News from the International Region
Suzanne Mitchell, International Regional Director
Fall 2011

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 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 which includes establishing an editorial board, committees to support the communications work and finding an associate journal editor.

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