November 2017 Enews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 10, Issue 11 November 2017

TODOS Pre-Conference, June 21, 2018

Registration for the TODOS Pre-Conference is now open. Leading for Social Justice in Mathematics Education will be held June 21, 2018, from 8 - 3. Leading for quality mathematics and social justice in mathematics teaching is necessary to dismantle institutional structures, policies, and practices that promote systemic inequities in mathematics education. You can register for both the TODOS 2018 Conference and the Pre-Conference at the same time. Cost is $100 if you attend both conferences and $140 for the pre-conference only.

TODOS 2018 Conference, Impact Session Speakers

The TODOS 2018 Conference will include several types of sessions, one of which is the Impact Session. The goal of the six Impact Sessions is to set the tone for participants to dig deeply into the five important topics of interest in order to consider ways to take direct action against structural inequities within their classrooms and/or communities. Impact sessions are two hours in length and occur concurrently. Go to the Impact Sessions Flyer that includes the session titles and names and photos of the speakers. Register for the conference today!

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday

Make a difference in the lives of students and target both equity and excellence in mathematics by supporting TODOS whose mission is to advocate for equity and high quality mathematics education for all students—in particular, Latina/o students. Participate in #GivingTuesday (November 28th) and designate your support to one of many programs. Go to the website for more information on the programs or go directly to the TODOS #GivingTuesday Form. Use the same form to make end of year contributions to TODOS!

TODOS Live! Session

Talk Less, Listen More will be presented by Zachary Champagne on Tuesday, November 21st, at 4:00 PM Pacific time. Listening is one of the most important tools in a teacher’s toolbox. The presenter will explore a variety of rich mathematical tasks, focused on early number, operations, and equality concepts that provide authentic opportunities to learn to better listen to students. Participants will also engage in some mathematical activities as an exercise in learning how to truly listen to student’s ideas and conceptions. Register today!

A Collective Call to Action

Join with educators from around the country and the world to continue the work From Awareness to Action: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education. The website includes a listing of articles and books identified by several mathematics education organizations and mathematics educators. The readings and reflection questions provide a focus as you study, reflect, and contemplate the action(s) you will take as you continue your equity walk. Each month’s reading is now for two months followed by a webinar.

A Collective Call to Action: November-December 2017

The reading for November and December 2017 suggested by NCTM is The Impact of Identity in K-8 Mathematics. The two focus questions for this reading are the following: What are equitable instructional practices that support the development of students’ mathematical identity and sense of agency? How can we advocate for the implementation of these practices? The webinar for this reading will be held in January. Go to the Community Forum to participate in discussions about this reading.

Volunteer to Staff the Booth in Chicago

The final NCTM Regional for 2017 will be held in just over a week November 29th - October 1st in Chicago! TODOS will again be sharing a booth in the exhibit hall with the Benjamin Banneker Association under the exhibitor of NCTM Equity Affiliates. Take time to volunteer to staff the booth. You can engage in conversation about equity and excellence to attendees and communicate why they should join TODOS.

Benjamin Banneker Celebration 2017

Follow BBA on social media (@bbamath, #BenjaminBanneker, #CelebrateVanneker, #BBAmath) for their Benjamin Banneker Celebration from November 1-30 and participate in their “Banneker Challenges” – brief activities designed to encourage you to learn more about Benjamin Banneker and how his accomplishments have affected the world we live in. Invite your family, friends, and colleagues. You won’t want to miss it!

Can Ending Tracking Improve Performance?

The following article appeared in a recent Math Education SmartBrief: Three years after ending math-class tracking, Pennsylvania middle-school math teacher Nick Tutolo writes that his school has seen academic improvement, especially among the middle and lower third of all students. In this commentary, Tutolo recounts the challenges he faced from administrators, parents, and other teachers.

The Majority Report from Education Trust-West

The Education Trust–West released The Majority Report: Supporting the Educational Success of Latino Students in California, an extensive look at how the state’s largest ethnic group is faring at every level of California’s education system. The report finds that while more than 3 million of California’s 6.2 million K-12 students are Latino, and nearly 1 million Latino students are in California’s public colleges and universities, these students continue to face troubling inequities. Download the report.

Inequities in Mathematics Classrooms Webinar 

Cases for Teacher Educators: Facilitating Conversations about Inequities in Mathematics Classrooms, Volume 1 in the AMTE Professional Book Series is released. A webinar for AMTE members will be presented by the editors--Dorothy Y. White, University of Georgia; Sandra Crespo, Michigan State University; and Marta Civil, The University of Arizona--and will be held on Tuesday, November 29th, from 4:00 – 5:00 PM EST. Go to the AMTE Letter for additional information and to register. Space is limited.

STEM and Social Justice Conference, January 2018

Join for the 8th biennial Creating Balance in an Unjust World Conference on STEM Education and Social Justice January 12-14, 2018 at Mission High School in San Francisco, CA. The conference was previously focused on mathematics education and social justice, and this year, the conference has expanded to include intersections of STEM and social justice. There is a wonderful line up of workshops, school visits, and a kick-off event with keynote speaker Dr. Ruha BenjaminRegister here. Hope to see you there.

Pre-K-2 Access and Equity Book

Access and Equity: Promoting High-Quality Mathematics in Pre-K-Grade 2 examines issues related to access, equity, and empowerment for early childhood mathematics highlighting critical points. Vignettes open each chapter, and questions at the end of each chapter challenges readers to reflect and take action.

All Students Can Access Mathematical Discourse

Mathematical Discourse that Breaks Barriers and Creates Space for Marginalized Learners provides positive solutions to the enduring challenge in mathematics education of enabling all participants including diverse students (those who are minoritized) to equitably access mathematical discourse.

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