AUGUST 2021 NCSM Insider


Sept 2021 Message from NCSM President, Mona Toncheff

"When life hands you lemons, make lemonade!"


As members of NCSM, you are receiving this message in your email at a time I had planned to be flying to Atlanta for my final NCSM board meeting and conference as President. When NCSM made the difficult decision to not hold our in-person conference in Atlanta, I will not lie…I was sad. As you can imagine, years of planning go into the details and logistics of holding each NCSM Annual Conference. Now, due to the pandemic, we have had to cancel two wonderful programs, the 2020 Conference in Chicago and the 2021 Conference in Atlanta, created by two amazing conference committees and led by two inspirational program chairs. These volunteers worked tirelessly to bring together mathematics leaders across the continent to network and learn from one another. However, like many of you working overtime as mathematics leaders, we took the “lemon” that was handed to us and did our best to make lemonade.


Rather than focus on our loss, we choose to focus on our mission and what actions we can take to continue 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.” (NCSM, 2017). As a result, there are three new virtual opportunities for mathematics leaders to learn together. 


With the support of our Platinum Sponsor, Texas Instruments, we are hosting the NCSM Virtual Celebration on Monday and Tuesday, September 20-21 (dates that coincide with the original Atlanta Conference). We know we can’t all get together in Atlanta, but that doesn't mean we can’t get together with our math colleagues that work in the same school, district, or state. With this in mind, we have two registration options. You can register as an individual for $40 and you can watch from your home or office OR you can register for a group of any size for $60. The group rate allows you to invite your math friends and colleagues to join the virtual session all from one location and learn together. Use #NCSMpubPD during the event to showcase your network of mathematics leaders at your watch party. 


The second learning opportunity is the preconference sessions on Sunday, September 19, 2021. There are two sessions focused on coaching and site-level leadership based on two of the NCSM Essential Action Series books. 


And finally, NCSM is hosting Beyond the Conference. Listen to Shawn Towle, the program chair, and myself share some of the highlights HERE


NCSM prides itself on creating opportunities for mathematics leaders to connect with other leaders so we can build shared learning and affirmation we are on the right track. So, as we ASPIRE to be Bold leaders, the live sessions at the NCSM Celebration and Beyond the Conference will provide time and space for leaders to reflect and ACTIVATE new learning. Then we  can plan how to ACT to ensure that all students engage in high quality mathematics teaching and learning each and every day. 


From Mona Toncheff, NCSM 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 President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director, Eastern Region 2 interview Sunil Singh, one of the concurrent speakers for the 53rd NCSM Virtual Celebration on September 21, 2021.

In this episode, we talk with Sunil Singh about storytelling in mathematics. He shares ideas about the value of stories, the need for context in learning mathematics, and that each person’s math story is a work in progress. Stories are a powerful way to develop a deeper understanding of and a personal connection with mathematics


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 President, and John SanGiovanni, Regional Director for Eastern Region 2

2021 Fall Virtual Experiences


NCSM is happy to announce the 53rd NCSM Virtual Conference Experience! 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.


Even though the in-person Atlanta Conference events have been canceled, NCSM is proud to announce three virtual experiences to  Aspire, Activate, and Act.


Virtual Experience #1
Virtual Pre-Conference Sessions
Sunday, September 19, 2021 1:00-4:00 pm EDT


Enhance your NCSM conference learning experience by signing up to attend one of our virtual Sunday afternoon pre-conference sessions for leaders. These pre-conference sessions are a great way to kick off your conference experience, network with other leaders and take a deeper dive into our recent work and Essential Actions Series from NCSM.  For more information on both sessions, visit the Pre-Conference section.


Virtual Experience #2
NCSM Virtual Celebration (*New Event*)
Monday, September 20, 2021 & Tuesday, September 21, 2021, 6:30-9:00 p.m. EDT


NCSM will now offer a virtual celebration on Monday, September 20, 2021 and Tuesday, September 21, 2021 to build connections among our NCSM community, celebrate awardees, and to host live sessions from featured, nationally renowned mathematics speakers.  


Participants will celebrate bold mathematics leadership with NCSM, hear from live keynote speakers, and will be able to select sessions to attend during the two evening events. Participants will also have access to giveaways through social media participation, including books, memberships, and free registration to NCSM professional learning events. 


For this unique two-night celebration, NCSM is encouraging participants to gather with colleagues and friends for viewing parties for this special event. For this event only, NCSM will offer an individual registration rate and a group rate.  Network within your community or within the larger NCSM community during this live event!  For more information, visit the Virtual Celebration tab.


Virtual Experience #3
Beyond the Conference: 2021
October 5, 2021-December 14, 2021 7:00 p.m. EDT


NCSM is pleased to announce a virtual conference learning experience, Beyond the Conference 2021


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


For more information on registration fees and how to register for any or all of these virtual events, click HERE.

Summer 2021 NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership Available ONLINE

The Summer 2021 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 Brian Buckhalter and Erin Lehmann 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 Gwen Zimmerman and Kim Romain, NCSM Inspiration Co-Editors


SAVE THE DATES! Virtual Seminars Coming Soon!

There are three virtual NCSM seminars planned for Fall 2021 and Winter 2022. Stay tuned for additional information and registration information.

  • 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

From Gina Rivera and Jenny Novak, NCSM Professional Learning Directors

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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