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Christopher Martell
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Every year, thousands of young and enthusiastic teachers all over the country start their first day of work. Within the following five years, at least 17% of them will leave the profession. Teacher attrition is especially high  in poor, urban schools, where on average about a fifth of the entire faculty leaves annually — that's roughly 50% higher than the rate in more affluent schools.
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The next time someone cites New Orleans as a model for education reform, please have them read this.
Test scores tell one story, and residents tell another. A three-month investigation by <em>In These Times</em> reveals the cracks in the education reform narrative.
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From the Washington Post Answer Sheet: The real reasons behind the U.S. teacher shortage. #TheRealEducationCrisis
'How ironic it would be if the reforms based on the belief that three great teachers in a row are the key to student success, result in students not having certified teachers at all.'
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I support the Dyett High Hunger Strike in Chicago. #FightForDyett
12 Parents, grandparents, community members and supporters from around the city started a hunger strike on August, 17th. Their demand is simple. Rahm Emanuel and his appointed school board needs to follow the community's wishes and use the now shuttered Dyett High School Building at 555E 51st ...
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Proud of my former Framingham High student Jonathan Mendoza, who was on this national championship poetry slam team!
Poems about black lives, women's voices help Boston's House Slam team win the National Poetry Slam.
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Why the Boston Public Schools should bring back bilingual education.
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Are you a social studies teacher in Massachusetts and interested in learning more about Japanese Internment during World War II. Here is a free professional development opportunity: http://www.nejacl.org/NEJACLWorkshop2015.pdf
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Tell your Representative in the House to support social studies in the re-authorization of the ESEA: https://www.votervoice.net/Shares/BAAAAA9YACnPKA-KFcN7EAA
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EduShyster features a great post from Jeanette Taylor-Ramann on her participation in the Dyett High hunger strike.
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NPR looks at the teacher shortages; low enrollment numbers in teacher preparation programs appear related to, "stagnant pay, attrition, retirements, an improving economy and politicized fights over tenure."
As schools reopen across the U.S., some regions are having trouble finding enough teachers to fill vacancies. But others see a big disconnect between training and the needs of districts.
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Video of Hillary Clinton and the #BlackLivesMatter Boston Chapter meeting shows a contrast in perspectives about the movement.
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Spending "per pupil" vs. "per inmate" by state. We really need to re-evaluate our values as a society.
Education vs prison costs infographic
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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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Teacher Educator and Researcher
Introduction
I am a Clinical Assistant Professor and Program Director of Social Studies Education at the Boston University School of Education. I currently teach CH 300-515 Methods of Instruction/Elementary Social Studies 1-6, SO 566 Developing Historical Literacy 5-12, SO 933 Doctoral Seminar in History Education, and RS 620 Action Research and Practitioner Inquiry. I have previously taught SO 572 Curriculum and Methods for History and Social Science Education 5-12, CT 575 General Methods of Instruction 5-12, SO 210 Confronting Persistent Social Inequalities in American Schools, and SO 211 Confronting Racial, Cultural, Gender, and Social Identities in Urban Classrooms.

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 historical inquiry.
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