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Educators For Equity: The Work of EMELI Leaders


Mark St. John, Kasi Fuller, Judy Hirabayashi, Nina Houghton, Katherine Ramage, Laura Stokes, Pamela Tambe, Inverness Research Inc.


Beginning in 1995 the Equity in Mathematics Education Leadership Institute (EMELI) was funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF award number ESI 945-4357) to serve as a national center that would enhance the work of mathematics education reform efforts across the nation. EMELI’s specific mission focused on helping the leaders of mathematics education reform efforts increase their ability to identify and address inequities in mathematics education. Inverness Research Associates has served as the external evaluators for the EMELI project. We have studied the work of EMELI over its lifetime, visiting EMELI events, interviewing and surveying EMELI participants, and, most recently, conducting in-depth case studies of EMELI participants working in three different states. As the culmination of our case study work, we have produced this monograph.

  • Chapter 1 provides the reader with a brief overview of the EMELI project – its guiding beliefs and theory of action – and also describes the evaluation work and the rationale for the case studies.
  • Chapter 2 serves as an executive summary of our findings and summarizes what we believe are EMELI’s major contributions to mathematics education reform. In addition, we offer some general reflections that arise out of the EMELI experience.
  • Chapters 3, 4, and 5 are the case studies themselves. Chapter 3 is an account of equity work in the Juneau School District in Alaska. Chapter 4 is a study of equity work carried out in the nine districts involved in the Urban Systemic Initiative in Phoenix, Arizona. Chapter 5 tells the story of several different EMELI teams who are working throughout the state of Colorado.

Intended Audience

Educators, Teachers, Reform Leaders, and general public.


Any and all errors are claimed by the authors of this document, Inverness Research

Date published

February 2001

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Educators For Equity: The Work of EMELI Leaders (Chapters 1 and 2) (pp. 23)

EMELI: The Work of EMELI Leaders (Chapter 3) (pp. 44)

EMELI: The Work of EMELI Leaders (Chapter 4) (pp. 36)

EMELI: The Work of EMELI Leaders (Chapter 5) (pp. 24)



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