November 2018 Enews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 11, Issue 11 November 2018

A Collective Call to Action: Nov-Dec Reading

The November-December reading suggested by NCTM President Robert Q. Berry, III, is For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood... and the Rest of Y'all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education  (2016) by Christopher Emdin. The author discusses different types of pedagogies grounded in the resources that communities can offer for teaching and introduces 7'Cs. The targeted questions: What are ways teachers can gain access to community resources (human & material)? How can we make sense of this for mathematics teaching and learning?

Give Back to Promote Equity and Excellence

Many of you are planning to obtain deals during Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday will be a day for giving back. You can participate in #GivingTuesday on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, by supporting TODOS’ priority. The TODOS #Giving Tuesday target is to provide scholarships of $1,000 each to classroom teachers to attend the TODOS 2020 Conference. Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when many TODOS members give together. You can contribute any amount towards the scholarships or towards any other preference of your choice.

2019 Kay Gilliland National Equity Leadership Award

Congratulations to TODOS Treasurer Linda Fulmore for receiving the NCSM 2019 Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture Award. Three of the selection criteria for this award are the following: has a record of significant and describable contributions to equity in mathematics education, with emphasis on contributions occurring in recent years, demonstrates an awareness of current equity issues in Math Education, and supports fellow Math Educators in equity issues. Fulmore will give the Kay Gilliland Equity Lecture in San Diego.

The Mathematics of Voting and its Consequences

As the 2018 midterm elections have concluded, there are many opportunities to engage students in critical issues through mathematics. This month's TODOS blog focuses on specific social justice issues related to voting. Resources that teachers can use to create lessons are shared. If you are inspired by the information and develop a lesson, please share it with the editor

Dues Increase in January 2019—Renew Now!

Although your membership may not be up for renewal, you can still renew now at 2018 rates. Membership dues will increase to $35 per year (from $25) and to $100 for three years (from $70). Institutional memberships increase to $105 per year (from $75). All you need to do is to send a message to Member Services and you will receive an invoice to pay by the end of 2018. Don’t delay!

Submit Proposals to NCTM Regionals

The three 2019 NCTM Regionals will be held in Boston (Sept. 25-27), Nashville, (Oct. 2-4), and Salt Lake City (Oct. 16-18). Share your teaching ideas and practices by presenting at one of the Regionals. Deadline to submit for all three regionals is Saturday, December 1, 2018. Each regional has at least two strands that support equity, access, and excellence for all students.

Volunteer to Work Booth at NCTM Seattle

Do you want to attend the NCTM Regionals in Seattle (Nov. 28-30), but you forgot to register? You can volunteer at the NCTM Equity Affiliates booth (comprised of BBA, TODOS, and WME) representing TODOS for five hours or more and receive an exhibitor’s badge that will allow you to attend sessions. Contact the Chair if you are interested. If you are already attending, you can also volunteer to staff the booth. Your passion for equity and excellence can influence attendees to join TODOS, particularly if they know you.

Supporting English Learners in Mathematics

Are you interested in diving deeper into how to teach math and ELD in tandem? WestEd is offering an institute that focuses on high-quality instruction that integrates Common Core Math Standards, the Math Practices, and the California ELD Standards. The learning is grounded in the CA ELA/ELD and Math Frameworks so all students develop academic literacy, analytical practices, and a deep understanding of math. If you are interested in attending or hosting an institute, please contact Annette Gregg. This is your opportunity!

English Learners in STEM Subjects

This new report provides guidance on how to improve learning outcomes in STEM for English Learners (ELs). A shift is needed in how STEM subjects are taught to ELs, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Educators should recognize the assets that ELs bring to the classroom and understand that student performance is affected significantly by access to adequate program models and instruction. Download the free PDF and to view additional resources.

Does a Teacher’s Race Affect College Enrollment?

From Math Education Smartbrief: Black students who were taught by at least two black teachers by third grade were 32% more likely to go to college than peers who did not encounter black teachers, according to a Johns Hopkins University study. A second study also showed black teachers often have higher expectations of black students, especially in subjects such as math and reading, than their white counterparts. Teachers' beliefs about students' college potential can become self-fulfilling prophecies.

MathWorks Math Modeling Challenge

Have you heard? MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge is an Internet-based applied math competition for high school juniors and seniors known for inspiring them to pursue STEM majors and careers. MathWorks Math Modeling (M3) Challenge 2019 registration is open now through Friday, February 22. High school juniors and seniors have a chance to win a share of $100,000 in scholarships. There are free resources for anyone interested in math modeling, but in particular, M3 participants. Go to the website for detailed information.

National Summit for Educational Equity

The National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE) is accepting proposals until November 30, 2018, for its annual National Summit for Educational Equity. The Summit takes place April 28-May 2, 2019, at the Hilton Crystal City in Arlington, VA. Strands include the following: best practices for equitable learning environments, increasing access and equity in CTE and STEM, building a diverse workforce, equitable leadership practices, and public policy—supporting equity and education. Consider submitting a proposal.


Hi . Your Membership in TODOS is good through . Your support is important and greatly appreciated. If you wish to become more active in TODOS by serving ona a committee, contact the editorAlso, if you are joining or renewing your membership in NCTM, choose TODOS as the organization that receives the rebate that NCTM generously offers.

New TESOL Chapter in Nevada

A new state Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) chapter has been started in Nevada. Their goal is to support English language learners by working with teachers, students, and community members. For more information, visit their website or Facebook page. Their first event is on December 5th, and they invite TODOS members to attend. 

2018-2019 TODOS Board

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