Join us at GCSM Fall Conference!
Moving Forward with Reasoning
GaDOE Mathematics Department Update: Dr. Lya Snell
Dr. Lya Snell serves as the GaDOE Mathematics and Computer Science Program Manager, where she works to promote high-quality mathematics programming throughout Georgia. This includes a focus on making mathematics relevant for students through STEM/STEAM education. Dr. Snell has served in multiple leadership and teaching capacities advocating for equity in mathematics education. She has participated in numerous outreach activities in a variety of settings and serves on a number of boards involving K-12 Mathematics, as well as STEM-STEAM education.
Keynote Speaker: Chris Franklin
Christine (Chris) Franklin is the American Statistical Association K-12 Statistics Ambassador, an ASA Fellow, and UGA Emerita Statistics faculty. She is the co-author of two introductory statistics textbooks, chair for the ASA policy documents Pre-K-12 GAISE (2005), Statistical Education of Teachers (2015), and co-chair for the updated Pre-K-12 GAISE II (2020) and a writer for the NCTM High School Catalyzing Change. She is a former AP Statistics Chief Reader and a past Fulbright scholar to NZ. GCTM honored Chris with the Gladys Thomason Award for Distinguished Service in 2017. Chris was part of the writing team for the newly approached GA Mathematics Standards of Excellence and is assisting in developing supporting resources in Statistics. Chris welcomes opportunities to collaborate and share her love of statistics and data science with teachers and teacher educators. She is ‘crazy’ about running, hiking, scoring baseball games, reading mysteries, and being a ‘mamaw’ to her grandchildren. To learn more about Chris’ work with the American Statistical Association, visit: ASA K-12 Ambassador
Mission Driven Statistics: Lessons learned from over 40 years of Teaching
Imagine a world that relies on data and statistical thinking to drive discovery and inform decisions. This is the vision of the American Statistical Association, and as the ASA K-12 Statistical Ambassador a vision I work to support. To achieve this vision, acquiring data acumen and becoming statistically literate should be as core to our school-level curriculum as reading and writing. Data can be numbers, counts, and measurements but also images, video, sounds, or words, so we need to grapple with the fast-changing nature of data and the tools required for analysis to ensure that our curriculum is relevant for students. Georgia has become a leader in integrating the goal of all students graduating with the tools to make sense of data and reason statistically. How do we as teachers help students develop the habits of mind to engage with data and communicate the story that data tells? I will share wise lessons I have learned over 40 years of teaching from fellow educators (both nationally and internationally), my many students, family, and friends. We will discover that teaching statistics is so much more than teaching the content.