eNEWS Newsletter
June 2012

Message from the NCSM President

Welcome to a World of Leadership Challenges and Opportunities this summer! 
As you prepare for the opening of school in the fall, remember that NCSM has many new products and tools to make your work easier, effective and efficient. As leaders, we are in the people business and our job is to help others succeed. Be sure to visit the NSCM website,, to update your profile and renew your membership. The purpose of your leadership is to maximize people’s strengths and minimize their weaknesses.

Effective leaders employ the ABC’s of leadership:
  • A- Analyze the assets of your organization and build upon these.
  • B- Become people focused and learn about the skills and attitudes of the people with whom you work.
  • C- Connect talent with obvious needs.
If you are looking for leadership development for yourself and/or a team of leaders, consider the two NCSM Leadership Academies that are available this summer:
June 25-27, 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA and July 31-Aug 2, 2012 in Sonoma County, CA. Go online to find registration information


Advance registration is still available for our summer NCSM Leadership Academy:  Mathematics Leadership at Working:  Moving the Common Core State Standards from Vision to Action in Santa Rosa, California: July 31st – August 2nd. Online registration is open until July 17th. Visit to register.  
  1. The 8 CCSS Standards for Mathematical Practice including the application of the NCSM Instructional Materials Analysis Tool Kit
  2. The CCSS Content including domain, learning trajectories, grade level and course sequencing ,and course design score and sequence
  3. Assessment with formative cycles including how we begin to develop meaningful assessment loops using high quality summative assessments and design sessions with PARCC/Achieve/Smarter Balance


One of the most common ways to overcome resistance to change is to educate people about it beforehand. Communication of ideas helps people see the need for and the logic of a change. The education process can involve one-on-one discussions, presentations to groups, or memos and reports.””
-- John P. Kotter 

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Now that the 2011/12 school year has ended, the real work of transitioning toward the Common Core State Standards is in full effect. At the 2012 NCSM Annual Conference help in Philadelphia, PA in April, many mathematics leaders conducted and attended sessions that focused on the implementation of the CCSS and the role of math leaders in that implementation. Over the summer, there are multiple opportunities for you to continue learning about CCSS curriculum implementation.

This edition of the eNews contains the message from President, Dr. Suzanne Mitchell, and as always, the Leadership Corner as well as the most up-to-date information regarding CCSS. New to this edition of the eNews is section titled Tech Tips. Check it out for ideas for recent or novel technologies. 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

Common Core State Standards

-C-TAP's (Committee on Teachers as Professionals) application to pilot the precursor of the CCSSM Implementation Toolkit can be found at: Dr William McCallum's group at the University of Arizona has done a tremendous amount of work on CCSS implementation and can serve as a valuable tool for math leaders.

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

- The NCSM website ( has recently been updated to include the very latest information in regards to CCSS overviews, implementation and leadership.

- PARCC Releases ITN To Develop New Assessments. More information can be found at
- 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.

Implementing the Standards for Mathematical Practice

As classroom teachers begin thinking about implementing the Common Core State Standards, they tend to focus on the content standards. Questions such as, "What changes need to be made?" and "Will I have the appropriate resources?" are fundamentally important. As leaders, we need to ensure that the Standards for Mathematical Practice play a pivotal role.

The Standards for Mathematical Practice are the means to the end of improved student achievement. By experiencing rich, demanding mathematical tasks, students build their ability to reason, model their thinking, use structure and repeated reasoning; students engage in thinking mathematically.

A chart that has been adapted from Bill McCallum's website,, is a great visual representation of the connections of the Standards for Mathematical Practice.
Standard Chart
The Standards for Mathematical Practice begin with problem-solving. All of the other standards develop as a result of students experience meaningful and rigorous tasks. This chart reminds teachers to think about these Standards for Mathematical Practice as they collaborate to identify learning targets and plan lessons.
For more information, go to:

Resources & Opportunities

- Here is a great resource for all math leaders. This site contains information on all things mathematics education including up-to-date information on CCSS.

- Triangle Coalition

The Triangle Coalition is an advocate for the improvement of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education in the United States. Headquartered in the DC metro area, the Triangle Coalition is comprised of member organizations that represent business, education, and STEM societies nationwide. More information and valuable resources can be found at

Check out the latest news and notes from the Triangle Coalition at

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