USCOTS 2021 - Reading Groups

Are you interested in reading more about this year's USCOTS theme about expanding opportunities? Even better, would you like to discuss it with fellow Statistics educators? Your chance has arrived!

General Information

Before and After USCOTS, there will be several reading groups around the theme of expanding opportunities.

  • The virtual reading groups will consist of 8 – 12 individuals who will meet four times to discuss the book. 

  • During the first meeting, the reading groups will establish their general structure.

  • The facilitator will email you with more information within a few days of the start of the session. 

Reading Groups

Small Online Teaching by Flower Darby and James Lang 

When: Wednesday at 4pm ET June 2, 9, 16, 23

Facilitator: Megan Mocko, University of Florida

Connection to the theme: Online classes allow some students access to education that they might not have access to due to the necessity to take care of a family, earn income, or disability. Creating online courses so that all students can succeed is critical to expanding opportunities for these individuals. 

Grading for Equity by Joe Feldman

When: Fridays at 12 pm ET June 4, 11, 18, 25

Facilitator: Kelly Spoon, San Diego Mesa College

Connection to the theme: Reconsidering grading practices can empower students in our classrooms and expand opportunities as a result. "We don’t usually think of grading when talking about equity, but in Grading for Equity: What It Is, Why It Matters, and How It Can Transform Schools and Classrooms, Joe Feldman helps us see why grading is an integral part of an equity agenda. He shows us how we can use grading to help students become the leaders of their own learning and lift the veil on how to succeed. He reminds us that authentic assessment and transparent grading are essential parts of a culturally responsive classroom.  This must-have book will help teachers learn to implement improved, equity-focused grading for impact." -- Zaretta Hammond

Data Feminism by Catherine D'Ignazio and Lauren Klein

When: During USCOTS, participants will be sent a doodle poll to determine the meeting days and times, which will start the second week of July 

Facilitators: Kelly McConville and Nate Wells, Reed College 

Connection to the theme:  The authors will be keynote speakers at USCOTS 2021! Their book contains lots of case studies and real examples related to data ethics and data justice.  Catherine and Lauren also push the reader to think about the power structures associated with data and data science. 

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