November 2016 Enews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 9, Issue 11 November 2016


Deadline for Nominations is December 1st

The deadline for TODOS Board nominations is approaching rapidly. The candidates for President-Elect and two Directors will be selected from all nominations submitted. Consider nominating leaders or potential leaders who promote the mission and goals of TODOS. Self-nominations are welcomed and encouraged. Go to the elections page for more information, including a link to the two nomination forms.

Taking a Stand for Humanity

TODOS seeks to create a more just, humanizing and equitable mathematics education experience for all. Regardless of your political views, we cannot let our differences overshadow our humanity toward each other. We must find strength and resolve to reach out to people hurting, scared and uncertain of their futures. We must find ways to support educators to hold space for listening, emotions, and deeper understanding. We have much work to do.

Giving Tuesday

Contribute to TODOS during #GivingTuesday (November 29, 2016). Contributions can be designated to support: advocacy, professional development for social justice, Cathy Kinzer Memorial PD Award, or Student Awards. You can also make a designation of your choice. Go to the website for more information or go directly to the TODOS #GivingTuesday Form. Use the same form to make end of year contributions to TODOS!


There are two upcoming TODOS Live! sessions this month. Shelley Kriegler, Mark Goldstein, and Cynthia Raff will present four short lessons - "An Algebra Burst" on Tuesday November 22nd at 4:40 pm PST. José Manuel Martinez will present "From Using to Understanding Tools: Reimagining the Protractor to Support Student Mathematical Agency." On Tuesday November 29th at 4:30 pm PST.

November Reading

Did you take time to read The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics: Rethinking Equity-Based Practices, by Julia Aguirre, Karen Mayfield-Ingram, and Danny Martin? Have you tried some of the suggested equitable instructional practices that support the development of students' mathematical identity and sense of agency? It's not too late to start. Share your comments in the November Social Circle.

December Reading

The readings for December 2016, recommended by the Journal of Urban Mathematics Education (JUME), are three articles (with targeted questions included) from the journal. Authors for the articles include the following: Danny B. Martin, Maisie L. Gholson, Jacqueline Leonard, Jere Confrey, and Michael T. Battista. The Social Circle for this reading will be added to the TODOS website in December.

Iris M. Carl Award Nomination

Do you know a mathematics educator who has made unique contributions impacting equity and access for underserved students? Has that work influenced the school, community, leaders, and practitioners? If yes, then nominate that individual for the TODOS Iris M. Carl Equity and Leadership Award! Go to the 2017 Nominations Packet for information. Deadline for submission is January 9, 2017. Contact the Co-Chairs with questions.

EONAS Presentation

Educators of Native American Students (EONAS), a TODOS Special Interest Group, focuses on issues of importance in American Indian eduation including STEM education and the underperformance of American Indian students on mathematics and science assessments. Rich Sgarlotti, Chair, gave a presentation on EONAS at the NCTM Regional Conference in Phoenix last month. Consider attending the Lakota Nations Education Conference, December 14-17, 2016, in Rapid City, SD.

Moody's Mega Math Challenge

Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge has become the online math modeling competition known for inspiring high school juniors and seniors to pursue STEM majors and careers, awarding over one million dollars in scholarships to date! The contest is free and open to U.S. students everywhere. In teams of three to five, participants solve an open-ended, math-modeling problem focused on a realistic issue in just 14 hours. Deadline for registration is February 17, 2017.

Call for a Collective Action Webinar

Mark your calendar for December 5th, 4:00 pm PST, for the first Call to Action-EQSJ Math Webinar. The focus of this webinar is to discuss the September, October, and November readings as part of the Call for a Collective Action. Anyone can participate in the webinar whether or not you have read the materials. Hear what others are saying and contribute your ideas and thoughts to the conversation. More information regarding the call-in information will be sent via the listserv. Twitter, #EQSJMATH.


Have you purchased anything from Amazon lately? Did you know that you could purchase the identical product for the same price from AmazonSmile and, at the same time, select TODOS as the organization receiving contributions from the Amazon Foundation? It's the same product from the same people! The difference--TODOS will receive a small percentage of the purchase from the Foundation. Cyber Monday is coming up on November 28th, and if you plan to purchase something from Amazon, do so instead by going to AmazonSmile.

Cases for Mathematics Teacher Educators

Three TODOS members, Dorothy White, Sandra Crespo, and Marta Civil, co-edited the book Cases for Mathematics Teacher Educators: Facilitating Conversations about Inequities in Mathematics Classrooms. The product of 87 authors, this book provides a needed resource for MTEs to engage prospective teachers, practicing teachers, and future teacher educators in discussions about inequities, privilege, and oppression in society, in schools, and in the mathematics classroom.

President-Elect of TESOL

Congratulations to Luciana de Oliveira who was elected President-Elect of TESOL International Association. Her term begins in 2017. TESOL advances excellence in English language teaching by providing many resources.

TODOS Member Receives an Award

TODOS member Larry Lesser was announced as a 2016 Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, one of 10 from all 150+ two-year and four-year public and private colleges and universities in Texas.

Deadline for AMTE Elections Is November 30, 2016

All members of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) are reminded to vote in the election for two positions: Secretary and Board Member-at-Large. Cast your ballot today! 

Submit a Proposal to Speak at AMATYC

Presentation proposals are now being accepted to speak at the 43rd American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges (AMATYC) Conference that will be held November 9-12, 2017, in San Diego. Deadline for proposals is February 1st. Table Talk proposals will be accepted beginning December 1st.

Supporting Clear and Concise Mathematical Language

In this article in Teaching Exceptional Children, Elizabeth Hughes, Sarah Powell, and Elizabeth Stevens give an example of how even a well-meaning teacher can further handicap a student. Using imprecise or oversimplified mathematics language may be part of the explanation. They suggest the use of precise language.

2016-2017 TODOS Board

Executive Team: Diane Kinch, Marta Civil, Susie W. Håkansson, and Nora Ramirez
Members: Julia Aguirre, Ellen Barger, Rocio Benedicto, Anita Bright, Kyndall Brown, Carol A. Edwards, Linda Fulmore, Cynthia Hillman-Forbush, Annette Kitagawa, Bob McDonald, M. Alejandra Sorto, and Angela Thompson