December 2020 ENews
TODOS: Mathematics for ALL


Volume 13, Issue 12 December 2020

Message From the TODOS President

In November, the mathematics community lost two giants, Rocío Benedicto and Gil Cuevas. Both were stars in the TODOS family and will be missed. ... Rocío Benedicto was the founder and Director of New Mexico State University's Collaborating for Outstanding Readiness in Education (CORE) program. … Gil Cuevas was on the mathematics faculty at Texas State University, Austin. Throughout his professional career, he received numerous awards and recognitions. ... Go to the President’s full message.

Social Justice Quote for December 2020 Enews

We are political militants because we are teachers. Our job is not exhausted in the teaching of math, geography, syntax, history. Our job implies that we teach these subjects with sobriety and competence, but it also requires our involvement in and dedication to overcoming social injustice. 

Paulo Freire, 1998

TODOS 2021 Virtual Conference Keynote

The keynote speaker for the TODOS 2021 Virtual Conference will be Dr. Julia Aguirre, University of Washington, Tacoma. She is an outspoken advocate for equity and social justice and is a passionate educator who will charm and challenge us, cause some disequilibrium, and inspire us to take action to make mathematics more humanizing, just, and equitable for our nation’s young people. The virtual conference will be held June 21-23, 2021. Promote the conference among your colleagues!


The first TODOS Live! of the new year will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 4:00 PM (Pacific Time) titled Developing ELs’ Math Language and presented by Jim Ewing. This motivating session reveals how you can develop English Learners' math language. There is a myth that math is universal, but ELs can better develop mathematical arguments if we develop their math language. Experience an "EL simulation!" Register now!

A Restful Holiday and Happy New Year

Have a restful holiday the remainder of this month with less zoom classes and/or meetings. Reflect on the past year in terms of assets instead of deficits. Thank your friends and family who have supported you throughout this difficult year. Continue to advocate for underserved students who need greater access to online learning. Finally, take time to care for yourself and to stay safe and healthy. Happy New Year!

End of Year Contributions!

December is passing by quickly and 2021 is just around the corner. TODOS encourages you to make a contribution to support TODOS activities. All amounts are welcomed. Now, more than ever, TODOS needs to be an advocate for the students who have had less access to high quality education due to interrupted schooling.  TODOS continues to focus on Equity, Excellence, and Social Justice for ALL in Mathematics. Donate today!

CRR Presents the 17th Annual MEAD Conference

Registration for the MEAD Conference is now OPEN! The UArizona CRR is hosting the conference virtually on Saturday, January 23rd. The keynote speaker is Dr. Jennifer Bay-Williams, author of Math Fact Fluency and co-author of Teaching Student Centered Mathematics. MEAD is free for all Arizona Teachers and $125 for everyone else. Spread the word by sharing the flyer and conference webpage.

CANMEE Lesson Study Course

The California Action Network for Mathematics Excellence and Equity (CANMEE) is offering the CANMEE Equity Commentator Course from January to May 2021. The goal is to gain and deepen equity commentators’ understanding of how to support a lesson study team's inquiry into mathematics education with an equity lens. See the flyer for additional information. Cost: Complimentary for California Educators and $25 for out-of-California Educators.

New Mathematics Teacher Educator Podcast

The newest MTE Podcast titled, Interventions, Tools, and Equity-Oriented Resources in the MTE Journal features Emily Elrod and Valerie Faulkner from North Carolina State University, who are two of the authors of an editorial in the September 2020 issue of Mathematics Teacher Educator, the journal co-sponsored by NCTM and AMTE. All 22 episodes of the MTE Podcast can be found on this website!

Scholarships Available From Actuarial Foundations

The Actuarial Foundation, The International Association of Black Actuaries, and the Organization of Latinx Actuaries ensures the future of the actuarial profession through its scholarships and reimbursement programs. These scholarships are a means to offset the cost of education and serve as a prestigious recognition by a highly rated profession. Applications are now open.

In Memoriams

In memory of Rocío Benedicto and Gilbert Cuevas: Both Rocío and Gil served on the TODOS Board and both were passionate about promoting equity, excellence, and social justice. Gil was a founding member of TODOS in 2003, and Rocío was on the original planning team for TODOS’ Professional Development program on Social Justice. You can read more about them in the Message From the President.

Desmos is Hiring Curriculum Developers

Desmos, a leader in digital mathematics learning, is hiring. They are committed to diversifying their team, and are in particular hoping to draw teachers such as TODOS members who may be looking for a way to contribute to meaningful, rigorous curriculum development for their online platform. If that sounds like you, check out their open positions under "Curriculum.”

Your TODOS Membership

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 aligned with the Mission and Goals of TODOS? Share them with the TODOS Community by sending the information to the editor no later than Friday, January 15th to be included in the January 2021 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