INSIDER                                                                                                      October 2020 

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NCSM...Where Mathematics Leaders Go To Learn


Look carefully at the deadlines below for some of our NCSM opportunities.

See additional information in the articles included in this issue of the Insider for more information on each deadline.

Deadline: November 1

  • Call for proposals for the Atlanta 2021 NCSM Conference, September 20-22, 2021
  • Click HERE to access the Proposal System.

Deadline: November 1

  • Applications for Iris Carl Travel Grant 
  • Click to HERE access the application.

Deadline: November 1

  • Proposals for the Teacher-Leader Professional Learning Grant (PreK-12)
  • Click HERE for information on the submission process.

Deadline: November 4

  • Virtual NCSM Winter Leadership Seminars scheduled for November 9, 2020 and February 8, 2020
  • Please register by the following dates for each winter seminar:
    • by November 4, 2020 for Bold Mathematics Leaders: Setting a Vision for Change scheduled on November 9, 2020.
    • by February 3, 2021 for Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching as a Vehicle to Influence Change on February 8, 2021.
  • Click HERE to register for the leadership seminars.

Deadline: November 15

  • Call for Nominations for NCSM 2021 Open Positions: Second Vice-President and three Regional Directors (Canada, Southern 1, Western 1)
  • Click HERE to submit your nominations for the open positions.

Registration Open for the Virtual NCSM Winter Leadership Seminars

Virtual Seminar 1

NOVEMBER 9, 2020

Bold Mathematics Leaders: Setting a Vision for Change 


Virtual Seminar 2

FEBRUARY 8, 2021

Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching as a Vehicle to Influence Change

NCSM is offering two one-day virtual seminars 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 these professional learning seminars!

  • In Seminar 1 (November 9, 2020), you will set a vision for change in order 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 and implement high leverage teaching strategies.
  • 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 the Virtual Seminars.

Registration Fees

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

Registration Deadlines

Please register by the following dates for each winter seminar:

  • by November 4, 2020 for Bold Mathematics Leaders: Setting a Vision for Change scheduled on November 9, 2020.
  • by February 3, 2021 for Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching as a Vehicle to Influence Change on February 8, 2021.

NOTE: Space is limited for the 2020-2021 NCSM Virtual Seminars. You may opt to register for one or both seminars as spaces are available. 

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 

Fall 2020 NCSM Inspiration! online for members


In the Fall 2020 issue, NCSM provides reflections on and ideas for leading during these critical times.

The NCSM Inspiration! is available to all members and can be found HERE in PDF or 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! available with NCSM membership. Click on Leadership Resources on the menu tab to access the free preview.

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

Have You Checked Out the NEW Look of the NCSM Website?

We have refashioned our NCSM website with a brand new look. You can check it out at HERE  

From Natalie Crist, Web Editor


Special Call for Manuscripts: Voices from the Field

The Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators' publication Connections is seeking brief manuscripts on field experiences in mathematics teacher education during this time of COVID-19, with a specific focus on current challenges, responses, and/or lessons learned. 

Given the differing impacts of and responses to COVID-19 in states, universities, and PreK-12 schools, this exchange of ideas allows us to learn from one another in varying contexts in a timely way. 

Submissions should be no longer than 6 pages and will undergo a blind review. Manuscripts submitted by October 26th will be considered for the upcoming Winter 2020 issue, and those received after this date may need to be considered for the Spring 2021 issue.

Additional information and the call for manuscripts can be found HERE.

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Mona Toncheff

October 2020 Message from the NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

How do you fill your cup?

Imagine a full cup of your coffee, tea or favorite morning beverage. How does that full cup make you feel as you start your day? Now imagine that same cup after having been knocked over and drained of some or all of its liquid. Suddenly, the feeling changes.

When times are tough, difficult, challenging or stressful your full cup might feel depleted or even empty. However, the same cup being slowly filled with experiences that are inspiring, innovative, and bring you joy leave your cup full again. 

When there are difficult decisions to be made, too many upcoming deadlines, or competing professional obligations, mathematics leader may feel overwhelmed or like they are running on empty.  When I experience these feelings, I know it is time to “refill my cup.” Time with family, down time, and exercise always help. This past week, spending time with my NCSM family has done the trick. 

Throughout the past two weeks, the NCSM board has been meeting virtually for the fall board meeting. Board members serving on each Initiative and Standing Committee are working to model what it means to be innovative leaders. Given the unique circumstances that 2020 has provided, the committees are working overtime to meet NCSM’s mission to, “equip and empower 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.”

In addition to the NCSM board meeting, I also had the pleasure of working with the NCSM professional learning directors, Georgina Rivera and Jenny Novak, and 110+ mathematics leaders from one of our affiliates this week. It was inspiring to listen to the open and honest reflection from the mathematics leaders regarding how to best support students and the teachers/leaders they serve.  If you are also looking for inspiration, NCSM is offering two virtual winter seminars November 9, 2020 and February 8, 2021. More information can be found HERE.  Come join Gina, Jenny and I on your bold leadership journey. 

Spending time with the NCSM board and the mathematics leaders this week (even though it had to be virtual) has filled my cup and brought joy to my daily work. I look forward to sharing the resources and products that result from the NCSM board meeting and professional development experiences with members in the upcoming months. If you feel like you cup is low, consider how NCSM can be part of your strategy to fill it again.  Together we can find ways to challenge and support each other to keep our cups full.


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM president 


Election News! Nominations For Elected Positions Are Now Open

Nominations for available 2021 NCSM elected positions are open as of October 15, 2020 and will close on November 15, 2020

The positions available for nominations are:

  • Second Vice President
  • Regional Director, Canada (Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut Territory, Ontario, Prince Edward Island, Quebec, Saskatchewan, Yukon Territory)
  • Regional Director, Southern 1 (Bermuda, Florida, Georgia, Military AA: APO/FPO, Puerto Rico, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virgin Islands, Virginia)
  • Regional Director, Western 1 (Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming)

If you wish to make a nomination now, please be sure that your nominee is an eligible member who is interested in running. Members eligible to be placed in nomination must be in good standing as of the November 15, 2019 - one year prior to the nominations deadline.


Click HERE to submit your nomination(s).


For additional information about the Nominations Process and Eligibility, the Elections Schedule, and Open Position Descriptions, please visit the NCSM website.


From Donna Leak, NCSM Nominations Chair


Check out the Deadline Dates for Applications for Iris Travel Grants and the Teacher-Leaders Professional Grant (PreK-12)

Iris Carl Travel Grant

Iris M. Carl

Iris Carl

Do you serve in a mathematics education leadership role?  The 2021 NCSM Bold Leadership Summit will take place in St. Louis, Missouri on April 25-27, 2021. 

If you are a current NCSM member (as of October 1, 2020), and have not had the opportunity to attend one of the outstanding conferences focused on cutting edge topics in mathematics education in the past three years, please click HERE to apply for an Iris Travel Grant.

For additional information about the grant, please visit HERE. Note that the deadline for submission is November 1, 2020.


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 2020-21, a grant of a maximum of $4000 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, Equity & Access, Leadership Learning and Communication Exchange.

Please visit HERE for the proposal requirements and to apply for a Teacher-Leaders Professional Learning Grant.

Additional information about the grant can be found HERE.

Applications are open now and will remain open until November 1, 2020.


From Samantha Wuttig, Awards Chair


Submit your Proposal NOW! Speaker Proposals for the 53rd Annual NCSM Conference in Atlanta, September 20-22, 2021 Accepted Now until November 1, 2020

In 2021, NCSM celebrates its 53rd Annual Conference, continuing its dedication to the life-long learning of bold mathematics education leaders. NCSM is committed to supporting leaders’ work in inspiring high-quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for each and every learner.

If you Aspire to bold mathematics leadership, come to Atlanta, Georgia to share your knowledge and experience to Activate our collective understanding so that we may all Act together and Amplify Bold Mathematics Leadership that inspires high quality mathematics learning for each and every student. 

We invite proposals that focus on the five focus strands for the 53rd Annual NCSM Conference. 


Click HERE to access the Proposal System.



  • Aspire to Bold Mathematics Leadership
  • Activate Leadership for Access and Equity
  • Activate Teachers as Leaders
  • Activate and Empower others through Mathematics Coaching
  • Amplify Mathematics Leadership


Visit the NCSM Website for additional information about the 53rd NCSM Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA from September 20-22, 2021.



From Shawn Towle, NCSM First Vice-President  


The Video Recording of the NCSM Webinar - Closing the Opportunity Gap: A Call for Detracking Mathematics - is Available

On September 10, 2020, NCSM sponsored a virtual panel discussion about how to move forward in Closing the Opportunity Gap in Mathematics.    

The conversation was focused around the NCSM position paper, Closing the Opportunity Gap: A Call for Detracking Mathematics with panelists presenting additional insights into how leaders could put the position paper into action.

The video recording of the webinar can be found HERE or by clicking on the video below.



From Shelly Jones, NCSM Position Paper Editor




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