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NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn

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 Dr. Shelly Jones and Georgina Rivera, two of the authors of the upcoming book for the NCSM Essential Actions Series: Leading Culturally Relevant Pedagogy in Mathematics Education.  

In this episode, we talk with Shelly Jones and Georgina Rivera about culturally relevant mathematics. They share thoughts about what every mathematics leader must know about culturally relevant mathematics and share advice about actions leaders can take to advance this essential element of equitable mathematics. 

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

Call for Manuscripts for the NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership (JMEL)

The editors of the NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership (JMEL) are interested in manuscripts! The deadline for the Fall 2021 JMEL is July 1, 2021.  

The editors are particularly interested in manuscripts that bridge research to practice in mathematics education leadership. Manuscripts should be relevant to our members’ roles as leaders in mathematics education, and implications of the manuscript for leaders in mathematics
education should be significant. At least one author of the manuscript must be a current member of NCSM.

Categories for submissions include:

  • Case studies and lessons learned from mathematics education leadership in schools, districts, states, regions, or provinces
  • Research reports with implications for mathematics education leaders
  • Professional development efforts including how these efforts are situated in the larger context of professional development and implications for leadership practice
  • Other categories that support the NCSM vision will also be considered.

Submission Procedures

Each manuscript will be reviewed by two volunteer reviewers and a member of the editorial panel.

Manuscripts should be emailed to the Journal Editors, currently Drs. Brian Buckhalter and Erin Lehmann, at [email protected].

Information for Authors and Reviewers can be found HERE.

From Brian Buckhalter and Erin Lehmann, NCSM Journal Editors

 Summer 2021 NCSM Inspiration is Available Online for NCSM Members

Members can access the Summer 2021 NCSM Inspiration! as well as archived editions HERE.

From Gwen Zimmerman and Kim Romain, NCSM Inspiration! Editors

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Item 1: Want more of the Marshall Memos?

Kim Marshall and his co-author, Jenn David-Lang have launched a website making the two Best of Marshall Memo books freely available. You can access them HERE.

When you click any of the 22 topic bubbles, you'll see a brief overview, key questions, the table of contents, and a number of options, including (after free sign-in) downloading a PDF of the full chapter, listening to an audio recording, and joining a discussion thread.


Item 2: Call for Nominations for AMS Prizes and Awards


Celebrate excellence in mathematics scholarship, education, and outreach by nominating colleagues for upcoming prizes and awards. Nominations are open through June 30, 2021. Winners will be recognized at the 2022 Joint Mathematics Meetings in January.

The AMS is proud to announce two new prizes. The Ciprian Foias Prize in Operator Theory will be awarded every three years beginning in January 2022. The prize will recognize notable work in operator theory published during the preceding six years. Ciprian Foias (1933-2020) was an influential scholar in operator theory and fluid mechanics, a generous mentor, and an enthusiastic advocate of the mathematical community. His colleagues and friends established the prize in his memory.

The AMS-EMS Mikhail Gordin Prize will be awarded every four years beginning in January 2022. It will recognize a mathematician working in probability or dynamical systems, with preference given to early-career mathematicians from or professionally connected to an Eastern European country. The prize honors the memory of Mikhail Gordin (1944-2015), an expert in probability theory from St. Petersburg, and the tradition of the mathematics of Eastern Europe.

The current nomination cycle includes five other AMS prizes that honor accomplishments in mathematical research and exposition:

  • Chevalley Prize in Lie Theory: Given for notable work in Lie theory published in the last six years.
  • Levi L. Conant Prize: Recognizes the best expository paper published in either Notices of the AMS or Bulletin of the AMS in the last five years.
  • E. H. Moore Research Article Prize: Given for an outstanding research article that has appeared in one of the Society’s primary research journals (Journal of the AMSProceedings of the AMSTransactions of the AMSMemoirs of the AMSMathematics of ComputationElectronic Journal of Conformal Geometry and Dynamics, and Electronic Journal of Representation Theory) during the six calendar years ending a full year before the meeting at which the prize is awarded.
  • David P. Robbins Prize: Awarded for a paper that reports on novel research on a broadly accessible topic in algebra, combinatorics, or discrete mathematics with a significant experimental component. The paper should provide a simple statement of the problem and clear exposition of the work and must have been published in the last six calendar years,
  • Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry: Recognizes a notable research work in geometry or topology that has appeared in the last six years.

In addition, the AMS is seeking nominations for awards that highlight outstanding service to the mathematics community through education, outreach, and other contributions to the profession.

  • Award for an Exemplary Program or Achievement in a Mathematics Department: Recognizes a department which has distinguished itself by undertaking an unusual or particularly effective program of value to the mathematics community, internally or in relation to the rest of society.
  • Award for Impact on the Teaching and Learning of Mathematics: Honors a mathematician (or group of mathematicians) who has made significant contributions of lasting value to mathematics education.
  • Mathematics Programs that Make a Difference: Awarded to outstanding programs that have successfully addressed the issues of underrepresented groups in mathematics, such as racial and ethnic minorities, women, low-income students, and first-generation college students.
  • Award for Distinguished Public Service: Given to a research mathematician who has made recent or sustained distinguished contributions to the mathematics profession through public service.

Finally, nominations are open for two prizes presented jointly by the AMS and other mathematical societies:

  • Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics (AMS-SIAM): Awarded for an outstanding contribution to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense.
  • Frank and Brennie Morgan Prize for Outstanding Research by an Undergraduate Student (AMS-MAA-SIAM): Honors an undergraduate student (or students for joint work) for outstanding research in mathematics.

Read more about each prize and award. If you know a colleague, student, mentor, or department who is deserving of any of these accolades, we encourage you to nominate them for consideration. If you have any questions about the nomination processes, please contact the AMS Secretary.  


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Mona Toncheff

May 2021 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

Thank you to the 500+ mathematics leaders that attended NCSM Virtual Bold Leadership Summit in April! If you were not able to attend, just follow #NCSMbold on twitter and you will be inspired by the participants’ stories and take-aways. Below are a few of my favorites.  

“Feeling inspired and rejuvenated after a great conference of learning. Thank you @CathySeeley for tying a bow to our learning. #NCSMBold @MathEdLeaders @AMSTI4all” – Denise Porch @MathOnThePorch

“Thank you, @MathEdLeaders for an amazing 3 days of learning! So grateful to have this time to reflect, grow and plan for the future! #NCSMBold” – Karen Delay @KarenDelay2

“The only question that matters is: How will we get every student there? #NCSMbold – Jill @jillmowrey

“Some of the most effective ‘equity work’ starts with ourselves.” Thanks @CathySeeley and @MathEdLeaders #NCSMbold” – Mel C @MelAGCampbel

Throughout the three days, the Bold Leadership Summit theme and conversations focused on the four guiding principles from the NCSM Essential Action Series: Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education. Mathematics leaders engaged in cycles of reflection and refinement related to: (1) how to ADVOCATE for high quality and equitable mathematics teaching and learning, (2) how to DESIGN and implement structures that support high quality mathematics teaching and learning, (3) how to EMPOWER a shared culture of professionalism and productive engagement, and (4) how to effectively MONITOR evidence of student learning and act on the evidence. Leaders walked away with plans for BOLD leadership actions to impact each and every learner. 

The Bold Leadership Summit owes its success to the presenters willing to share their expertise, to the sponsors who continue to be strong partners with mathematics teachers and leaders, to the participants eager to learn, share, and grow, and to the members of the resilient summit committee who gave so much of their personal time to bring their shared vision of a unique leadership learning event to life.  We gave each other a virtual high five to celebrate at the end of the amazing three days. 


For those of you who attended the Bold Mathematics Leadership Summit, be encouraged and emboldened to start implementing your bold actions. Know that the NCSM community will continue to support you on your journey.

For every leader in the NCSM community, we know it has been a difficult year and your mathematics leadership is appreciated and valued. You have made a difference in the lives of the teachers and students you serve. As you prepare now for the 2021-2022 school year, I encourage you to take a moment and reflect on your impact on student learning last year. What are those actions to celebrate? What are those actions that you need to take to continue improving the mathematics learning of students? Through reflection, make this next school year the best one yet! 


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president 


The 2020 Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Awardee is Announced - Jonathan Wray

Congratulations to the 2020 Ross Taylor Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Awardee, Jonathan Wray



Due to COVID, NCSM delayed awarding the 2020 Ross Taylor Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award until the 2021 Virtual NCSM Bold Leadership Summit. The summit began by recognizing our 2020 Ross Taylor Glenn Gilbert Awardee, Jon Wray.

If you were not able to join us for the 2021 Virtual NCSM Bold Leadership Summit, you can watch us reveal and share Jon’s amazing leadership journey HERE.

Congratulations, Jon! 


From Samantha Wuttig, NCSM Awards Chair


Registration for the 53rd NCSM Annual Conference is Open!

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September 20-22, 2021

7:00 am Monday – 5:00 pm Wednesday

Atlanta, GA

General Information

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

Online registration is 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.

Pre-conference sessions will be held Sunday, September 19, 2021, 1-4pm. Additional information about the pre-conference sessions can be found HERE.


Keynote and Major Speakers

Our 2021 Keynote Speaker is Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings.

Major Session Speakers include the following bold leaders:

  • Javier Garcia

  • Mary Kemper

  • Peter Liljedahl

  • Janice Novakowski

  • Cathery Yeh

  • Marian Dingle

  • Tim Kanold

  • Mona Toncheff

  • Barb Dougherty

  • Marian Small

  • James Tanton

Additional information on these speakers and our Spotlight Speakers can be found HERE.


Hybrid/Virtual Conference Plan 

For those unable to attend the full in-person conference, we will use an online, virtual platform to live stream the keynote, major, and spotlight sessions to all hybrid/virtual attendees. Additional information about this hybrid option will be available soon.


Complete conference information is available HERE. We look forward to seeing you in Atlanta!


 Thank you to our conference elite sponsors!

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


Registration is Open for the Virtual NCSM Summer Leadership Academy

June 28-30, 2021

Ensuring Equitable Practices through BOLD Mathematics Leadership

The virtual 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. 

Registration includes the following resources:  

  • NCSM Essential Actions: Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education
  • A pdf of the materials for the three days of learning
  • An interactive agenda with links to all the resources after the event

Join us as an individual or bring your team to expand your professional learning network while working virtually using the wealth of materials provided to develop a strategic plan personalized to your vision for math instruction and coaching.

Mathematics leaders will leave equipped to develop a shared vision for mathematics instruction, implement high leverage teaching strategies, develop coaching structures, and monitor student learning for ALL students through an equity lens. If you are a teacher leader, coach, department chair, administrator or supervisor, you won’t want to miss out on these three days of learning!  

NOTE: Space is limited for the 2021 NCSM Virtual Summer Leadership Academy. The first 100 registrants will receive a swag box with gifts from NSCM and our sponsors. 

For more details about the Summer Leadership Academy, click HERE. 

To register online, click HERE 

For a view of the agenda for the three days, click HERE.


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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