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…

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Posted Dec. 10, 2019

Democrats Are Finally Talking Public Education, But You Probably Won’t Be Invited to the Table

I couldn’t believe it. Finally, education was going to take center stage at the 2020 Public Education Forum. All the major Democratic candidates (and some…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 11, 2019

Black Kids Don’t Need to Sit Next to White Kids to Learn

Over the last decade, and indeed for longer than that, those fighting for justice, many of them White, have largely looked to integration as the…

By Zachary Wright 

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Posted Dec. 12, 2019

Black Families Haven’t Been Hoodwinked, We Come From a Legacy of School Choice

The Democratic party once embraced charter schools as a tool for equity and opportunity. Now, as Andre Perry points out in his recent op-ed, “Support…

By Sharif El-Mekki

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