AUGUST 2021 NCSM Insider


Aug 2021 Message from NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.

-Lao Tzu


Around the Toncheff house, we were glued to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo this summer. We watched hours of sports I love and others that I didn’t even know existed. My husband continuously flipped through three different channels to catch the updates on each event. We applauded the underdogs and jumped for joy when our favorites won at the last second. We “googled” sports to understand them and talked about them at the dinner table. One of my daughters even got up at 3:00 am to watch one of the gymnastics finals live.  


At the conclusion of this year’s Olympics, my oldest daughter created a new monthly budget so she can afford to attend the 2024 Olympics in Paris and has a plan to refresh her French from high school. She priced the events, travel, hotel, and even food and fun. She has a plan and now she just has to stick with it. Even though the event is three years away, she realizes that spending extra money this month might impede her ability to make it to Paris in 2024.  


As I listened to her detailed plan, it made me realize that educators have the same task as we begin the school year. We have our class rosters, instructional resources, curriculum guides, and dreams for a successful school year. And as leaders, we make sure the vision for mathematics teaching and learning is clear and work with all stakeholders to develop an intentional plan to meet the vision.  


As we begin the 2021-2022 school year, what is your intentional plan for the coming year? What steps will you take? What is your first step and what will be your one-thousandth step?  


As you develop or continue your plan for this year it is always important to gather new ideas and learn along the journey. Consider how you might connect with other mathematics leaders to share what is working and what is not so you can learn together and strengthen your plan. Find opportunities to network and be brave together in order to improve student learning of mathematics.  


NCSM is here for you.  


Continuing the Journey 

After all the disruptions and challenges accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic, what are your first steps to support the teachers, students, and families you serve? NCSM collaborated with NCTM and Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM) to publish Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond. Continuing the Journey provides guidance in decision-making to support each and every student in learning mathematics as they return to school this fall.


Join NCSM on August 18, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. EDT for the August Networking Night as we unpack the high leverage strategies outlined in Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond. 


NCSM 53rd Annual Conference and Beyond 


Join us for the 53rd NCSM Annual Conference! This will be a fantastic opportunity to learn and expand your network.  


Whether you want to continue the conversation after the conference or are not able to join us in person in Atlanta, we are pleased to announce a new feature to our conference: Beyond the Conference 2021. It is the first-ever opportunity to engage and network with your colleagues virtually AFTER the conference to strengthen and deepen your mathematics leadership strategies and practices. You will have access to 60+ pre-recorded sessions that include the Major and Spotlight speakers from the 53rd Annual Conference and weekly live sessions during the 90-day window.  


NCSM prides itself on creating opportunities for mathematics leaders to connect with other leaders and reflect on their current practices, in order to make intentional leadership actions to improve student learning for all. The weekly live sessions in Beyond the Conference 2021 will be an extension of the conversations that occurred during the conference. Visit our website for more information.  


It’s time to start planning your journey to reach your vision. 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 2021-2022  school year, remember - We got this!  



From Mona Toncheff, NCSM President


Today is the Last Day to Register for the Networking Nights with NCSM, August 18th at 7:00PM EDT

NCSM is dedicated to equipping and empowering a diverse education community to engage in leadership that supports, sustains, and inspires high quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for each and every learner. To achieve this mission and help unify the mathematics community, we provide resources, launch initiatives, and help create an extensive network of peers.

NCSM is offering an exclusive interactive virtual series, Networking Nights with NCSM, for our membership community. In our next event, “Starting Strong: Bold Strategies to Kick Off the New School Year”, join Professional Learning Directors, Georgina Rivera and Jenny Novak, as they share bold strategies to start strong with the new school year.

Join us on  August 18, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. EDT as we unpack the high leverage strategies outlined in the newly released document, Continuing the Journey: Mathematics Learning 2021 and Beyond, which was developed collaboratively by NCTM, NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics, and the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM).  

We will spotlight resources for leaders focused on equitable access to high-quality mathematics teaching and learning, acceleration of learning, and support for students. You will have the opportunity to connect with other BOLD mathematics leaders and coaches as you examine resources and discuss your goals for the new school year. You won’t want to miss this event!

This free event is for NCSM members only. While this event is free, advance registration is required. You can register by logging into your NCSM account and going to the registration page. The registration deadline is August 16, 2021.


From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

53rd NCSM Annual Conference, Atlanta, September 20-22, 2021


Online registration is open until September 18th. Onsite registration will be available starting on Sunday, September 19, at 2pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.


You can view all sessions HERE. Search by Strand, by Speaker, by Day, by Audience...have some fun looking for those special bold leadership sessions that you just have to go to!


Our 2021 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. Check out all the speakers. There is quite a line-up of Major and Spotlight Speakers. We are sure you will find your favorite BOLD LEADER in the line-up. Or, you might plan to meet a new favorite one!


Consider registering for and attending one of the two Pre-Conference Sessions happening on Sunday, September 19, 2021, from 1-4PM.


And, amplify your conference learning experience with Beyond the Conference 2021. Beyond the Conference 2021 is the first ever opportunity to engage and network with your colleagues virtually AFTER the conference to continue and deepen your mathematics leadership strategies and practices. You will have access to the 60+ pre-recorded sessions that include the Major and Spotlight speakers from the 53rd Annual Conference. Whether you attend the conference in person or are joining Beyond the Conference virtually, you will have the opportunity to ask questions and grapple with current mathematics leadership issues with other leaders on next steps for your BOLD math leadership journey. If you are not able to attend the conference in Atlanta, you can still participate in Beyond the Conference 2021. Don’t miss out on this one of a kind learning opportunity! For more information, registration fees, and to register, please visit the NCSM website.


We thank our Elite Sponsors for their support of the 53rd Annual NCSM Conference.

  • Platinum Sponsor:  Texas Instruments
  • Gold Sponsors:  Big Ideas Learning, Amplify Math, Savvas Learning Company, ST Math, Imagine Learning
  • Silver Sponsor: Casio
  • Bronze Sponsor: EdGems Math

Latest NCSM Podcast

Check out the newest NCSM Podcast in the Learning with Leaders: The Bold Mathematics Leadership series. In this month’s podcast, co-hosts, Mona Toncheff, NCSM President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director, Eastern Region 2, interview Ishmael Robinson and Peggy Nayar, two mathematics leaders from St. Paul Public Schools. They recently published the article, Creating a Culturally Responsive Math Curriculum for the Elementary Grades, on Edutopia.


In this episode, they talk with Ishmael and Peggy about their work building a culturally responsive curriculum grounded in financial literacy. They share thoughts about their vision, design, and challenges when  building a new curriculum. They also offer tips to empower teachers and students throughout the process.

New episodes for the Learning with Leaders: The Bold Mathematics Leadership series podcast will be released on the 11th of each month. More information on how to listen to the podcasts can be found on the NCSM website.  


You can listen on your favorite podcast platform using the links below.  

From Mona Toncheff, NCSM President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director for Eastern Region 2


NCSM Survey Opportunity for Emerging BOLD Leaders

Are you an emerging BOLD mathematics leader? Or maybe you know one. NCSM wants to know what these new leaders need in this emerging leadership role.


NCSM is the premiere mathematics education leadership organization. Our bold leadership in the mathematics education community develops vision, ensures support, and guarantees that all students engage in equitable, high-quality mathematical experiences that lead to powerful, flexible uses of mathematical understanding to affect their lives and to improve the world.


In order to help NCSM provide resources and support to emerging leaders, please take a moment to complete this SURVEY.


It will take approximately 10 minutes to complete it. We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete it. NCSM will use this information as we move forward with strategic planning.



From Samantha Wuttig, NCSM Awards Chair


SAVE THE DATES! Virtual Seminars Coming Soon!

There are three virtual NCSM seminars planned for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. Stay tuned for additional information.

  • 2021 - Virtual November 8, 2021
  • 2022 - Virtual February 7, 2022
  • 2022- Virtual March 7, 2022


From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

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