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Christopher Martell
Works at Boston University - Boston, MA
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Three teachers in my BPS Workshop on culturally relevant argumentation have posted their unit plans. Check them out here...
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How Massachusetts Became Ground-Zero for Corporate Education Privatization
With a statewide referendum looming in November, Massachusetts voters will have to decide just how much school privatization they're willing to bear.
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An important (and surprising) decision preserving affirmative action from the SupremeCourt. #EquityinEducation
In a 4-3 ruling on a case almost a decade in the making, the Supreme Court ruled that colleges can factor in race in admissions decisions.
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The title of the Boston Globe article is: "Can receivership save a failing Boston school?" Answer: Privatization doesn't work.
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Check out Ling-Se Chesnakas's (Urban Science Academy) Haiti and the Dominican Republic unit plan presentation for our Boston Public Schools culturally relevant argumentation workshop.
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Never heard of Africville, Halifax, Nova Scotia? Consider reading this. Thanks to my BPS Workshop participant Sam Mencher for teaching me about this tragic series of events in Canadian history.
Africville was an African-Canadian village located just north of Halifax and founded in the mid-18th century. The City of Halifax demolished the once-prosperous seaside community in the 1960s in what many said was an act of racism. The mayor of the Halifax Regional Municipality apologized for the action in 2010. For many people, Africville represents the oppression faced by Black Canadians, and the efforts to right historic wrongs.
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On Hiatus... See You in the Fall
Due to several new projects (and now summer), I have been on a blogging hiatus since January. I expect to return in the fall, so check back then... For now, enjoy some of my old posts (consider this a "greatest hits" compilation): Social Studies Educatio...
Due to a bunch of new projects (and now summer), I have been on a blogging hiatus since January. I expect to return in the fall, so check back then... For now, enjoy some of my old posts (consider this a "greatest hits" compi...
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If you read one thing today, read Frederick Douglass' "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." #IndependenceDay
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Excellent post on the problems with "grit" and schooling from Mike Rose.
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Check out the Journal of Social Studies Research publication preview of my article "Approaches to Teaching Race in Elementary Social Studies."
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Researchers find student impact ratings to be highly unreliable (and teachers unions and superintendents are troubled by them), but the Commissioner of Education and testing company rep. defends.
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Check out this excellent website that documents the history of Boston's Chinatown.
Personal. Urban Renewal. "My name is Hudson Street. The Chinese street signs call me the “Street of the God of Beggars.” more · Garment Workers Kheel Archives. Context. The Garment District and Chinatown. "Boston's Garment Industry started in the mid 19th century as increasing urbanization.
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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