Baylor Cherry Award nominee Dr. Hollylynne S. Lee, professor of mathematics and statistics education at North Carolina State University, will speak at Baylor at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5, in Marrs McLean Science Building, Room 101. Lee is one of three finalists for the prestigious award, and if she receives it, she will teach in residence in the School of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction during a semester in 2022.
Lee’s lecture, “Data Moves and Discourse: Design Principles for Strengthening Statistics Education,” will be relevant to teachers and future teachers at all levels as she explores how to foster discourse and engagement with data. Prior to Lee’s work at the university level, she served as a K-12 teacher.
Lee says that in today’s society, we all need to be fluent with statistics — for making everyday decisions, making sense of visualizations and statistics given in the media, and preparing for many careers that utilize data. But statistics is one of the hardest subjects for students to learn. With so much data flowing in all facets of life, how do we prepare teachers to give students the tools they need for statistical literacy?
Lee’s lecture will focus on statistics education that provides opportunities for student growth. Lee will share examples and methods of data engagement for teachers to improve data literacy and engage the audience along the way. Lee says the audience should be ready to use a phone or tablet to participate.
All three finalists for the Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching are giving a lecture at Baylor this fall. Finalists were chosen from among nominees from all around the U.S. and chosen by the Cherry Award Committee, which will also select the recipient. The Cherry Award honoree receives a prize of $250,000, plus expenses for the semester. Each finalist receives $15,000 for their lecture, plus $10,000 awarded to their home department.
Dr. Brooke Blevins, chair of the Department of Curriculum & Instruction, said the lecture will be an excellent opportunity for attendees — whether teachers or students — to increase their own fluency in data.
“The Cherry Award honors great teaching across the entire U.S., so attendees will get to experience an excellent teacher,” Blevins said.
Dr. Michael Thompson, professor and associate dean in the School of Engineering and Computer Science and chair of the Cherry Award selection committee, said the lecture topic is timely. “We live in an increasingly data driven world,” he said. “I feel that improving the educational outcomes in the areas of data, statistics and analytics is critical for preparing future generations for success. Dr. Lee is a world renown teacher, scholar, and innovator in this impactful area. I can’t wait to hear what she has to say in her public lecture.”
The award was created by Robert Foster Cherry, a 1929 Baylor alumnus, to recognize great teachers and bring them in contact with Baylor students. The first award was given in 1991 and, according to the Cherry Award website, “is designed to honor great teachers, to stimulate discussion in the academy about the value of teaching, and to encourage departments and institutions to value their own great teachers.”
The lecture will also be live streamed on the Cherry Award site: WATCH HERE
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