Catalyst Press

Established in 2012 at the University of Minnesota, the mission of Catalyst Press is to challenge and empower teachers to improve the teaching and learning of statistics by publishing books that depict innovative curriculum, assessment, and pedagogical methods in used statistics education. 

The editorial board of Catalyst Press (Joan Garfield, Bob delMas, Andrew Zieffler, and Michelle Everson) have  many years of experience publishing in the international statistics education community. Between them, they have edited three highly prominent journals in the field (SERJ, JSE, and TISE) have been elected to leadership roles in several organizations influential in statistics education (IASE, ASA, MAA, AERA, ICMI) and have overseen numerous NSF-funded research projects.  They bring this extensive experience to ensuring the high quality of publications produced by Catalyst Press.

The initial publication of Catalyst Press is Statistical Thinking: A Simulation Approach to Modeling Uncertainty (available at 

Using ideas of randomization and bootstrapping, Statistical Thinking takes a radically different approach than most textbooks to the introduction and methods of statistical inference. Based on the work of the NSF-funded CATALST project, the text makes exclusive use of simulation to carry out inferential analyses. It also builds on best practices and materials developed in statistics education, research and theory from cognitive science, as well as materials and methods that are successfully achieving parallel goals in other disciplines (e.g., mathematics and engineering education).