News from the Western 2 Region
Kathlan Latimer, Western 2 Regional Director
Summer 2017

Summer provides the opportunity to rejuvenate while thinking and looking ahead to a new academic year. It is the time to relax for many and for others who are still at work to continue with the efforts that make a difference for educators and students alike. It is also time to read that pile of to-be-read-later articles, books, and journals. Consider some of the readings from the yearlong Call for Collective Action: Equity & Social Justice in Mathematics Education. I am reading and learning from Excellence Through Equity: Five Principles of Courageous Leadership to Guide Achievement for Every Student (2016) by Alan M. Blankstein and Pedro Noguera. There are many other thought-provoking offerings; check them out.

Enjoy summer!

In this report:

  • Regional event
  • NCSM Leadership Academy
  • Connecting with NCSM
  • Nominate a leader for an award


On August 4-5, 2017, Oregon Math Leaders (OML) will hold their annual conference, "Connecting with Math Education," at Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. Learn about engaging and effective teaching practices, classroom activities, and resources for math education, and meet teachers from across the state. For information:


NCSM’s Summer Leadership Academy will be in Bangor, Maine, July 24-26, 2017. The theme is Mathematics Leadership in a Time of Change: Building Leaders at all Levels – Teaching and Learning Leadership. Connie Schrock, NCSM President, will be the keynote speaker at this event for K-16 mathematics education leaders, teams and individuals. Take advantage of these three days of leadership learning.


Join the Western 2 Member Circle to connect, share information, ask questions, and start discussions. This new tool is a benefit of NCSM membership. Accept the invitation to network with others in the region! If you need assistance accessing this new member resource, e-mail us at

Sign up for eNews, a brief and informative electronic communiqué, for anyone interested in receiving updates and tips about opportunities and resources.

Within our region, there are members who have stepped up to serve as Regional Team Leaders. To connect with NCSM closer to home, contact these folks (or myself):


There are many colleagues in Western 2 Region who have made considerable contributions to mathematics education. Consider nominating such a person for the Ross Taylor/Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award. Any member of NCSM is free to submit a nomination, but the nominee need not be a member. Nominations are now open; the deadline to submit nominations for the 2018 NCSM Ross Taylor / Glenn Gilbert National Leadership Award is November 1, 2017. It’s time to honor someone who has made an impact in furthering the ideals of NCSM; who will you nominate?