July 12 – 15, 2021

Instructor: Doug Tyson

Headshot of course instructor Doug TysonDoug Tyson has taught mathematics and statistics to high school and undergraduate students for more than 20 years. He currently teaches AP Statistics, Intro to Statistics, and Statistical Reasoning in Sports at Central York High School in York, PA. Doug is committed to increasing the visibility and quality of statistics education around the country. To that end, he happily serves on the NCTM/ASA Joint Committee on Curriculum in Statistics and Probability, works as a Table Leader and Rubric Team member at the AP Statistics Reading, is a Professional Development/Workshop Consultant for the College Board, runs workshops and teacher training events in statistical education around the country, and is an active NCTM and ASA member.

Doug’s commitment extends to publications on statistics education, which include a College Board curriculum module on random sampling and random assignment (co-author), creator of AP Daily Videos for the College Board, the Teacher’s Edition for Statistics and Probability with Applications, 3rd and 4thedition (author), and media supplements to accompany The Practice of Statistics 5th and 6th edition (author and project manager). He has been a speaker at regional and national mathematics education conferences, including NCTM Annual and state conferences, and been nominated for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

Outside of work, Doug likes to spend time with his family, hunt, fish, read, eat corn dogs, and make snow with his homemade snow-making machine.

Course Description

Welcome to the wonderful world of AP Statistics!  I look forward to working with you and hope that you leave feeling prepared and excited about the opportunity to teach AP Statistics. During the workshop we will:

  • Highlight important parts of the Course and Exam Description.
  • Participate in many classroom-tested activities that illustrate key Learning Objectives.
  • Discuss how to use resources from the College Board, including Personal Progress Checks, the Question Bank, and the Progress Dashboard.
  • Learn about many of the “tough” topics in AP Statistics and a few topics just beyond the course. Examples include:
  • The 10% condition and the finite population correction factor
  • Why stratified sampling reduces variability, including how to choose strata
  • How blocking adds power in experiments, with a taste of ANOVA
  • Why we divide by n – 1 when calculating the sample standard deviation
  • Understanding r2 and the standard deviation of the residuals
  • An introduction to multiple regression
  • Conditions for inference: why do we need to check them? What happens when they are violated?
  • The t distributions—what exactly has a t distribution?
  • Understanding power
  • Inference for slope, including understanding conditions and computer output
  • Discuss how the AP exam is created and how it is scored, with a focus on the most recent year’s AP exam. We will also discuss common student errors and how to avoid them.
  • Practice using various types of technology, including graphing calculators and applets. It will also be very helpful to bring a graphing calculator. We may spend some time learning how to use Fathom, so it would be helpful to bring a laptop computer.
  • Discuss other important topics for running an AP Statistics course, including recruiting students, assessing students, and other day-to-day issues.
  • Answer as many questions as possible!