October 2017 Enews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 10, Issue 10 October 2017

TODOS-MET Grant: Deadline is November 30th

Any school with a TODOS member and an NCTM member as of October 13, 2017 (same person or two different people), can apply for the TODOS-MET Grant to foster support of mathematics learning in multi-lingual classrooms. The project can address the development of classroom materials with a consultant or the purchase of materials to implement professional learning with educators. Maximum award is $4,000. Go to the website for details.

TODOS 2018 Keynote, Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala

Dr. Maria del Rosario Zavala is an Asst. Prof. of Elementary Education at San Francisco State University. She has worked in K-12 classrooms as a mathematics and writing teacher. She researches issues of mathematics education equity and social justice through a focus on students' racial and linguistic identities in the mathematics classroom, teachers' identities as culturally responsive mathematics teachers, and various issues in bilingual mathematics education.

Call for Nominations-TODOS Vice President and Director

Nominations are available for Vice President and Director. The qualifications and duties can be found in the TODOS Handbook. Any nominee must be a TODOS member in good standing for at least one year prior to the close of the nomination period. Nominate TODOS members whom you know are qualified and who will make a difference to TODOS’ mission and goals. Self-nominations are appropriate and encouraged. Deadline to submit is November 20th.

TODOS Live! Cultural and Linguistic Diversity

Cultural and Linguistic Diversity: Resources for Teaching and Learning will be the next TODOS Live! presentation by Marta Civil on Thursday, November 9th at 5:00 PM PST. This presentation centers the idea of diversity as a resource for mathematics teaching and learning. The focus is on how to build on the diversity present in our classrooms (in particular, language and cultural diversity) to enhance the mathematics learning opportunities for all of us (teachers, students, and parents). Register today!            

Call for Proposals for 2018 NCTM Regionals

The Call for Proposals to speak at each of the 2018 NCTM Regional Conferences have been posted. The first regional will be held November 1-3, 2018, in Kansas City, MO. One of the strands is Celebrating Differences: Access, Equity, and Empowerment. The second regional will be held November 28-30, 2018, in Seattle, WA. One of the strands at this regional is Empowering Diverse Mathematical Learners: Access and Equity. Share your teaching ideas and practices by presenting at one or both conferences.

NCTM Elections

Voting for the NCTM Elections is open and will close October 31st for the following NCTM Board positions: Director, Western Region, and Director, At-Large. TODOS members who are candidates include the following: Jeffrey Shih for Director, Western Region; and Linda Fulmore, Susie Kate, Beth Kobett, Eric Milou, and Jason Slowbe for Director, At-Large. NCTM Members will be selecting four new Directors, one Western Region and three At-Large Directors. If you haven’t voted yet, find your election email from NCTM and vote today!

Volunteer at CMC South Conference in Palm Springs

The CMC-South Conference in Palm Springs begins next Thursday. Volunteer your time to staff the TODOS Booth for two hours or more. The TODOS Booth this year will be part of the CMC Community Hub in the Exhibit Hall located in the middle of the Exhibit area. Attend the CMC Affiliate Luncheon on Saturday when the Susie Håkansson Award will be presented to someone who fosters teacher leaders of color.

Volunteer at NCTM’s Innov8 Conference in Las Vegas

Are you planning to attend Innov8 in Las Vegas November 15th–17th? Volunteer to staff the Joint BBA-TODOS Booth, the NCTM Equity Affiliates. This is your opportunity to share the benefits you gained as a TODOS member and to encourage friends, colleagues, and other attendees to join TODOS. The theme for Innov8 is Breaking Barriers: Actionable approaches to reach each and every learner in mathematics.

Volunteer at the NCTM Regionals in Chicago

The final NCTM Regional for 2017 will be held November 29th - October 1st in Chicago! TODOS will again be sharing a booth in the exhibit hall with the Benjamin Banneker Association. The booth sign will say NCTM Equity Affiliates. Take time to volunteer to staff the booth. You can engage in conversation about equity and excellence to attendees. TODOS Student Awards will be presented in Chicago.

Tribute to Carol A. Edwards

Many TODOS members attended the celebration of Carol Edwards’ life earlier this month in Chandler, AZ. She had been an active member of many professional organizations and was a TODOS Director, Conferences Committee Chair, and Executive Secretary plus being an Iris M. Carl awardee. She touched many lives with her commitment to equity and excellence for all students.

News from the National Math Festival

The National Math Festival sends out a newsletter periodically, and the latest issue is on Hurricanes, Pro Football, and New Videos. You can view past issues and sign up to be on their newsletter mailing list. Their website includes many other resources in addition to the articles that appear in the current newsletter. Dates for the 2018 Festival are not available yet.

Pew Research Center’s Hispanic Trends

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping Americans and the world. One project from the Pew Research Center is Hispanic Trends that includes information about the U.S. Hispanic population. Sign up to receive their newsletters or alerts of new reports.

Promoting Equity & Improvement through ESSA

Ed Trust Executives warn against "state accountability plans that mask low achievement for low-income students and students of color.” The three questions to ask about state ESSA plans are the following: Does the state keep student learning front and center? Do school ratings reflect how schools are doing for all groups of students? Is the state being honest about which schools need to take steps to improve? Read the artlcle that focuses on the fact that students can’t wait!

Resources for Teachers of Emergent Bilingual Students

Join the pilot! Online, equitable, classroom mathematics formative assessment resources are available for teachers of emergent bilingual students. The Institute for Innovative Assessment has created mathematics resources for students who struggle with language-heavy tests. Resources assess students’ knowledge of complex, real-life mathematics concepts. Participating teachers receive $200 per unit, per class. Complete this three-minute survey for details.

STEM and Social Justice Conference in January 2018

Attend the 8th biennial Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on STEM Education and Social Justice January 12-14, 2018, at Mission HS in San Francisco, CA. The conference was previously focused on mathematics education and social justice and now has expanded to include intersections of STEM and social justice. There is a wonderful line up of workshops, school visits, and kick-off event, with keynote speaker Dr. Ruha Benjamin. Register today!

Those Who Can’t

Many of you have probably heard the following: Those who can, do. Those who can’t, teach. An 8th grade history teacher wrote a poem Those Who Can’t. He gives many examples, and one of them is: Those who can’t care only about some children, Who are committed to the success of every student, Teach. The poem was shared in Jerry Becker’s listserv.

Do You Have Items for the TODOS Enews?

Do you have information on personal accomplishments, events, news articles, or new books that are aligned with the Mission and Goals of TODOS and focus on equity and excellence? Share them with the TODOS Community by sending the information to the editor no later than Wednesday, November 15th to be included in the November Enews.

2017-2018 TODOS Board

Executive Team: Diane Kinch, Diana Ceja, Marta Civil, and Nora Ramirez
Members: Julia Aguirre, Jennifer Bay-Williams, Rocío Benedicto, Kyndall Brown, Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, Linda Fulmore, Susie W. Håkansson, Annette Kitagawa, Silvia Llamas-Flores, Carlos LópezLeiva, M. Alejandra Sorto, and Erin Sylves