June 2020 Enews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 13, Issue 6 June 2020

TODOS President’s Statement

Under the leadership of Founding President Miriam Leiva, a need was recognized resulting in a mission to advocate for equity and high quality mathematics education for all students—in particular, Latina/o students. Today I think that mission must go beyond the walls of the classroom to advocating for fairness in life and freedom from discrimination and marginalization. It’s been stated that America is currently dealing with two viruses, COVID-19 and racism. … See the President’s full statement of TODOS' recommitment to equity.

Social Justice Quotes for June 2020 Enews

"To my mathematics educators, We Teach More Than Mathematics. We must engage in anti-racist and trauma-informed education in our daily practices...BTW, I’m not OK.
Robert Q. Berry, Past President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) 

"Racism, systemic oppression, or inequity is not only about intentions, it is about outcomes.
Stephanie Graham  

The Mo(ve)ment to Prioritize Antiracist Mathematics

We take this moment to reflect on the major events of spring 2020 that will continue to impact mathematics teaching in the fall: COVID-19 school closures and re-openings, and the Black Lives Matter Movement. Read the 2020 TODOS Position Statement, The Mo(ve)ment to Prioritize Antiracist Mathematics: Planning for This and Every School Year, about TODOS' major recommendations for fall 2020 and beyond in light of renewed commitments to social justice through antiracist mathematics teaching. 

TODOS Live! for Parents

The June 24th TODOS Live! session at 4:00 PM (PDT) is titled Rethinking the Summer Slide: A TODOS Live Event FOR PARENTS and Teachers (K-5 Focus). This session will focus on how to rethink the summer slide from an assets-based perspective, drawing on the strengths of students and their most valuable learning resource, their families! Parents will leave with practical ideas to support their children to maintain or rekindle their interest in mathematics and more. Register!

Summer Reading List #TODOSSummerRead

TODOS has a summer reading list again this year! Join TODOS this summer as we learn together. From June through August, TODOS will feature a community reading along with activities around that reading. Look for the #TODOSSummerRead on Twitter to follow along. Feel free to share the document widely. The June community read is on the NCSM-TODOS Position Statement with a community Twitter chat on June 29th at 5:00 PM PDT.

TODOS Live! The Changing Landscape of Math Ed

The July 10th TODOS Live! session at 1:00 PM EDT is titled The Changing Landscape of Mathematics Education. The current health pandemic has brought equity and social justice issues to the fore, while concurrent social movements have helped build momentum towards antiracist teaching in mathematics education. Five panelists will share their reflections and ideas. Read the full description and register.

TODOS at NCTM's 100 Days of Professional Learning

Register for the TODOS sessions occurring during NCTM’s 100 Days of Professional Learning. Three of the four sessions were on the program of the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition that was to take place in Chicago. All 60-minute sessions will be held July 6th – 9th at 7:00 PM Eastern Time. TODOS speakers include Nichole Lindgren, Richard Kitchen, Hector Morales, Joseph DiNapoli, Craig Willey, and Mary Raygoza. Register now!

Mathematics Learning in the Era of COVID-19

NCSM and NCTM published a joint document to provide guidance for mathematics teachers and leaders to make informed decisions for next steps due to COVID-19. Moving Forward presents considerations, questions, and potential solution processes to educators and school leaders to address the challenges induced by the COVID-19 pandemic of spring 2020. The three major areas of consideration included are structures, teaching practices, and advocacy. See the resources!

Latest Issue of Noticias Posted for Members

The Spring/Summer 2020 Issue of Noticias is available for TODOS members. The featured article by Anthony Fernandes, Understanding Language Orientations, summarizes his findings “in a research study aimed at understanding preservice teachers’ conceptions about language within the context of teaching and learning mathematics to emerging bilingual students.” Once you select the above link, login as a member to access Noticias.

Call for Papers: International Journal of QSE

Please see the Call for Manuscripts for a special issue of Qualitative Studies in Education (QSE) focusing on Critical Orientations to Language and Mathematics. The deadline for submission is December 31st, but the guest editors recognize and honor the disruptions in people's lives, and are prepared to work closely with authors who might need extra time. Consider submitting the scholarship you are currently working on. Share this call widely with colleagues at your institutions.

Self-Advocacy or Defiance in Protests? Depends

Are the actions self-advocacy or defiance? America is experiencing in real time two very different “protests” based on skin color. In the US, self-advocacy is characterized as “defiance” for people of color, while defiance is characterized as “self-advocacy” for White people. Unfortunately, for many students of color, this is a lesson they learn early in our school system. This EdTrust article identifies the discrepancies and urges schools to ignite change for society--students of color can and should advocate for themselves.

Are You Racist? ‘No’ Isn’t a Good Enough Answer

Most of us, says Marlon James, are non-racist. While that leaves us with a clear conscience, it does nothing to help fight injustice in the world. We can pull off being non-racist by being asleep in bed while black men are killed by police. We need to stop being non-racist, and start being antiracist. This short video, “Are You Racist? ‘No’ Isn’t a Good Enough Answer,” articulates why being non-racist is not addressing social justice. Watch this with colleagues and have an extensive discussion of how to move forward.


Hi . Your membership in TODOS is good through . Your continued support is greatly appreciated. If you are joining or renewing your membership in NCTM, please select TODOS as the organization that receives the rebate that NCTM generously offers. Continue to advocate for equity and social justice during these trying times. Stay safe and healthy!

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 July 15th to be included in the July 2020 Enews. Your information is welcomed!

2020-2021 TODOS Board

Executive Team: Linda Fulmore, Diana Ceja, Sylvia Celedón-Pattichis, and Nora Ramirez
Members: Ma Bernadette Andres-Salgarino, Kyndall Brown, Gloria Brown Brooks, Marta Civil, Zandra de Araujo, Bernard Frost, Maggie Hackett, Susie W. Håkansson, Lisa Jilk, Nichole Lindgren, Luz Maldonado Rodríguez, Erin Sylves, Trevor Warburton, and María del Rosario Zavala