Megan Allen

Visiting Lecturer in Education


  • B.A. at Clemson University
  • M.A. at University of South Florida-St. Petersburg
  • Current doctoral candidate at Walden University

Courses Taught:

  • Children’s Literature for Educators
  • Teaching English Language Learners
  • The Process of Teaching and Learning: Developing Literacy in Early Childhood and Elementary Schools
  • Observing and Assisting in Inclusive Classrooms
  • Practicum Seminar on Teaching and Learning: Early Childhood and Elementary Education


My passion in education is focused on one major tenet: the successful transformation of our education system, led by professional educators. My current areas of research are around teacher leadership, cultivating teacher leadership capacity in pre-service teachers, career continuums in education, education policy and its impacts on the classroom, and working with high-needs populations. I’ve done extensive work with teacher groups researching and creating solutions-based products around the issues of teaching evaluation, teacher leadership in education, the Common Core State Standards, and compensation systems. I am currently working on facilitating blended learning with in-service teachers across the country in a pilot teacher leadership initiative, done in partnership with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, the National Education Association, and the Center for Teaching Quality.

I am a huge edugeek and blog for the Center for Teaching, where I write about my students, teacher leadership, and advocate for a more effective education system. Visit it at

Recent Publications: 

Allen, M. (2013, April 10). Advocacy tips: Finding your inner teacher leader. Education Week Teacher. Retrieved from

Allen, M. (2013, February 26). My two minute elevator speech to Arne [Video file]. Retrieved from

Allen, M. (2013, January 29). I’ve got my teaching evaluation: Now what [Web log post]? ASCD Smartbrief. Retrieved from

Allen, M. (2012, September 28). You might be in the first week of school [Web log post]. Accomplished Teacher. Retrieved from

Allen, M. (2012, September 20). Why you should become a teacher’s fairy godparent. Good Magazine. Retrieved from