AMATYC Summer Institute GAISEing Beyond the Crossroads: Improving Instruction in Introductory Statistics

Presented by

Karen Kinard, Rob Gould, and Brian Jersky

Monday, July 6th - Friday, July 10th, 2009


This workshop will provide participants with direct experience that will help them develop classroom activities and assessments that are aligned with both the ASA endorsed Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistics Education (GAISE; and recommendations in the AMATYC publication, Beyond Crossroads. Each participant will be part of a team that develops a lesson plan and materials by the end of the workshop that can be incorporated into an introductory statistics course. PARTICIPANTS MUST BRING THEIR OWN LAPTOP COMPUTER.


Conference Site and Lodging

The Institute will be held on the campus of NCAR, the National Center for Atmospheric Research on the mesa outside of Boulder, Colorado.

The workshop will provide $75 per night toward the cost of lodging for participants living more than 30 miles from boulder, Colorado. Lodging will be at the Best Western Boulder Inn, 770 28th Street, Boulder, CO, for Sunday through Thursday nights. ( in downtown Boulder. Room rates for our group are $99 for a single and $109 for a double. Participants sharing a double room with a fellow workshop participant will not have to pay the amount over $75.


Participants are responsible for their own transportation to Boulder, CO. Transportation will be provided on a Colorado University bus from the Best Western Boulder Inn to NCAR each day for workshop sessions. Participants can fly into Denver International Airport (DEN). Transportation from the airport to Boulder is available from SuperShuttle ( rates for a shared van shuttle is $25 each way. Shuttle reservations should be made in advance.

Tentative Schedule

Sun.3:00pm or laterCheck-in at Boulder Inn
Mon.8:30am-5:00pmUsing Assessment to improve learning
Tues.8:30am-5:00pmDeveloping activities for active learning
Wed.8:30am-5:00pmUsing real data/afternoon for social activity
Thurs.8:30am-4:30pmUsing technology to teach
Fri.8:30am-12:00pmTeam Presentations

Social Events and Meals

Continental breakfast at the Boulder Inn is included with the room. Lunch will be provided at NCAR during the workshop sessions. Participants are responsible for all other meals. There are many restaurants within walking distance of the Boulder Inn.

A tour of the beautiful NCAR facility will be provided. Details of social event opportunities will be available on the registration site as they become available.

Cancellation Policy

The Summer Institute will be held only if the minimum enrollment is reached by May 15, 2009. If the enrollment requirement is not met the Institute will be cancelled. AMATYC takes no responsibility for any other expenses an individual may incur and will not be liable for those out of pocket costs.

Additional Information

The Institute is sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE).

About the Presenters

Karen KinardKaren Kinard is an instructor of statistics and coordinator for statistics courses at Tallahassee Community College. She also serves on the Board of Directors for TCC's Center for Teaching Excellence. She earned a B.S. in Mathematical Sciences from Clemson University and a M.S. in Statistics from The Florida State University. She has been transforming her introductory courses to more closely follow the G.A.I.S.E. and enjoys supporting other instructors in their efforts to do the same. She uses an experiential learning process to lead students with diverse learning style needs through connection, presentation, activity, and reflection.


Rob GouldRob Gould is director of the UCLA Center for Teaching Statistics in the Department of Statistics. He received his Ph.D. in Mathematics from U.C. San Diego in 1994, and since that time has been involved in curriculum development for AP Statistics teachers and exploring the use (and abuse) of technology to teach Statistics. He is the founding editor of Technology Innovations in Statistics Education, a journal for research in how technology impacts statistics education.


Brian JerskyBrian Jersky is the dean of science at St. Mary's College of California. Before that, he was chair of the Mathematics department at Sonoma State University. He is a statistician and is keenly interested in furthering knowledge of and interest in the subject. He looks forward to working with colleagues in the mathematics education area in this series of NSF-sponsored workshops.