Strategic Initiatives

 

The following NCSM Initiatives for 2016 - 2018 focus our work and allow us to engage you, our members, in the development of new resources and events designed to serve the needs of growing and supporting mathematics education leaders at all levels:

Initiative 1: Connecting Leaders The Connecting Leaders Initiative was established to provide opportunities for mathematics educators and leaders to connect and network through multimedia applications in order to create and have access to information and learning that enhances the profession and mathematics education globally.

Initiative 2: Leadership Learning The Leadership Learning Initiative was established to restructure the professional learning products from NCSM and create system structures for obtaining these professional learning resources. The major goal is to restructure NCSM professional learning opportunities for our membership and affiliates. This would include the creation/revision of blended professional learning products around the PRIME Principles, the It's TIME resource, and other NCSM initiatives and the creation/revision of the professional learning events structure.

Initiative 3: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education The Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education Initiative was established to promote, develop and support a just, equitable, and sustainable system of mathematics education that serves each and every child.

The NCSM 2016-2018 Strategic Initiatives presentation provides a brief overview of each of the strategic initiatives. Additional information is included on each of the initiative pages.

Initiative 1: Connecting Leaders

Overview

The Connecting Leaders Initiative was established to provide opportunities for mathematics educators and leaders to connect and network through multimedia applications in order to create and have access to information and learning that enhances the profession and mathematics education globally.

Projects and Goals

Coaches

To develop relationships, networks and outreach to site-based math leaders, by:

  • Building mutually beneficial relationships,
  • Providing recognition at annual conference,
  • Building a community using social media, and
  • providing resources and events that support their work.

Digital Learning

  • Support the professional learning of math leaders related to mathematics education in a technology rich environment - Visit www.ncsmplc.org to find learning modules related to:
    • Imperatives for Change
    • Technology and Teaching
    • Technology and Data (Assessment)
  • Promote and support learning ordered towards action
  • Analyze ? Learn ? Reflect ? Act
  • Raise challenging issues about technology integration and teaming with instructional technology leaders to address those issues.

Building Based Administrators

  • Building level administrators will be empowered as advocates for exemplary and culturally relevant mathematics teaching and learning
  • Professional learning modules providing answers to essential questions written to operationalize our social justice position paper
  • Three, member-only, professional learning modules focused on a) Belief Systems and Structures, b) Curriculum and Instruction, and c) Partnering with Families and Communities as Resources for Mathematics Learning
  • Professional learning modules accessible through institutes, online learning, by district professional developers, or administrator PLCs.

Get Involved

  • Chair: Marc Garneau,

Initiative 2: Leadership Learning

Overview

The Leadership Learning Initiative was established to restructure the professional learning products for NCSM and create system structures for obtaining these professional learning resources. The major goal is to restructure NCSM professional learning opportunities for our membership and affiliates. This would include the creation/revision of blended professional learning products around the PRIME Principles, the It's TIME resource, and other NCSM initiatives and the creation/revision of the professional learning events structure to include:

  1. NCSM-sponsored events that are open to all NCSM members where NCSM establishes the venue and market (similar to the current academies and seminars)
  2. Site-sponsored events that are locally-based for NCSM members or affiliates who request NCSM presence at their state or local event. These professional learning events would either have the members or affiliates select the venue and markets or have NCSM select the venue and markets.

Projects and Goals

  • Restructure the NCSM leadership learning products and create system structures for obtaining these resources.
  • Create and revise the NCSM leadership learning events structure to include events that are:
    • NCSM-sponsored: Open to all NCSM members where NCSM establishes the venue and market (similar to academies and seminars)
    • Site-sponsored: Locally-based to NCSM members or affiliates who request NCSM presence at their state or local events
  • Develop an application process for obtaining the NCSM leadership learning products.
  • Create and revise blended professional learning products around the PRIME Principles, It's TIME, and other NCSM initiatives.
  • Develop an evaluation process of the leadership learning products to monitor and measure their effectiveness.

Get Involved

Chair: Pat Baltzley,

Initiative 3: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education

Overview

The Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education Initiative was established to promote, develop and support a just, equitable, and sustainable system of mathematics education that serves each and every child.

Phase I: One message, One voice, One NCSM

Creating a Common Understanding of Equity and Social Justice

Questions to Answer

  • How do we build a shared understanding/mindset (of social justice, equity)?
  • What is the difference between equity and social justice?
  • What does equitable mathematics look like?
  • What does mathematics instruction focused on social justice look like?

Projects and Goals

  • NCSM Board: To develop professional learning that leads to a common understanding and vision for equity and social justice in mathematics education.
  • Membership: To develop professional learning resources and tools for equitable mathematics teaching and mathematics teaching for social justice within local systems. Content will be piloted with educators and students.
  • Partners: To continue to collaboratively learn with and from partners and together develop additional resources.
  • Encourage Board and membership to engage in the Equity and Social Justice conversations through e-newsletter
  • Create opportunities for ongoing conversations with the Board through select reading (subset of the previous conversations) and online discussion boards.
  • Collect artifacts to foster a shared understanding of equity and social justice.
  • Begin the development of resources to support professional learning on equity and social justice for Board and membership.
  • Create a framework for teaching for social justice lessons
  • Use the 3 A's (Acknowledgement, Action, and Accountability) as a framework for the learning and application of teaching for social justice

Get Involved

Chair: Comfort Akwaji-Anderson,