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Musings of a Red Headed Teacher

Megan Allen

March 18, 2014

Guest Blog: This is What I Am


This week, I'm proud to have one of my great colleagues and friends, David Bosso, as a guest blogger. David has been researching the impact of education reform on teachers and presents a summary of his findings below. On a personal note, one of my most amazing students in my Children's LIterature class at Mount Holyoke College was one of of David's former high school students in Connecticut. I love the circular and unexpected nature of life! 

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Megan Allen

December 13, 2013

Battling teacher dropout, Paul Simon style


Before we gorged ourselves in the land of turkey and gravy at Thanksgiving, my blog delved into the messy and somewhat neglected topic of educator burnout. This spurred some great dialogue around teacher retention and got my gears whirling to identify solutions. 

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Megan Allen

October 8, 2013

Top Tweets from #educationnation

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Today a certain edu-geeky air blew through the skyscraper-lined streets of New York City as NBC kicked off their fourth year of Education Nation, a weeklong conversation around the state of education. I sat front row in a sea of hopetimistic teachers, smartphone in hand...

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Megan Allen

September 30, 2013

Where does teacher leadership begin?


Can we build leadership capacity in our teachers…before they step into their first classroom? I think it is possible, and that feeling is growing stronger every day. Here’s a bit of my thinking and informal research on the subject.

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Megan Allen

September 14, 2013

Getting time on our side


I’ve been thinking a lot about career continuums and school redesign lately, participating in an National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) webinar (which will be available next week) and working towards the release of an NNSTOY whitepaper (which will be released October 4th…I can’t wait!). I’ve been putting my brain in high gear, rethinking some big ideas in our profession and having dialogue with teachers across the country on the topic. But there is one catalyst in my life that has caused me to think long and hard on this…

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