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Developing Data-Literate Students

3 Credits
Data compile every second of the day. These "big data" can be used to better understand and constructively shape the world around us. The top emerging jobs will require professionals to understand how to locate, analyze, and leverage data. Data competence is now an essential life skill. This fully online course serves as an accessible introduction to data literacy in the classroom. Teachers in this course will develop practices to support students as they examine real-world data, interpret data visualizations, and evaluate statistical arguments. Drawing on Common Core Mathematics Standards, the Next Generation Science Standards, and the ISTE Standards for Computer Science Educators, this course will equip teachers to prepare students for the data literacy demands and opportunities of the 21st century.

This course is applicable towards the STEM Teaching Certificate.

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Candi Reimer

As a beginning mathematics teacher at an urban high school, I quickly realized that drawing on student interests and experiences was essential to engaged learning. This insight has guided my work in education as a K-12 instructional coach, a developer of mathematics curriculum, and an instructor of professional development. My courses aim to create space for teachers to gather around relevant ideas and practical experiences as they deepen their knowledge and professional practice. Course topics reflect the concerns and curiosities of practicing teachers, equipping them to directly apply learning to classroom teaching. I value the diverse perspectives that Fresno Pacific University students bring to the learning community, and I hope that participants in my courses will be as inspired as I have been by the ideas and dialogue generated here.