Mary-Margaret Mara

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Preschool Teacher, Chandler Magnet School

Worcester, Massachusetts

Mary-Margaret Mara is a Teach Plus Commonwealth Teaching Policy Senior Fellow. She is a preschool teacher in an inclusion classroom at Chandler Magnet School in Worcester, Massachusetts. Her passion for teaching is rooted in her own educational experiences growing up with a learning disability. Throughout her career, Mary-Margaret has served on multiple leadership teams for her school and district, has worked with several student teachers, mentored novice teachers and is now a mentor leader for the Worcester Public Schools (WPS). Mary-Margaret was named the WPS 2014 Teacher of the Year and was a 2017 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Finalist. Mary-Margaret holds a bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Fitchburg State University and a MEd in Early Childhood and Special Education from Worcester State University. She completed the 2016-17 Teach Plus Teaching Policy Fellowship program.

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Posted July 3, 2018

Because of Trump, My Students Are Returning to Their Native Country. We Can Do Better.

On the last day of school, sisters Sandy and Veronica, former students of mine, came to say goodbye. Sandy handed…

By Mary-Margaret Mara

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Posted July 29, 2021

You Can and Must Foster Belonging, Acceptance, and Support for Your LGBTQIA+ Students. It’s a Matter of Life and Death.

Many young people see belonging as a quest to fit in, but it’s so much deeper than that. Belonging means accepting, celebrating, and including our…

By Casey Pettit

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Posted July 26, 2021

At Freedom School Literacy Academy, Black Pride and Academic Achievement Go Hand-in-Hand

Erika Asikoye is the Director of the Freedom School Literacy Academy (FSLA) at The Center for Black Educator Development in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The FSLA, for…

By Laura Waters

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Posted July 27, 2021

15 Questions That Predominantly White Schools Should Ask When Engaging in Non-Performative Anti-Racist Work

Last week, I had a consulting call with a potential client (a white teacher), who teaches in a predominantly white school/neighborhood and wants to engage…

By Kwame Sarfo-Mensah

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