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Election News! Nominations Are Now Open

Nominations for available 2019 NCSM elected positions are open and will close on May 15, 2019.

The positions available for nominations this spring are:

  • President Elect
  • Second Vice President
  • Regional Director, Central 2 (Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wisconsin)
  • Regional Director, Eastern 2 (Delaware, District of Columbia, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia)
  • Regional Director, Western 2 (California, Far West: American Samoa, Federated States (Guam, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Northern Mariana Island, Palau Islands), Hawaii, Military AP: AFO/FPO, Oregon, Washington)

If you wish to make a nomination now, please be sure that your nominee is an eligible member who is interested in running. Members eligible to be placed in nomination must be in good standing as of the 15th of May one year prior to the nominations deadline.

Please send your nomination(s) to Donna Leak at [email protected] before May 15th.

From Donna Leak, NCSM Nominations Chair

Feedback asked for the 2019 NCSM Conference in San Diego

Thank you for attending the NCSM 51st Annual Conference in San Diego! 

As we gear up for the NCSM 52nd Annual Conference in Chicago next year, we would love to receive your feedback! 

Please take a moment to complete the survey using the link below:

2019 Survey Link

Your feedback is appreciated and is vital to help us understand your needs as an NCSM member and conference participant!

Thank you for your bold leadership and for making waves that will positively impact our student's learning!

NCSM is excited to officially welcome three new affiliates!
At the annual NCSM Business Meeting in San Diego, the following affiliates were announced:
  • Nassau County of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCAMS),
  • Association of Mathematics Teachers of New York State (AMTNYS), and
  • Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut (ATOMIC).
We now have 38 affiliates serving mathematics leaders across the country.  
Are you part of an organization that serves mathematics leaders?  NCSM would like to welcome you as an affiliate to collaborate with others, get updates that can be shared with your membership, professional learning discounts, and more!
For more information on how to apply to become an NCSM affiliate, click HERE.
From Nanci Smith, NCSM Affiliate Chair

2019 NCSM Awards Announced

In case you were not be able to make it to San Diego, NCSM recognized the following people:

Iris Carl Awardees

Chandra Perkins - Memphis, TN

Bradley Thornburgh - Ithaca, MI

Kara Watson - Berlin, CT

Click HERE for more information about our awardees and the Iris Carl Travel Grant.

Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert Award

Gail Burrell

We will be highlighting Gail’s contributions in our next eNews.  And if you would like to see more about her contributions now, click HERE to view the video that was shared during Wednesday's lunch at the NCSM Conference.

Kay Gilliland Award

Linda Fulmore

To see more about Linda’s contributions, you can go HERE.

If you would like to nominate a person for either the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert Award or the Kay Gilliland Award, please consider starting the process by submitting the name HERE or contact Samantha Wuttig at [email protected]

From Samantha Wuttig, NCSM Awards Chair 

Plans for 2019 Fall Seminars Are Underway  

The 2019 Fall Seminar Series will continue the overall theme of empowering coaches to impact student learning.

  • Fall Seminar 1 will be in Nashville, TN on October 2, 2019.
  • Fall Seminar 2 will be in Des Moines, IA on November 18, 2019.

Watch for additional information on the Fall Seminars in future eNews issues.

NOTE: NCSM partners with local affiliates, professional organizations, and school districts to provide site-based professional learning events as well with presenters from NCSM. The intent of these sessions are professional learning through the lens of mathematics leaders. 

For more information on how you can bring an NCSM site-based professional learning opportunity to your locale and for information on the fee structure, please contact Jackie Palmquist, NCSM Professional Learning Director.

Spring NCSM Newsletter Available Online...Check It Out!

You can access the current issue of the newsletter through our interactive flipbook format or in the traditional PDF version on our website.

Click HERE or on the image below to access the Spring 2019 Newsletter.

The Newsletter team hopes that you are enjoying our new flipbook features as we continue to roll them out. In this issue, you can jump directly to specific articles from the Table of Contents.

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April 2019 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

Appreciation and Reflections

Thank you to the 1,976 mathematics leaders that attended NCSM’s 51st Annual Conference in San Diego at the beginning of the month. If you were not able to attend, just follow #NCSM19 on twitter and you will feel the passion from the participants. Below are a few of my favorites. 

“#NCSM19 was such an inspiring conference. From affirming the good work we do, to lighting a fire to strive to do better - by our teachers, our students, and ourselves - I am going back feeling "truly wonderful and getting better!" Thank you to everyone who shared! @MathEdLeaders – Brandi Simpson @all4mathed 

“Thank you colleagues. Learned so much from you at #NCSM19 @MathEdLeaders Greatest take away, from the last day. Thanks Dr Michael Young: The opposite of equity isn't inequity, it is inaction.” – Bill Lemon @Bill_Lemon_SO

The annual conference owes its success to the high-quality presenters willing to share their expertise, to the participants eager to learn, share, and grow, and to the tireless conference committee and many volunteers who gave their time to bring a vision of a premiere mathematics education leadership conference to life. Just as important to the conference are the sponsors who generously support NCSM and help bring everyone together for excellent networking opportunities. Thank You! 

The conference theme and conversations throughout the three days centered around the topic of BOLD mathematics leadership. At the end of the conference, I posed these two questions:

  • What bold leadership is needed to meet the NCSM mission and vision?
  • How will one action create a ripple effect to ultimately close the opportunity gap for our students?

As mathematics leaders close the 2018-2019 school year, we must consider the essential actions needed to meet the learning needs of both the teachers and students that we serve. 

At the conference, NCSM announced the release of two of the newest NCSM publications from the NCSM Essential Action Series to help define these leadership actions. 

The first book, NCSM Essential Actions: Coaching in Mathematics Education addresses the urgency for mathematics coaching programs and defines the foundational elements, structures and essential actions needed in a coaching program. The second book, NCSM Essential Actions: Instructional Leadership in Mathematics Education, is a go-to guide for site-based leaders to support mathematics teaching and learning. 

NCSM also released the executive summary of the third book, NCSM Essential Actions:  Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education and the book will be released March 2020.   

As we finish this school year strong armed with learning from an inspiring conference, consider the bold mathematics leadership actions you will start or continue to employ. Think about the #butterflyeffect and #bethechange shared throughout the conference and know that together, we can make the ripples from bold leadership decisions that make a difference for students and teachers alike.  

From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president

Call for 2020 Conference Proposals for Chicago!

Conference Dates
March 30 – April 1, 2019

Conference Location
Chicago, IL

IT'S TIME!! The 52nd NCSM Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL on March 30-April 1, 2020. 

Please consider submitting a proposal to speak at this annual conference. 

A team of NCSM members are working to develop a conference program that reflects the diversity, values and beliefs of the full NCSM membership. This is only possible if you help by, either submitting a proposal yourself, or by reaching out to encourage someone special to share their story on a national stage. Maybe even consider offering to co-present with them if this is their first step into the spotlight.  The success of our annual conference is contingent on the expertise of our members who take the time to share so that we might enrich our work as mathematics leaders.

The conference theme, Connect. Collaborate. Commit., is designed to highlight your influence on and advocacy for creating and supporting exemplary mathematics teaching and learning experiences. 

The 2020 NCSM Annual Conference focuses on answering the question, “What are the essential actions for all mathematics leaders?” 

The four strands for the 2020 NCSM Annual Conference represent areas of interest to a large number of our members and we hope that by focusing on these topics you will learn deeply about issues that are of immediate and lasting importance to you.

  1. Build Mathematical Capacity
  2. Construct Impactful Mathematics Coaching
  3. Design Systemic Structures within the Mathematics Education Community
  4. Monitor Evidence of Equitable Mathematics Learning

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the premier mathematics education leaders' conference. Click HERE to submit your proposal. 

Proposals will be accepted until June 1, 2019. 

Please click HERE for additional information about the 2020 Conference. 

From Maria Everett, 1st Vice President 

Registration is Now Open for the 2019 NCSM Summer Leadership Academy: Empower Coaches and Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change for ALL Learners

THEME: Empower Coaches and Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change for ALL Learners

DATES: July 22-24, 2019




Hotel Information: 




Madison Marriott West


Address: 1313 John Q Hammons Dr, Middleton, WI 53562
Phone: (608) 831-2000 - Reference NCSM to receive the discounted rate.
Make a reservation online here.  


Room Rates



Single Rate

Double Rate

Standard Guestroom





Are you ready to make a real difference in the teaching and learning of mathematics for all students? Coaching is recognized as one of the most powerful ways to impact teacher growth and student learning. In order to meet the vision of all students learning mathematics at high levels, understanding how to lead a strong mathematics coaching program is critical.

Equip your mathematics leaders to develop a shared vision for mathematics instruction, utilize high quality coaching, leverage powerful teaching strategies and monitor student learning to ensure learning for all.

To meet the vision of all students learning mathematics at high levels, understanding how to lead strong mathematics coaching program is key. Join us this summer to

  • Develop a shared vision for mathematics instruction through the lens of Equity
  • Utilize strategies to ensure a sustainable, systematic, equitable, high quality coaching
  • Learn to leverage powerful teaching strategies
  • Use the Plan, Do, Study Act cycle to ensure learning for all
If you lead as a teacher, coach, coach of coaches, curricular team lead, administrator, and professors of teacher leaders, this is the professional learning for you.
Bring your team, build your professional learning network working side by side using the wealth of materials provided to develop a strategic plan personalized to your coaching.\

Registration includes the following resources:  

  • NCSM Essential Actions: Coaching in Mathematics Education (Release April 2019)
  • NCSM Essential Actions: Instructional Leadership in Mathematics Education (Release April 2019)
  • Everything you need for mathematics coaching: Tools, plans, and a process that works for any instructional leader, grades K-12. Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin

Registration Fees:





Madison, WI

by 6/30/19

7/01/19 to 7/15/19

(based on availability)

 Team Rate (a team is three or more people)


NCSM Member








 Individual Rate


NCSM Member








Presenters will be Mona Toncheff, Jackie Palmquist and Gina Rivera.


From Jackie Palmquist and Gina Rivera, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

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