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NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn

NCSM Virtual Panel Discussion on Closing the Opportunity Gap in Mathematics

Please join NCSM in our upcoming virtual panel discussion about how to move forward in Closing the Opportunity Gap in Mathematics, scheduled for Thursday, September 10, 7pm EST.

You must register in advance for this meeting. Click HERE to register for this panel discussion.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

In preparation for the meeting, please read the NCSM position paper, Closing the Opportunity Gap: A Call for Detracking Mathematics and deduce 3 main points of the paper, 2 questions you still have, and 1 person you can share and discuss this with.

From Shelly Jones, NCSM Position Paper Editor

NCSM St. Louis Summit Rescheduled to April 25-27, 2021

The NCSM Bold Leadership Summit will now be held in St. Louis on April 25-27, 2021. The event will have the same inspiring speakers and program. The Summit will start Sunday at 2:00 PM with our keynote speaker, Ken Williams and continue as planned throughout the next two days, Monday and Tuesday, with all of the featured speakers as originally planned.

The NCSM Bold Leadership Summit event will be limited to 750 attendees. On Monday and Tuesday, breakfast and lunch will be included for all attendees. Special events will include time for reflection and review of the information learned throughout the event as you strengthen your mathematics leadership for those you serve.

Please visit our WEBSITE for the additional program details.

Housing Update

Our host hotel, Hyatt Regency St. Louis Arch, will remain the same. If you had previously reserved a room for October, you can change your accommodations by using the link on our website or by calling the hotel directly at (314) 655 -1234.


Early bird registration will close on February 1, 2021 or when the summit registration reaches its capacity of 750. 

To register for the NCSM Bold Leadership Summit in St. Louis, April 25-27, 2021, click HERE.

  Member Non-Member
Full Registration $450.00 $540.00
Early Bird 420.00 500.00
Early Team (4 or more)* 400.00 480.00

*Early Team: If it is a team, an NCSM member on the team pays $400, a non-member on the team pays $480. Team registration ends February 1, 2021.

NCSM is committed to our mission and we know that time spent together as leaders will be instrumental to making our vision for equitable instruction come to life.

We look forward to learning more about bold mathematics leadership with you in St Louis this coming April.

From Connie Schrock, Summit Coordinator 

Fall 2020 NCSM Inspiration! online for members

In the Fall 2020 issue, NCSM provides reflections on and ideas for leading during these critical times..

Some Bold Mathematics Leadership article teasers include:

  • Assessment in the Era of Covid-19 by Mona Toncheff
  • Moving Forward: Mathematics Learning in the Era of Covid-19 by Paul Gray
  • Equity Dialogue: Engaging in the Antiracist Journey Through Multiple Perspectives by Natalie Crist and Amber Cook
  • Access and Equity: Confronting Reality from a Global Pandemic and Social Justice Reform by Tina D. Moore

In addition, there are articles highlighting our NCSM Board Members at Work and articles featuring ideas to empower our mathematics leaders by connecting, learning, and honoring.

The NCSM Inspiration! is available to all members and can be found HERE along with the latest issue of the NCSM Journal. 

In addition, for non-members, there is a FREE PREVIEW from the Summer 2020 Inspiration! to provide a taste of what kind of articles are included in the quarterly NCSM Inspiration! available with NCSM membership.

From Gwen Zimmerman, and Kim Romain, NCSM Inspiration! Co-Editors




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August 2020 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff


When I sit down to craft a new monthly message, sometimes I reflect on past messages to provide inspiration or spark ideas. Last school year, my messages included the importance of empowering those you serve (one of the guiding principles in the Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education), the power of reflection and celebration and finding strength and support through collaboration and connecting with others.

In the June 2019 message, I stated: 

New and experienced mathematics leaders cannot anticipate every challenge. Yet time and time again, a resource that has helped me on my leadership journey is the network of leaders I found through NCSM. They act as my GPS and have also given me wide vistas on various leadership routes to better anticipate and navigate the twists and turns ahead.

This statement is truer today than ever! During these unprecedented times, the NCSM board and network of mathematics leaders across the continent continue to provide resolve and support. Without the support of my peers and friends, I would not be “brave enough to suck at something new”, a quote I saw as a meme on Facebook that resonated with me as I continue to try new things. We are all grappling with the decisions of how to safely re-open schools, how to provide meaningful teaching and learning experiences to those we serve, and how to manage the demands of the virtual work world.

As you begin the year, give yourself grace and space to learn new ideas. Connect with other mathematics leaders to share what is working and what is not. Find opportunities to network and be brave together as we strive to improve student learning of mathematics.

NCSM is here for you. We have two virtual winter seminars planned, November 9, 2020 and February 8, 2021. Additionally, watch your email for updates on the newest publications, NCSM Essential Actions: Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education and the latest position statement, Closing the Opportunity Gap: A Call for Detracking Mathematics

Look for and share ideas with one another on Twitter at #NCSMbold. 

Together, we can connect and learn from one another. We can challenge each other to try new things and learn from the experiences. We are bold, brave mathematics leaders and as we begin the 2020-2021 school year, remember - We got this! 


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president


Opening on September 1, 2020: Speaker Proposals for the 53rd Annual NCSM Conference in Atlanta, September 20-22, 2021

In 2021, NCSM celebrates its 53rd Annual Conference, continuing its dedication to the life-long learning of bold mathematics education leaders. NCSM is committed to supporting leaders’ work in inspiring high-quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for each and every learner.

If you Aspire to bold mathematics leadership, come to Atlanta, Georgia to share your knowledge and experience to Activate our collective understanding so that we may all Act together and Amplify Bold Mathematics Leadership that inspires high quality mathematics learning for each and every student. 

We invite proposals that focus on the five focus strands for the 53rd Annual NCSM Conference. 


Aspire to Bold Mathematics Leadership:  What makes a bold mathematics leader? What are the many ways we grow throughout our journey in mathematics leadership? How do leaders ensure that they and every teacher possess a shared understanding and vision of high-quality mathematics instruction? What roles can an aspiring leader play to promote and provide high-quality, equitable teaching and learning for students? How do experienced leaders empower and nurture a culture of productive professionalism that will help develop and sustain quality leaders in mathematics education? How do leaders plan and manage change?

Proposals in this strand will focus on the development of mathematics leaders as change agents (whether they be at the classroom, building/site, district or provincial/national level) focused on defining and developing a shared vision for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning via attention to assessment, curriculum and instructional design in mathematics as well as managing change. 

Activate Leadership for Access and Equity: What does it mean to lead for equity? How can we remove barriers and provide all students with access to rigorous, meaningful curriculum taught by highly effective teachers? How can we meet the needs of all learners and ensure that each and every student has access to meaningful and relevant mathematics? How can we help each and every student to build mathematical understanding that will improve their lives and improve the world?  How can we ensure that organizational structures, time and resource allocation, and systemic supports are aligned, intentional and equitable? What principles of equity and access can be leveraged to support high-quality mathematics teaching and learning?

Proposals in this strand will focus on equitable practices relating to the needs of diverse learners (emergent bilinguals, students with special needs, students requiring gifted and talented supports); eliminating deficit views in mathematics learning, and eradicating mathematics as a gatekeeper. Proposals in this strand will also seek to actively engage teachers and leaders of mathematics to deepen their professional knowledge base and instructional practice with mathematics aimed at meeting the needs of every student.

Activate Teachers as Leaders:  How do we ensure that assumptions, beliefs, expectations and habits are examined in order to shape the school or department’s culture around teaching and learning mathematics in productive ways? How might we ensure a culture of reflection, refinement, and action focused on the continuous improvement in mathematical learning for teachers and their students?

Proposals in this strand will focus on improving the mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge of teachers by helping to develop a clear understanding of high-quality mathematics instruction and how to support it. Proposals should also address structures for continued job-embedded professional learning around design and enactment of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

Activate and Empower others through Mathematics Coaching:  What can coaches do to ensure high-quality, equitable mathematics teaching and learning for each and every student? How can coaches support practitioners in the classroom to provide access to grade level content and intensification based on evidence of student learning?  How can coaches support quality curriculum, instruction and assessment?

Proposals in this strand will share innovative and successful coaching practices that support the mathematical learning of teachers and their students. Sessions will help coaches build their own capacity to support high-quality, equitable mathematics teaching and learning for every student. 

Amplify Mathematics Leadership:  How can we amplify and achieve the NCSM vision for mathematics teaching and learning?  How can we establish and nurture a culture of productive professionalism that spreads quality mathematics learning to every student?  What relationships can we build to engage all stakeholders in meaningful ways in high-quality, mathematics instruction?  What tools and resources can we use to broaden our reach as leaders?

Proposals in this strand will address the development of strong partnerships that leverage the power of community partnerships and collaborative teams for ensuring that curriculum offers opportunity for rigor, depth and conceptual understanding for all students.

Look for additional information coming in the next weeks as to how to submit your speaker proposals.


From Shawn Towle, NCSM First Vice-President  






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