NNN 2023 Annual Meeting: Register Now!

The NNN 2023 Annual Meeting will take place Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. Hybrid participation is available!

With keynote talks from Pamela Burdman (Just Equations) and Dr. Nathan Alexander (Morehouse College), as well as presentations and workshops from colleagues in the U.S. and abroad, this will be a meeting you don't want to miss!

Hotel Information

Getting to Trinity College

August Virtual Programming: Gearing Up for a Semester of Quantitative Reasoning

4 Ways to Make Starting the Semester Easier – Go From Stress To Success!

Time: Wednesday, August 16 from 2-3pm CDT

Sign up: Fill out the Google Form here to receive the Zoom information

With the fall semester quickly approaching, we imagine that many folks are thinking about their quantitative reasoning (or QR-adjacent) courses. Join us for a conversation about things that are on folks' minds: from bringing recent events into the classroom, to scaffolding semester-long projects, to figuring out what to write about ChatGPT on one's syllabus, we look forward to having a fun and insightful discussion to kickstart the semester!

Present at the NNN 2023 Annual Meeting!

The NNN 2023 Annual Meeting will take place Friday, October 20-Sunday, October 22 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

We are excited to begin accepting proposals! See here for the Call for Presentation Proposals. 

We will announce details about registration in June. In the meantime, mark your calendar and begin thinking about what you'll propose to share with your colleagues in October!

Virtual Programming: March ChatGPT Discussion and April Lesson Swap

March ChatGPT Discussion: Join us for an informal discussion on how ChatGPT (and other AI models) will shape the future of quantitative literacy! The discussion is Tuesday, March 28 at 2pm Central. Fill out this brief Google Form to receive the Zoom information. 

April Lesson Swap: Are you interested in coming together with other quantitative reasoning and literacy instructors to talk about one of your lesson ideas, or to hear what other instructors are up to? Join us for a virtual lesson swap in April! The gathering is Thursday, April 6 at 1pm Central. Fill out this brief Google Form to sign up and receive the Zoom information!

January Virtual Programming

To kick off our spring virtual programming, we are excited to host Dr. Brittany Shoots-Reinhard on Thursday, January 26 (from 3-4pm Central), for what promises to be an intriguing discussion on the idea of motivated numeracy and ideological polarization.

Time: Thursday, January 26 from 3-4pm Central

Sign up: Please fill out the brief Google Form here to receive Zoom information for the event.

Title: "Motivated numeracy? Numeric vs. verbal intelligence and ideological polarization"

Description: While numeracy typically improves decision making, it has also been associated with greater polarization in politicized topics, such as climate risk perceptions. However, we have recently found evidence that verbal intelligence, not numeracy, is associated with political polarization. Across a variety of topics, including COVID-19, climate change, immigration, and foreign aid, we have found those higher in verbal intelligence are more polarized in opinions, exposure to partisan media, interpretation of numeric information, and evaluations of numeric evaluation. Thus, prior research findings showing motivated numeracy effects may be due to correlations between verbal and numeric intelligence rather than being driven by numeracy.

Speaker information: Brittany Shoots-Reinhard is a Research Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Ohio State University and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Science Communication Research in the School of Journalism and Communication at University of Oregon. She received her Ph.D. in social psychology from Ohio State. Her research interests include judgment and decision making, attitudes and persuasion, and motivation. Her current projects involve the antecedents and consequences of objective and subjective numeracy, factors influencing the efficacy of risk and science communications, and political polarization. 

Upcoming Virtual Programming: "Under the Hood of Polling: A Journalist's Perspective on Polls"

For our last virtual event of the fall semester, we are excited to have a moderated discussion on journalism and polling. See below for more details!

Time: Wednesday, December 7, 2-3pm CST

RSVP: Fill out this form to RSVP and receive the Zoom information

Description: Meaningful Math is a 4-year collaboration between the PBS NewsHour and Knology to support better public understanding of numbers through the news. (If you're interested in learning more, we have published multiple papers in Numeracy.) In this informal conversation, three team members will shine a light on "the other side of polling"—what happens when the questions are asked, when you hear about it on the news, and everything in between. Laura Santhanam is the Coordinating Producer for Polling at the PBS NewsHour. John Voiklis leads Behaviors research at Knology. Jena Barchas-Lichtenstein leads Media research at Knology and is Co-PI of Meaningful Math.

Join Us for a Quantitative Reasoning Social Hour!

In continuing our virtual programming for the fall semester, the NNN invites you to participate in a QR social hour on Tuesday, November 15 from 1-2pm CST, facilitated by Kathryn Appenzeller Knowles. See below for more information!


Time: Tuesday, November 15, 1-2pm CST

RSVP: Fill out this form to RSVP and receive the Zoom information

Description: Let’s gather to cross geographical boundaries to support QR work going on around the country. Advancing QR, whether through a faculty-driven QR program, curricular change, or otherwise, is exciting as it crosses disciplinary boundaries, lends itself to collaborations, and provides faculty with opportunities to engage in curriculum development, research, and mentoring. However, it’s common to encounter challenges during this process. This semi-structured hour will be a time for folks to share challenges and successes in advancing QR at their respective institution.

Recordings Now Available! 

The 2022 NNN Annual Meeting took place Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23 at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.

Thank you to everyone who made the program a success! Note we sent out presentation recordings to all conference participants in late October.

NNN Virtual Programming Underway!

Following a successful 'hack-a-thon' on gun violence and inflation in late July, we are excited to announce our next fall speaker, Dr. Diego Mendez-Carbajo of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis. Future speakers will be announced via email and this site.

Time: Tuesday, August 30, 1-2pm CDT

Zoom information: Sent to all NNN members on our Google Group; if you did not receive the link, please email Luke Tunstall at qrs@trinity.edu.

Title: "Storytelling with FRED data: A skills-based approach around micro-credentials"

Description: The Research Information Services team at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has developed a free micro-credential program on economic data literacy for librarians. In this presentation we describe the structure of the program, showcasing one of its modules to illustrate the workflow of participants. We summarize lessons learned and feedback we received. Join us to discuss the potential use of data-related micro-credentials to develop quantitative reasoning skills!

Todd Chavez awarded 2022 Bernie Madison Outstanding Achievement Award

Milo Schield and Carol Ann Davis present Todd with Award on March 4, 2022

NNN Board Elects New Officers (2022-2024)

            Luke Tunstall                         Marc Isaacson                        Victor Piercey                          Weixing Ford

              Trinity Univ.                          Augsburg Univ.                   Ferris State Univ.                  Texas A&M-San Antonio

               President                              Vice President                   Secretary/Treasurer                  Communications

2021-22 Annual Meeting - Virtual Format

March 4-6 online via Zoom

Current Meeting Schedule PDF

Current Meeting Abstracts PDF

Keynote Speakers: 
    Dr. Jane Miller Author of                   Dr. Susan Ganter         
Making Sense of Numbers
(2021)          Quantitative Literacy 


Dr. Jane Miller: Beyond Statistical Significance. A Holistic View of What Makes a Research Finding "Important". Students often believe that statistical significance is the only determinant of whether a numeric result is “important.” I start with a brief review of hypothesis testing, then discuss what questions inferential statistics can and cannot answer, including statistical significance, causality, causal order, direction of association, practical importance, whether the independent variable is modifiable, and generalizability of the results. I then describe factors that determine each of those aspects of “importance,” including study design, measurement, and context. I illustrate these issues with examples from a study of the association between the amount of time teenagers spent playing video games and time spent on other activities.     

Dr. Susan Ganter: Promoting Quantitative Literacy: Institutional transformation in the context of interdisciplinary STEM partnerships.   The National Consortium for Synergistic Undergraduate Mathematics via Multi-institutional Interdisciplinary Teaching Partnerships (SUMMIT-P) has been working since 2016 to revise and improve the undergraduate mathematics curriculum to address the persistent problem that students are unable to apply skills and content from mathematics classes to courses in both STEM and non-STEM fields.

 SUMMIT-P has gained significant experience implementing, studying, and disseminating the use of interdisciplinary and inter-institutional faculty partnerships to erode disciplinary silos. This work has resulted in the creation of substantive collaborations that culminate in lasting curricular change in the first two years of mathematics and in the partner disciplines served, creating an undergraduate curriculum—from mathematics to partner discipline—that is cohesive and seamless for students.

 Components of SUMMIT-P’s work have been used to initiate an intervention model that has resulted in curricular change in a wide variety of institutional contexts. The 12 participating institutions benefit from being part of the consortium through campus site visits; use of common protocols; extensive mentoring opportunities; professional development; use of Descriptive Consultancy and Success Analysis protocols; collection of multi-institutional data; and momentum as a consortium that has fostered accountability and a wide variety of dissemination outlets. SUMMIT-P is an important step toward understanding institutional transformation on a large scale that will support the mathematical development of STEM majors while increasing mathematical literacy among all college graduates.

 The SUMMIT-P consortium has experienced great success with collaborative processes, resulting in ongoing partnerships across many disciplines and institutions.   During this presentation, we will discuss how such partnerships help to immediately reinforce mathematical concepts in a variety of disciplinary settings, creating context across courses.


Announcement     Call for Papers

Proposals accepted until February 11th

Numeracy: 500,000 downloads:
NNN is having an impact through Numeracy
Here is the Numeracy report for 2021.

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

Discusses the field of quantitative map literacy

“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: https://gizmodo.com/5936361/what-happens-when-you-get-struck-by-lightning   [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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