Home Summer Workshop for Teachers of AP* Statistics

The Department of Statistics at Grand Valley State University (GVSU), in partnership with the Regional Math and Science Center and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Deans Office, is pleased to announce the offering of a week-long summer workshop for Michigan high school teachers who have (or anticipate soon teaching) an Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics course. The workshop is being offered in conjunction with a year-long celebration of 2013 as the International Year of Statistics.
If you answer Yes to any of the following questions, then this workshop is for you:

  • Have you taught AP Statistics three years or less (or do you anticipate teaching AP Statistics in the coming academic year)? [NOTE: While the workshop is open to and will benefit all, the focus will be on those who have taught AP Statistics three years or less]
  • Would you like to learn ways to (better) teach topics contained within the AP Statistics course?
  • Would you like to find ways to better prepare students for taking the AP Statistics examination, including the preparation of practice exams?
  • Would you like to gain experience applying an AP Statistics examination scoring rubric to model student responses?
  • Would you like to discover AP Statistics course best practices by sharing ideas (e.g. course syllabi preparation, textbook selection, course pacing, etc.) with fellow teachers?


The workshop will be co-lead by Chris Franklin and Neal Rogness with involvement of other GVSU statistics faculty members throughout the week. Chris Franklin is a Senior lecturer and Undergraduate Coordinator in Statistics at the University of Georgia in Athens with 33 years of teaching experience as a university statistics faculty member. Chris has presented over 75 talks on statistics education at the pre K-12 and undergraduate levels and she has authored or co-authored approximately 50 journal statistics-based articles and resource materials for statistics textbooks. Further, Chris was the lead writer for the American Statistical Association Pre K-12 Guidelines for Assessment and Instruction in Statistical Education (GAISE) Framework, and she is the co-author (with Alan Agresti) of the popular introductory-level statistics textbook Statistics: The Art and Science of Learning from Data, now in its 3rd edition. Chris has over 15 years of experience with AP Statistics including service as a Table Leader, a Question Leader, and the Chief Reader. She currently serves as a member of the test development committee. Neal Rogness is a professor of Statistics at GVSU with 25 years of experience in teaching statistics at the undergraduate level. He has been involved in numerous presentations and authored/co-authored numerous articles focused on statistics education. Neal also was the proposer of and the inaugural chair for the Michigan Statistics Poster Competition. With respect to AP Statistics, Neal has three years of experience as an AP Statistics Reader. The workshop will take place in Mackinac Hall on the GVSU Allendale Campus during the week of June 24 28, 8:30 a.m. 4 p.m. daily. Registration will begin in early March and enrollment will be limited to 20 participants, filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost of the workshop is $100 with a registration deadline of April 30. [NOTE: This fee assumes the successful awarding of a Michigan Space Grant Consortium grant, the outcome of which will be known in March; else the fees will increase by $250]. Registration fees include instruction, textbook, TI-84+ calculator, instructional materials, on-campus parking, lunch, and morning/afternoon refreshments. Lodging and evening meals are at the participant s expense; reasonably-priced housing options are available both on- and off-campus. Additional (and the most updated information) is available at www.gvsu.edu/stat (under the IYS2013@GVSU navigation link). To make sure that you will be included on the mailing list for registration materials, please contact Neal Rogness at rognessn@gvsu.edu or contact Chelsea Miedema in the Regional Math and Science Center at miedech@gvsu.edu or (616) 331-3172.
*NOTE: AP, Advanced Placement Programs, and College Board are registered trademarks of the College Board. Due to timing, this workshop is not endorsed by the College Board; still, Chris Franklin is a College Board certified presenter for AP Statistics workshops and she has conducted at least one week-long AP Statistics workshop annually since 2000.