News from the International Region
Suzanne Mitchell, International Regional Director
This is an exciting time to be president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics. It is with great pleasure that I accept the challenge to guide NCSM as an organization with influence at the national level. As president I plan (1) to continue the collaborative efforts NCSM has made to jointly work with the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators, the Association of State Supervisors of Mathematics and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics on major outreach projects to support the Common Core State Standards; (2) to promote the PRIME Leadership Framework in support of developing leadership potential and capacity among our NCSM members and professional learning communities and through high quality professional development; (3) to reach out to mathematics coaches, specialists and other mathematics leaders in support of developing the leadership knowledge and skills necessary to ensure high-level, meaningful mathematics EVERDAY for EVERY child and EVERY TEACHER; (4) to increase access to leadership resources and (5) to develop opportunities to forge business/education/policy partnerships in support of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) ventures.
The PRIME Leadership Framework comes alive within the context of implementing the Common Core State Standards in Mathematics (CCSSM). Our work as mathematics education leaders does matter to the implementation of the Common Core. A trademark of a PRIME leader is the intentional and aggressive pursuit of the actions we believe will bring the highest expectations and the most gain for teachers and students. The CCSSM provide a strong foundation for our work as mathematics leaders. Weaving the two documents together also leverages a way for mathematics leaders to work proactively to influence and interpret the standards and to develop coherent, comprehensive plans for implementation. The knowledge that leaders bring to the leadership process must continue to grow as we struggle to influence parents, administrators, students, mathematics peers and emerging leaders. Leadership skills are partly technical, analytical, managerial, sociopolitical, and relational. None are sufficient alone. All play a part in developing learning opportunities for teachers and leaders to study, assess, and implement the CCSSM. NCSM is committed to supporting your work through the summer Leadership Academy, the fall Leadership Seminars, PRIME Leadership Framework resources, the NCSM Journal and Newsletters, and collaborations with state, national and international mathematics organizations.
Begin making plans now in your budget process to attend the next NCSM annual meeting, April 23-25, 2012 in Philadelphia. The conference will focus on "Life, Liberty, and Mathematics for All: NCSM Leads the Way." The online proposal process is now open and can be accessed online. Also, be sure to visit the NCSM website often to keep up-to-date on the latest leadership activities such as the 2011 fall leadership seminars. Our students are counting on us. Mathematics leaders do make a difference in student success. Be sure to email me if you have any comments or suggestions about NCSM support, resources, and activities ().