USCOTS 21 - About

United States ^Virtual Conference on Teaching Statistics

The U.S. Conference on Teaching Statistics (USCOTS) will be held virtually from June 28 - July 1, 2021, with pre-conference workshops starting on June 24. This conference provides a welcoming and engaging (perhaps even fun!) environment in which teachers can exchange ideas and motivate each other to improve their teaching of statistics. The conference features thought-provoking plenary sessions, interactive breakout sessions, informative posters-and-beyond sessions, and opening and closing sessions with inspiring and lively five-minute presentations. Other highlights include birds-of-a-feather discussions, a speed mentoring session, an awards ceremony, extensive pre-conference workshops, and exhibitor technology demonstrations.

USCOTS has been held in odd-numbered years since 2005. This will be the first USCOTS to be held virtually.  We hope to reproduce the welcoming, engaging, interactive, and fun aspects of USCOTS as much as possible in a virtual setting. We also hope that USCOTS participants will make new acquaintances and renew friendships with colleagues who are united by a common desire to teach statistics effectively to the next generation of citizens and scholars.

About the Theme:

This year’s conference theme is "Expanding Opportunities." Sessions will explore many aspects of this theme, including:

  • Increasing participation and achievement in the study of statistics by students from underrepresented groups, with
    • inclusive classroom practices,
    • inclusive curriculum design, and
    • extracurricular programs
      that seek to provide all students with abundant opportunities to learn statistics;
  • Supporting and encouraging students and colleagues who are beginning or contemplating careers in statistics education;
  • Leveraging the emerging discipline of data science to democratize opportunities for students from underrepresented groups;
  • Broadening engagement through remote learning and new technologies;
  • Engaging in educational research to evaluate and improve efforts to expand opportunities;
  • Collaborating with colleagues and students in other disciplines to improve the teaching and learning of statistics.


Please consider submitting a proposal to participate in USCOTS. Follow this link for information about proposing a breakout session, pre-conference workshop, "posters and beyond" submission, or birds-of-a-feather discussion. The deadlines are:

  • February 1, 2021 for proposing a pre-conference workshop
  • February 1, 2021 for proposing a breakout session
  • March 11, 2021 for proposing a "Posters and Beyond" contribution, if you would like to receive feedback
  • April 22, 2021 for final submissions of proposals for a "Posters and Beyond" contribution
  • May 31, 2021 for proposing a "Birds of a Feather" discussion

Registration fee: $25

Program Committee

USCOTS Program Chairs

  • Allan Rossman, Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
  • Kelly McConville, Reed College

Breakout Sessions

  • Camille Fairbourn, Michigan State University
  • Sharon Lane-Getaz, St. Olaf College

Posters & Beyond

  • Judith Canner, California State University, Monterey Bay
  • Jack Miller, University of Michigan


  • Eric Reyes, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • Todd Iverson, Winona State University

Community Engagement Committee

  • Kelly Spoon, San Diego Mesa College
  • Larry Lesser, The University of Texas at El Paso


  • Amy Hogan, Brooklyn Technical High School
  • Megan Mocko, University of Florida