September 2022 NCSM Insider


Message from NCSM President, Paul Gray

It’s Been HOW Long???


Author and podcast host Cristina Marrero said, “maybe that’s why life is so precious. No rewind or fast forward… just patience and faith.” I think we’ve lived that in the last three years. I know I’ve spent a lot of time since March 2020 wishing I could rewind life to go back a few years to a time before we knew what COVID was and do something to prevent it. Right about June 2020 I was wishing we could fast forward to the end of this horrible pandemic. I wanted to be with loved ones again. I wanted to hug my momma. See my math peeps again. Alas, as Marrero observed, there is no rewind or fast forward. Only patience and faith.

Patience is something I am rarely accused of having.


Yet, here we are, on the cusp of NCSM’s first Annual Meeting in three years. Three. Fricking. Years. Our time of patience while we learned Zoom and used technology to stay in touch with colleagues and loved ones is being rewarded. Our faith that we would one day be in the room together is being rewarded. In eleven days, we will gather together in Anaheim. First, we will celebrate! Then, we will learn together. After three full days of learning alongside the finest mathematics leaders in North America, we will return home flush with inspiration to make our work even better. We will be better equipped to lead mathematics programs that impact the lives of real teachers and children.


My first NCSM conference was in San Diego in 2010. Diane Briars, a friend and mentor of mine, was the NCSM President. Suzanne Mitchell was my Southern 2 Regional Director. Mark Driscoll, author of Fostering Algebraic Thinking, received the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award. And, y’all, I was like a kid in a candy store. I was the director of mathematics and science for a school district in the Houston area and the president of the Texas Council of Teachers of Mathematics, so I was in the market for ideas to become a more effective mathematics leader. I remember going from session to session with my laptop and my notebook, writing down everything that was said. I met new friends at the luncheons and hung out with colleagues from Texas after hours. It was three of the finest days of mathematics fellowship I can remember.


I’ve asked myself, “what are you most looking forward to about Math Week?” I’ve asked that often, to be honest. I don’t think there’s just one thing that I’m looking forward to. But I know there are many things that I anxiously anticipate.


For one, I’m looking forward to exhausting my arms with hugs. I am a southern boy and I am a hugger. So, if you see me in Anaheim, don’t be bashful. If what I wrote just drained the blood from your face because you aren’t a hugger, that’s OK. I don’t love you any less. But if you need or want a hug, I’m there for you. It’s been three. Fricking. Years. That’s a lot of hugs to catch up on.


I’m looking forward to being on the Amen row of several sessions. I have my old favorites like Cathy Seeley, John Staley, Kristopher Childs. I have new favorites like Alexandra Martinez, Nicole Joseph, and Tyrone Howard. Our Program Chair, Sharon Rendon, has worked hard to gather some solid speakers to share their ideas with us. Some of them are the people whose work you’ve read and followed on Twitter. Some of them are people whose work you need to know. Some of them are people who are doing the work in districts and universities and have some real success stories to share.


What are some of the things you are looking forward to?


We are gathering right across the street from Disneyland, so it’s no accident that our theme is Imagine. Inspire. Influence. Make an IMPACT! We’ve planned three days full of imagination and inspiration to help us all become better mathematics leaders. It is my hope that each of us will use that imagination and inspiration to return home and influence our colleagues so that we can make a significant impact for the better on the lives of the teachers and children who are in our care.


Y’all be careful. I’ll see you in Anaheim and we’ll touch base again in October.



We will see all who registered soon!!!

The full program is now available!!!

Check out the NCSM 54th Annual Conference website for an update on all of the major and spotlight speakers who will be speaking at our 54th NCSM Annual Conference in Anaheim, California!  This amazing slate of math leaders will be leading the way as we imagine, inspire, influence, and make an IMPACT!  Be sure to register and book your hotel room so you don’t miss any of these sessions.  


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The editors of the NCSM Journal of Mathematics Education Leadership (JMEL) are interested in manuscripts!


The editors are particularly interested in manuscripts that bridge research to practice in mathematics education leadership. Manuscripts should be relevant to our members’ roles as leaders in mathematics education, and implications of the manuscript for leaders in mathematics education should be significant. At least one author of the manuscript must be a current member of NCSM.

Categories for submissions include:

  • Case studies and lessons learned from mathematics education leadership in schools, districts, states, regions, or provinces
  • Research reports with implications for mathematics education leaders
  • Professional development efforts including how these efforts are situated in the larger context of professional development and implications for leadership practice
  • Other categories that support the NCSM vision will also be considered.
    Submission Procedures

Each manuscript will be reviewed by two volunteer reviewers and a member of the editorial panel. Manuscripts should be emailed to the Journal Editors, currently Drs. Erin Lehmann and Paula Jakopovic, at [email protected] 


Submissions should follow the most current edition of APA style and include:

  • A Word file(.docx) with author information (name, title, institution, address, phone, email) and an abstract (maximum of 120 words) followed by the body of the manuscript (maximum of 12,000 words)
  • A blinded Word file (.docx) as above but with author information and all references to authors removed.

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