October 2021 NCSM Insider


Message from NCSM President, Paul Gray

Conferences: To Be or Not To Be?


I am beyond thrilled to write my first president’s message in the NCSM Insider. I’d like to start out by thanking our Past President, Mona Toncheff, for her leadership and all of her hard work the last 2-1/2 years. No one foresaw the COVID-19 pandemic that shut North America down in March 2020 but that did not deter Mona from taking the bull by the horns and leading NCSM through some of the most difficult times in U.S. education history. Through her leadership, we learned how to deliver professional learning virtually and she modeled grace under pressure as we were forced to pivot once, pivot twice, and keep pivoting as long as we needed to. Next time you see Mona at a conference or a math event, give her an extra hug!


To be completely honest with y’all, I am still a little disappointed about not being able to gather together in Atlanta last month. We’re in a period of time now that some conferences and events are still virtual, yet others are carrying forward with in-person learning. I am seeing glimmers of hope as conference planning teams are boldly moving forward with virtual, in-person, or hybrid events. It reminds me of the first leaves on the trees after a long, cold winter. A few bold trees, still mistrustful of a last-minute winter roar, put out a few leaves to sort of test the waters. Other trees wait to see what happens to the early trees. But eventually, all of the trees sprout leaves and we emerge from the winter darkness.


Because of our American and Canadian national focus, NCSM is sticking to virtual events for now. If you haven’t already, check out our three scheduled virtual Fall, Winter, and Late Winter/Spring Leadership Seminars on November 8, 2021, February 7, 2022, and March 7, 2022. These are one-day events that stand alone or build on your prior learning. Either way, we’d love for you and a team of your colleagues to join us.


Another exciting opportunity to keep the professional learning going is our Beyond the Conference experience. Every Tuesday between now and December 14, we will present 2-3 live, leading national speakers who will share their latest ideas, better practices, and/or research with you and your mathematics leadership colleagues! These sessions will be recorded and archived in an on-demand library of recorded sessions along with 60+ of the breakout sessions that you would have seen in Atlanta. It’s a tremendous value for the professional learning dollars and you won’t want to miss it. If you’re on social media, search #NCSMlive to see what your colleagues thought about the first two sessions! Then register and join us next Tuesday.


Right now, our next planned in-person event will be the Summer Leadership Academy in Baltimore, Maryland, on June 27-29, 2022. Mark your calendar, budget the funds, and plan to join us! Keep an eye out on social media and the NCSM website for registration details when they become available. Also, our 2022 Annual Conference will be in Anaheim, California, on September 26-28, 2022. I hope to see you online and in Baltimore, Anaheim, or both!


Y’all be careful and we’ll touch base again in the November NCSM Insider.



From Paul Gray, NCSM President (2021-2023)

Nominations Open Today!

Nominations are now open.  Use the Nominations Form to nominate an outstanding candidate. Nominations close November 15th.


2022 Open Positions

  • President Elect
  • Second Vice President
  • Regional Director, Central 1 (Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio)
  • Regional Director, Eastern 1 (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, Military AE: APO/FPO, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont)
  • Regional Director, Southern 2 (Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas)

Nominations open each year at the end of the annual meeting close each year on November 15th. Read more about the nominations process.


Candidate Eligibility
Members eligible to be placed in nomination must be in good standing as of November 15th, one year prior to the nominations deadline. If you need to ready yourself for next year’s election: Join or Renew now.


Voter Eligibility
To be eligible to vote, you must be a member in good standing as of January 15th the year voting occurs. If you need to ready yourself for next year’s election: Join or Renew now.


Additional general information about Nominations and the Elections Overview, can be found HERE.



From Shelly Jones, NCSM Nominations and Elections Chair

Proposals for the NCSM Conference in Anaheim - September 26-28, 2022 - Now Being Accepted

In 2022, NCSM celebrates its 54th 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.


Imagine a future of powerful mathematics education! Be one of the speakers who Inspires colleagues through bold leadership so that they may Influence educators through structures and ideas like coaching and Impact systems for equity and social justice. 


We invite proposals that focus on the four strands for the 54th Annual NCSM Conference. 




Each regular session should align with one of the following four strands.  



IMAGINE a Future of Powerful Mathematics Education: Imagine the possibilities and innovations that make a difference in powerful mathematics teaching and learning! How do we provide bold leadership at all levels that develops and commits to a shared vision for teaching and learning for each and every learner, helps to create culturally responsive spaces, and provides the support necessary for risk-taking?


Proposals in this strand focus on visionary ideas, research, and practices that lead us toward equitable structures and systems fostering success for all teachers and students. Powerful learning moments are those that resonate with teachers and students and stand out as important moments in teacher and student learning. 



INSPIRE Colleagues Through Bold Leadership:  In what ways do we inspire colleagues and those we lead to reflect the NCSM framework for leadership?  


Proposals in this strand showcase how bold leaders advocate for high-quality teaching and learning, design structures for equitable access, empower and nurture a culture of productive professionalism, and monitor actions and results for continuous improvement.



INFLUENCE Educators Through Coaching:  How do we use our influence to create meaningful learning experiences? 


Proposals in this strand focus on the coach’s role in supporting all aspects of the teaching and learning of mathematics. Proposals should identify which of the NCSM essential coaching actions will be addressed that support and empower teachers to increase student learning, create positive student identities, and develop confident users of mathematics.



IMPACT Systems for Equity and Social Justice:  What systems need to be adapted, adjusted, or dismantled to create authentic learning environments for both students and adults? In what ways can we use bold leadership to impact mathematics learning for all students with an emphasis on equity? 


Proposals in this strand focus on sharing experiences and actions that can be taken to impact and improve equitable access to high-quality mathematics and implementing instructional strategies through a social justice lens.  


Click HERE to access the Proposal System. The proposal deadline is November 15, 2021.



From Sharon Rendon, NCSM First Vice-President

2022 Anaheim Conference Proposal Reviewer Sign Up

Are you interested in reviewing proposals for the 54th Annual Conference sessions? NCSM is seeking thoughtful and responsive reviewers to assist the conference committee as they put together a thought-provoking and rewarding 54th conference experience in Anaheim. YOU are the key to the success of this conference. 


Sign up HERE to review conference proposals from December 1-15, 2021.



From Sharon Rendon, NCSM First Vice-President


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 Past President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director, Eastern Region 2 interview Steven Leinwand and Eric Milou.  

In this episode, we talk with Steve and Eric about invigorating high school mathematics. They talk about what it takes to be a game changer as a mathematics leader, where to focus one’s efforts and how to get started. Status quo is unacceptable and it's time to change the game.


New episodes for the Learning with Leaders: The Bold Mathematics Leadership series podcast will be released on the 11th of each month. More information on how to listen to the podcasts can be found on the NCSM website.  


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

From Mona Toncheff, NCSM Past President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director for Eastern Region 2


Register Now for the NCSM One-Day Virtual Seminars

Ready to make a real difference in the teaching and learning of mathematics for each and every learner? BOLD mathematics leadership and coaching is recognized as one of the most powerful ways to build teacher capacity and increase student learning outcomes.  

To meet the vision of all students learning mathematics at high levels, understanding the framework for leadership and leading strong mathematics coaching programs is key.  

Join us virtually to:

  • EMPOWER mathematics leaders and teachers using the guiding principles and four foundational elements of the Framework for Leadership in Mathematics Education
  • DESIGN a shared vision for mathematics instruction through an equity lens
  • ADVOCATE for high leverage teaching strategies for mathematics including culturally relevant practices
  • MONITOR and learn practices to ensure a system for coaching to build collective efficacy   

NCSM is offering three 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. 

  • November 8, 2021 - Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching 101
  • February 7, 2022 - Bold Mathematics Leaders: Coaching Practices that Promote Equity and Access
  • March 7, 2022 - Bold Mathematics Leaders: Leadership Actions for Culturally Relevant Teaching in Mathematics Education

For additional information about the seminars including agendas and registration fees, click HERE.


To register for one or more of the events, visit HERE.


From  Jenny Novak and Pam Seda, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

Beyond the Conference 2021 


Take this opportunity to enlarge your network of colleagues who can assist you in building and supporting your local mathematics program and to meet new friends virtually who share your interests and love of mathematics education. Become a part of NCSM, the mathematics leadership organization for educational leaders that provides professional learning opportunities to support and sustain improved student achievement.

Beyond the Conference: 2021
October 5, 2021-December 14, 2021 7:00 p.m. EDT


Beyond the Conference 2021 is the first ever opportunity to engage and network with your colleagues virtually after the conference to continue and deepen your mathematics leadership strategies and practices. You will have access to the on-demand sessions from the NCSM virtual celebration, as well as other pre-recorded sessions. The special bonus is, Beyond the Conference 2021 will include weekly live sessions during the 90-day viewing window to interact with highlighted speakers and your peers. NCSM prides itself on creating opportunities for mathematics leaders to connect with other leaders, and reflect on their current reality, in order to make intentional leadership actions to improve student learning for all. You will have the opportunity to ask questions and grapple with current mathematics leadership issues with other leaders on next steps for your BOLD math leadership journey.


For more information about this unique experience, including the schedule and line-up of the speakers and their sessions, visit the Beyond the Conference tab. 


Register HERE for Beyond the Conference 2021. 


New Joint Position Paper from NCSM and TODOS

We are excited about our new joint position paper with TODOS: Mathematics for ALL, Positioning Multilingual Learners for Success in Mathematics. In this paper we prioritize policies and practices that position multilingual learners so that they can access, engage, and thrive in mathematics education. Accomplishing this will require a systemic approach and investments that influence policies and practices. These include professional development, infrastructure, curriculum, family/community engagement, language development, and mathematics teaching, learning and assessment.


You can read the full paper here: Positioning Multilingual Learners for Success in Mathematics.


All NCSM Position Papers can be found HERE. Look out for future learning opportunities! 



From Cory Bennett, NCSM Position Paper Editor


NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership Available ONLINE

The current NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership is available to all members and can be found HERE. 


The purpose of the NCSM Journal is to advance the mission and vision of NCSM by: 

  • Strengthening mathematics education leadership through the dissemination of knowledge related to research, issues, trends, programs, policy, and practice in mathematics education
  • Fostering inquiry into key challenges of mathematics education leadership
  • Raising awareness about key challenges of mathematics education leadership in order to influence research, programs, policy, and practice.

Highlights from this issue of the NCSM Journal include the following articles:

  • Curricular Reform in Schools: Secondary Leaders' Perceptions by Amanda Bauer, Erin Lehmann, Kristine Reed, and Gwendolyn Zimmermann
  • Design and Impact of Flexible, Asynchronous Online Video-Based Mathematics Professional Development by Nanette Seago, Angela Knotts, and Catherine Carroll
  • An Interdisciplinary Coaching Approach to Data-Based Individualization: A Year-Long Partnership Between Mathematics Teachers and Special Education Researchers, by William S. Walker, III

The NCSM Journal is available quarterly with NCSM membership


From Erin Lehmann and Paula Jakopovic, NCSM Journal Co-Editors


Fall 2021 NCSM Inspiration! Available ONLINE

The Fall 2021 NCSM Inspiration! is available to all members and can be found HERE. It is currently available in PDF format. 


The current issue contains articles for:

  • Bold Mathematics Leadership: Reflections On and Ideas for Leading During These Critical Times
    • What's Your Legacy by Mona Toncheff
    • On the Shoulders of Giants by Paul Gray
    • Supporting Ambitious Teaching in the Mathematics Classroom by Dr. Tina Moore
  • Board Members at Work:
    • Beginning a New School Year Following the Pandemic Challenges by NCSM Regional Directors
  • Empower Mathematics Leaders: Connect, Learn, and Honor
    • NCSM's 2021 Annual Conference - Atlanta, Georgia
    • Recognizing Our Members: NCSM's Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Awardee - Jonathan Wray
    • NCSM Affiliate: Bold Leaders Tackle the Challenges

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 Kim Romain and Luis Lima, NCSM Inspiration Co-Editors

Of Interest to Our Members 


Call for Manuscripts for Investigations in Mathematic Learning

Investigations in Mathematics Learning is publishing a special issue on mathematics specialists and mathematics teacher leaders. Additional information can found on the Call for Manuscripts and on the website.


Please consider submitting a proposal to this special issue by November 30, 2021. Authors should submit proposals to the editors of the special issue at [email protected]. 


Notification of a proposal acceptance will be made by December 30, 2021 with full articles due February 28, 2022. Please feel free to share this call for manuscripts with others you believe would be interested.


From Guest Editors, Courtney Baker, Margret Hjalmarson, and Skip Fennell

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