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NCSM Awards are open for your consideration and nominations

Iris Carl Travel Grant

Do you know of an aspiring math leader who has either never attended an NCSM conference or has not attended an annual NCSM conference within the past three years?

Encourage them to join NCSM and apply for the Iris Carl Travel Grant.  You can find more information HERE.

Note that the deadline for submission is December 1, 2019.

Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award

Do you know someone who has made a contribution to equity in mathematics education?  Please consider nominating them for the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award where they can share their passion for equity. 

You can find more information HERE.

Note that the deadline for submission is October 1, 2019.

Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award

Do you know someone who is an amazing leader in mathematics education?  Please consider nominating them for the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award. 

You can find more information HERE.

Note that the deadline for submission is November 1, 2019.

From Samantha Wuttig, Awards Chair

Today, June 15th, is the last day for Advanced Registration for the 2019 NCSM Summer Leadership Academy: Empower Coaches and Teacher Leaders as Agents of Change for ALL Learners.

Onsite Registration will be available based on space.

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

DATES: July 22-24, 2019


HOTEL: Madison Marriott West, 1313 John Q Hammons Drive, Middleton, WI 53562. 

More information about the Summer Leadership Academy, Registration, and hotel and hotel rates can be found HERE on the NCSM website.

From Jackie Palmquist and Gina Rivera, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

Registration will be available soon for the Two NCSM Fall Seminars. Plan now to attend.

Building Mathematics Leaders:  Coaching 

Nashville, TN: October 2, 2019

Des Moines, IA: November 18, 2019

Join other mathematics leaders to impact the development of effective mathematics teachers in a time of change through the lens of coaching.

The 2019 NCSM Fall Seminar registration will be limited based on available space.

More details and registration information will be posted HERE when it becomes available.

From Jackie Palmquist and Gina Rivera, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

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July 2019 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

Summer Learning

The end of June and early July has traditionally been dedicated time for family vacations with time for poolside or beach relaxation. My fondest memories from vacations include playing cards (Toncheffs are quite competitive), poolside barbecues, nature excursions to the mountains or beaches, and any and all weekend excursions to get out of the Arizona heat. During this downtime I take time to bolster my mathematics leadership skills by catching up on all of the books I have purchased during the school year. These are the books I wanted to learn from but, due to my commitments to work and family, never actually finished - or even started. 

During my one-month reprieve, I make the time to read more diligently. One book I started earlier this year and finally had time this week to sit down and dig into a book by Brené Brown - Dare to Lead: Brave Work. Tough Conversations. Whole Hearts. I haven’t completed the entire book YET, but I thought I would share a quote that resonated with me and how I hope it will inspire bold mathematics leadership for the 2019-2020 school year. 

“Clear is Kind.

Unclear is unkind.”

Brown’s quote on page 44 of Dare to Lead struck me as a mathematics leader.  Consider all of the work mathematics leaders engage in each and every day – how do we lead with clarity?

Regardless of your mathematics leadership role, the following questions came to mind. 

  • Do we have a clear vision of mathematics teaching and learning? 
  • Do we have clear ideas for closing the opportunity gaps that exist in our school/system? 
  • Are we able to be clear when confronting actions that are not aligned to the vision? 

Without a clear vision of mathematics teaching and learning, teachers and teams that we serve do not know where to start or where to go. Without a clear understanding of how to close opportunity gaps, teachers, teams and leaders we support do not know their part in closing the gap. Additionally, avoiding tough conversations confuses those we serve. Addressing each of these scenarios provides an opportunity for mathematics leaders to model bold leadership

What bold leadership actions require your clarity in 2019 – 2020?  With clarity, we can lead with kindness and continue to grow mathematics teaching and learning for those we serve. 

From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president

Did you miss the IGNITE Session during the Monday Luncheon at the NCSM Annual Conference in San Diego?

Worry no more! 

You can see all the IGNITE sessions HERE or you can see individual speakers by clicking on your choice of the following presenters:



What are you doing March 30-April 1? We hope to see you at the 2020 NCSM Conference in Chicago!

Conference Dates 
March 30 – April 1, 2019

Conference Location 
Chicago, IL

Please click HERE for additional information about the 2020 Conference. 

From Ruth Harbin Miles, Conference Coordinator and Maria Everett, 1st Vice President 

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