2007 Annual Conference: Atlanta, Georgia

Available Episodes


NCSM's Leadership in Mathematics Podcasts begin with a series of recorded presentations from NCSM's 39th Annual Conference, held on March 19-21, 2007, at the Georgia World Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. These include the opening keynote speaker addresses, as well as many of the major sessions.

Episode #1: March 19, 2007

Welcome and Acknowledgements
Terri Belcher, NCSM Executive Director
Linda Gojak, NCSM President (2005-2007)
Valarie Elswick, NCSM First Vice President (2006-2007) and NCSM Atlanta Conference Chair

Episode #2: March 19, 2007

Shared Decision Making in a Strategic Context for Leadership in Mathematics Education
Research reflects that school system planning and leadership are vital to the improvement of student performance. This session will highlight the importance of strategic planning to focus the attention of the entire school system on the needs of its mathematics program. Dr. King will show the significance of the involvement of community members and other stakeholders in strategically planning for student achievement.

Samuel T. King, Superintendent Rockdale County Public Schools; Conyers, Georgia.

Episode #3: March 19, 2007

Raising the Bar in Mathematics for All Georgia Schools
Georgia Superintendent of Schools Kathy Cox discusses how the state is using internationally-recognized Mathematics standards to raise expectations for all children.

Kathy Cox, State Superintendent of Schools, Georgia Department of Education; Atlanta, Georgia.

Episode #4: March 19, 2007

Leading to Make a Difference
On the path to leadership we all encounter bumps...and boulders. Linda Gojak shares ten tips to help smooth those bumps to become an effective leader of mathematics education from the classroom to the boardroom!

Bonus material: Corresponding Powerpoint Slides

Linda Gojak, NCSM President 2005-2007, Director of the Center for Mathematics and Science Education Teaching and Technology (CMSETT), John Carroll University, University Heights, Ohio

Episode #5: March 19, 2007

Five Practical, Research-Based Instructional Strategies That Every Supervisor Needs to Be Able to Advocate for and Model
We know that a few small changes in practice can pay rich dividends in terms of outcomes. We'll look at a set of practical, research-based instructional strategies that can significantly boost classroom productivity and achievement in mathematics classes and that should be part of the advocacy and modeling tool kit for every mathematics education leader.

Steven Leinwand, American Institutes for Research in Washington, D.C. and former president of the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics.

Episode #6: March 19, 2007

Weaving Key Professional Development Strategies for Optimum Learning and Sustainable Leadership
Content Coaching, Lesson Study, and Professional Learning Communities are three major professional development processes that when combined can have enormous positive impact on instruction and learning. This session will examine the question: How might coaches, teacher leaders, staff developers, and principals design and engage in these practices in ways that upgrade teaching and learning for adults and students district-wide? The use of video clips will ground THE DISCUSSION and give vivid examples of instruction-based coaching.

Lucy West, Metamorphosis Teaching Learning Communities (TLC), Inc., New York City, New York

Episode #7: March 20, 2007

What's This All About? Curriculum Focal Points, the National Math Panel, Competition, and Partnerships
The session presents issues in which the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is involved and currently addressing. These include competitiveness, the need for all students to learn important mathematics, and the development of partnerships. Specific examples included the NCTM Curricular Focal Points, The National Math Panel--and its report, and other issues--as they have emerged.

Francis (Skip) Fennell Professor of Education at McDaniel College, Westminster, Maryland and President of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Reston, Virginia

Episode #8: March 20, 2007

If I Were a District Mathematics Supervisor, I Would...
Iris Weiss has studied the status of mathematics education, and efforts to improve it, over several decades. She shares her reflections on where mathematics supervisors should target their efforts in order to promote a coherent, effective, mathematics program district-wide.

Bonus material: Corresponding Powerpoint Slides

Iris Weiss President of Horizon Research, Inc., Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Episode #9: September 2007

NCSM Position Paper #1: Improving Student Achievement by Leading Effective Collaborative Teams of Mathematics Teachers
This paper provides direction for the elimination of inequities often caused by the privatization of teacher practice. The paper establishes the necessity for the use of high-performing grade level and course-level teacher teams.

Please send your comments to Diane J. Briars, President of NCSM at .

Episode #10: September 2007

NCSM Position Paper #2: Improving Student Achievement by Leading Sustained Professional Learning for Mathematics Content and Pedagogical Knowledge Development
This paper provides direction for creating ongoing context-based adult learning (or professional development) for the express purpose of impacting student learning.

Episode #11: March 20, 2007

Teaching Mathematics as an Unnatural Activity
Whereas teaching mathematics requires more than general teaching skill, learning to teach mathematics is also not a natural byproduct of knowing mathematics. Teaching mathematics is, in fact, an unnatural activity. What does it take to make the shift from knowing mathematics to being able to help others know it? What does this imply for the initial preparation, assessment, and professional development of teachers?

Deborah Loewenberg Ball University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Episode #12: March 20, 2007

NCTM's Curriculum Focal Points: What Are They? How Will They Be Used?
In this session, the panel examines and discusses the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' new publication, "Curriculum Focal Points for Pre-Kindergarten Through Grade 8 Mathematics: A Quest for Coherence," as a possible framework for guiding future curriculum development, instruction, and assessment.

Bonus material: Curriculum Focal Points is available as a free download from NCTM. Select the whole document, or download materials by section.

Sybilla Beckman, Randall Charles, Douglas Clements, Francis (Skip) Finnell, Jane F. Schielack, Cathy Seeley,  Emma Treviño, and Dr. Rose Zbiek

Episode #13: March 21, 2007

A Leader's Legacy: Leading From the Inside Out
This session focuses on key elements of our leadership legacy, whether we are trying to leave one or not. The truth is we all lead. The question becomes, "How do we know if we are leading well?" This session provides practical insight into your future actions as a mathematics education leader--our students and our colleagues need us to lead well--and the rewards are a legacy that made a difference.

Timothy Kanold NCSM President-Elect, Adlai Stevenson High School District 125, Lincolnshire, Illinois

Episode #14: March 21, 2007

Demonstrating and Explaining How a Culturally-Based Second Grade Math Curriculum Improved the Math Performance of Diverse Alaskan Students
This presentation demonstrates how a culturally-based math curriculum was developed from everyday knowledge, and shows in this experimental design study, how this curriculum out-performed the curriculum in place at statistically significant levels.

Jerry Lipka, Barbara Adams, Evelyn Yanez, and Dora Andrew-Ihrke From the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska