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COOL DRAWING ALERT for Joining with a new NCSM Membership or Renewing Your Current NCSM Membership

If you renew or join NCSM between February 8- March 31, 2021, you will be entered into a drawing!

Five members will be selected for free registration to the virtual Bold Leadership Summit

You can renew or join by clicking HERE. Good Luck!

 From Kris Cunningham, NCSM Membership Chair

NCSM Podcast

Check out the newest NCSM Podcast! 

In this month’s podcast, co-hosts, Mona Toncheff, NCSM President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director, Eastern Region 2 interview Emma Treviño, Carmen Whitman, and Harold Asturias, three of the major speakers for the Bold Mathematics Leadership Summit in April.  

The title of the February episode is, Leadership: Paying Attention to What Matters; Student Thinking. In this bold leadership conversation, Harold, Emma and Carmen discuss the design guiding principle from the Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education and strategies to ensure mathematics learning for all students. 

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

Members Only: Networking Night with NCSM - February 17, 2021 with Rosa Serratore, Western 2 RD, and Western Region 2 team leaders

Registration deadline is today -  February 15th!

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, join Rosa Serratore, Regional Director W2 and Western Region 2 team leaders  as we discuss Equitable Mathematics Systems.  

How do we modernize our mathematics teaching and learning? How do we support more students in seeing themselves as mathematicians in reimagined systems? Come join the conversation and walk away with strategies and next steps.  

Join us on February 17, 2021 at 8:15 pm EST/5:15 PM PST.  You will have the opportunity to connect with other bold mathematics leaders to share lessons and tips you have learned. 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 pageThe registration deadline is 2/15/21.  

From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors 

Nominations Open for the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award and the Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award

Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award

Kay Gilliland gave her time, energy, services and skills to work for equity in mathematics education for all students, especially low-income, black, Latino, and indigenous peoples.  Each year NCSM honors her legacy by presenting a person of like mind and work ethic with the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award. The awardee will be invited to present their lecture at the 2020 Annual NCSM conference in Chicago, Illinois at the end of March.  Please consider nominating a colleague.

You can begin the process by clicking HERE and completing the form.

More information about the award and nominating criteria can be found HERE.  Nominations are open through April 1, 2021.


Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award

Colleagues across the nation are engaging in significant work to further ideas and passion regarding mathematics leadership and education. Please consider nominating a person you know who has made significant and describable contributions to the field through a dedication and concern for his/her fellow mathematics educators. This person should demonstrate a clear knowledge of mathematics education as well as contributing to the furthering of the stated purposes of NCSM: the interchange of ideas, cooperation with other professional organizations, and leadership in attacking current problems in mathematics curriculum and supervision. 

You can begin the process by clicking HERE and completing the form. 

More information about the award and the nominating criteria can be found HERE.  Nominations are open through May 1, 2021. 

From Samantha Wuttig, NCSM Awards Chair


Item #1:

Moving Forward in the Midst of a Pandemic: International Lessons for Math Teachers

The U.S. National Commission of Mathematics Instruction and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are hosting several presentations:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021How to Spark Curiosity with Problem Based Lessons, a talk by Kyle Pearce & Jon Orr, Mathematics Educators, Make Moments Inc. (Canada). Register HERE.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021Teachers' Perspectives of Strength-Based Mathematics Learning Before, and During the Pandemic, a talk by Roberta Hunter & Colleagues, Professors, Institute of Education at Massey University (New Zealand). Register HERE


Item #2:

Call for Proposals for JMM 2022

For communications that are year and location specific, use the following. Number 3 is the preferred

The American Mathematical Society (AMS) invites all members of the mathematics community to submit proposals for JMM 2022 events. The portal is now open, and all proposals must be submitted by April 7, 2021.

The JMM is the largest annual mathematics gathering in the world. Scheduled to take place January 5-8, 2022, in Seattle, JMM 2022 features an expanded classification system for sessions and talks in addition to existing MSC classifications to cultivate a broader range of presentations on mathematics research, pedagogy, inclusion, and more. To hold JMM 2022, the AMS is partnering with more than 10 other math societies and associations, although the AMS will be the sole manager of the conference’s logistics.

We welcome proposals that reflect the full spectrum of interests of the mathematical community. Proposals for JMM 2022 fall into two categories:

  • special session is a collection of talks (typically 5-10 hours in total) devoted to a single area of mathematics or a single topic. Each talk starts on the hour or half hour, lasting about 20 or 45 minutes plus time for a discussion and break.
  • Panels, workshops, and other events typically last 60-90 minutes, although professional development workshops can run for 2-6 hours. We encourage proposals on topics such as creating an inclusive atmosphere in the mathematical sciences community; teaching and learning; professional development and professional concerns; recreational mathematics; and wider issues. We also welcome events that connect communities, such as interdisciplinary workshops or collaborations between mathematical sciences researchers and mathematics education researchers.

The JMM program is organized from the bottom up—sessions and talks occur because individuals and small groups of mathematicians take the initiative to organize them. We look forward to receiving your proposals and working together to make JMM 2022 a welcoming and fulfilling experience for everyone.

No decisions will be made on proposals until after the submission deadline has passed. Organizers of proposals will be notified whether their proposal has been accepted by May 25, 2021.

If you have questions or need other assistance, please contact us via [email protected]. 


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Mona Toncheff

February 2021 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff


What do you enjoy most when you network with other mathematics leaders? Perhaps it is the time spent learning together or the affirmation that the work you are doing is on the right track. Maybe it is the time spent with someone who understands your work. Through networking we have an opportunity to learn, grow and connect with others. 

As a new mathematics leader, I looked forward to my time working with other mathematics leaders from across Arizona when I attended meetings at the state department, worked on standards revisions, or attended local professional development. One memorable moment occurred when I was attending a PARCC conference in Chicago, with fellow PARCC educator leaders from across the country. When the Arizona team went to dinner, I talked with another colleague from a neighboring district and we shared our work, both the success and the challenges. We both realized that, at times, we felt like we were on an island in our respective districts because we were the only ones with a mathematics title at the district office. This memorable conversation sparked planning for what we now call AML (Arizona Mathematics Leaders), an affiliate of NCSM. 

Networking is important and can bring “islands” together for the greater good. Over the past ten months, connecting with other leaders has been redefined. We have learned to embrace virtual networking. As such, NCSM has worked to foster the learning that occurs through interactions with one another. Below are some upcoming opportunities to connect with one another and learn. 

Networking Nights

With the success of the summer and winter professional learning, NCSM started a new series for leaders to come together and network monthly. NCSM is offering an exclusive interactive virtual series titled, “Networking Nights with NCSM”, for our membership community. Upcoming themes for the Networking Nights include how to focus on creating equitable systems, coaching and more.  You can find more details and registration information on the website

Bold Leadership Summit

The VIRTUAL NCSM Bold Leadership Summit is going to be a unique networking opportunity beyond a typical conference experience. In addition to the amazing line-up of speakers, there are a variety of conference experiences with opportunities for you and your team to share ideas and network with other leaders.

Participants will be engaged throughout the conference and NCSM board members will serve as “expedition leaders” to answer any of your questions throughout the three days of the summit. Prior to the event, look for information about how to get the most from the virtual learning experience. Registration is open and space is limited. More information about the powerful lineup of speakers and the schedule can be found on the website.

NCSM Summer Leadership Academy: Ensuring Equitable Practices through BOLD Mathematics Leadership

We know that bold mathematics leadership and coaching are recognized as powerful ways to ensure equitable instruction and build collective teacher efficacy to increase student learning. In this summer’s NCSM academy, June 28-30, 2021, the professional learning directors will address the essential question: How will we ensure equitable practices through instructional leadership and coaching in order to improve student access and achievement in mathematics? The schedule and registration information will be on the website in early March.  

NCSM 53rd Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA

The program committee has been hard at work creating a stellar program for the 53rd annual conference, September 20-22, 2021. Whether you are a first-time attendee or a veteran of NCSM annual conferences, join us for three exciting days in Atlanta focused on important issues for leaders in mathematics education.

Take this opportunity to enlarge your network of colleagues who can assist you in building and supporting your local mathematics program and to meet new friends who share your interests and love of mathematics education. Registration just opened this past week and you can find out more information on the website.  

Mathematics leaders have worked tirelessly this year to ensure the learning of teachers and students alike. Consider taking some time for yourself on your leadership journey to connect with others, gain new ideas, and share your celebrations and struggles. We are stronger together as we advance mathematics education. Together, we can be the #NCSMbold mathematics leaders our students need us to be. 


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president 


Voting for Slate of NCSM Board Candidates Opens Today!

Online voting opens on February 15, 2021 and closes March 15, 2021 at midnight.

The open positions for the 2021 NCSM Election are: Second Vice President and Regional Directors for S1, W1, and Canada. 


Second Vice President

  • Cheryl Cantin (Quebec, Canada)
  • Georgina Rivera (Connecticut)        


Regional Director, Southern 1 (Bermuda, Florida, Georgia, Military AA: APO/FPO, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, South Caroline, Virgin Islands, Virginia)

  • Ian Shenk (Virginia)
  • Catherine White (Florida)]


Regional Director, Western 1 (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming) 

  • Kristine Cunningham (Arizona)
  • Tara Fulton (Arizona)


Regional Director, Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavit Territory, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory)

  • Deanna Brajcich (British Columbia)
  • Kyle Pearce (Ontario)


The information for each candidate is available HERE.

After you’ve read the candidate statements, cast your vote online. Voting will begin online on February 15th and will continue until March 15th at midnight.

Watch for an email announcement for complete voting instructions. 

Remember, NCSM is depending on YOU to VOTE in the upcoming election. All voting is online and requires only a few minutes.


From Donna Leak, NCSM Nominations Chair


Virtual Bold Leadership Summit April 25-27, 2021 - Early Bird Registration Ends Today, 2/15


Online registration is now open. Space is limited to provide more opportunities for participants. 

Early registration closes February 15, 2021. can still register with regular registration after that...!

The first 500 registrants will receive FREE NCSM Swag!!!

Every participant will receive our newest book in the NCSM Essential Actions Series, Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education. The presentations will explore how to implement the guiding principles.

Check our website for more details and a preview of the Summit schedule


Thank you to our Platinum Sponsor

Texas Instruments

for their support of this BOLD Leadership Summit.

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From Connie Schrock, Summit Coordinator 

Registration for the 53rd NCSM Annual Conference Now Open!

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September 20-22, 2021

7:00 am Monday – 5:00 pm Wednesday

Atlanta, GA

Join us in Atlanta, GA, where exciting opportunities await you at our 2021 Annual Conference!

Pre-conference sessions will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021, 1-4pm. The Pre-Conference Sessions are: 

  • Session 1:  Amplify Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching as a Vehicle to Influence Change

    Presented by: Georgina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

  • Session 2:  NCSM Essential Actions for Site-based Leaders 

    Presented by:  Bill Barnes, Erin Lehmann, Denise Trakas, and Gwen Zimmermann  

The annual Conference will start on Monday, September 20  and run through Wednesday, September 22, 2021


Online registration is now open. 


Onsite registration will be available starting on Sunday, September 19, at 2pm at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The host hotel for NCSM’s 53rd Annual Conference is the Atlanta Marriott MarquisMake your hotel reservations online at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis.

The Atlanta Marriott Marquis room block will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The block of rooms will be held until filled or until August 31, 2021. Should you need to adjust your reservation or cancel, please contact the hotel directly.

Complete conference information is available HERE.


Thank you to our conference elite sponsors!

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From Ruth Harbin Miles, Conference Coordinator, and Shawn Towle, First Vice-President





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