eNEWS Newsletter
FALL 2011

Message from the NCSM President

Welcome to a new school year and an opportunity to lead and influence those with whom you associate. As you launch into your work in a few weeks, NCSM is the professional organization that can provide you with leadership resources to help you succeed as a mathematics leader.  Selecting the best curriculum materials for instructional use is a prime consideration for all mathematics teachers and leaders. Be sure to find (go to and use the Curriculum Analysis Tools created by a team of educators and mathematicians, led by Bill Bush of the University of Louisville and supported by the Council of Chief State School Officers, the Brookhill Foundation and Texas Instruments. The three tools and the professional development guide include:

• Tool 1 – Mathematics Content Alignment rubrics for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12
• Tool 2 – Mathematics Practices Alignment rubrics
• Tool 3 – Overarching Considerations in Equity, Assessment, and Technology rubrics
• Facilitators Guide – Professional Development Facilitators Guide and PowerPoint slides

The interpretation and implementation of CCSS will continue to be a major focus of NCSM’s work this year as described in our strategic plan. The NCSM Board met in July 2011 in Chicago and voted to work on the following long-term initiatives and short-term projects:
Initiative 1 – Marketing and Membership through increased benefits to members and expanded resources such as the eNews. This also includes opening membership to affiliate mathematics leadership groups of like purposes to NCSM.
Initiative 2 – Leadership Learning Experiences which includes increased opportunities at multiple summer Leadership Academies, fall Leadership Seminars, increased number of webinars and the annual NCSM meeting.
Initiative 3 – Leadership Learning Resources which will include interpreting and implementing the CCSS including expanding the Great Tasks project, developing professional develop modules using the Inside Mathematics website, and partnering to develop materials from the Illustrative Mathematics Project.
Initiative 4 – Collaboration on Policy and Implementation of CCSS with other national organizations.
Project 1 – Coaches Corner which will be highlighted prominently on the website and articles within the newsletter with special attention to supporting coaches in their work.
Project 2 - Developing Partnerships with other educational organizations to develop and disseminate resources and products of value to mathematics education leaders. 
Project 3 - Coordination of a Comprehensive Communications Plan that includes establishing an editorial board, committees to support the communications work and finding an associate journal editor.


The NSCM Board recently approved joining the Mathematics Common Core Coalition (MC^3), a group of eight organizations dedicated to promote the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSS-M). The additional organizations are the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE), the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics (ASSM), the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), the National Governors Association (NGA), Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortia (SBAC) and the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC).


All of the great leaders have had one characteristic in common: it was the willingness to confront unequivocally the major anxiety of their people in their time. This, and not much else, is the essence of leadership." 
John Kenneth Galbraith

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Welcome to this edition of the NCSM e-Newsletter. In this edition, you will find current news and events as you get started with the new school year. The eNews continues to be a work in progress, so suggestions are welcome and appreciated. In the future, the eNewsletters will become a regular feature of your inbox as the frequency of their arrival will increase to monthly. In this edition, look for up to date news regarding the Common Core State Standards, happenings at NCMS, and leadership tidbits as well as a message from President, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell. I hope you enjoy the e-news and if you have any ideas to add, please feel free to contact me at 


Common Core State Standards

-For the latest news and notes on the Common Core State Standards, check out the CCSS homepage at where updates are continually added.

-PARCC is seeking public input on the Common Core State Standards: 
Public Input Sought on Draft Model Content Frameworks
Frameworks provide focus for common assessments in English, mathematics. For more information or to view the frameworks, visit

Equity in Mathematics Education

Check out the latest news on equity from the Equity Trust at 

For up-to-date information regarding equity in mathematics education, please check out the TODOS homepage at for all of your equity needs.

Leadership Corner

This edition of the leadership corner comes from Derek Keenan’s 5 Traits of 21st Century Educational Leadership and can be found in greater detail at

Leadership for us is hard to define. What does leadership look like? What makes a good leader? Though there are many definitions of leadership and just as many leadership styles, the basic components of what defines a leader are pretty straight forward. In the 21st Century, the challenges facing students to achieve and for educators to impart knowledge, it is the leadership of educational organizations that can be transformative. Mr. Keenan defines Educational Leaders for the 21st Century with the following characteristics:
  1. An Active Listener -- The best educational leaders I know listen so deeply during conversations that you know every word is being absorbed and processed
  2. A Connected Leader -- We no longer live in a vacuum in education; if you want to be connected, you can be. The most obvious example is the connections you forge within your own building, but what about the supports from your central or divisional office? These relationships must be cultivated as well, so that anyone from your community that needs support can rely (at least partially) on your connections and abilities to get it. 
  3. An Authentic Conversationalist -- Effective leaders know how to have the encouraging conversations, and the behavior changing conversations.
  4. Inspirational and Empowering -- As a leader, this point is one of the key ones, that we are enablers of the kinds of teaching and learning we want to see happen
  5. A 21st Century Learning Specialist -- Educational Leaders that are well versed in the traits of the 21st Century Learner can attract and maintain those who are skilled in technology implementation and collaborative learning.
"No institution can possibly survive if it needs geniuses or supermen to manage it. It must be organized in such a way as to be able to get along under a leadership composed of average human beings."
-- Peter Drucker

Resources & Opportunities

--History and Pedagogy of Mathematics (HPM) Americas Section 2011 West Coast Meeting: HPM Americas is pleased to announce a meeting on Saturday and Sunday, October 1 and 2, 2011, on the campus of Point Loma Nazarene University, in San Diego, California. We seek a variety of talks on the relation between the history and pedagogy of mathematics. Talks directly relevant to the use of the history of mathematics in mathematics classrooms are especially welcome,as are reports of studies relating history and pedagogy. Talks will be 30-40 minutes long. 
Prospective speakers should send a title and abstract, as well as their own contact information to Kathy Clark at by September 1, 2011.
-The UCLA Mathematics Project provides professional and leadership development for K-12 teachers of mathematics in Los Angeles County and will host the 2012 CMP STIR (California Mathematics Project Supporting Teachers to Increase Retention) Mathematics Teacher Retention Symposium (MTRS): Successes, Challenges, and Lessons Learned, a national symposium to be held March 22-24, 2012, in the vicinity of Los Angeles International Airport. To apply to speak at the conference, please contact: Kyndall Brown. Ph.D., Director, UCLA Mathematics Project Faculty Advisor at or (310) 825-1112
-Triangle Coalition: Check out the latest news and notes from the Triangle Coalition at
-2011 NCSM Fall Leadership Seminar
Tools and Strategies for
Implementing the Common Core State Standards
Plan to attend this exciting one-day leadership seminar. Choose among:
  • Atlantic City on October 19th
  • St. Louis on October 26th
  • Albuquerque on November 2nd
The NCSM Leadership Seminar is designed for leaders like you---mathematics education leaders, teachers, coaches, and administrators---who want to lead their school and district toward student success and the CCSS vision.
You will leave the leadership seminar with practical, research-based, inspired insights, tools, and strategies to continue your work to implement the CCSS. Learn more at
-Travel Grant for ICME
Applications for travel grants are now available to attend the Twelfth International Congress on Mathematical Education (ICME-12), which will be held in Seoul, Korea, from July 8-15, 2012. Questions can be directed to Gail Burrill,
The ICME12 application deadline is September 30, 2011.
Notifications will be made by January 16, 2012.
ICME: The International Congresses are held every four years and offer a unique opportunity for mathematics educators from the United States to discuss issues in mathematics education with leaders in the field from around the world.
LEARN AND NETWORK: Grants will enable participants to listen to world-renowned scholars in mathematics and mathematics education as they share insights from research and best practice and to take part in small, focused study groups on a wide range of topics, including mathematics education for second language learners, the relationship between research and practice in mathematics education, the professional development of mathematics teachers, assessment and testing in mathematics education, socio-economic influence on students’ achievement, and analysis of uses of technology in mathematics teaching and learning.
GRANT MONEY: These grants will support expenses related to attending ICME-12 including:
• Hotel accommodations, meal costs, and conference registration
• Air transportation (on U.S. carriers only)
ELIGIBILITY: The National Science Foundation grants are available only to U.S. citizens and permanent resident aliens and will support travel expenses to ICME-12 for preK–12 mathematics teachers, mathematicians, graduate students and mathematics teacher educators from the United States. PreK, elementary, middle, and high school teachers and graduate students are strongly encouraged to apply.
The travel grant application and selection criteria are available:

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