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Annual Meeting of the National Numeracy Network

Date: October 15-16, 2011
Contact: Caren Diefenderfer at Hollins University.
Brief: NNN board meeting in conjunction with the Appalahian College Association Annual Summit

The National Numeracy Network (NNN) will be hosting their Annual Meeting on October 15-16, 2011 at the Crowne Plaza Tennis & Golf Resort in Asheville, NC.

The meeting will include an information session intended for faculty attending the ACA Summit.

If you are attending any of the Summit events, you must register for the Summit (and Early Registration ends on Oct. 2. The price goes up by $100 after that.) You should use the NNN code (72011) when you register and you may share this code with potential NNN members and friends.

If you are planning to attend only the special NNN sessions on Saturday and Sunday, contact Caren Diefenderfer (See link above.) asap (by noon on Sept. 9). I have a special code that will allow you to register.

For more information about the meeting, view the announcement at the ACA Summit web site. For more information about NNN, visit the organization's web site.

MathFest Mini-Course: An In-Class Role Playing Game for Quantitative Literacy: Social Security, 1935

Date: August 5-6 2011
Contact: Course description on the MAA MathFest web site.
Brief: Mini-Course by Andrew Ross and John Curran

From Ross and Curran:

Interested in an innovative in-class game for Quantitative Literacy (QL) classes? There are still a few spots left in a Minicourse at this year's MathFest (Aug. 4-6) to learn about and play a game where we pretend it is 1935 and we debate what the Social Security law should include: pensions? disability? universal health care?

If you are already registered for MathFest and want to add the Minicourse (we understand that some people had technical problems doing this), you may do so by emailing Audra Weaver

For more information, follow the announcement link above.

Educating for Personal and Social Responsibility: A Twenty-First-Century Imperative

Date: October 13-15 2011
Contact: Meeting announcement page
Brief: AAC&U Network for Academic Renewal Conference

From the announcement page.

The focus of the conference will be on innovative and practical approaches to educating for personal and social responsibility, particularly approaches reflecting academic and student affairs collaboration, campus-community partnerships, and global contexts. The conference also invites proposals describing ways in which campuses have effectively addressed challenges, including assessing personal and social responsibility, scaling up programs, and building supportive institutional policies and structures to sustain progress.

For more information, follow the announcement link above.

Workshop on Inquiry-Based Learning in Math/Math Education

Date: May 21-25 2011
Contact: Workshop Announcement Page
Brief: Workshop on IBL at the University of Michigan

Inquiry-Based Learning is designed to inculcate QL, so this workshop might appeal to members. Here is the summary from the announcement page.

Inquiry based learning (IBL) has been highly successful both in mathematics and mathematics education environments. Via IBL, students actively participate in their mathematical education. They become adept at understanding and explaining mathematics.

In this workshop we will discuss IBL methods in a variety of settings. In particular we will feature sessions on

  • The Freshman Experience
  • The Math Major Experience
  • Math Education
  • Assessment
Experienced instructors will present and discuss their experiences. Workshop participants will be prepared to present effective IBL style courses after the workshop. Participants will be connected to a mentoring support system to help them as they implement these ideas in their own institutions.

For more information, follow the announcement link above.

Tenth Anniversary of Mathematics and Democracy

Date: January 21 2011
Contact: Launchings column
Brief: MAA President David Bressoud commemorates the anniversary

Mathematics and Democracy is a concise and compelling exposition of the importance of quantitative literacy contemporary society. It's tenth anniversary is an important milestone, and the MAA is acknowledging that.

In the linked column, Bressoud mentions "[t]here is now a special interest group of the MAA, SIGMAA QL, which 'aims to provide a structure within the mathematics community to identify the prerequisite mathematical skills for quantitative literacy (QL) and find innovative ways of developing and implementing QL curricula. We also intend to assist colleagues in other disciplines to infuse appropriate QL experiences into their courses and hope to stimulate the general national dialogue concerning QL.'

"SIGMAA QL works closely with the National Numeracy Network . . ."

Joint Mathematics Meeting 2011

Date: January 6-9 2011
Contact: Meeting Website
Brief: SIGMAA-QL Business Meeting and Special Session

SIGMAA-QL business meeting followed by Math and Democracy reunion/discussion: Thursday January 6, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm. La Galerie 6, 2nd floor, Marriott.

The Role of QL in the High School Mathematics Curriculum: Friday Jan. 7, 1:00 pm - 3:50 pm. Napolean C1, 3rd floor, Sheraton. Note: This is listed in the program as: AMS-MAA-MER Special Session on Mathematics and Education Reform, II

Quantifying Quantitative Reasoning in Undergraduate Education: Alternative Strategies for the Assessment of Quantitative Reasoning

Date: October 8-10 2010
Contact: Workshop Website
Brief: Special Session on "Innovations and Issues in Quantitative Literacy" will be held at the Section Meeting

There is an August 6 deadline if you are interested in applying.  Also, The board of the National Numeracy Network is planning their next board meeting to occur just before the PKAL workshop.

MathFest 2010

Date: August 5-7 2010
Contact: Meeting Website
Brief: Special Session on "Innovations and Issues in Quantitative Literacy" will be held at the Section Meeting

SIGMAA QL sponsoring a Panel Discussion on "Mathematics in Interdisciplinary Survey Courses" on Thursday August 5, 3:30 - 4:50 pm in the room " Monongahela".  Unfortunately, at the moment in the MathFest online schedule it only appears at "Panel Boersma".  Not very informative.

After the panel discussion, we will adjourn to a nearby brewpub for an informal reception/happy hour.  During this time we can meet other SIGMAA-QL members, talk about future SIGMAA-QL activities, do a little networking, and see if a Pittsburgh ale can hold its own to a Pacific Northwest IPA.

The reception will be at the Courthouse Tavern at 5:15 pm.

Pacific Northwest Section MAA Annual Meeting

Date: April 9-10 2010
Contact: Meeting Website
Brief: Special Session on "Innovations and Issues in Quantitative Literacy" will be held at the Section Meeting

Over the last several years many colleges and universities have reconsidered their approaches to teaching and assessing quantitatively literacy/reasoning. Outcomes have been articulated, curricula have been designed, and in many cases some exciting integrative collaboration has taken place. This session invites papers which speak to the manifold approaches to the issue of quantitative literacy at the undergraduate level. Papers addressing successful cross- disciplinary curricula, integrative projects, learning communities, meaningful placement procedures, articulation issues, and multi-stage assessment are especially encouraged.

Organizers:

  • Stuart Boersma, Central Washington University, is currently chair-elect of SIGMAA-QL and Governor of the Pacific Northwest section of the MAA.
  • Deann Leoni, Edmonds Community College, is Co-PI of the Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum project (NSF DUE #0442439).

Joint Math Meetings

Date: January 13-16 2010
Contact: MAA Website
Brief: The annual gathering of the MAA.
SIGMAA QL is sponsoring the following events:
  • SIGMAA QL Annual Business Meeting: Friday, Jan. 15, from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm
  • Contributed Paper Session: Friday, Jan. 15, from 8:00 am to 11:00 am
    Quantitative Reasoning and the Environment, Maura B. Mast, University of Massachusetts Boston, Karen D. Bolinger, Clarion University, and Cinnamon Hillyard, University of Washington Bothell. The combination of teaching quantitative literacy and environmental issues in the classroom can be a powerful one. Both fields naturally focus on mathematical topics such as understanding basic numeracy, constructing models, and generating and interpreting statistics. Furthermore, both fields emphasize concrete data, real-world applications, and mathematics in context. Courses that integrate quantitative literacy and the study of environmental issues are suitable for students at a range of levels, from those with a limited mathematics background, to calculus students, and beyond. This combination is also timely, given the active national conversation about implementing quantitative literacy requirements and the public's increased awareness of environmental issues. There is a growing source of support material, from textbooks to workshops to web pages, providing further evidence of the interest in developing course materials that draw from both of these fields. We invite presentations addressing the teaching of quantitative literacy and environmental problems. This could include ideas and examples for how to bringing quantitative literacy and environmental mathematics together in the classroom, suggestions for how quantitative literacy can be used in the study of environmental problems, and resources available for this type of work. This session is jointly sponsored by SIGMAA-EM and SIGMAA-QL.

MathFest 2010

Date: August 5-7 2010
Contact: Meeting Website
Brief: Special Session on "Innovations and Issues in Quantitative Literacy" will be held at the Section Meeting

SIGMAA QL sponsoring a Panel Discussion on "Mathematics in Interdisciplinary Survey Courses" on Thursday August 5, 3:30 - 4:50 pm in the room " Monongahela".  Unfortunately, at the moment in the MathFest online schedule it only appears at "Panel Boersma".  Not very informative.

After the panel discussion, we will adjourn to a nearby brewpub for an informal reception/happy hour.  During this time we can meet other SIGMAA-QL members, talk about future SIGMAA-QL activities, do a little networking, and see if a Pittsburgh ale can hold its own to a Pacific Northwest IPA.

The reception will be at the Courthouse Tavern at 5:15 pm.

Teaching Quantitative Reasoning Through Civic Issues

Date: November 6-7 2009
Contact: SENCER Website
Brief: Symposium on QL

Metropolitan State University in Saint Paul, MN will be host to the Midwest SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) Center of Innovation Fall Symposium on Teaching Quantitative Reasoning through Civic Issues. The symposium will be held on November 6th and 7th. The events on Nov. 6th will begin with an evening plenary address by Professor Deborah Hughes Hallett. Professor Hallet holds a joint appointment at the Harvard Kennedy School and the University of Arizona and is currently teaching a course at Harvard, Politics and Policies: What Can Statistics Tell Us? On Saturday November 7th, the events will run from 8:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. with break-out sessions for contributed and invited papers and poster presentations. Undergraduate students are encouraged to participate in the symposium. There are a limited number of registration waivers available for undergraduate students on a first come, first serve basis. Please look for updates on a call for abstracts, schedules, registration information and general information for the symposium at www.sencer.net/Outreach/centers/midwest/index.cfm. We look forward to seeing you in Saint Paul!

MathFest

Date: August 6-8 2009
Contact: MathFest Website
Brief: Poster Session and Minicourses at MathFest

POSTER SESSION: First Day of Class Activities
Friday, August 7, 10:30 am – noon
Sponsors: SIGMAA QL and SIGMAA TAHSM

  • Creating a Rubric for Graphing
    Caren Diefenderfer, Hollins University
    I start my "Introduction to Quantitative Reasoning" class by giving students some frequency data on a variety of topics. We form groups of 3–4 people and each group receives a data set. The data sets come from our text book and consider the total sales (in billions of dollars) of the top eight retail companies in the US, the number of platinum albums of the top ten musical groups (with the most platinum albums) in the US, the areas (in millions of square miles) of the world's major land masses or the religious preferences (measured as a percent of the sample) of first-year college students. I ask each group to create a graph of the data set and draw it on an overhead transparency. Together we look at the graphs and critique them. As a class we develop a list of guidelines, or a rubric, for graphing data. Creating this rubric allows us to establish some shared terminology and we use the group rubric for grading graphs throughout the entire semester. This activity is a good way to start a class and emphasizes that good written communication skills are crucial for success in this class.
  • Encouraging Problem-Solving the First Day of Class
    Mike Pinter, Belmont University
    I will describe a specific problem that I've been able to use very effectively the first day of class for both an introductory quantitative reasoning course and for an Honors Program course. The problem is simple for the students to understand but eludes a quick solution; for those reasons, students of varying ability levels find something both understandable and challenging about the problem. As the students work in small groups on the problem, I guide them through several aspects of problem solving, such as: be clear about the "rules" of the problem; start with a smaller version of the given problem in order to gain insight and to generate some data; look for patterns in data that's been generated, conjecturing and testing along the way. So, in addition to ideas of problem solving, I also establish a collaborative approach to the course where students help each other and I guide their efforts. Students leave class the first day with a true taste of the problem-solving they will encounter many places in the course.
  • Gather specific student information on an index card
    Alice Kaseberg, retired
    I ask students to record on index cards: their major, personal goals, number of hours employed each week, number of course credits, and major personal responsibilities. In addition to taking roll, this lets you personalize to the students your comments about goal setting, persistence, and time management. For courses from algebra to calculus, discuss an equation for a realistic load. Pass out cards as students enter. Have all questions displayed before class so students are involved in class from the first minute they arrive.
  • I Don't Teach Math. I Teach Students Math.
    Stacey Allyn Cederbloom, Mount Union College
    "You are the first math teacher who ever cared whether I understood or not." I have heard these words again and again out of the mouths of students who work hard in my classes. As math teachers, we have the unfortunate reputation of loving our content first, and our students a far second, if at all. So, my first key to motivating students is to convince them, in both words and actions, that I care about them and their success in math. My second key to motivating students is to spend a good part of the first day doing math with them and introducing them to my teaching style. I choose material which is relevant to them, challenges them to think, but does not completely intimidate them. More importantly, I create an environment in which participation is not only "safe," but is also crucial in the learning process. Because I have found that students "will not care how much I know until they know how much I care," I carefully weave this theme throughout everything I do on the first day - from necessary administrative tasks, to my choice of content, to the way in which I teach that content. For me, designing such a lesson on the first day reaps huge rewards for the rest of the semester: it encourages students who "hate math" to persevere, and it inspires many others to achieve success in math that they did not think was possible.
  • Life's Expectations And Requirements
    Susan Lea Beane, University of Houston-Downtown
    My first class day stresses that the class is an important LIFE event, and in order to be successful in life, we need some necessary skills. Those skills are mathematics and reading and writing. Math comes first in life skills. Everything in life is built around the sciences and science is build around math. The expectations are the course goals and objectives. The requirements are the necessary study skills needed to successfully carry out the course expectations.

SIGMAA-QL Lunch following poster session at a local restaurant. Details to Follow!

MINICOURSE: Game Theory Path to Quantitative Literacy
David Housman, Goshen College
Rick Gillman, Valparaiso University
Part 1: Friday, August 7, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
Part 2: Saturday, August 8, 3:30 – 5:30 pm
** additional fee applies for all mini-courses.

SENCER Summer Institute

Date: August 6-8 2009
Contact: SENCER Website
Brief: SSI 2009

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement invites applications to participate in the 2009 SENCER Summer Institute, planned for August 6-10th in Chicago and hosted by Harold Washington College.

SENCER (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities) is a National Science Foundation-supported faculty development and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education reform initiative. SENCER supports the development of courses and programs that connect course content to real world problems, and by so doing, extend the impact of learning across the curriculum to the broader community and society. This approach has been especially effective in engaging women, minority students, and students who major in non-STEM fields.

The SENCER Summer Institute (SSI) is an annual, intensive, residential team-based learning opportunity for educators, administrators and students. The SSI features a rich mix of plenary sessions, workshops, and concurrent sessions that focus on not only what students should learn, but how that learning might be accomplished. Educators and students of all disciplines are welcome to apply as members of a team or as individuals.

Social Justice Conference

Date: June 11-12 2009
Contact: Announcement
Brief: Developing a Good Heart in STEM: The 1st Summit on Incorporating Social Justice and Service-Learning into the STEM Curriculum

Pennsylvania Campus Compact and New York Campus Compact, with support from Learn & Serve America and Ithaca College, are collaborating to support faculty members in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. We invite STEM faculty members and other interested partners to participate in the event called Developing a Good Heart in STEM: The First Summit on Incorporating Social Justice and Service-Learning into the STEM Curriculum. The summit will take place June 11-12, 2009 at Ithaca College (Ithaca, NY).

National Numeracy Network

Date: April 30 - May 2
Contact: NNN Website
Brief: The annual meeting of the NNN.

The theme for the afternoon session is "Numeracy and Decision-Making." In particular we anticipate papers on:

  • QR and health and medical decisions
  • QR and personal finance

Here's a schedule

April 30
1:00-4:00
NNN Board meeting
5:00-9:00
Opening reception, dinner, opening plenary for NNN board and workshop participants
May 1
8:30-9:00
Opening remarks introduction etc.
Exploring Project Pages
9:00-12:00
Example, Small group discussions of projects
12:00-1:30
Lunch
1:30-3:30
Work on pages; prepare for poster session
NNN Meeting Starts
3:30-3:45
NSF QL overview
3:45-5:30
Poster session - opportunities to learn about projects and discuss grant writing strategies
6:00
Dinner on own
May 2
Numeracy and Decision Making
9:00-12:00
Panel of NSF examples and discussion
12:00-1:30
Lunch
1:30-5:00
Afternoon program: Contributed papers
Finish with NNN business

Joint Math Meetings

Date: January 5–8 2009
Contact: MAA Website
Brief: The annual gathering of the MAA.
SIGMAA QL is sponsoring the following events:
  • SIGMAA QL Annual Business Meeting: January 6 2009, 5:45 pm to 7:15 pm
  • Contributed Paper Session: January 7 2009, 8:00 am to 10:55 am
    There are a growing number of colleges and universities with programs that embed QL in various disciplines. We would encourage dissemination of this important work by soliciting papers from any individuals or groups actively involved in Quantitative Literacy across the curriculum. Individuals who have embedded QL in various disciplines, are welcome to submit contributed papers. Papers should provide sample projects from various disciplines that authentically embed QL and evidence of the impact on students' ability to interpret data and make inferences. Preference will be given to abstracts that provide quantitative or qualitative data on the impact of the program or projects. If you have been working with faculty from other disciplines we encourage you to bring these faculty to JMM to present with you. Organized by Kimberly Vincent and Cinnamon Hillyard.
  • Minicourse: January 6 2009, 8:00 am to 10:00 am and January 8, 2009, 9 am to 11 am
    Educating about the state of the planet and sustainability while enhancing calculus, by Tom Pfaff
  • Minicourse: January 5, 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm and January 7, 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm
    A game theory path to quantitative literacy, by Rick Gillman and David Housman

Quantifying Quantitative Reasoning in Undergraduate Education

Date: Oct 10-12 2008
Contact: QuIRK Website
Brief: A workshop focusing on Alternative Strategies for the Assessment of Quantitative Reasoning
The QR community has been busy since the NCED report, developing various means of QR assessment. We invite schools to send teams of 3 to 5 for a 3-day workshop to explore alternative QR assessment strategies that may be applied in a broad range of institutions. Discussions of QR assessment and program design will be led by a team of facilitators with extensive expertise in the area. In particular, participants will be introduced to alternative QR assessment methods including:
  • An assessment of QR in student writing
  • A sophisticated standardized test that tests QR in contextualized case studies
  • A QR assessment protocol that has been used by 210 institutions in 46 states allowing for cross-school comparison
  • Assessment tools that can be used at the program, course, and student level

MathFest

Date: July 31-Aug 2
Contact: MAA Website
Brief: The annual gathering of the MAA.
SIGMAA QL is sponsoring the following events:
  • Thursday, July 31, 9-10:20 am
    Panel on "The Role of QL Centers in Supporting Studnets and Faculty" with panelists Judy Moran, Caren Diefenderfer, Nicole Hoover, and Corrine Taylor. Cinnamon Hillyard and Maura Mast will moderate.
  • Thursday, July 31, 1-3 pm and Friday, August 1, 1-3 pm
    Minicourse: "A Game Theory Path to Quantitative Literacy," led by Rick Gillman and David Housman. Separate registration for this minicourse is required.
  • Saturday, August 2, 9-10:20 am
    Panel on "Math Matters: Numerate Approaches to Everyday Issues" with panelists Bernie Madison, Don Saari, Jonathan Hodge, and Any Miller. Andy Miller will moderate.
  • Saturday, August 2, 11-1 pm
    Lunch at Cafe Soleil, located at 25 North Pickney Street. You can view the menu at Letoile Restaurant

QL Conference

Date: May 15-18 2008
Contact: NNN Website
Brief: Three meetings at one location. The Annual Meeting of the National Numeracy Network (May 15). A Workshop on Writing with Numbers (May 15, May 16). The Annual Meeting of the North East Consortium on Quantitative Literacy (May 17). Links to information about all three can be found at the NNN website.

Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC3)

Date: January 18-21 2008
Contact: MAC3 Website
Brief: Workshop designed to help interdisciplinary groups of teachers to make the mathematical or quantitative dimensions of his/her discipline more explicit.

SIGMAA QL Business Meeting and Reception

Date: January 7 2008
Contact: SIGMAA QL Website
Brief: The annual business meeting for members of the SIGMAA QL will occur from 5:45 – 6:45.

MAA Session on Assessment of Student Learning in Undergraduate Mathematics

Date: January 7 2008
Contact: William Martin
Brief: SIGMAA-QL is working with the Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics group to sponsor a Contributed Paper Session for the Joint Meetings in January 2008.

This session is from 8 am – noon. Assessment continues to be an important issue for the mathematical sciences, with increasing faculty involvement in assessment activities. Departments are expected to document assessment activities focusing on student learning in general education, the major, and graduate programs for program review and institutional accreditation. Project SAUM (Supporting Assessment in Undergraduate Mathematics) and the SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy (QL) encourage faculty to disseminate information about their experiences by inviting contributed papers that (a) describe assessment projects on student learning in undergraduate mathematical sciences programs, including the areas of quantitative literacy, general education, and the major; (b) report findings of those projects; and (c) describe faculty and departmental responses to those findings. Papers are solicited from any individuals or groups actively involved in assessment of student learning and are not restricted to members of the SIGMAA-QL or participants of Project SAUM workshops. Organizers:

  • William O. Martin, North Dakota State University
  • Bernard L. Madison, University of Arkansas
  • Maura B. Mast, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Kimberly M. Vincent, Washington State University

Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC3)

Date: August 7-10 2007
Contact: MAC3 Website
Brief: Workshop designed to help interdisciplinary groups of teachers to make the mathematical or quantitative dimensions of his/her discipline more explicit.

MathFest Lunch

Date: August 3 2007
Contact: MathFest Wiki
Brief: Join us from 11:15 am - 12:30 pm (after the panel) for lunch at Café too!, located in the San Jose Museum of Art. The museum is located on the same block as the Fairmont Hotel and admission to the museum is free. SIGMAA-QL will treat you to lunch (please get there before noon).

Not much else to say.

MathFest Panel

Date: August 3 2007
Contact: MathFest Website
Brief: Panel to discuss Quantitative Literacy, Mathematics, and Civic Engagement: Teaching the Importance of Quantitative Literacy for a Healthy Democracy

This panel runs from 9:00 - 10:20 am and will consist of presentations on pedagogy associated with courses investigating the interaction between quantitative literacy/mathematics and civic engagement. Potential topics include voting rights, voting fraud, gerrymandering, and one person/one vote; the impact of opinion polls on the democratic process; financial exploitation of the quantitatively illiterate; statistical misconceptions and their consequences in politics and policy; mathematics education as a determinant of economic status; and statistics and health policy. Panelists will be encouraged to share with the interested public curricular materials for units in a general education course linking mathematics to social justice, including reading lists, study guides, discussion guidelines, and assignments. The session is sponsored by the SIGMAA on Quantitative Literacy. Panelists include:

  • Robert G. Root, Lafayette College
  • Kira Hamman, Hood College
  • Maura B. Mast, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum Project

Date: July 17-20 2007
Contact: Website
Brief: The Washington Center is hosting a summer institute for a NSF grant-funded project--Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum--in Olympia, Washington, from July 25 to 28, 2006.

This is the second year of the project, aimed at creating spreadsheet modules designed to help students understand quantitative concepts in courses across the curriculum. The Washington Center will provide lodging and meals for participants during the institute. In addition, once participants develop a module and submit it to the design team, along with an assessment plan, they are eligible for a $1,000 honorarium. Both new and returning participants are encouraged to apply. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues.

An application and a project description are available on the Washington Center Website.

Second Course Development Workshop on the Mathematics of Social Justice

Date: June 20–23 2007
Contact: Website
Brief: The Second Course Development Workshop on the Mathematics of Social Justice will take place at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, June 20–23, 2007.

The goals for this workshop are to (1) broaden the base of college mathematics faculty serving as voices of experience in incorporating social justice questions into their teaching, (2) enlarge and improve upon the set of resources for course development available to mathematics faculty, including service-learning and other project models, and (3) plan outreach efforts to bring resources to those who can use them.

Quantitative Reasoning: Activity-Based Teaching Using Real Data

Date: June 3-6 2007
Contact: Website
Brief: Participants in this workshop will investigate existing topics and activities contained in the new text and discuss other possible topics for a quantitative reasoning course. They will have the opportunity to explore the existing activities and develop additional activities using either Excel or the graphing calculator. We will also discuss pedagogy issues surrounding such quantitative reasoning courses. The goal of this workshop is to help participants develop their own quantitative reasoning courses and activities and give them a collection of topics and activities that will help them educate students who will be responsible, informed citizens and who will never again ask "What is this good for?"

In our increasingly quantitative world, inundated by numbers, data, and ever-changing technologies, students need quantitative reasoning skills and the facility to make use of the latest technology.

It's also no surprise that many students learn best when they are actively engaged in solving real and relevant problems. Therefore, this workshop has been designed for those faculty members who want to motivate and engage students to become critical thinkers through activities that investigate real-life situations, using real data.

"Quantitative Reasoning: Tools for Today's Informed Citizen" will serve as the textbook and guide for the workshop. It contains background readings, examples, a set of exercises called "explorations", and two versions of activities that allow students to explore, to think, and to solve problems.

One version of the activities uses Microsoft Excel; a second version uses a TI-83 or TI-84 graphing calculator. Instructions for using technology have been integrated into the activities so that students can concentrate on ideas rather than on computational details when researching and solving problems.

Northeast Consortium for Quantitative Literacy (NECQL)

Date: April 28 2007
Contact: NECQL 2007 Website
Brief: Bill Briggs from CU Denver will be the keynote speaker.
There is a link on the page to a registration form. Please register as soon as you know that you will be coming so that I can get a headcount for room reservations, lunch, etc. On the registration form, let me know if you're interested in speaking at the meeting by sending me a brief "abstract."

Radical Math Conference

Date: April 27-29 2007
Contact: Conference Information
Brief: Creating Balance in an Unjust World: Conference on Math Education and Social Justice

Overview and Theme

Join educators, parents, students, activists, and community members from around the country for a 3-day conference to explore the connections between math and social justice. How has math literacy been a gatekeeper to future educational and financial success? How can math educators ensure equity in the classroom? How can issues of social, political, and economic justice be integrated into math curriculum? What is Ethnomathematics and how is it related to our work with students? These are a few of the many issues participants will have the opportunity to explore throughout conference.

Goals of the Conference

  • Bring together educators, researchers, parents, activists, and students to collectively discuss social justice and math education
  • Foster new and innovative partnerships and collaborations
  • Create a space to share resources, lesson plans, best practices, and other classroom materials
  • Develop structures for ongoing discussion and working groups about math and social justice
  • Contribute to the ongoing conversation about mathematics education reform by creating a new voice in the math reform debate

More information can be found at Conference Information.

NNN Meeting: Chicago

Date: April 4-7 2007
Contact: Cinnamon Hillyard
Brief: We are pleased to invite you to attend and/or present at the National Numeracy Network's 2007 meeting held in collaboration with SIGMAA QL.

This meeting is held in conjunction with the regional meeting of the Midwest Sociological Society and the North Central Sociological Association. The NNN/SIGMAA QL portion of the meeting will include:

  • Contributed Paper Session connecting quantitative literacy and sociology. Email abstracts (due Oct 31, 2006) and questions to Dr. Cinnamon Hillyard chillyard@uwb.edu
  • Pre-conference workshop - "Models and Strategies for Quantitative Literacy Across the Sociology Curriculum"
  • Keynote Speakers (Joel Best and another TBA) on Democracy and QL followed by network reception
  • Invited sessions on QL assessment, visual representation of data, teaching statistics for the social sciences

Please see future postings at www.themss.org for information on hotel (Chicago Downtown Mariott) and registration.

We look forward to seeing you in Chicago this spring!

Bernie Madison and Rebecca Hartzler
President and Secretary/Treasurer
National Numeracy Network

Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC3)

Date: January 12-15 2007
Contact: MAC3 Website
Brief: Workshop designed to help interdisciplinary groups of teachers to make the mathematical or quantitative dimensions of his/her discipline more explicit.

Calculus, Liberal Arts, and Quantitative Literacy

Date: January 7, 2007
Contact: Richard A. Gillman
Brief: The panelists will respond to questions about calculus, liberal arts, and quantitative literacy from their variuos perspectives in the presentations and in response to the audience's questions.

In a recent survey of quantitative literacy programs, three points became clear: (a) there seems to be a consensus on the requisite mathematical skills, (b) it is assumed that any student taking calculus becomes quantitatively literate, and (c) there is no clear role for the traditional liberal arts "great ideas" course in QL. Starting with the consensus answer to the first point, this panel will begin a discussion of the following questions: Are calculus students quantitatively literate? Can a liberal arts course teach quantitative literacy? In John Paulo's initial works on numeracy, he suggests that many scientists are quantitatively illiterate; are we addressing this concern? Similarly, does a course in the history of math or on fun geometric topics prepare a student to deal with their everyday world? The panelists will respond to these questions from their various perspectives in their presentations and in response to the audience's questions. Panelists include:

  • William E. Briggs, University of Colorado, Denver
  • Deborah Hughes-Hallett, University of Arizona
  • Michael Starbird, University of Texas at Austin
  • Richard A. Gillman, Valparaiso University

This panel will be held between 9 am and 10:20 am.

SIGMAA QL Annual Business Meeting and Reception

Date: January 6 2007
Contact: Maura Mast
Brief: The annual meeting of the SIGMAA.

We will introduce the new elected officials of the SIGMAA at this time as well as discuss general business of the SIGMAA.

This meeting will be held between 5:45 pm and 6:30 pm.

Current Practices in Quantitative Literacy: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Date: January 6 2007
Contact: Maura Mast
Brief: This panel will take a closer look at how very different institutions have used a cross-disciplinary approach to teach QL.

The issue of achieving quantitative literacy (QL) is one that spans disciplines. This panel will take a closer look at how very different institutions have used a cross-disciplinary approach to teach QL. Faculty at Farmingdale State University, a state university with a focus on technology, participated in a regional project on interconnected learning in the quantitative disciplines. As a result, mathematics and QL have been incorporated into many courses in other disciplines. At North Dakota State University, a comprehensive doctoral-granting institution, QL is assessed in interdisciplinary settings by reviewing experiences in subsequent courses. The Quantitative Literacy Center at Hamilton College, a small liberal arts school with a focus on teaching effective writing and speaking, provides peer tutoring and support for students in introductory level courses containing a mathematics/QL component. Each of these programs was featured in the recently published MAA Notes book Current Practices in Quantitative Literacy. Panelists include:

  • John A. Winn Jr., SUNY Farmingdale
  • William O. Martin and Dogan Comez, North Dakota State University
  • Robert Kantrowitz and Mary O'Neill, Hamilton College

This panel will be held between 2:30 pm and 3:50 pm.

Minicourse: A Tool To Implement Quantitative Literacy (QL): Spreadsheets Across The Curriculum

Date: January 5 and 7 2007
Contact: Semra Kilic-Bahi
Brief: In this minicourse, participants will explore a wide range of spreadsheet modules centered on quantitative literacy concepts and skills.
  • Semra Kiliç-Bahi, Colby-Sawyer College
  • Gary Franchy, Davenport University
  • Cheryl Coolidge, Colby-Sawyer College
  • William Thomas, Colby-Sawyer College
  • Part 1: Friday, January 5, 4:45 pm–6:45 pm
  • Part 2: Sunday, January 7, 3:30 pm–5:30 pm

In this minicourse, participants will explore a wide range of spreadsheet modules centered on quantitative literacy concepts and skills. These modules were developed with the support of an NSF grant, Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum; Principal Investigator: Len Vacher, Univ. of South Florida, and Project Director: Emily Lardner, The Washington Center. Each module aims to have students explore one or more problems in disciplinary contexts by building their own spreadsheets. These modules are tested and ready to be used in classroom along with classroom assessment suggestions. The necessary support and guidance will be given to participants to start developing their own spreadsheet modules. This minicourse is designed for people who are at the initial stages of implementing QL as well as for people who would like to enhance their existing QL courses by integrating the use of spreadsheets

SIGMAA QL Reception

Date: August 10 2006
Contact: Rick Gillman
Brief: A social reception will be held at Mathfest 2006 in Knoxville, TN.

After the session, plan to join the SIGMAA QL officers for a small social gathering. Beginning at 4:30pm, hors d'oeuvres will be served at Chesapeake's Restaurant a short walk from the Knoxville convention center at 500 Henley Street.

SIGMAA QL, NNN, MAC3 Panel

Date: August 10 2006
Contact: Caren Diefenderfer
Brief: A panel discussion involving SIGMAA QL, NNN and MAC3 will be held at Mathfest 2006 in Knoxville, TN.

There is a growing interest in Quantitative Literacy (QL) and Quantitative Reasoning (QR) at many levels of undergraduate education. Some institutions have opted to include QL/QR requirements in their general education requirements, others have embedded QL/QR requirements in major requirements and many others are trying to decide how to address the QL/QR needs of undergraduate students. Three different professional groups have been working with these ideas over the past 20 years. This panel will compare how summer PREP programs, the QL SIGMAA, the National Numeracy Network (NNN) and NSF funded Mathematics Across the Curriculum (MAC) projects have each addressed QL/QR in the undergraduate program. The panel will be moderated by Caren Diefenderfer (SIGMAA QL) and the panelists will be David Bressoud of Macalester College (NNN), Rebecca Hartzler of Seattle Central Community College (MAC3), and Maura Mast of University of Massachusetts at Boston (SIGMAA QL).

This panel will run from 2:30 – 3:50 pm.

Mathematics Across the Community College Curriculum (MAC3)

Date: August 1-4 2006
Contact: MAC3 Website
Brief: The 2006 Summer Institute will feature workshops given by experienced MAC3 faculty from Edmonds Community College, Seattle Central Community College, Miami Dade College, and other colleges. The institute also will provide the needed time and assistance for faculty to create projects and assessments for their classroom.

The 2006 Summer Institute will feature workshops given by experienced MAC3 faculty from Edmonds Community College, Seattle Central Community College, Miami Dade College, and other colleges. The institute also will provide the needed time and assistance for faculty to create projects and assessments for their classroom. Participants may choose to create and work on any part of the curriculum, from one-day modules to entirely new courses that combine mathematics / quantitative reasoning and other disciplines. Participants are strongly encouraged to attend in interdisciplinary teams and to have a proposed or existing project to work on at the institute.

The Institute, to be held August 1–4, 2006, will be the second annual MAC3 summer institute hosted by AMATYC. These institutes are based on five annual "Math Across the Curriculum" summer institutes previously hosted by Edmonds Community College. The registration fee is only $100 and includes food and lodging (triple occupancy) for four days and three nights. Participants will receive a $60/day stipend to develop curriculum during the four-day institute.

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum Project

Date: July 25-28 2006
Contact: Dena Jaskar (360-867-6606) or Emily Lardner (360-867-6637)
Brief: The Washington Center is hosting a summer institute for a NSF grant-funded project--Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum--in Olympia, Washington, from July 25 to 28, 2006.

This is the second year of the project, aimed at creating spreadsheet modules designed to help students understand quantitative concepts in courses across the curriculum. The Washington Center will provide lodging and meals for participants during the institute. In addition, once participants develop a module and submit it to the design team, along with an assessment plan, they are eligible for a $1,000 honorarium. Both new and returning participants are encouraged to apply. Please feel free to share this opportunity with your colleagues.

An application and a project description are available on the Washington Center Website.

New England QL Consortium

Date: April 29 2006
Contact: Jennifer Innes
Brief: The New England QL Consortium will meet at Amherst College.

Dear QL Colleagues,

The program for the tenth Northeast Consortium for Quantitative Literacy meeting is now posted at http://www.amherst.edu/~qcenter/NECQL%20X/NECQLX.htm. The page also includes links with directions to campus (and a list of local places to stay), information on parking, and an email address for registration.

The meeting will take place at Amherst College in Amherst, MA on Saturday, April 29, 2006, with Bernard Madison of the University of Arkansas as our speaker on the topic of assessment of QL. Several faculty members from the Five Colleges who teach QL courses in history, government or statistics will also be participating in a panel presentation. So please pass the information on to any of your colleagues outside the math community who might be interested.

The organizing committee for the conference consists of David Cox and Jennifer Innes of Amherst College and Judy Moran of Trinity College. There is no registration fee, but if you are planning on attending, we ask that you send an email to qcenter@amherst.edu as soon as possible so that we can plan for lunch/catering and reserve appropriate meeting rooms.

We hope you will be able to join us on the 29th. Best regards, David, Jennifer, and Judy

SIGMAA QL at Joint Math Meetings

Date: January 14 2006
Contact: Aaron Montgomery for the Paper Session or Caren Diefenderfer for the Business Meeting and Reception
Brief: SIGMAA QL will host a contributed paper session with its annual business meeting, and then a reception afterwards on Saturday at the Joint Mathematics Meeting.

NOTE: Date of the SIGMAA QL Contributed Paper Session has been moved. This move was required to allow the SIGMAA QL Business Meeting to immediately follow the paper session.

The paper session will run from 1 pm until 4 pm. Papers can be submitted for the Contributed Paper Session at AMS Website. The deadline for submissions is September 28, 2005.

The annual business meeting and then a reception will be held after the paper session.

Fifth Annual Mathematics Across the Curriculum Summer Institute

Date: August 9-12 2005
Contact: Deann Leoni or Math Across the Curriculum
Brief: Math Across the Curriculum's goal is to improve the mathematical and quantitative skills of students by integrating mathematics or quantitative reasoning into courses across the disciplines.

The Mathematics Across the Curriculum (MAC) project was started at Edmonds Community College in 2000 with the support of the National Science Foundation. The project’s goal is to improve the mathematical and quantitative skills of students by integrating mathematics or quantitative reasoning into courses across the disciplines. Examples of curriculum can be found at the Math Across the Curriculum website.

The fifth annual MAC summer institute will be held August 9–12, 2005 at the Sleeping Lady Retreat Center in Leavenworth, WA. Faculty from high schools, two-year and four-year institutions are invited to attend. Participants are required to attend in interdisciplinary teams consisting of at least one math instructor and at least one instructor from another discipline. Registration costs $100, including room and meals for four-days, three nights. Participants will be paid a stipend of $60/day to attend and create curriculum. Registration is limited to forty participants. More information and online registration is available at the Math Across the Curriculum website.

SIGMAA QL Reception at Mathfest

Date: August 5 2005
Contact: Rick Gillman
Brief: SIGMAA QL will host an informal gathering at Mathfest 2005

SIGMAA QL will be hosting an informal gathering of its members at McGrath's Bar in the Hyatt Regency. The gathering will begin at 8:30pm on Friday, August 5. Hors d'oeuvres will be served and drinks will be available for purchase. The event will provide members of SIGMAA QL and interested guests to share their experiences in a casual atmosphere. For further information, please contact Rick Gillman at rick.gillman@valpo.edu

Spreadsheets Across the Curriculum

Date: July 26-28 2005
Contact: Emily Decker Lardner
Brief: A workshop to develop Excel spreadsheets that address QL problems within and across disciplines.

Hello! We are writing with the good news that our NSF proposal to develop spread sheets across the curriculum has been funded for three years.

This year the workshop will be in Olympia at the Phoenix Inn, July 26-29. Participants will get stipends ($1000), plus room and board. We aim to develop a team of developers from a range of institutions and disciplines; you also have to be in a position to use the module you develop with students. Please let me know if you are interested in participating and I will send you more information.

The purpose of the grant is to develop modules in Excel that address QL problems within and across disciplines. Summer institutes are at the heart of the project—we will have wonderful resource faculty on hand to help you with your modules.

National Numeracy Network Meeting

Date: June 18-19 2005
Contact: http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~nnn/
Brief: First Annual Meeting National Numeracy Network Scheduled at Macalester College, St. Paul, MN.

nnn logo The NNN envisions a society in which all citizens possess the power and habit of mind to search out quantitative information, critique it, reflect upon it, and apply it in their public, personal and professional lives.

Program and registrations information will be posted on http://www.math.dartmouth.edu/~nnn/


MAA PREP Workshop

Date: June 14-18 2005
Contact: David Bressoud
Brief: Creating and Strengthening Interdisciplinary Programs in Quantitative Literacy Workshop

Quantitative literacy is “the power and habit of mind to search out quantitative information, critique it, reflect on it, and apply it in one’s public, personal, and professional life” (National Numeracy Network). It is no more the exclusive preserve of mathematicians than writing belongs to the English department or critical reasoning to Philosophy, but mathematicians do have an obligation to encourage and support the development of quantitative literacy programs. How do you teach quantitative literacy? How do you measure it? How can you develop a program that will help students come to recognize its importance and be able to use its methods across all of their interests?There are now a variety of interdisciplinary programs that bring different departments from across campus together to teach quantitative literacy. Assessment strategies are under development and are being tested. The goal of this workshop is for interdisciplinary campus teams to learn about many of the programs and assessment strategies that are now running, to gain familiarity with the tools, materials, and case studies that these programs have generated, and to have the opportunity to adapt and build upon these materials for use on their own campuses.

The deadline for pre-registration is April 19, go to www.maa.org/prep/2005/.

The workshop will be held on the campus of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, starting with dinner on Tuesday, June 14 and concluding Saturday morning, June 18.

You can find more information at the MAA PREP web site

QL Wiki

Date: Feb 1 2005
Contact: Aaron Montgomery
Brief: A collaborative web site has been set up at the SIGMAA QL web site.

A Wiki (or WikiWikiWeb) is a collaborative web site that anyone with a web browser can edit. As part of the SIGMAA QL web site, the QL Wiki is designed as an open forum for topics relating to Quantitative Literacy and is open to anyone with an interest in QL (irrelevant of their membership in the MAA or SIGMAA QL). The Wiki can be found at the SIGMAA QL web site.

AMS-MAA Joint Meeting

Date: Jan 6-10 2005
Contact: Judy Moran and Caren Diefenderfer
Brief: SIGMAA QL will host a number of events at the Joint Mathematics Meeting in Atlanta, GA.

System Wide Quantitative Literacy Initiatives, Friday, 4:00 pm - 5:15 pm, organized by Judy Moran, Trinity College, Caren Diefenderfer, Hollins University. Representatives from Washington, Illinois and Georgia will discuss efforts in their states to implement statewide QL standards and programs. Joined by a national leader in the QL effort, they will be discussing issues of definitions, standards, assessment, articulation agreements, and political hurdles. Panelists include: Kathleen Burk, Georgia State University, Vauhn Foster-Grahler, The Evergreen State College, Bernie Madison, University of Arkansas, Linda Sons, Northern Illinois University and Kim Vincent, Washington State University. The session is sponsored by the MAA SIGMAA for Quantitative Literacy and will be followed by a reception for members of the QL SIGMAA and other MAA members interested in learning about the QLSIGMAA.

SIGMAA QL Reception and Business Meeting, 5:15 pm - 6:30 pm, organized by Judy Moran, Trinity College, Caren Diefenderfer, Hollins University.

Christian Science Monitor Article

Date: Dec 7 2004
Contact: Christian Science Monitor
Brief: An article in the Christian Science Monitor describes results of a new international test that purports to measure the ability to apply mathematical reasoning about the world.

The US is pretty far down the list. The test was also discussed in The Economist and other publications. You can find the article Math + test = trouble for US economy at the Chrisitan Science Monitor's Web site.

MAA PREP Workshop

Date: Aug 16-18 2004
Brief: An MAA PREP workshop on creating QL courses and programs and examining QL requirements.

An MAA PREP workshop on creating QL courses and programs and examining QL requirements was held at the Sleeping Lady Mountain Resort, WA, August 16-20.

2004 MathFest

Date: Aug 13 2004
Contact: John Bukowski
Brief: SIGMAA QL held its first ever reception at MathFest in Providence.

A reception to be held at MathFest in Providence from 6:15 to 7:45 PM in the Newport Room of the Westin Hotel. Refreshments and good company, courtesy of your SIGMAA. If you are attending MathFest, please come by and say hello and meet other folks interested in QL.

PEER REVIEW Journal

Date: Summer 2004
Contact: American Association of Colleges and Universities
Brief: The Summer 2004 issue of PEER REVIEW (vol 6 num 4) is devoted to a discussion of Quantitative Literacy.

You can purchase copies of the issue and find some of the articles online at the PEER Review web site.