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NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn

Registration Open for the Second Virtual NCSM Winter Leadership Seminars

Virtual Seminar 2

FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching as a Vehicle to Influence Change

NCSM is offering a second virtual seminar to expand your professional learning network while working side-by-side using the wealth of materials provided to enhance your leadership. If you are a teacher leader, coach, administrator, or supervisor you won’t want to miss out on the second professional learning seminar!

In Seminar 2 (February 8, 2021), you will develop a deeper understanding of coaching structures, providing feedback, strategies for addressing unproductive beliefs, and have opportunities to practice your coaching skills.

Register Online NOW for this Virtual Seminar.

Registration Fees

One Day - NCSM Member   $49
One Day - Non-Member       $89
Two Day - NCSM Member   $79
Two Day - Non-Member       $139   

Registration Deadline

Please register by February 3, 2021 for the second winter seminar, Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching as a Vehicle to Influence Change on February 8, 2021.

NOTE: Space is limited for the 2020-2021 NCSM Virtual Seminar. 

For additional information on the virtual seminars, visit the NCSM Website

From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors  

NCSM St. Louis Summit Rescheduled to April 25-27, 2021

The NCSM Bold Leadership Summit will now be held in St. Louis on April 25-27, 2021.

The event will have the same inspiring speakers and program. The Summit will start Sunday at 2:00 PM with our keynote speaker, Ken Williams and continue as planned throughout the next two days, Monday and Tuesday, with all of the featured speakers as originally planned.

The NCSM Bold Leadership Summit event will be limited to 750 attendees. On Monday and Tuesday, breakfast and lunch will be included for all attendees. Special events will include time for reflection and review of the information learned throughout the event as you strengthen your mathematics leadership for those you serve.

Please visit our WEBSITE for the additional program details.

To register for the NCSM Bold Leadership Summit in St. Louis, April 25-27, 2021, click HERE.

  Member Non-Member
Full Registration $450.00 $540.00
Early Bird 420.00 500.00
Early Team (4 or more)* 400.00 480.00
*Early Team: If it is a team, an NCSM member on the team pays $400, a non-member on the team pays $480. Team registration ends February 1, 2021.

From Connie Schrock, Summit Coordinator 


Math Specialists Responsibilities: Then and Now – Impact of COVID-19

NCSM, for many years, has advocated for and supported mathematics specialists/leaders. This includes designated strands within our annual conference and, more recently, the NSCM Essential Actions: Coaching in Mathematics Education (NCSM, 2019).

Our NCSM colleagues Skip Fennell, Courtney Baker, and Margret Hjalmarson have begun work on a research project which is attempting to better understand how the responsibilities of mathematics specialists have changed since COVID-19. This would include their role as resources in rapid transition to online and hybrid models of teaching and learning and their support for teachers, their own needs for professional development and support, and in recognizing opportunities that have emerged that were not available pre-COVID-19.

The research project’s work includes surveying math specialists about their responsibilities then (pre-COVID-19) and now.

They have asked NCSM to offer our members the opportunity to participate in this initiative by completing a brief electronic survey about your experiences and perspectives. The fully electronic survey is estimated to take 10-15 minutes.

The link to the survey is HERE. Once you click the link you will be directed to the homepage of the survey.

Thank you for consideration of this request. 

Additional Project Information: This research is being conducted by Dr. Courtney Baker ([email protected]) and Dr. Margret Hjalmarson ([email protected]) in the Mathematics Education Leadership program at George Mason University, and Dr. Francis (Skip) Fennell, Director of the Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project, at McDaniel College ([email protected]).

Dr. Courtney Baker may be reached at (703) 993-5041 or [email protected] for questions or to report a research-related concern. You may also contact the George Mason University Institutional Review Board office at 703-993-4121 or [email protected] if you have questions or comments regarding your rights as a participant in the research.


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Mona Toncheff

November 2020 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

The Importance of Gratitude

As we approach this season of Thanksgiving in the United States, I want to share my gratitude for the mathematics leaders across the continent and beyond. I know there continue to be challenges associated with the current pandemic, social unrest, and the constant struggle to balance work and personal commitments. However, there are bright spots that inspire me daily when I look for them. One of which is my heartfelt gratitude for the work that mathematics leaders are doing to support each other and the students and/or teachers they serve.

The word gratitude comes from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness, depending on the context. Gratitude is an appreciation, a process of thanks, for what an individual receives, whether it is a gift, help, support or other form of generosity. When we offer gratitude, we are acknowledging how the person made an impact on our life. When we offer gratitude, we are recognizing that we appreciate something that someone has done to support others. As a result, when we offer gratitude, we help others connect to something larger than themselves as individuals (Harvard, n.d.).

Gratitude is also a way for mathematics leaders to open a window and shine light on those they serve. Additionally, research shows that people who regularly practice gratitude benefit greatly with more positive emotions, better sleep, and might even have stronger immune systems. In other words, gratitude benefits everyone involved. With this in mind, I have been practicing writing in my gratitude journal and here are some of the latest entries. 

  • NCSM hosted its first virtual seminar November 9th and it was a sold-out event. We had 150+ bold leaders engage in meaningful reflection and action planning to meet their mathematics vision. EdGems Math graciously sponsored the event and throughout the day, leaders were able to network and build their leadership toolkit.
  • NCSM has a new professional learning opportunity for members called Networking Nights with NCSM. The first event is November 18th and the professional learning directors are sharing their Top 10 strategies for virtual learning. Register HERE for the event - registration deadline is today, November 16th. On December 16, the Coaching Team will dive into the new Coaching Corner resources.
  • In December, NCSM is releasing the first Podcast in Learning with Leaders: The Bold Mathematics Leadership series. Stay tuned for more details.

We are a month away from the end of 2020. In this Thanksgiving season, take time this month to reflect on what you are thankful for and offer gratitude to others as you celebrate their work and the difference they are making for their students or colleagues. We can all benefit from some positive feelings and stronger immune systems as we approach 2021!  


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president 


Register Today for Our Free NETWORKING NIGHT WITH NCSM Virtually Scheduled for Nov 18th



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 first event, join the NCSM Professional Learning Directors as we share the behind the scenes tips and ideas for running virtual professional learning. 

Join us on November 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EST as we share the top ten lessons we have learned throughout our virtual professional learning journey. You will also 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 page. The registration deadline is November 16, 2020.

Be on the lookout for additional “Networking Nights with NCSM” events offered exclusively to our membership community in the upcoming months.


Click here for the flyer for this event.


From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors


Check out the NCSM Winter Inspiration! Available Now in PDF or Online Flipbook Format 

In the Winter 2020 issue, NCSM provides reflections on and ideas for leading during these critical times. In addition, there are articles highlighting our NCSM Board Members at Work and articles featuring ideas to empower our mathematics leaders by connecting, learning, and honoring.



The NCSM Inspiration! is available to all members and can be found HEREIt is available in PDF format or in the Online Flipbook format

In addition, for non-members, there is a FREE PREVIEW from the Summer 2020 Inspiration! to provide a taste of what kind of articles are included in the quarterly NCSM Inspiration! To access the free preview on the NCSM website, click on the LEADERSHIP RESOURCES tab and the preview will be available on the right side of the menu.

The NCSM Inspiration! is available quarterly with NCSM membership


From Gwen Zimmermann, and Kim Romain, NCSM Inspiration! Co-Editors


#GivingTuesday: Donate to the Iris Carl Travel Grant

NCSM has partnered with Colorado Gives and invites you to donate to the Iris Carl Travel Grant on #GivingTuesday to provide emerging mathematics leaders an opportunity to attend an NCSM annual conference. 

You can go HERE to donate.  Click DONATE in the upper right corner of the webpage as circled below.


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM President





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