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Musings of a Red Headed Teacher

Megan Allen

February 1, 2016

Florida: The Connected Educator

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This guest blog post is written by Janelle Dickerson, a recongnized and certified K-8 dance educator and teacher leader at a ES/PS 315 The Lab School for Children in the Bronx. Her piece was inspired by the teacher leader vignettes written in Flip the System: Changing Education from the Ground Up.

Fran Siracusa interviewed by Janelle Dickerson


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Megan Allen

September 11, 2015

Part 2: Back to school in 5-7-5

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And here is part two! Despite sweltering heat and long professional development sessions, hope lives in our schools!

Six days of P.D.

Blood-born pathogens. Too much.

Finally students here! (Karen Tritt, KS)


Believe and inspire 

Hope unabated abounds 

In them, the future. (Dave Bosso, CT)


Ninety-one degrees

sweltering hot and smelly

Really hard to learn. (Jae Goodwin, MA)


Retire, not yet!

Guidance and love to give-still,

Whatever it takes. (Adrianne Teal, FL)

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Megan Allen

September 10, 2015

Part 1: Back to school in 5-7-5

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Confession time: I wasn’t always attentive at faculty meetings (gasp!). I used to sit in the back of faculty meetings on Tuesday afternoons, mind swirling with a thousand things for my to-do list, trying to pay attention, but not always the best at doing so.  And sometimes, I would participate in a team-bonding activity in the back of the media center of Burney Elementary School in Plant City, Florida. A nerdy team-bonding activity. What were we doing?

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Megan Allen

August 3, 2015

Is the class system thriving in public education?

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TSA PreCheck versus general security screening. Priority boarding versus general boarding. First class versus the holding tank of the main cabin. Our world is organized into the “have’s” and “have not’s,” with the class system most certainly alive and well.  Let’s look at two of the places where it sticks its ugly nose: our schools and airports.     

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