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53rd NCSM Annual Conference
September 20-22, 2021
Atlanta, Georgia

2021 Program Chair: Shawn Towle,
2021 Conference Coordinator: Ruth Harbin Miles,

Note: Closed to new submissions.

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Sponsor Showcase Proposal Deadline
Midnight, May 24, 2021, PDT

Presentation Strands
Each regular session should align with one of the following five strands. 

1. Aspire to Bold Mathematics Leadership:  What makes a bold mathematics leader? What are the many ways we grow throughout our journey in mathematics leadership? How do leaders ensure that they and every teacher possess a shared understanding and vision of high-quality mathematics instruction? What roles can an aspiring leader play to promote and provide high-quality, equitable teaching and learning for students? How do experienced leaders empower and nurture a culture of productive professionalism that will help develop and sustain quality leaders in mathematics education? How do leaders plan and manage change?

Proposals in this strand will focus on the development of mathematics leaders as change agents (whether they be at the classroom, building/site, district or provincial/national level) focused on defining and developing a shared vision for high-quality mathematics teaching and learning via attention to assessment, curriculum and instructional design in mathematics as well as managing change.

2. Activate Leadership for Access and Equity:  What does it mean to lead for equity? How can we remove barriers and provide all students with access to rigorous, meaningful curriculum taught by highly effective teachers? How can we meet the needs of all learners and ensure that each and every student has access to meaningful and relevant mathematics? How can we help each and every student to build mathematical understanding that will improve their lives and improve the world? How can we ensure that organizational structures, time and resource allocation, and systemic supports are aligned, intentional and equitable? What principles of equity and access can be leveraged to support high-quality mathematics teaching and learning?

Proposals in this strand will focus on equitable practices relating to the needs of diverse learners (emergent bilinguals, students with special needs, students requiring gifted and talented supports); eliminating deficit views in mathematics learning, and eradicating mathematics as a gatekeeper.    Proposals in this strand will also seek to actively engage teachers and leaders of mathematics to deepen their professional knowledge base and instructional practice with mathematics aimed at meeting the needs of every student.

3. Activate Teachers as Leaders:  How do we ensure that assumptions, beliefs, expectations and habits are examined in order to shape the school or department’s culture around teaching and learning mathematics in productive ways? How might we ensure a culture of reflection, refinement, and action focused on the continuous improvement in mathematical learning for teachers and their students?

Proposals in this strand will focus on improving the mathematical and pedagogical content knowledge of teachers by helping to develop a clear understanding of high-quality mathematics instruction and how to support it.  Proposals should also address structures for continued job-embedded professional learning around design and enactment of curriculum, instruction and assessment.

4. Activate and Empower others through Mathematics Coaching:  What can coaches do to ensure high-quality, equitable mathematics teaching and learning for each and every student? How can coaches support practitioners in the classroom to provide access to grade level content and intensification based on evidence of student learning? How can coaches support quality curriculum, instruction and assessment?

Proposals in this strand will share innovative and successful coaching practices that support the mathematical learning of teachers and their students. Sessions will help coaches build their own capacity to support high-quality, equitable mathematics teaching and learning for every student. 

5. Amplify Mathematics Leadership: How can we amplify and achieve the NCSM vision for mathematics teaching and learning? How can we establish and nurture a culture of productive professionalism that spreads quality mathematics learning to every student? What relationships can we build to engage all stakeholders in meaningful ways in high-quality, mathematics instruction? What tools and resources can we use to broaden our reach as leaders?

Proposals in this strand will address the development of strong partnerships that leverage the power of community partnerships and collaborative teams for ensuring that curriculum offers opportunity for rigor, depth and conceptual understanding for all students.

Session Format
Each regular session is 60 minutes long.  As you plan your proposal, remember that your audience may include a variety of mathematics education leaders: teacher leaders that serve at the building or district level; mathematics coaches at the building or district level; mathematics coordinators/supervisors at district, regional, and state levels; college/university mathematics educators; and mathematics education consultants, among others.  NCSM’s membership includes leaders who serve at many levels and in many roles.  Please think about how to make the information in your proposed session accessible to a wide range of members.  Please also consider how much content you can effectively address in the 60 minutes available in a regular session. 

Materials & Information to Submit a Proposal
Be prepared to submit the following information for each proposed session:

  • Proposal Title: This will appear in the program book and is limited to 20 words.
  • Proposal Description: This will appear in the program book and is limited to 75 words.  The text box for the proposal description and detailed description includes basic editing features such as italics and superscripts.
  • Proposal Detailed Description: This section provides additional information for reviewers and is limited to 175 words. Use this section to explain how your presentation will incorporate current research and best practices for mathematics education.  This section should also show how your proposal meets the review criteria listed below.  This box has the same text editing capabilities as in the proposal description.
  • Lead Presenter Background: Provide three recent and relevant speaking engagements for the lead speaker.  Include title, date (month & year), conference, and location.
  • Strand: Indicate the conference strand your session supports.  Only one strand may be selected.
  • Audience: Select the grade level(s) appropriate for your session.  You may select more than one.  Choices include Preschool/Primary (Grades PK – 2), Intermediate (Grades 3-5), Middle (Grades 6-8), High (Grades 9-12), College University (Undergraduate or Graduate). 

         Please select GENERAL if your topic is not targeted at any specific grade level or would be appropriate for all levels. 

  • Special Requests: Indicate any special requests for your presentation, if selected.  This may include time/day restrictions due to work or religion, or any ADA accommodation required. 
  • Presenter Information: When submitting a proposal, you will be asked to identify the presenter(s).  If you have submitted in the past, you will be able to search for the presenter information. The proposer can either add a new presenter or edit previous presenter information as needed.  Proposers will add, edit, or verify the following information for each presenter listed on the proposal:

- Full name,
- Title,
- Email,
- Affiliation,
- NCSM membership status, 
- Both home and work addresses & telephone numbers, and
- Social Media Information ((e.g., Twitter, LinkedIn, or a blog). This is optional and makes the information available to include in the conference app to continue the conversation. Social media information must be entered as a URL (http:// or https://).  The system will allow you to submit up to 6 co-presenters (for a total of 7 presenters including the lead presenter).  Please contact the conference coordinator if you have more than 7 total presenters for your session. 

As part of the submission process, you grant NCSM non-exclusive rights to edit and publish the proposal for educational purposes and you confirm that the proposal and session contain no copyright infringements. 

You will confirm seating and audio-visual preferences for your meeting room, express interest in extending your session through an online learning component before or after the conference and respond to a request granting permission to videotape your session.  You will have a final opportunity to review your proposal before finalizing your submission. 

Style Guidelines

  • Most session title words are capitalized. 
  • The first use of an acronym should be paired with the full phrase.  One is in parentheses following the other.  You do not need to do this for NCSM, NCTM, or CCSSM. 
  • Spell out employer names, cities, states, and countries (outside the U.S.) completely. 
  • Capitalize the names of courses (e.g., Algebra 1 or Geometry or Math 2).  Do not capitalize fields of study (e.g., algebra, geometry, or mathematics). 
  • Spell “mathematics” out completely.
  • Preservice and inservice should not be hyphenated.  District-wide or school-wide should be hyphenated. 
  • Use “D.C.” for District of Columbia when it appears in the text/body of paragraphs or titles.

More details can be found in the full style guide available on the submission page. 

Review Criteria
At least three members of the Proposal Review Committee will review each proposal. Reviewers will be looking at the proposal to support the purpose of the NCSM conference in providing professional learning for mathematics leaders to have the knowledge and skills to improve student achievement.  It is the responsibility of the person submitting the proposal to ensure that the proposal addresses the following criteria.

The proposal clearly indicates that the proposed session:

  • Addresses the focus and intent of the strand;
  • Integrates current research and best practices (including technology) in mathematics education;
  • Addresses the educational needs of diverse populations;
  • Involves audience participation;
  • Is designed for the membership of NCSM; and
  • Shows relevant speaking experience by the lead speaker.

Next Steps
After the proposal window closes, each session proposal will be reviewed.  The conference committee will meet and sessions will be designated as accepted, wait-listed, or rejected.  Each lead presenter will be notified about the status of each proposal no later than February 1, 2021.  For each accepted session, the lead presenter must confirm the details of the accepted session by March 1, 2021, following the instructions in the notification message. 

All speakers must register for the conference by April 1, 2021.  Lead speakers receive a discounted registration rate.  NCSM does not pay expenses or an honorarium to regular session presenters. 

If you have questions about the proposal submission process, please contact the NCSM Program Chair, Shawn Towle, at

Important Dates


Extended to November 8, 2020: Proposal submission site closes at midnight PDT.
  • Extended to November 8, 2020:           Proposal submission site closes at midnight PDT.
  • February 1, 2021:             Lead presenters will be notified by this date about the status of each proposal.
  • March 1, 2021:                 Deadline for lead presenters to confirm details for accepted sessions. 
  • April 1, 2021:                   Deadline for speakers to register for the conference.
  • May 24, 2021:                   Deadline for Sponsor Showcases 
  • August 20, 2021:              Lead presenters notified of room assignments & room capacity. A/V equipment confirmed.
  • September 20-22, 2021:  NCSM 53rd Annual Conference
Other Information
Below you will find important information related to the proposal submission process. Please take a moment to review the following before submitting your proposal:
All submissions must be made online.  These PDFs are provided to help you prepare your text before going online.

Note: Closed to new submissions.