News from the Eastern 1 Region
Shawn Towle, Eastern 1 Regional Director
Fall 2018

Greetings to all NCSM members from Connecticut, New Hampshire, New York, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Vermont!

Fall is a busy season in Eastern Region 1. Our calendars fill up with professional learning opportunities and opportunities to collaborate as mathematics education leaders. I’m excited to have recently taken part in the first 2018-2019 session of the Mt. Holyoke Mathematics Coaching PLC. It was recommended to me by Maine NCSM Team Leader Jenny Jorgensen and my first experience did not disappoint!

Sessions are organized by a team of NCSM member Mike Flynn, Polly Wagner, and Marta Garcia. The PLC meets throughout the year for live, interactive learning via Zoom, a video conferencing platform. Each session is facilitated by one or more of the community members and involves small group and whole group interactions. Sessions are recorded and made available for members within a few days of each session so you need not be available for the live session to be part of this community. Links to the videos, articles, and other resources pertinent to each session are shared with group members.

If this sounds of interest to you, you can sign up here: Virtual Coaching PLC Registration. All session are from 6:30 – 7:30 PM ET:

September 27 October 25 December 6
January 24 February 28 March 21
April 25 May 23  

Hope to see you at the monthly sessions! I’m including this as part of my professional learning plan for the year and it might be something many of you are interested in as well.

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Check out the NCSM Grants! Don’t miss the opportunity to apply for the Iris Carl Travel Grant or the Teacher Leader Professional Learning Grant. In addition, you may know a wonderful colleague that you would like to nominate for the Kay Gilliland Award or the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert Award.

Stay in Touch – Your Eastern Region 1 Team Leaders

We are so appreciative of having these dedicated team leaders working in your state! Feel free to contact them (or me!) if you need information or have questions.

Connecticut: Maria Diamantis

Maine: Jenny Jorgensen

Massachusetts: Hilary Kreisberg

Massachusetts: Rebecca Poulo

New Hampshire: Judy Curran Buck

New Hampshire: Annie Wallace

New York: Beryl Szwed

New York: John Wolfe

New York: Suzanne Libfeld

Rhode Island: Catherine Boutin

Vermont: Julie Conrad

Vermont: Lara White


November 1: Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award Nomination
A nominee has a record of significant contributions to mathematics education and demonstrates a clear knowledge of mathematics education, especially current issues and problems.
November 2: Teacher-Leader Professional Learning Grant proposal deadline
The purpose of this grant is to provide professional learning assistance for mathematics teachers and mathematics teacher-leaders. For 2018-19, a grant of a maximum of $4000 will be awarded to an elementary, middle or secondary school. Visit here for more information.
December 1: Iris Carl Travel Grant application deadline
This grant gives support to mathematics educators and future leaders in mathematics education to attend an NCSM Annual Conference. Click for more information.


As you plan ahead for fall, here are some great opportunities to collaborate and learn in our region:

2018 Event Location
October 4 NCSM Fall Seminar: Coaching Hartford, CT
October 4-6 NCTM Regional Hartford, CT
October 19 VCTM Fall Conference Northfield, VT
Norwich University
November 1 NYSAMS Leadership Summit and Hall of Fame Dinner Loudonville, NY
Saratoga Springs, NY
November 2-3 AMTNYS Annual Conference Saratoga Springs, NY
November 17 ATMNYC at Hunter College New York City
December 6-7 Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE) Fall Conference Warwick, RI

For more information about each conference, check out the NCSM Calendar of Events. If you have an event to add to our regional calendar, let me know at


Thank you to our Eastern Region 1 Affiliates of NCSM. We appreciate your affiliation with us!

  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics in Maine (ATOMIM)
  • Association of Teachers of Mathematics in New England (ATMNE)
  • Boston Area Mathematics Specialists (BAMS)
  • New Hampshire Teachers of Mathematics (NHTM)
  • New York State Association of Mathematics Supervisors (NYSAMS)
  • Rhode Island Mathematics Teachers Association (RIMTA)
  • Vermont Council of Teachers of Mathematics (VCTM)

If you would like to join this impressive list of affiliates, contact our Affiliate Group Chair, Nanci Smith. She’d love to work with you. Let’s keep this list growing!

Wishing you all the best!