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The Fall 2018 NCSM Newsletter is Available Online Now!     

The Fall Issue of the Newsletter has been posted to the NCSM website. Click HERE to access this current issue online or click on the image of Fall 2018 NCSM Newsletter shown below.

This issue features highlights of our 50th Annual Conference and includes articles about developing common vision, resources for coaching, and the second installment of the Women of Color in Mathematics series.

There are several components of our online newsletter flipbook reader we want to highlight. As you turn each page, all active weblinks are briefly highlighted to draw your attention. The arrow at the bottom edge of the screen opens up thumbnails of the pages, allowing you to jump to a desired section. The arrow at the top edge of the screen opens a menu of options including settings, bookmarks and search features.

Archived issues of the NCSM Newsletter are available HERE.

NCSM is excited about this online access to our newsletter and hope you are enjoy it as well!

Registration for the two NCSM Fall Seminars is open!       

If you have only one day to spare for your professional growth, consider spending that one day with NCSM on on of the two fall seminars scheduled for this fall.

The two seminars will be on:

  • October 4, 2018 in Hartford, CT at the Red Lion Hotel, 50 Morgan Street, Hartford, CT; and
  • November 28, 2018 in Seattle, WA at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA.

Both leadership seminars will have a theme around Building Mathematics Leaders: Coaching. The focus will be to help each participant become the agent of change and improve student achievement in mathematics through the vehicle of classroom and district coaching.

Other benefits of attending include learning about research-based strategies using expert resources in mathematics coaching; networking with leaders from other regions, states, and countries; and developing a plan for yourself or your district to focus your mathematics leadership in coaching.

Registration for the Hartford Fall Seminar (October 4) can be accessed by clicking HERE.

Registration for the Seattle Fall Seminar (November 28) can be accessed by clicking HERE.

More general details about the seminars' program, flyers, and logistics are available by clicking HERE.

Registration is now open for the 2019 NCSM Conference in San Diego, April 1-3, 2019!

The six strands for the 2019 NCSM Annual Conference represent areas of interest to a large number of our members and we hope that by focusing on these topics you will learn deeply about issues that are of immediate and lasting importance to you.

  1. Visionary Coaching Practices
  2. Empowering Equity and Social Justice Leadership
  3. Engaging Leadership Communities
  4. Innovative Engagement
  5. Exemplary Experiences from the Field
  6. Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching

Conference details and logistics are available by clicking HERE.

Register for the conference HERE.

An Invitation to Take a Brief Survey about Mathematics Teachers Use of Digital Games in the Classroom 

Drs. Andre Denham (The University of Alabama College of Education) and Kristin Harbour (The University of South Caroline College of Education) are requesting participation in a brief survey. 

This survey seeks to determine if mathematics teachers are using digital games in the classroom, and if so, how are they using them. They are also trying to determine the barriers to using digital games in the mathematics classroom.

Responses to this survey will help us better understand how, when, with whom, and under what conditions mathematics teachers are using digital games. This will provide us with further insights into the practical use of digital games in mathematics instruction, give further insights into strategies to better assist mathematics teachers who are using digital games, and support mathematics teachers who are not using digital games but are interested in doing so.

The survey is brief and will only take about 15-25 minutes to complete. Please click the link below to go to the survey (or copy and paste the link into your web browser). 

Follow this link to the Survey

Or copy and paste this URL into your internet browser:  https://goo.gl/P3foW8 

The survey link will be open through September 30, 2018.

Your participation in the survey is completely voluntary and all of your responses will be kept confidential. No personal identifiable information will be associated with your responses to any reports of these data.

The University of Alabama Institutional Review Board has approved this survey.

Should you have any comments or questions, please feel free to contact Dr. André Denham at [email protected] or Dr. Kristin Harbour at [email protected]

Thank you in advance for your time and cooperation.

Collective Call to Action

Continue to tune into the activites for the Collective Call to Action - Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education: From Awareness to Action. The next discussion forum for September/October will culminate with a webinar in November 2018 (date TBD).

View the list of articles and books for the 2018-2019 learning and visit the MyNCTM community to join the online discussion forum.

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September 2018 Message from the NCSM President, Connie Schrock 

Big Changes are Coming!

NCSM is moving our annual conference to the fall starting in 2020.  We have been asked several questions via email about what NCSM has planned for the year of the change. To keep everyone in the know, I want to share with our members the current plans.

We will be hosting the NCSM 52nd Annual Meeting in Chicago, IL, March 30-April 1, 2020. Our current 2nd VP and conference committee are hard at work already planning for this event. During the fall of 2020, NCSM will host a special event preceding the NCTM Annual Meeting in St. Louis, MO. We have already began drafting plans for a “bold leadership” event so be sure to save the date, October 18-20, 2020 for this event in St. Louis. Starting in 2021, we will move the annual conference to the fall. We will host the NCSM 53rd Annual Meeting in Atlanta, GA September 20-22, 2021.

I also wanted to update everyone on the NCSM Board work at our annual strategic planning meeting this past summer. We have updated our initiatives for the next three years, 2018 – 2021. These initiatives are designed to focus our work around what it takes to bring our mission and vision to life.

The initiatives are designed to serve our membership in multiple ways and below is a brief description of each initiative. You can read more details about each initiative on our website by clicking HERE

Initiative: Equity and Access in Action - The Equity and Access in Action Initiative has been established to build on the past initiative’s work of creating and promoting a common understanding around equity. We hope to broaden the conversation to include access and to provide tools that will help leaders take actions in order to increase equity and access in the classroom. 

Initiative 2: Leadership Learning - The Leadership Learning Initiative has been updated to provide professional resources and supports for mathematics leaders at all levels. The major goal is to provide current research-affirmed resources for all mathematics leaders, starting with a focus on site-based leaders, coaches, and teacher leaders. This initiative will further support all mathematics leaders through a combined revision to the current NCSM publications, PRIME and It’s TIME

Initiative: Communication Exchange - The Communication Exchange Initiative focuses on effective global communication and sharing the mission and vision of NCSM, the premier mathematics education leadership organization. This initiative will support continued growth, branding, and promise of bi-directional feedback and feed-forward communication between NCSM and members. This initiative will also connect all of the initiatives and projects through the use of technology that will ultimately define our organization. 

Connie Schrock, NCSM president

Voting for the NCSM Election is Now Open!

If you are a current member, you received a postcard in the mail with voting instructions and your voter code. Go to the NCSM website, mathedleadership.org or by clicking HERE to begin the voting process. 

Voting is now open and will end on October 15th.

The following is the slate of candidates determined by the NCSM Nominations Committee:

Second Vice-President                                                        Eric Milou (Sewell, NJ)                                                          Shawn Towle (Portland, ME)

Regional Director Central 1                                                Denise Brady (Grand Blanc, MI)                                            Steven Shadel (Skokie, IL)

Regional Director Eastern 1                                                CathyBoutin (Johnston, RI)                                                    Hilary Kreisberg (North Chelmsford, MA)

Regional Director Southern 2                                            Katey Arrington (Austin, TX)                                                  Mary Swarthout (Huntsville, TX)

Remember, NCSM is depending on YOU to VOTE in the upcoming election. All voting is online and requires only a few minutes.

From Steve Viktora, NCSM Nominations Chair

Nominations are open now for NCSM Awards and Grants 

The following NCSM awards are opened for nominations now. Consider nominating that special mathematics leader who inspired you and is the reason you yourself are a mathematics leader today. Please note the deadline for each award or grant.

Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award (October 1 deadline)

Kay Gilliland gave her time, energy, services and skills to work for equity in mathematics education for all students, especially low-income, black, Latino, and indigenous peoples.  Each year NCSM honors her legacy by presenting a person of like mind and work ethic with the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award.The awardee will be invited to present their lecture at the 2019 Annual NCSM conference in San Diego, California in April.

Please visit HERE for more information on the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award and to nominate a candidate for this award.  Nominations are open through October 1, 2018.  

Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award (November 1 deadline)

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 ma2018 thematics curriculum and supervision.  

Please visit HERE for more information on the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award and for a nomination form and criteria.  Nominations are open through November 1, 2018. 

The following NCSM grants are opened for applications. Consider them for yourself or share them with a school or mathematics leader who you know might be interested.

Teacher-Leader Professional Learning Grant (PreK-12): A School In-Service Grant for Grades PreK-5, 6-8, and 9-12 (November 2 deadline)

The purpose of this grant is to provide professional learning assistance for mathematics teachers and mathematics teacher-leaders. For 2018-19, 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, Formative Assessment, Digital Learning or Access-Equity-Empowerment.

Please visit HERE to apply for a Teacher-Leader Professional Learning Grant. Applications are open now! The deadline is November 2, 2018.

Iris Carl Travel Grants (December 2 deadline)

Do you serve in a mathematics education leadership role?  The 2019 Annual NCSM Conference will take place in San Diego, California in April 2018.  If you are a current NCSM member (as of November 1, 2018), and have not had the opportunity to attend this outstanding conference focused on cutting edge topics in mathematics education in the past three years, you are eligible for one of the Iris Carl Travel Grants.

Please visit HERE to apply for an Iris Carl Travel Grant. The deadline is December 1, 2018. 

If you are an NCSM member and have attended the annual conference before (and loved it), find a colleague who is (or will become) a NCSM member by November 1, 2018 but has not attended the annual NCSM conference, and share this awesome opportunity with them.

From Irma Cruz-White, NCSM Awards Chair

Member Benefits on the NCSM Website  

As shared last month, there will be a video introduced here each month to highlight the benefits as found on the NCSM website (https://www.mathedleadership.org/).

The video tour for this month, created by Shawn Towle (Eastern 1 Regional Director), features the Marshall Memos sent out each month via NCSM email and available through the website. Click HERE or on the YouTube image below to access this month's tour. 

Look for another video tour next month in the eNews.


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