APSI: AP Statistics for New Teachers, Week 2

This workshop covers the four major content areas of AP Statistics: exploratory data analysis, data collection, probability, and statistical inference. It will provide AP Statistics instructors with insights into the material and will introduce techniques for presenting the ideas with which students struggle the most. Recent exam questions will be analyzed to give instructors a better understanding of the emphasis and expectations found in the course.

The workshop layout will be flexible, providing opportunities for discussions of requested topics.


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
CCR42292 Bob Smidt On-campus 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Instructor: Bob Smidt

Lead Consultant

Bob Smidt (Ph.D. Wyoming, M.S. Rutgers, B.S. Manhattan) is professor emeritus and former chair of the Statistics Department at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he was named Distinguished Faculty (a teaching award).  He has taught Statistics at four colleges, two junior colleges, an Air Force Base, and a prison (a captive audience).  He has been a question leader, table leader, and reader for the AP Statistics exam and has presented over twenty one-day and thirty-four week-long workshops to AP Statistics high school teachers around the country.  He has broad statistical consulting experience and has contributed articles to a variety of journals. 

Term: Spring/Summer 2017

Start Date: July 25, 2017

End Date: July 28, 2017

Schedule: 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Length: Tuesday-Friday

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $549.00

Continuing Professional Education (CPE): 30

  • Investigation of important ideas from the four major content areas:
  • Exploratory data analysis
  • Data collection
  • Probability
  • Statistical inference
  • Consideration of:
  • Concepts that are particularly difficult for students
  • Teaching strategies and lecture suggestions
  • Approaches for taking the AP Statistics exam
  • Examination of:
  • The content of the 2017 AP Statistics exam
  • Interesting and pedagogically useful questions from old exams