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Christopher Martell
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As someone who did his student teaching in Holyoke, Tracy Novick hits the nail on the head with this post.
I've been doing a good bit of thinking since the Monday/Tuesday whirlwind Board of Ed meetings, which were the first in which the consequences of last November's election came home to the Board of Ed. Where Governor Baker is ...
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Water budget at my wife's BPS school (she's a teacher) just ran out and they have been told to bring their own. Does that happen in Newton? When it does, I will believe that spending doesn't matter in schooling. #EducationalInequity
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Tito Jackson has an excellent proposal for adding more student voice and vote to the Boston School Committee.
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The Parent Teacher Organization in the school district where I use to teach (Framingham Public Schools) is encouraging parents to opt-out of PARCC testing.
TWPTO: "There are many flaws with the PARCC assessment test and feels it's in our children’s best interest to refuse" taking the test.
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Excellent post by the BPS Social Studies Department on teaching Boston desegregation and busing.
By Kerry Dunne, Natacha Scott, and Josue Sakata The past year has been rocked by passionate outcries in response to a perception of injustice regarding issues of race and policing across our country—in Ferguson, Missouri, in New York City, in Milwaukee, and in many other cities and towns across the United States. It is not difficult to realize that the outcry is often rooted not just in a specific incident but also in the sadness and resentment t...
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EduShyster explains the problem with "three white shoe law firms" taking up the civil rights issue of our time (somehow that is lifting the Mass. cap on charter schools?)
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A Massachusetts charter school cap is a violation of civil rights? Perhaps charter schools actually violate civil rights...
I read this story about a civil rights lawsuit being used as an end-run around the legislature and their increasingly-skeptical constituents to raise the charter school cap. I decided to put my feelings aside and take a hard look at the numbers. But I decided not to look at the numbers that the ...
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Julian Vasquez Heilig shows the problems with conflating quality school choices with charter schools.
Have you ever been unhappy with your "choices"? For example, you go to a Redbox and there are 60 movies in the machine, but not one film seems interesting. Even though there are many "choices", you...
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Long overdue. Help a woman to kick Andrew Jackson (possibly one of our nation's worst presidents) off the $20 bill!
Women On 20s aims to compel historic change by convincing President Obama that NOW is the time to put a woman's face on our paper currency. But who should it be? We believe that's for you, the public, to decide from a slate of 15 inspiring American women heroes. When voting goes live March 1st, this will be the place for you to cast your vote. Until then, be sure to visit the candidates page, where we will be revealing one remarkable woman each d...
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Jonathon Capehart looks at the lessons learned from the Michael Brown shooting...
The Justice Dept. report on the shooting of Michael Brown forced me to deal with two uncomfortable truths.
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Arthur Camins carefully outlines the problems with NCLB reauthorization. It does not support making a more equitable education for life, work, or citizenship.
'The continued focus of high-stakes assessment is the education equivalent of building inspectors requiring pipe wrenches to be used by all plumbers, framers, electricians, roofers and tile-setters, while bypassing the advice and needs of contractors and workers. For education, the sure losers are deep sustainable learning and equity.'
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If you are holding your breath until testing-driven education ends, you should stop holding your breath now...
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Teacher Educator and Researcher
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  • Boston University - Boston, MA
    Clinical Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
  • Framingham High School - Framingham, MA
    History/Social Studies Teacher, 2005 - 2013
  • Boston University - Boston, MA
    Adjunct Professor, 2011 - 2013
  • University of Massachusetts Boston - Boston, MA
    Adjunct Professor, 2012 - 2013
  • Boston University - Boston, MA
    Instructor, 2009 - 2010
  • Boston University - Boston, MA
    Teaching Fellow, 2008 - 2009
  • Boston College High School - Boston, MA
    History/Social Studies Teacher, 2002 - 2005
  • William J. Dean Technical High School - Holyoke, MA
    Student Teacher and Substitute, 2002 - 2002
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Introduction
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor at the Boston University School of Education. I teach CH300/CH515 Methods of Instruction/Elementary Social Studies, SO566 Developing Historical Literacy 5-12, SO210 Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in American Schools, SO211 Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms, and RS620 Action Research and Practitioner Inquiry.

I taught social studies for eleven years in both public and private schools in urban and suburban contexts. For most of my teaching career, I was a high school teacher at Framingham High School in Framingham, Massachusetts. The Framingham Public Schools are a racially/ethnically and economically diverse urban school district 20 miles west of Boston with large immigrant populations from Brazil, Central America, and the Caribbean.

My research and professional interests focus on teacher development across the career span, including preservice teacher preparation, inservice teacher education, and practitioner inquiry. I am particularly interested in social studies teachers in urban and multicultural contexts, critical race theory, and constructivist theories of teaching and learning.
Education
  • Boston University
    Doctor of Education, 2006 - 2011
  • Boston College
    Master of Education, 2003 - 2004
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst
    Bachelor of Arts, History, 1998 - 2002