EDEQUITY information

From: edequity-admin@phoenix.edc.org
Date: Thu May 13 1999 - 10:30:00 EDT

This message requesting information about how to get off the list was sent out
by mistake. However, we will take this opportunity to remind everyone that
administrative instructions as well as rules of conduct for the discussion list
are available in the EDEQUITY User's Guide which is
posted on the WEEA web site: <www.edc.org/WomensEquity>.

If you have questions or problems at any time, please contact the list
administrator at

Thank you, to all of you, for your for your commitment to equity in education,
and for your participation in EDEQUITY.

What Is Educational Equity?
Educational equity refers to an educational environment in which individuals can
consider options and make choices based on their abilities and talents, not on
the basis of stereotypes, biased expectations, or discrimination.

Who Participates?
EDEQUITY is designed to encourage discussion between teachers and other
educators, equity practitioners, advocates, parents, counselors, and others
interested in equity. The participation of both women and men is welcomed.

What Do We Discuss?
EDEQUITY serves as a forum to discuss how to attain equity for males and
females, and how gender equity can be a helpful construct for improving
education for all. Topics for discussion include, but are not limited to,
classroom interactions, curriculum development, school environment, education
reform, violence prevention, math and science education, vocational
and nontraditional education, school-to-work issues, community-based learning,
and counseling. This list gives people an opportunity to ask questions and
exchange information about teaching strategies, useful texts and films,
innovative programs, current research, and funding sources.

Message Format
- Relate your message to some aspect of educational equity.
- Make sure to use descriptive headings in the "Subject" line so that others
will know if that topic interests them.
- ALWAYS put your name and e-mail address at the end of each of your postings so
that people can identify you and respond to you privately if they wish.
- When requesting information from other subscribers it is especially important
to include your e-mail address for people to reply privately to you. Please note
that some electronic mail systems indicate that messages are from EDEQUITY
rather than give the "return address" of the sender. In those systems, the
sender's information is lost if not included in the body of the message.
- When replying to someone else's message, include only a few lines of their
original message (including the whole message takes up a lot of space and
discourages others from reading your message).
- A technique to efficiently share resources: if you have received messages
responding to a query that others may be interested in, consider compiling the
info and posting it to the list as one message.
- Remember that not everyone on EDEQUITY is an Internet veteran and may not
understand some conventions that seem second nature to you. Please explain items
in your messages fully.

New Subscribers
New subscribers can familiarize themselves with recent discussions by visiting
the web site at

Or look over the archived past discussions from 1996 through April 19, 1998 at

To change your subscription, send commands to To change your subscription, send commands to Majordomo@mail.edc.org. Do not
send subscription changes to the EDEQUITY list. An e-mail message sent to
EDEQUITY will be distributed via e-mail to all subscribers of EDEQUITY.

To unsubscribe from the list, send the following in the body of your message to
Majordomo@mail.edc.org. Do not use a subject line.

     unsubscribe edequity

If you have subscription problems, contact the list administrator at
edequity-admin@mail.edc.org for assistance.

You may want to receive a condensed version of EDEQUITY once a week. See below.

Weekly Digest
The weekly digest is a compilation of the week's messages into one jumbo-sized
message. Past digests are stored by the Majordomo software and are accessed by
sending a message requesting a certain file.

To receive EDEQUITY messages as the weekly digest, send the following in the
body of your message to body of your message to Majordomo@mail.edc.org. Do not use a subject line.

     subscribe edequity-digest

And remember to unsubscribe from the EDEQUITY general list, using the
instructions above.

Replying Privately Versus Replying to Edequity
If you respond to a message received from EDEQUITY by hitting the reply key,
everyone on the mailing list will receive your message.

This is appropriate when the contents of your message are likely to be of
interest to a number of subscribers. However, if you are writing, for example,
to request a copy of something another subscriber has mentioned, please send
your request privately, not to EDEQUITY. Similarly, comments directed at a
particular person -approval or disapproval- that do not further contribute to
the discussion should be sent privately, for example, "Bravo!", "I totally
disagree", or "That's the way!".

Public appreciation statements ("I would like to commend the fine work of. . .
") are acceptable if related to educational equity and addressed to the audience
of subscribers

EDEQUITY is a public list and not everyone who subscribes will necessarily have
the same agenda. Differences of opinion are expected, but all messages must be
respectful and civil. Abusive language will not be tolerated. Any message that
does not adhere to these restrictions will not be posted on EDEQUITY.

Federal regulations significantly restrict nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations
from using federal funds for lobbying. EDEQUITY, a project of EDC funded
through a contract with the U.S. Department of Education, cannot be used for
lobbying purposes. "Lobbying" refers to activities that attempt to influence
legislation, elections, referendums or initiatives through communication with
any member or employee of Congress, state legislators or government officials;
the preparation or distribution of propaganda, or encouragement of the public to
contribute to or participate in any mass demonstration, fundraising, lobbying
campaign, letter writing, or telephone campaign; and in-kind or cash
contributions, endorsement, or publicity. These restrictions apply to
activities on the federal, state, and local level.

Informational messages about the content of pending legislation on educational
equity issues are appropriate to send to EDEQUITY as long as they do not urge
people to take action. For example, the message may include the name of an
organizational contact ("For more information about this legislation, contact
________.") but may not encourage subscribers to contact their representatives
or include target lists of specific members of the legislative body. Any
message that does not adhere to these restrictions will be returned to the
sender with information about why it cannot be posted.

Job Openings
Feel free to send information on job openings as long as the position has some
connection to educational equity. The wish to reach more female candidates is
not an adequate reason to post non-educational equity positions.

Educational and/or equity conference announcements are welcome on EDEQUITY.
However, do not send registration forms, housing information, or schedules.
Include contact persons for such information for those interested in finding out

You are encouraged to list resources (materials, organizations, references,
etc.) to EDEQUITY. Please list as much information as possible about the
resource (title, publisher, address, phone and fax numbers, etc.) and a brief
description and/or opinion of the resource.

Feel free to list and discuss resources available from your organization if
recently available or relevant to a current discussion on the list.
Advertisements for professional services -particularly those unrelated to
educational equity- are inappropriate. If you're not sure whether to post such a
message, contact the list administrator at message, contact the list administrator at EDEQUITY-ADMIN@MAIL.EDC.ORG.

Moderated List
This list is administrated jointly by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC)
and the national Women's Educational Equity Act (WEEA) Equity Resource Center at
EDC. In overseeing this public mailing list, EDC reserves the right to delete
and archive messages, use the archives for research purposes, delete memberships
and take other actions it deems responsible, desirable, or necessary to take.
The administrator reserves the right to carry out these measures.

EDC is not responsible for the content of EDEQUITY. The administrator does,
however, reserve the right to reject messages that do not relate to educational
equity or messages that are not of general interest to the list subscribers. No
message will be rejected for expressing an opinion, nor are messages censored
(they appear in their entirety). Messages that are returned will be accompanied
by a note explaining why.

This list is currently administered by Susan J. Smith and Susan Carter. If you
ever have a question about these guidelines or want to discuss something with
the administrator, please send a message to edequity-admin@mail.edc.org

Susan J. Smith (Director of Technical Assistance)
Susan Carter (Information Specialist)

WEEA Equity Resource Center
EDC, 55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02458

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