Maryann Woods-Murphy

Posted Oct. 25, 2018

Forget About the Pipeline, School Discipline Is Already a Prison for Many Students

As I walked past the principal’s office, I could see that Jonah was sitting outside again, his small legs shaking nervously, his head hung low.…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted May 17, 2018

Students With Autism Are ‘Different, Not Less,’ and Other Lessons From Temple Grandin

Steven was my oversized and freckled first-grade classmate. That basement classroom was bulging with students, with rows of tiny desks brimming with books and a…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Feb. 28, 2018

We’re Just Hoping All These Active Shooter Drills Don’t Become Reality in Our Schools

The glue gun was heating up in the corner to affix the last popsicle stick on the fifth grader’s biomimicry project. “Bio” means life and…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Feb. 9, 2018

Listen to Parents, Even When You Don’t Feel Like It

At the end of a long day, the last thing I’m looking for is a long and detailed email from a parent. Not that I…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted Nov. 29, 2017

We Need to Keep Our Most Advanced Students Engaged. Here’s How.

I am a gifted and talented specialist for a school district in New Jersey. It is my job to make sure that students receive the…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted July 7, 2017

Every Single Educator Has to Stand Up and Recognize Racism in This Country

How many men and women of color have to die for White educators of goodwill to help eradicate bias in our schools and nation? Like…

By Maryann Woods-Murphy

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Posted July 12, 2016

Teens Talk About Racism

Martina, a high school sophomore, told her teacher she was nervous about talking with students from other schools about race. As she boarded the yellow…

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Posted Nov. 20, 2020

I’m Thankful for the Activists Who Are Knocking Down Doors and Taking Their Seats at the Table

Picture this—it’s Thanksgiving, the whole family’s waiting to eat but as usual, dinner is delayed and hangriness is a whole ass mood—but no one can…

By Tanesha Peeples

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Posted Nov. 24, 2020

Let’s Get Back to Grace and Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Living through a pandemic is rough. It’s an experience that we are all wanting to come to an end. It has caused businesses to shut…

By Shawnta S. Barnes

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Posted Nov. 23, 2020

One Memphis Mom (and Grandma) Has a Thanksgiving Message for Joe Biden

Sarah Carpenter, executive director of Memphis Lift, spent much of the 2020 primary season bringing her message—her plea—for liberation from failing schools to all who were…

By Erika Sanzi

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