INSIDER                                                                                                     March 2021  

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NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn

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

If you renew or join NCSM by 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 Elham Kazemi and Tracy Zager, two of the speakers from the Bold Mathematics Leadership Summit in April. 

In this episode, “Harnessing Collective Will: Learning Together but not in the Usual Ways," Elham and Tracy discuss the importance of the Empower Guiding Principle, from the NCSM Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education, and specific strategies to build collective efficacy. 

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

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

Become Active with NCSM - Volunteer!

Sign up to volunteer!  There are many different opportunities to become involved with NCSM!

Click HERE for more information and to sign up.  THANK YOU!


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

March 2021 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

One year later...

I have the amazing app on my iPhone called Timehop. The app connects to my photos and social media accounts and then each day, I can open the app to view what happened in previous years on the same day.  It is a way for me to view my digital memories and to remember the moments and the stories of years past. I frequently send the picture to my family or friends and say, “remember when…”

However, the last few weeks, the photos are reminding me of the last time I attended a large family party, the last time I had a weekend excursion to someplace other than my neighborhood, or the last time I attended a face-to-face conference. March 13, 2020 is a day I will not easily forget as that was the day the NCSM board had to announce the cancellation of our face-to-face conference in Chicago. In the March 2020 president's message a few days later, I shared an excerpt from my journal. In spite of the challenges that we faced in cancelling the conference, I was able to find joy in the mess.

And one year later, even after all of the challenges that educators have faced, we are still able to find joy. I have watched teachers grow exponentially with their use of technology who are now experts with google classroom or other platforms designed to support virtual students. I have seen and heard from students who look forward to math lessons because their teacher surprises them with a themed opening activity based on the day of the week. I have seen leaders spend countless hours creating, revising, and revising again schedules to accommodate social distancing and contact tracing.

I have had the pleasure of working with the NCSM board members on creating new opportunities for networking and resources to support mathematics leaders. I have observed these bold NCSM mathematics leaders spend countless hours collaborating on new projects, preparing for upcoming events, supporting each other, taking risks, and even making mistakes. And they still show up daily with energy and smiles that inspire others.

I know that this past year has not been easy. there are still many hurdles we need to tackle and many systems to improve. However, today, one year later, I choose to see the joy in the work we have done to impact the lives of those we serve. 


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president 


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. 

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



Summer Leadership Academy

June 28-30, 2021

Ensuring Equitable Practices through BOLD Mathematics Leadership

The 2021 SLA will run from 11:00am-5:00pm EDT for the first two days and will end at 4:15pm EDT on the 30th.

We 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?

  • For students - How will we Advocate for equitable practices to increase student access and achievement for each and every learner?
  • For teachers - How will we Empower teachers to leverage a shared vision focused on equity for mathematics instruction and build collective efficacy with content and pedagogical knowledge?
  • For leaders - How will we Design, implement, and Monitor structures to ensure equitable practices at the classroom, school, and systemic levels through instructional leadership and coaching?
  • For All - How do we challenge unproductive beliefs in order to strengthen student identities and improve student outcomes?


Look for more information on the NCSM website soon.


From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors 


NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn...

Leadership in Mathematics Education (NCSM) is a mathematics leadership organization for educational leaders that provides professional learning opportunities necessary to support and sustain improved student achievement.


When you become an NCSM member, you join a network of leaders in mathematics education from around the United States, Canada, and abroad, which works to ensure every student in every classroom has access to effective mathematics teachers, relevant curricula, culturally responsive pedagogy, and current technology.



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