As we look forward to the next 50 years, the NCSM board took some time to review our current mission and vision at the summer strategic planning meeting. Were these statements sufficient for the future of our organization? Do they reflect where we are heading and what we plan to accomplish? After significant reflection and discussion, the consensus of the board was to revise the mission and vision to reflect our current goals. A strong mission and vision are critical for the success of an organization. Just as in teaching, where we have curriculum and learning outcomes to guide what the lesson will accomplish, we need a clear vision to direct us. Research suggests organizations are more successful when they have clearly defined mission and vision statements that are aligned with a strategic plan. A mission statement should define an organization's primary purpose, objectives, and why it exists. The vision statement provides guidance and inspiration for an organization, identifying what the organization wants to accomplish as they focus on their future. Both will change as an organization evolves.
Connie Schrock, NCSM President
NCSM Mission Statement
NCSM is a mathematics education leadership organization that equips and empowers a diverse education community to engage in leadership that supports, sustains, and inspires high quality mathematics teaching and learning every day for each and every learner.
NCSM Vision Statement
NCSM is the premiere mathematics education leadership organization. Our bold leadership in the mathematics education community develops vision, ensures support, and guarantees that all students engage in equitable, high-quality mathematical experiences that lead to powerful, flexible uses of mathematical understanding to affect their lives and to improve the world.