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EDEQUITY User's Guide

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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

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.

Feel free to introduce yourself to the list, describing your work and goals.

Message Format

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 an index of files, send the following message to
index edequity
To retrieve a particular file from the archives, send the following message to
get edequity FileName
Messages can also be read in HyperNews by thread, author, and date, on our web site at

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

subscribe edequity-digest
If you are already subscribed to the regular mailing list but only want the digest, be sure to unsubscribe by sending this message to
unsubscribe edequity
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

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 noneducational 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 more.

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 EDEQUITY-ADMIN@MAIL.EDC.ORG.

Moderated List
This list is administrated jointly by Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) and the 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.

If you ever have a question about these guidelines or want to discuss something with the administrator, please send a message to

Julia Potter <>
EDEQUITY Administrator
Education Development Center, Inc.
55 Chapel Street
Newton, MA 02158-1060

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EDEQUITY is run by software called Majordomo. EDEQUITY is an e-mailed ongoing discussion on gender issues.

To change your subscription, send commands to 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.

If you have subscription problems, contact the list administrator at for assistance.

Some MAJORDOMO commands: Send the command (shown below in italics) in the body of a message without any text in the "subject" line:

to subscribe - subscribe edequity

to unsubscribe - unsubscribe edequity

to subscribe to the digest - subscribe edequity-digest

to unsubscribe from the digest - unsubscribe edequity-digest

to find out who is on the list - who edequity

to retrieve a file - get edequity <filename>

to receive an index of files - index edequity

to retrieve introductory information - info edequity

to show the lists served by this majordomo - lists

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