Rethinking Map Literacy:
by Ming Xie, Steven Reader and H. L. Vacher,

Discusses the field of quantitative map literacy

NNN 2020-21 Annual Meeting Announcement




126 registered: Our biggest meeting!

Online. Feb 26-28, 2021.
Keynote 1: Carl Bergstrom and Jevin West,
Co-Authors of "Calling Bullshit"

Teaching a 'Calling Bullshit' Course

One of the most important skills that students can learn is the ability to spot and refute rot, especially the kind wrapped in data, statistics and fancy algorithms. Over the last several years, we have been teaching students from STEM and non-STEM backgrounds to question numbers in the same way they question clickbait news and propaganda. Our philosophy is to focus less on the black box algorithm or procedure and instead focus on the data entering and exiting the black box. That puts an emphasis on topics such as selection bias, correlation and causation.

In this talk, we will present what we have learned over the past several years teaching 'Calling Bullshit'. Our hope is to make this content accessible to instructors wanting to integrate this kind of data reasoning approach into their own classroom. We will provide example modules from our class, discuss testing and evaluation, and reflect on the challenges of taking this course online during the pandemic.

Keynote 2: Jessica Utts, Past President of the ASA
Author of "Seeing Through Statistics"

Confounding, Multivariable Thinking and
Interpreting Multiple Regression

  Submit proposal by Nov 30, 2020 [Closed]

QL is everywhere:
“Butter rolls live at the center of a Venn diagram of frugality, simplicity, and deliciousness.
It’s a recipe born out of necessity, a crafty way to use leftover biscuit scraps...”.

NNN-MAA Numeracy Survey
Nov 2020: Call for Participants

Numeracy indexed by Scopus

Numeracy, the NNN's premier publication, has been accepted
for indexing in the Scopus Journal of Metrics. Scopus is the largest
abstract and citations database of peer-reviewed literature. 
Their Cite-Score is an open-access tool for documenting

the scholarly impact of journals and their publications. 

Numeracy is the leading open-access, peer-reviewed journal 
focused on Numeracy, Quantitative Literacy and Statistical Literacy.

Harvard General Education requires
Quantitative Reasoning with Data

The biggest change to the Gen Ed program [for Fall, 2020] is the introduction of a new requirement in quantitative reasoning with data. While most of the changes to the Gen Ed program were decided upon in 2016, Harvard Faculty voted last semester to finalize this last piece of the puzzle as they sought to encourage students to think critically about data and explore how “quantitative approaches to analyzing data, drawing conclusions, and making predictions to answer questions” applies to their education and development as a whole.  [March, 2020]

NNN VP Wins Statistics Award

Luke Tunstall, NNN VP, and his co-author won the C. Oswald George
2019 prize for the best article in the academic journal:Teaching Statistics.  

Calendar Decade Conundrum

Some say 2019 is the end of this decade; others say 2020.
Do both sides have reasons?  If so, what are they? 
Should NNN take a stand on this?  (Milo, 12/31/2019)

NNN Elects New Officers

Milo Schield   Luke Tunstall      Marc Isaacson
   President      Vice President     Sec/Treasurer


NNN 2019 Annual Meeting:
October 11-13: Austin, Texas

Co-hosted by Austin CC (ACC) and the

Uri Treisman
The Equity-Minded Design of Introductory Mathematics Courses:

Nicholas Horton
Data acumen and data numeracy

Six Workshops; 31 Papers:  Schedule   Abstracts


NNN Numeracy Workshop
Palomar Community College

San Marcos, CA

Sept 20-21, 2019
Invitation with map; Workshop details


Read NNN's Journal: Numeracy

Volume 12 (2019):  Issue 1 Issue 2

Volume 11 (2018):  Issue 1 Issue 2

Volume 10 (2017):  Issue 1Issue 2


Welcome to the new NNN website

2017 marks the roll-out of this website: the new home of the National Numeracy Network (NNN).  This website highlights NNN's four primary activities: (1) Organize annual meetings on numeracy, (2) sponsor Numeracy: the #1 peer-reviewed journal focused on Quantitative Literacy, (3) offer numeracy faculty-training workshops, and (4) coordinate Quantitative Centers at colleges and universities.

Mission: To See "About the NNN"

With your support we can improve the level of numeracy in academia, schools and the world at large.


Numeracy News

2019/09/30.  Statistical Literacy: A Study in Confounding is authored by NNN VP, Milo Schield.

2018/06/20.  Syntax vs. Semantics:  Quote: "Fortunately, only one in ten Americans have died from being struck by lightning in the three decades between 1981 and 2010"  Author intended to say "Fortunately, only one in ten Americans being struck by lightning in the three decades between 1981 and 2010 have died"   Small changes in syntax can create big changes in semantics. Source:   [Analysis by Milo Schield]

2018/05/01  Six Habits of Highly Numerate People by Doug Birdie.   Pdf

2018/04/08  Pamela Burdman announces Just Equations The goal: "re-conceptualizing the role of math in ensuring equal educational opportunities for students.  Just Equations is an independent resource on the role of mathematics in education equity, working across education systems and advancing evidence-based strategies to ensure math policies give all students the quantitative foundation they need to succeed in college and beyond."

2018/03/05  Data Literacy:  NNN officers, Marc Isaacson and Milo Schield, present a workshop on Data Literacy at the Gartner Data & Analytics Summit 2018 in Grapevine, TX. Over 50 IT executives attend.  The Gartner keynote address notes that Data Literacy is now the biggest problem in dealing with big data.  Quant-Fluent website

Gartner ($4.8 B revenue) is the world's leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. Gartner sponsors high-end conferences for those working in Information Technology.  

QL Blog by Eric Gaze - NNN President

Quantitative Reasoning & Writing: Bernie Madison

Audio (35minutes)   Bernie's frank overview of the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing the Quantitative Literacy movement.  This was the plenary talk at the 2011 NNN National Meeting in Asheville, NC, Oct 14-16.  The introduction is by Caren Diefenderfer. 

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