We have updated our initiatives for the next three years, 2018-2021 and these initiatives are designed to focus our work around the bring our mission and vision to life. The initiatives are designed to serve our membership in multiple ways and below is a brief description of each initiative.

Initiative 1: Equity and Access in Action
The Equity and Access in Action Initiative has been established to build on the past initiative's work of creating and promoting a common understanding around equity. We hope to broaden the conversation to include access and to provide tools that will help leaders take actions in order to increase equity and access in the classroom.

Initiative 2: Leadership Learning
The Leadership Learning Initiative has been updated to provide professional resources and supports for mathematics leaders at all levels. The major goal is to provide current research-affirmed resources for all mathematics leaders, starting with a focus on site-based leaders, coaches, and teacher leaders. This initiative will further support all mathematics leaders through a combined revision to the current NCSM publications, PRIME and It's TIME.

Initiative 3: Communication Exchange
The Communication Exchange Initiative focuses on effective global communication and sharing the mission and vision of NCSM, the premier mathematics education leadership organization. This initiative will support continued growth, branding, and promise of bi-directional feedback and feed-forward communication between NCSM and members. This initiative will also connect all of the initiatives and projects through the use of technology that will ultimately define our organization.

Initiative 1: Equity and Access in Action

The Equity and Access in Action initiative has been established to build on the past initiative's work of creating and promoting a common understanding around equity. We hope to broaden the conversation to include access and to provide tools that will help leaders take actions in order to increase equity and access in the classroom.

Projects and Goals

  • " To increase the accessibility of our resources by making them available in different languages and in different formats.
  • " To produce a series of conversation guides to help leaders facilitate a dialogue about challenging and sometimes uncomfortable topics related to equity and access in the classroom.
  • " To produce at least one PD module or a PD series of modules to help leaders initiate conversations with teachers about what equitable practices looks like in the classroom.

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Chair: Cheryl Cantin

Initiative 2: Leadership Learning

The Leadership Learning Initiative was established to provide professional resources and supports for mathematics leaders at all levels. The major goal is to provide current research-affirmed resources for all mathematics leaders, starting with a focus on site-based leaders, coaches, and teacher leaders. This initiative will further support all mathematics leaders through a combined revision to the current NCSM publications, PRIME and It's TIME.

Projects and Goals

  • Create Overview/Framework for revision of PRIME / It's TIME Framework
  • Publish mathematics leadership books focused on coaching and supporting site-based leaders connected to revised PRIME / It's TIME Framework
  • Provide "up to date" professional learning, tools and resources
  • Release a revised and combined publication of PRIME and It's TIME
  • Implement a comprehensive plan to address identified needs of emergent leaders.
  • Create a comprehensive plan to address identified needs of additional mathematics leaders including but not limited to: district level leaders, emerging leaders, teacher leaders. This will include release dates for future books in the Mathematics Leaders Series.

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For more information about this initiative, please contact the Leadership Learning Chair, Denise Trakas

Initiative 3: Communications Exchange

The communication exchange initiative focuses on communicating globally that NCSM is the premier mathematics education leadership organization. We are creating the communication exchange to ensure the consistency and the quality of the initiatives and projects that will ultimately define our organization. We have four goals that will help us with this initiative.

Projects and Goals:

  • Branding is our first goal to work towards consistency of delivering our message to members in the organization that we are the premier mathematics education leadership organization.
  • Our second goal is to complete the development of the NCSM PL4ALL tool with modules for professional learning. Within this goal, we aim to provide members with interactive and dynamics modules related to previous professional learning to assist members with their daily practices and trainings.
  • The third goal is to provide reliable, timely, ADA compliant and innovation resources that are easily accessible to members. We provide a plethora of resources, but we want to share more with members of the functionality of such resources through video clips and newsletter blasts of what resources are available to members on the website.
  • The last goal of the communication exchange initiative is to evolve our current networking among members throughout the year. This goal plans to utilize the communication tools such as community forums as well as explore potential mechanisms of networking for feasibility and effective interaction with members. More information of this initiative will be shared at the Spring Conference.

For more information about this initiative, please contact the Communications Exchange Chair, Bernard Frost

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