eNews Newsletter
April 2017
National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics
What's New at NCSM-Equity and Social Justice Center

The May reading for the Call for a Collective Action is from the book entitled Excellence through Equity , by Alan Blankenship and Pedro Noguera. As we look ahead to celebrating 50 years of leadership in mathematics education, NCSM is pleased to continue the conversation around providing equitable mathematics experiences for all students. The introduction shares the groundbreaking message about courageous conversations around equity while the remaining chapters give inspirational examples: you are sure to find chapters that will inspire you! The final chapter is a must read. Participate in the conversation by engaging in this month's Twitter "slow chat" using the #EQSJMATH hashtag to respond to the book.  Together we can promote excellence, not despite equitable practice, but because of equitable practice!

In April, the Call for a Collective Action offered a chapter from AMTE's new volume: Cases for Mathematics Teacher Educators: Facilitating Conversations about Inequities in Mathematics Classrooms . Chapter 16 presents the case of a teacher who is challenged to get to know one student in her class very well by carefully considering his mathematical thinking and interviewing his mother, who shared details about her child's interests and daily life. The information was rich, but the teacher still struggled to get to know the child and resisted assistance offered by the teacher leader and others. In the accompanying commentaries, read how knowledgeable experts would suggest addressing these challenges. One expert asks the teacher to consider her own needs as a mathematics student, while another instead challenges the teacher educator to better model new strategies for getting to know students. Finally, we are asked to also consider the role of the teacher's mathematical knowledge for teaching and consider whether there is capacity to make a meaningful mathematical connection for students in her class. To learn more, read the following excerpt of Chapter 16 .


What's Happening in Mathematics Education

The AMTE 2018 Conference Program Committee invites proposals to present at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, to be held February 8-10, 2018 in Houston, TX.  Proposals are due 5/15/2017 at 11:59 PM PDT.  

Welcome to the May 2017

The NCSM eNews is published monthly. Please consider forwarding this eNews to a colleague-let's get everyone involved in the conversation! 

Mona Toncheff, eNews Editor 
Message from the NCSM President, Connie Schrock
As your school year is winding down and you reflect on your year, think about what NCSM can do for you. How can we help? What do you need from your organization to help you to continue to grow in your work? Consider writing to the regional director in your area to let them know your needs and suggestions: 

If you are not sure which regional director to contact, please check on our website


Our summer board meeting is coming up and we would appreciate your input. What about next year's 50th Annual Meeting in Washington D. C.? You could help shape the program in multiple ways. Submit a proposal or encourage someone you want to hear to submit. And if you have time this June, volunteer to become a reviewer for program proposals. Your input would contribute to the success of the conference and you can volunteer to review program proposals HERE. Contact our membership and volunteer coordinator, Jessica McIntyre, or our program chair, Kimberly Morrow-Leong if you have any additional questions. 

Be sure to check out the slow chat book study over May's Call to a Collective Action reading, Excellence Through Equity (Blankstein & Noguera, 2016). It is not too late to join and discover what others are tweeting about, #EQSJMATH. 

Another summer learning opportunity you should really consider is registering for our Leadership Academy. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn and network with other professionals in a beautiful setting in Maine. Check out the details in this newsletter and make plans to participate.  


Have a great closing to this school year. Never forget that your contribution to mathematics education and student learning is priceless.

Proposals for the 2018 NCSM Annual Conference

We are excited to announce that planning is underway for next year's annual conference. The five strands for the 2018 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.

Equity in Practice 

Cultivating a Mathematics Coaching Practice 

Evidence and Experience from the Field 

Developing Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching 

Leading Mathematics into the Future 

We invite you to submit a proposal to present at the premier mathematics education leaders' conference. Click here for more information and to submit your proposal. Proposals will be accepted until June 1, 2017.

Conference Dates 
April 23 - 25, 2018

Conference Location  
Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 
Washington, D.C.

Time to Grow Professionally with NCSM!

Mathematics Leadership in a Time of Change: Building Leaders at all Levels

NCSM is striving to provide year-long professional learning opportunities that follow the theme of Mathematics Leadership in a Time of Change: Building Leaders at all Levels utilizing It's Time and PRIME resources.  Please join us for one or more events!

Summer Leadership Academy
What:  Summer Leadership Academy 
Where: Four Points Sheraton at the Bangor Airport, Bangor, Maine 
When: July 24-26, 2017
Theme:  Teaching and Learning Leadership in Mathematics
Registration is open and can be found under the Register for the Academy tab at https://www.mathedleadership.org/events/academy.html 

Fall Seminar
What: Chicago Fall Seminar
Where: Chicago, IL (location TBD)
When: November 29, 2017
Theme: Leadership for Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics
Watch for more information on http://www.mathedleadership.org 

Threaded throughout all professional learning opportunities will be shifting mindsets and beliefs about teaching and learning mathematics.
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