December 2015 Enews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 8, Issue 12 December 2015


Register for TODOS 2016

##First Name##, the attendance for TODOS 2016, “Ensuring Equity and Excellence in Mathematics for ALL” will be capped. If you plan to attend, register now by selecting one of the two links: TODOS Conference Registration and Stipend Application for K-12 teachers or TODOS Conference Registration. TODOS will be contacting past TODOS members in late December, and advertising to the general education community in early January.

The Kay Gilliland Equity Workshops at TODOS 2016

The “capstone” event for the TODOS 2016 Conference is a set of sessions titled, “Kay Gilliland Equity Workshops,” to honor Kay’s legacy and forward the equity agenda of TODOS. Kay Gilliland was tireless in her efforts to seek quality mathematics for all students and a champion for TODOS. The speakers this year are the following: Don Balka, Jose Franco, Diane Kinch, Matt Larson, Nora Ramirez, and John W. Staley.

CCSS-Mathematics and ELLs

The two volumes focused on the CCSS in Mathematics and English Language Learners--Grades K-8 and High School--published by TESOL Press were just approved for co-publication by NCTM. The co-editors of these volumes–Marta Civil and Erin Turner (Grades K-8) and Anita Bright, Holly Hansen-Thomas, and Luciana de Oliveira (High School)--hope the books will greatly assist mathematics teachers’ practices with the CCSS.


Join us for a session on January 19th at 4:30 p.m. PST. Florence Glanfield will present "Weaving Indigenous Perspectives & Mathematics: Landscape of Success for ALL Learners.” In this session we will explore the different ways in which Indigenous perspectives are woven into mathematics and mathematics teaching and learning; and the ways in which those perspectives might inform success for ALL learners. Register here.

Nominate a Leader for the Iris M. Carl Award

Nominations are open for the TODOS Iris M. Carl Equity and Leadership Award, which recognizes a mathematics educator who exhibits commitment to improving mathematics education for all students and has made, or is making unique contributions that have impacted equity and access for underserved students, particularly Latina/o students. Nominations will remain open until March 1, 2016.

Register for Early-Bird Savings for NCTM

Expand your network, enhance your knowledge and skills, and access resources to help you grow as a mathematics educator at the 2016 NCTM Annual Meeting and Exposition, April 13-16, 2016, in San Francisco. Make a difference for your students. Register now for the meeting and exposition and save up to $80 before the March 4 early-bird registration deadline.

EONAS Chair Spoke at Lakota Nations Conference

Rich Sgarlotti presented “Creating a Sacred Place for Students in Mathematics” at the Lakota Nations Education Conference in Rapid City, December 16-19, 2015, based on his book of culture-based lessons published by the National Indian School Board Association. The PowerPoint for the presentation will be posted on the EONAS website. Interested TODOS members can join EONAS with an additional $5.00 dues payment.

Between the Echoes: AP Hunger Games

High school students enroll in AP courses in hopes of getting college credit. The exams are rigorous, and courses are meant to prepare them for the higher level thinking that is required. So how is it that students in one AP English course are reading The Odyssey while another class is reading The Hunger Games? Brooke Haycock shares the story of a young woman who realizes the AP course she’s in might be hurting her chances of success.

Equity Express from Ed Trust

Stay in the know and connect to the equity movement by subscribing to Equity Express email alerts. Equity Express is Ed Trust’s weekly email newsletter featuring: (1) timely, informative, and thought-provoking infographics each week; (2) Recaps of their latest blog posts; (3) Reports and statements from Ed Trust; and (4) Action Alerts. It’s a great way for educators and advocates who are committed to equity in education to stay current.

Nominate a TODOS Member for the Presidential Awards

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching program is pleased to announce that the 2015-2016 nomination period for K-6th grade mathematics and science teachers is now open. Nominate a teacher or apply yourself online. The nomination deadline is April 1, 2016, and the application deadline is May 1st. We would like to see a TODOS teacher become a Presidential Awardee.

Non-profit Expands Access to Computer Science

Launched in 2013,® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. The website has free and interesting activities about reading and writing computer code suitable for students in grades 5 through college. Parents and teachers can find information about writing computer code at the same site.

End of Year Contributions

It is time to consider your end of year contributions to TODOS. Support your organization as it furthers its the mission and goals. Your support is greatly appreciated. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, your contributions may be tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. You can contribute in memory of, in honor of, or for any other reason. Complete the online form to make your contribution. Thanks in advance.

News from the National Education Policy Center

Validity problems undermine study of Florida’s third-grade retention policies is based on a review of the efforts of test-based retention on student outcomes over time. Although the retention had immediate positive effect, these effects fade over the next six years with no effect on graduation. However, the report’s utility is severely limited by methods of analysis. See the press release.

Math Lessons Highlight Social Inequalities

From Math Education Smartbrief: Some high-school students at a Minnesota school are studying data and other statistics to learn how math can reveal social inequalities. Using data on income, race and other factors, students were asked to determine areas where residents have the most positive contact with police officers. Read the article in the Star Tribune.

2015-2016 TODOS Board

Executive Team: Susie W. Håkansson, Diane Kinch, Marta Civil, and Nora Ramirez
Members: Julia Aguirre, Ellen Barger, Susan Beal, Anita Bright, Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, Susana Davidenko, Linda Fulmore, Cynthia Hillman-Forbush, Annette Kitagawa, Bob McDonald, Rosa Starke, and Angela Thompson