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Buckley, Maura D.

Senior Instructor
Salem State College, Reading
School Affiliation

Cambridge College School of Education

Academic Focus

Elementary education and special education

Community Involvement

Participated in a variety of educational activities and initiatives as an educator in a Massachusetts public school system

Assisted in the development of the language arts curriculum and influential in bringing the balanced literacy program into the elementary schools

Served on the school system’s professional development committee, the language arts committee, the strategic planning committee, the elementary school council, and the school improvement council, as well as having conducted many language arts workshops for teachers and parents

Active in the local education association and the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA).  

Filled various roles in the local education association including president of the organization.

Served on the MTA Board of Directors and on the MTA Employees’ Retirement Investment Committee and was chair of the MTA Government Relations Council.

Courses Taught
  • Principles of Language Development Bridging Differences and Disorders
  • Development of Reading and Writing Skills for Early Childhood and Elementary Curriculum
  • Pedagogy of Reading and Language Arts
  • Professional Seminar for Elementary Education Professional License and Special Education Professional License
  • Active Assessment of Active Reading

Reading Recovery Training - Lesley University
M.Ed. - Salem State College, Reading
B.S. - Boston College, Elementary Education


Marie Clay’s writings have greatly influenced my thoughts on the role of the teacher and that of the students. For example, her statement (2001):

Teachers contribute to the shifts in the processing which children are able to carry out, by:

  • altering the learning opportunities provided
  • prompting to influence the choices made by the constructive learner
  • altering the interaction between teacher andlearner. (p. 98)

has lead me to believe that students bring much to the educational process. They are constructive learners and it the teacher’s professional responsibility to provide the environment and opportunities through which all students are active participants in the learning process. This leads to academic success.

Professional Experience
  • Kindergarten teacher, Kingston, Jamaica
  • Public school classroom teacher, consulting teacher of reading, and reading recovery teacher
  • Member of the third grade language arts MCAS development committee for DESE
  • Adjunct professor, Salem State University
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association Board of Directors
Awards & Recognitions
  • Wakefield Education Foundation Teacher Excellence Award
  • Who’s Who in American Education
Research & Publications
  • Wakefield Education Foundation Grants
  • Nellie Mae Grant
  • Horace Mann Grant
Selected Presentations
  • WBZ Radio - Peter Meade Show
  • Salem State College - Global Education Seminar
  • Framingham State College - “Diagnosis and Correction of Reading Difficulties”
  • MTA Leadership Conference and MTA Better Ideas Conference
  • Many in-service workshops for teachers in Boston and suburban area schools
Professional Memberships & Affiliations
  • International Literacy Association
  • National Council of Teachers of English
  • Reading Recovery Council of North America
  • Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • National Education Association
  • Massachusetts Teachers Association