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February 2018

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What's New at NCSM: Collective Call to Action

Courageous leadership is the “engine that drives the paradigm shift.”

NCSM invites you to join the mathematics education community in a conversation about “Excellence Through Equity” (Blankstein & Noguera, 2016). During the months of January and February we will continue building our collective knowledge and begin taking the actions needed to promote, develop and support a just, equitable, and sustainable system of math education for all children.

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. ET as for the second webinar from the Call to a Collective Action, From Awareness to Action: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education. In this webinar, the speakers provide a brief overview of the five principles (Getting to Your Core, Making Organizational Meaning, Ensuring Constancy and Consistency of Purpose, Facing the Facts and Your Fears, Building Sustainable Relationships) in Excellence through Equity, focusing on the supporting work and thinking of teachers, teacher leaders, and educators to guide student achievement. The webinar is organized around the five principles and will incorporate questions and dialogue between the participants and speakers.

More information about the online discussion community and webinar registration is available at HERE

How can you students be a part of the 50th NCSM Annual Conference?  

Matea Valley High School
Freshman Margaa Raghu
Teacher / NCSM Member Michelle Honeysett

As we celebrate 50 years of NCSM, we are reaching out to you to challenge your students to create a piece of art to commemorate NCSM’s 50th Anniversary. You could write problems that end in 50, create equations that would graph or end in 50, draw pictures or diagrams that relate to this in some way.  Be as creative as possible.

The rules are simple:

  1. The piece of math art should be either 50th related, or NCSM related, or any combination thereof.
  2. No bigger than 15” x 20” and not smaller than 8.5” x 11”

We ask you to share this challenge with your students, teacher’s, coaches, principles, department chairs, everyone, because we want to showcase artwork from students, whether they are pre-K, through higher education, any and all are welcome. Leaders – we ask that you select 4-5 of the best pieces and send them to NCSM – PO Box 3406, Englewood, CO 80115. Please note that any pieces sent to NCSM become the property of NCSM and will not be returned.

Please include on the Math Art the student name, teacher name and school. We would like to have our Math Art be representative of NCSM’s entire membership. Please submit these works by April 1. 

 ICMI Study  

The International program committee for the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) Study 24 School Mathematics Curriculum Reforms: Challenges, Changes and Opportunities invites submissions of contributions of several kinds which include: research papers related to school mathematics curriculum reform issues; theoretical, cultural, historical, and epistemological essays (with deep connection to curriculum reforms); discussion and position papers analyzing curriculum policy and practice issues; synthesis and meta-analysis reports on empirical studies; reviews of curriculum reform efforts, especially at macro levels; and papers on comparative studies in curriculum reform initiatives. The Study Conference will be held in Tsukuba/Japan 25-30, November 2018.  For additional information, visit the ICMI Study 24 website or the discussion document. 

#NCSM50 Memories

As NCSM is gearing up to celebrate 50 years of memories, we are hoping to hear from you and see your memories.  Share your favorite memories on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram using #NCSM50 and yours may be selected and  highlighted at the conference and beyond!


TODOS: Mathematics for ALL (http://www.todos-math.org/), I am forwarding information on our conference in June. I would like to know if you can inform your members by distributing the attached flyer or maybe include a short conference announcement with a link to our website in information you send to the membership.

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge 

M3 Challenge is the nation’s most prestigious national high school math modeling competition, attracting more than 5,000 participants annually. It will take place March 2-5, 2018. Massachusetts-based MathWorks sponsors prizes, judges, systems, and Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics - SIAM - organizes and administers the Challenge. The Challenge is FREE of any registration or participation fees.  Registration deadline is Friday, February 23. 

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Message from the NCSM President,
Connie Schrock 

Why not you?  

I was listening to a friend, Irina, tell me how excited she was to be invited to attend a conference for leaders. She continued to tell me she never would have believed she would grow into that role or ever be considered a leader in her field. She continued to glow while saying that her company believes in her and it makes all the difference. At her conference, she was asked by a colleague "Why not you?" Why did she think she was not a leader or that she did not have potential? Irina does not work in education and as I was listening to her talk about how grateful she was for her experience and how it has changed her future, I began to wonder who do I need to encourage. Am I so busy in my role that I forget to look for leaders?

Are there leaders around us that just need someone to believe in them and help them reach their potential? There are leaders at all levels. Often, I hear a classroom teacher tell me, "I am only a teacher." There is no such thing as only a teacher. We must build capacity for mathematics leadership.

How do you identify emerging leaders in the classroom? Would your encouragement to attend NCSM Annual Meeting or another leadership event make a difference in their career and experience? Think about helping another leader and providing the spark to change their future. Ask them, "Why not you?" We need more mathematics leaders that continue to improve learning for each and every learner.   

Conference Updates: Housing 

Still looking for a hotel room – NCSM still has plenty of rooms at the Washington Hilton and the Madison Washington DC. They may be a bit further out, but NCSM is providing shuttle transportation to and from the hotels to the conference center Monday through Wednesday, both in the morning and the afternoon.

Washington Hilton
1919 Connecticut Ave NW
Washington, D.C. 20009

Click HERE to make your reservation at the Washington Hilton.  

The room block at the Washington Hilton is available checking in on Sunday, April 22, 2018, checking out on Wednesday, April 25, 2018. The hotel will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The block of rooms will be held until filled or until March 19, 2018, whichever comes first. 

The Madison Washington D.C., a Hilton Hotel
1177 15th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 2000

Click HERE to make your reservation at The Madison. To call in reservations, please dial 1-855-325-6397 and refer to code NCSM. 

The room block at The Madison Washington D.C. Hotel is available checking in on Sunday, April 22, 2018, checking out on Thursday, April 26, 2018. The block of rooms will be held until the block is filled or until March 30, 2018, whichever comes first.

Join in on the fun at the Annual Conference 

Click on the image to view the video 

We invite you to share your congratulatory message via video.  Whether by yourself or with a team of colleagues, and/or students. Be creative and have fun.

There are three ways to access this media.

  1. Go to https://flipgrid.com/11578f  if using a computer with a video camera and speaker
  2. Or if using a mobile device, download the flipgrid app and enter the code11578f
  3. Or use the QR Code here and it will take you to the flipgrid with directions and links for downloading the app.

 When you are ready to record:

  • Click the green plus button to record your video, you will have up to 15 seconds but it is not necessary to fill the entire time. You may review your video before you submit it.
  • Click arrow after recording for the selfie screen.

Be creative! You can wish NCSM a happy 50th Anniversary, thank NCSM for their 50 years of leadership, or share a favorite NCSM story*. We are looking forward to seeing your videos.

 *By submitting a video to FlipGrid, you agree that the video becomes the property of NCSM and can be used how and when NCSM sees fit.

NCSM Annual Pre-Conference Options  

Are you planning on attending the 2018 NCSM Annual Conference? The pre-conferences are designed so that early arrivals can start their learning and networking right away. Sessions run from 1 pm to 4 pm on Sunday April 22nd, leaving you plenty of time to pick up registration materials and enjoy the sights in Washington DC later in the afternoon.

We are featuring two sessions, one focused on coaching and the other on equity and social justice. There’s something for everyone! Read more about the sessions here and register for the conference and the pre-conference here.

If you've ALREADY registered for the conference and would like to add a pre-conference session, click the button below.

Attending the Conference: We need you!  

Volunteering at the NCSM Annual Conference is a rewarding experience, providing you with opportunities to network and make new friends as well as contribute to an enhanced conference experience for all attendees.

As Volunteer Recruitment and Management Chair, NCSM Second Vice-President, Bill Barnes, is seeking volunteers who can assist at the conference. Sign up to volunteer today!

SAVE THE DATE! NCSM Summer Leadership Academy, "Building Mathematics Leadership: Coaching"

Ready to make a real difference in the teaching and learning of mathematics? Do you realize that coaching is recognized as one of the most powerful ways to impact teacher growth and student learning?

If your district/school has a coaching program or is thinking about starting a coaching program; join NCSM and their Coaching Team for the NCSM Summer Leadership Academy in Colorado near the Denver Airport – July 30 to August 1, 2018.

Participants will be among the first to receive a copy of NCSM's new coaching book, NCSM: Themes and Imperatives for Coaching (working title).

More information will be available soon. We are excited to be hosting this coaching theme for our Summer Leadership Academy. We hope you are, too, and that we will see you in Colorado at the end of July!

Call for Nominations 

Thank you to all who took the time to participate in the 2017-18 elections and a special thank you to the members of the NCSM Nominations Committee. Nominations for 2018 NSCM available positions will close on May 15, 2018. The positions available for nominations this spring are:

  • Second Vice President 
  • Regional Director, United States Central 1 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio) 
  • Regional Director, United States Eastern 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Military AE: APO/FPO, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont) 
  • Regional Director, United States Southern 2 (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas)

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 15 May one year prior to the nominations deadline.  Please send your nomination(s) to the Nominations Chair, Steve Viktora, at [email protected] or [email protected] before the deadline.



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