October 2019 eNews

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NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn


Early Bird Registration for the NCSM Fall Seminar in Des Moines closes on October 25, 2019...Register Now! 

Registration: Click HERE to register for the Des Moines Seminar on November 18, 2019

Location: Huxley Learning Center, 1551 Highway 210, Huxley, IA. (Click HERE for more information on booking a room.)

Logistics: Registration and Breakfast, 8:15-9:00am; Start and End Time, 9:00am-3:30pm, Lunch included. 

From Jackie Palmquist and Gina Rivera, NCSM Professional Learning Co-Directors

Nominations for the Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award close on November 1, 2019

Ross Talylor / Glenn Gilbert 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. 

You can find more information about this award, the nomination process and the nominee criteria HERE.

Note that nominations are open through November 1, 2019.

Check out the Deadline Dates for Nominations and Submissions for Other NCSM Awards and Grants

Teacher-Leaders Professional Grant (PreK-12)

The purpose of this grant is to provide professional learning assistance for mathematics teachers and mathematics teacher-leaders.

For 2019-20, a grant of a maximum of $4,000 will be awarded to an elementary, middle or secondary school. The professional learning is for mathematics teacher-leaders and/or mathematics teachers within a school or district. Professional learning must focus on one of NCSM’s signature initiatives, Formative Assessment, Digital Learning or Access-Equity-Empowerment

Please visit HERE to apply for a Teacher-Leaders Professional Learning Grant.

Applications are open now and will remain open until November 1, 2019.

Iris Carl Travel Grant

Iris M. Carl

Iris Carl

Do you serve in a mathematics education leadership role?  The 2020 Annual NCSM Conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois starting on March 30. 

If you are a current NCSM member (as of November 1, 2019), and have not had the opportunity to attend this outstanding conference focused on cutting edge topics in mathematics education in the past three years, please visit HERE to apply for an Iris Carl Travel Grant

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

From Samantha Wuttig, Awards Chair

The NCSM Fall Newsletter is Available ONLINE now!

Click HERE to access the NCSM Fall Newsletter.

Here are some highlights for what you will find in the Newsletter:


  • WHAT IS OUR PROMISE TO EVERY STUDENT? Advocate and expect high-quality, equitable mathematics teaching and learning. By Mona Toncheff  
  • BUILDING BRIDGES FROM HIGH SCHOOL TO COLLEGE MATHEMATICS. Navigating this transition was the focus of 2019 Forum High School to College Mathematics Pathways: Preparing Students for the Future. By David M. Bressoud


  • HOW DO WE CHANGE THE NARRATIVE ABOUT MATHEMATICS? Wonderings from The Report on the National Survey of Science and Mathematics Education are explored. By Connie Schrock
    NCSM Regional Directors probe the coaching and leadership books in the series.
  • AFFILIATES ANSWER: COMMUNICATION IN THE DIGITAL AGE. Ways that affiliates reach out to and communicate with other mathematics organizations in their state are shared. By Nanci Smith
  • FINALLY! IT’S NOW EASIER THAN EVER TO AUGMENT TEACHING AND LEARNING WITH AUGMENTED REALITY. Explore Apps that can transform the way students learn. By Charlene Chausis


  • FRAMEWORK FOR LEADERSHIP IN MATHEMATICS EDUCATION. Download a copy of the executive summary.
  • EMPOWER COACHES AND TEACHER LEADERS AS AGENTS OF CHANGE FOR ALL LEARNERS. Experiences and materials used in the Summer Leadership Academy. By Jacqueline Palmquist
  • CONNECT. COLLABORATE. COMMIT. Pre-plan for the 2020 annual conference in Chicago. By Maria Everett
  • LET’S CONTINUE MAKING WAVES: A JOURNEY INTO BOLD LEADERSHIP. How the conference keynote inspired one leader to read further, reflect more, and apply the information. By Julianna Tapper

From Sandie Gilliam, NCSM Newsletter Editor

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October 2019 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff


The Importance of Connections

This past weekend, the NCSM Board met for their annual Fall board meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to the beautiful weather for the weekend, it was nice to connect in person with the other board members. We were quite productive and I am looking forward to the next few months as we roll out new resources for members.

An added benefit to a face-to-face board meeting is a feeling of connectiveness.  Now, don’t get me wrong, in the age of technology, I love that I can pick up my cell phone or ask Siri to help me send a text to any one of the board members.  However, I always find face-to-face communication and collaboration more inspirational. 

In her article, The Science of When You Need In-Person Communication, Laura Vanderkam shares that personal interaction is one of the best ways to build trust, a needed component of effective collaboration. The ability to engage with a peer and observe verbal and non-verbal expressions helps build a sense-of-belonging and enthusiasm for the work. As I was meeting with a board team this weekend spearheading initiatives, one of the board members stated her role on the team was titled, “Develop Enthusiasm.” I loved the title as we need team members whose entire focus is to build energy for the work. 

In the hustle and bustle of your mathematics leadership journey, where and when do you intentionally find connections to rejuvenate and recharge? How do you connect with other leaders to build collective capacity? Who in your sphere of influence is your enthusiasm developer?

Here are some upcoming opportunities to engage with other mathematics leaders. 

I hope to see you at one of the upcoming events to connect, collaborate, and develop enthusiasm for our work of leading mathematics.  

The president’s message is also posted on the President Blog.


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president


Camaraderie, Networking, Collaboration, and Learning...the NCSM Fall Seminar in Nashville on October 2 with Bold Mathematics Leaders was a Success!

Nashville proved to be a rich place for mathematics leaders to learn and build relationships by networking with other BOLD leaders at the first NCSM Fall Leadership Seminar. We had district administrators, principals, coaches of teachers, coaches of coaches and teacher leaders all engaged as they built a vision for better instruction and learned to empower teachers to impact student learning. From coaching cycles to difficult conversations, these leaders are on a journey to go boldly and implement tools and strategies for equity. 


When participants were asked how did you grow as a leader today? They said….

This is my first NCSM event and I connected with other leaders and I learned how to set a vision for Mathematics instruction and learning.

Practicing, talking, and listening to people who share my vision empowers me to do better!

I learned some AND I became more confident in the sense that what I'm doing is productive, meaningful, and difficult! We are all doing wonderful things and there is many things we can celebrate and improve! Thank you for the experience!!!

I learned about ways to be more effective and focus on the vision for math learning at my school. I got great resources to ensure my next steps and commitments.  

I am taking away some strategies facilitating professional development. These include circle time, jigsaw strategy, and the closing. Also linking the student math practices to the teaching math practices.


Join us for our second NCSM Fall Seminar in Des Moines, Iowa on November 18. See article in the top left column for details and logistics.


From Jackie Palmquist and Gina Rivera, NCSM Professional Learning Co-Directors 


Make Your Plans Now! We Want to See You In Chicago for the NCSM 2020 Annual Conference



The 52nd NCSM Annual Conference will be held in Chicago, IL on March 30-April 1, 2020. The conference focuses on answering the question, “What are the essential actions for all mathematics leaders?” 



Online registration is now open for the conference. Information about conference fees can be found HERE.

Early Bird Rate: 8/21/19 - 10/25/19
Regular Rate: 10/26/19 - 3/6/19
Onsite Rate: 3/28/19 - 4/1/19

Click HERE to register for the conference. 



Hotel Reservations are now available online as well. The host hotel for NCSM 52nd Annual Conference is the Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker, Chicago, IL 60601.

More information about the hotel and their rates can be found HERE

You can make your reservations HERE for rooms at the Chicago Hyatt Regency.



You can sign-up now to volunteer at the conference. What a great way to meet new mathematics friends and help out. We love our volunteers!

For more information about the volunteer opportunities available, click HERE

You can volunteer directly by clicking HERE.  Thanks in advance!


Please click HERE for additional information about the 2020 Conference. Stay tuned for spotlights on the incredible program!


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





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