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OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science

Welcome to the OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science. OCEMS is committed to strengthening collaboration, coordination, and communication among Patton College of Education faculty, Ohio University faculty in other colleges, PreK-16 educators and administrators in the Southeast Ohio region and beyond, and other important stakeholders including faculty at other institutions. This work supports The Patton College of Education and Ohio University missions.

The OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science offers schools and school districts professional development for teachers in the form of traditional workshops, as well as through innovative and interactive sessions in classroom settings. Additionally, PreK-12 outreach projects focus on child-centered learning and can be designed to meet particular community needs.

For more information about collaborating on possible projects, funding opportunities, and/or hiring Mathematics and Science Education faculty for professional development workshops, please contact:

Dr. Courtney Koestler
Director of the OHIO Center for Equity in Mathematics and Science
McCracken Hall 321A
Athens, Ohio 45701
T: 740-593-0118

Dr. Courtney Koestler teaching a math methods undergraduate course


Director Dr. Courtney Koestler brings expertise and focus on issues of diversity, equity, and justice in teaching and teacher education, in early childhood education, elementary education, teacher education, and mathematics education. Dr. Koestler is a former K-8 public school teacher and has taught in culturally, linguistically, economically diverse schools located in rural, suburban, and urban communities. Dr. Koestler had been both a classroom teacher (grades 2, 4, 5, and 8) and has also worked as a mathematics coach. For over a decade Dr. Koestler has been a university-based teacher educator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the University of Arizona, and now at Ohio University as Director of OCEMS.

Dr. Koestler is actively involved with mathematics education and teacher education organizations, such as the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). Dr. Koestler is also very involved in regional and state-level work. Dr. Koestler is the Vice President- Elementary of the Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics (OCTM), and is the Advisor for the Ohio University National Science Teachers Association (OUNSTA).

In October 2019, Dr. Koestler was a featured presenter at the Patton College of Education's biannual EdTalks, delivering an EdTalk entitled "Teaching is not Neutral."

Dr. Koestler was also featured on the NPR podcast, Teaching Matters. Episode 113: Math and Science Teaching Challenges w/ Dr. Courtney Koestler.

Click to read Dr. Koestler’s CV