Chris Murray, NBCT

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Chris Murray is a National Board Certified teacher who has been teaching Social Studies at Walter Johnson High School in Bethesda (Montgomery County), Maryland since 2005. Over the past decade he has taught both US and World History while creating a well-respected World Religions elective. Chris lives in Rockville with his wife and two sons.
Religious Tolerance: Teaching the Teachers
Chris Murray, NBCTJuly 26, 2016

In June, educators from Maryland’s Montgomery County Public Schools made history when they completed an intensive academic study of religion. The course, which rewards MCPS teachers with three Continuing Professional Development credits, exposed teachers to the diversity of religious practice in the region and across the United States as a whole, while giving them the tools and knowledge to return to their classrooms in the fall, empowered to incorporate religion into their lessons and build safe spaces for all students. The course, which features presentations by local religious leaders, academics and politicians, began with a dynamic Q&A session with Montgomery…

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Watching Dreams Become Goals and Goals Become Realities
Chris Murray, NBCTJune 28, 2016

A decade into my career in education and I felt as though I had checked off all the goals I set way back when I was a novice teacher. I had survived the first year, while meeting, and dating my now wife. Next, I had earned a master’s degree in curriculum design and instruction and then delved into earning a second master’s degree in special education. I added to my skillset by becoming certified in special education, ESOL and school administration. The final box on my list was to achieve National Board Certification (eight years into teaching).    But now…

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