Mathematics

Effective Leadership

by Ron Logan

So what does mathematics leadership look like? Do you need to how to teach the Fibonacci Sequence to kindergarteners? Do you need to know how to solve slope with triangles to support a geometry teacher? The National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics (NCSM) envisions a professional and diverse learning community of educational leaders that ensures every student, in every classroom, has access to effective mathematics teachers, relevant curricula, culturally responsive pedagogy, and current technology. NCSM has built a framework that conveys a set of leadership imperatives and presents this framework to promote a high level of mathematics learning for all students. They have a strong focus on equity – meaning that what we do should impact every student and every teacher in every classroom.

NCSM’s Effective Leadership Framework includes:
Equity Leadership – Every leader ensures high expectations and access to meaningful mathematics learning for every student. (Accountability, celebration of accomplishments, etc.)

Teaching and Learning Leadership – Every leader ensures high expectations and access to meaningful mathematics instruction every day. (Instructional materials and resources, student support structures, intervention strategies, etc.)

Curriculum Leadership – Every leader ensures relevant and meaningful mathematics in every lesson. (Instructors have curriculum, content, and pedagogical knowledge)

Assessment Leadership – Every leader ensures timely, accurate monitoring of students’ learning and adjusts instruction to improve student learning. (Instructional formative assessment, summative assessment data, accountability)

For more resources on effective leadership and supervision in the area of mathematics and the Leadership Framework, visit Math Leadership

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