Pacific Northwest Statistics Meeting
Human histograms. Edible classroom materials. Trashballs. You too can use these. How? What for?
Every person in our society today needs to have a basic understanding of statistics and probability in order to be an informed citizen. The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) explicitly recognized this need by naming Statistics and Probability as curriculum strands at all grade levels K-12. (Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, 1989, and Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, 2000.) These documents set the guidelines for K-12 mathematics education across the U.S.
For many teachers, this is new material. They are seeking support. We statisticians can and must step up and contribute to Statistical Literacy for All.
We will discuss educational outreach activities ranging from classroom visits and consultations with teachers to the ASA's Quantitative Literacy and Adopt-A-School programs, and a large scale NSF Local Systemic Change project in the Seattle area.
You will come away with ideas (such as Human Histograms, edible classroom materials, and Trashballs) which you can take to a classroom or teacher, so that you too can experience the reward of contributing to K-12 statistics educational outreach.