interest in K-12 statistics education and would like to receive this free publication, send your name and address to STN, American Statistical Association 1429 Duke Street,Alexandria VA 22314-3402; (703) 684-1221; FAX (703) 684-2036; or, email@example.com.
To contribute an article or volunteer to be a reviewer, contact Jerry Moreno, Dept. of Mathematics and Computer Science, John Carroll University, University Hts., OH 44118; (216) 397-4681; FAX (216)397-3033; firstname.lastname@example.org