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The Business Roundtable, consisting of the chief executive officers of the nation's largest corporations, just released a report entitled "A Business Leader's Guide to Setting Academic Standards" that describes the standards movement, roles businesses can play, and strategioes for overcoming obstacles. Copies can be obtained by sending a fax to Carole Kelley at 202-466-3509.

The Center for Educational Change in Mathematics and Science at the University of California, Santa Barbara, CA 93106-7090 publishes a newsletter called Many Waters devoted to equity issues in mathematics education. For information about subscriptions and back issues, contact Julian Weissglass by e-mail at weissgla@math.ucsb.edu, by telephone at 805-893-3355, or by fax at 805-893-3026.

The Curriculum Assessment Service is an undergraduate curriculum database that contains transcript information from over 42,000 students from a random sample of 100 U.S. colleges and universities. The database, which is available through the World Wide Web, is a project of the Institute for Research on Higher Education at the University of Pennsylvania and the Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAUC). A comprehensive report with detailed statistical tables is available from Susan Shaman, Institute for Research on Higher Education, University of Pennsylvania, 4200 Pine Steet, Philadelphia, PA 19104; Telephone: 215-898-5897. For further information about the Curriculum Assessment Service database, contact Nancy Conlon, S&E Indicators Program, Division of Science resources Studies, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 965, Arlington, VA 22230; Telephone: 703-306-1777 ext. 6911; E-mail: nconlon@nsf.gov.

CyberMath provides on-line interactive mathematics facilities, including symbolic software packages as well as live, editable mathematical examples. Even without any prior experience in symbolic software, individuals can access and use the site at the high school, college, and professional levels. The site is part of the Waterloo Maple mathematical online empire. For additional information, contact Scott Blue of Connors Communications at scott@connors.com or 612-359-0990.

The Exxon Education Foundation supports, in cooperation with the National Council of Mathematics Teachers a project to support the teaching of mathematics in the primary grades. This Exxon K-3 Mathematics Education Program operates in several dozen cities, supporting teachers in developing their mathematical understanding and pedagogical repetoire. Contact: Jean Moon; E-mail: mbb321@ultranet.com.

The Humanistic Mathematics Network publishes an occasional Journal intended "to transform and beautify" the landscape of mathematics. Editor: Alvin White, Harvey Mudd College, Claremont CA 91711; Telephone: 909-621-8867; Fax: 909-621-8366; E-mail: awhite@hms.edu.

Manpower Demonstration Research Corporation (MDRC). Judith Gueron, President. Produced a recent report on Career Academies, following the graduates of ten programs. Address: Three Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, Telephone: 212-532-3200.

The National Center for Science Teaching and Learning, a project of The Ohio State University directed by Arthur L. White and Michael H. Klapper, publishes a quarterly newsletter entitled Cognosis. Address: 1929 Kenny Road, Columbus, OH 43210. Telephone: 614-292-3339; Fax: 614-292-1595; Email: ncstl@magnus.acs.ohio-state.edu.

The National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce (EQW) examines the interaction of employers, schools, and public policy to improve the educational quality of the workforce and bolster the nation's competitiveness in the emerging global economy. The Center's research agenda focuses on four broad questions: (1) What do employers need to know to better use the education workers bring with them and acquire in the workplace? (2) How could schools become more effective suppliers of skilled and disciplined workers? (3) How can workers continue to add to their portfolio of skills and knowledge on which a productive economy depends? (4) What is the best role for public policy in the development of a market for work-related education that efficiently links consuming firms, supplying schools, and educated workers?

Located at the University of Pennsylvania, the Center is co-directed by Robert Zemsky and Peter Cappelli. Address: National Center on the Educational Quality of the Workforce (EQW), University of Pennsylvania; 4200 Pine Street, 5A; Philadelphia, PA 19104-4090. Telephone: 215/898-4585; Fax: 215/898-9876; E-Mail: eqw-requests@irhe.upenn.edu.

The National Center for Research in Vocational Education (NCRVE) is the nation's largest center for research and development in work-related education. An eight-site consortium headquartered at the University of California at Berkeley since 1988, NCRVE has played a key role in developing a new concept of vocational education: to prepare all individuals for lasting and rewarding employment and lifelong learning. Address: 2150 Shattuck Ave., Suite 1250, Berkeley, CA, 94720-1674. Phone: 800-762-4093. Email: askncrve@vocserve.berkeley.edu.

NCRVE's > University of Wisconsin site is examining efforts to integrate mathematics and vocational education in schools that have adopted the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) standards.

The Pew Charitable Trusts support several regional consortia of liberal arts colleges and research universities focused on strengthening undergraduate science. One example is the Pew Midstates Science and Mathematics Consortium.

Quantitative Curriculum for Life Science Students is an NSF-supported project designed to develop a flexible curriculum of quantitative courses for undergraduate life science students that is able to be integrated with the biological courses these students take and that utilizes examples from recent biological research. The project is directed by Lou Gross at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. E-mail: gross@tiem.utk.edu.

The Quantitative Literacy (QL) Project comprises a series of special NSF-supported projects undertaken during the past decade by the American Statistical Association in collaboration with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The QL programs have developed materials and a workshop format that instruct teachers in the elementary, middle and high schools about QL by presenting fun, hands-on ways to teach. The current project, Science Education and Quantitative Literacy, focuses on ways to incorporate data analysis into the science curriculum. Teachers from grades 6-12 participate in a four-week workshop during the summer learning new ideas which they then share with colleagues during the school year. For further information about bringing a QL Workshop to your school or district, please contact either Cathy Crocker at cathyc@amstat.org or Veronica Chambers at veronica@amstat.org. Resource materials developed by the QL Project are available from Dale Seymour Publications at 415-324-2800.

The Statistics Teacher Network is a newsletter published three times a year by the Joint Committee on the Curriculum in Statistics and Probability of the American Statistical Association and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Begun in 1982, the Statistics Teacher Network is mailed to over 7000 teachers throughout the world. It contains reports on new developments in statistics education (for example, the new Advanced Placement (AP) Statistics Course) book reviews, software reviews, requests for information, and contributed items to be shared among statistics teachers.

Contributions (including letters, announcements, articles, and information about what is happening in statistics education) should be sent to Dr. Jerry Moreno, Editor, The Statistics Teacher Network, Department of Mathematics, John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio, 44118. Contributions should be sent on hard copy, and, if possible, on a disk in standard ASCII (text) format. E-mail: moreno@jcvaxa.jcu.edu; Fax: 216-397-3033.

To be added to the mailing list or to make an address change, please send your name and address to Statistics Teacher Network, American Statistical Association, 1429 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA 22314-3402. Telephone: 703-684-1221; Fax: 703-684-2037; E-mail: veronica@amstat.org.

Texas Prefreshman Engineering Program (PREP) is a sixteen-year-old partnership of community and senior colleges in Texas whose purpose is to provide to high achieving middle school and high school students, especially women and minorities, the reinforcement needed to succeed in future college science and engineering studies. The program is coordinated by Manual P. Berriozabal, Professor of Mathematics, University of Texas at San Antonio.

Workshop Mathematics. Intended to address the problems of passive learning and disengagement facing many students in introductory college mathematics courses, Workshop Mathematics and its parallel Workshop Statistics is a curriculum development project at Dickinson College that offers materials that impel students to be active, collaborative learners. Originally funded by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Address: Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, Dickinson College, Carlisle, PA 17043. Directors: Nancy Baxter Hastings; E-mail: baxter@dickinson.edu; Allan Rossman, E-mail: rossman@dickinson.edu.


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