Pamela Burdman

Pamela Burdman
Pamela Burdman
Executive Director,
Just Equations

Pamela Burdman is the founder and executive director of Just Equations, a policy institute focused on reconceptualizing the role of mathematics in education equity. A policy analyst and strategist on equitable college access, readiness, and success, she first focused on math equity issues as a program officer at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, working with the early developers of new college statistics pathways. She is the author of numerous reports and articles on math opportunities that have influenced policy changes in K–12 and postsecondary math education in California and beyond. She received her MBA along with a master’s in Asian studies from University of California, Berkeley.

updated 2015

Publications by Pamela Burdman
Report 3 of a 3-Part Series
There is growing concern that the remedial math courses taken by most community college students unnecessarily divert some students from earning a degree. Anecdotes of students who thought they had completed their math requirements in high school…
Report 2 of a 3-Part Series
The conventional algebra-intensive math curriculum commonly dictates students’ options for entering and completing college, including their ability to transfer from two-year to four-year institutions. The assumption that higher-level algebra is…
Report 1 of a 3-Part Series
Since the mid-20th century, the standard U.S. high school and college math curriculum has been based on two years of algebra and a year of geometry, preparing students to take classes in pre-calculus followed by calculus. That pathway became…