Dr. Michele Rivers Murphy, CEI Research Associate and Consultant, obtained her doctorate degree from Northeastern University in Educational Leadership (K-12). Her doctoral thesis specifically addressed the gap between what students are learning in school and what they need to know in order to be prepared for college and career in the 21st century. Dr. Rivers Murphy has over eight years of direct educational supervisory experience and several MA certifications at all levels, in both administration and teaching, including special education. Dr. Rivers Murphy has served as a transformational change agent in education for over two decades in some of the highest needs and neighborhood districts. She has developed an innovative alternative to in-school and out of school suspension, eliminating in-school suspension completely and decreasing school suspension by 75% through building positive relationships and individual accountability. She also expanded high needs programming to mainstream setting, with a focus on real life practice, service and connection to community.
Dr. Rivers Murphy believes that It Takes a Village to educate children today, and that a whole child approach is critical for the development, growth and success of each and every child. Through strong networking, positive relationship building, a laser-sharp focus on student strengths, and collective vision and action by stakeholders, she has maximized or redistributed resources and facilitated significant positive school culture transformation. Dr. Rivers Murphy views strong community engagement, along with valuing the voices of all stakeholders in education as key to developing a high-performing public school solution for high-needs districts. Currently, Dr. Rivers Murphy has created and is implementing a 21c innovative school community model, supported by an Equity Framework, and driven by the Principles of Pedagogy of Confidence, Inspiring High Intellectual Performance (Jackson, 2011) in collaboration with Dr. Yvette Jackson. She also is facilitating research and heart centered learning for CEI.
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