Megan M. Allen is a National Board Certified Teacher and the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year. She currently is serving as the director at Mount Holyoke Programs in Teacher Leadership, which has just launched an online Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership. She has taught for ten years, most as an elementary and special education teacher, serving in Title One schools in Hillsborough County, FL.
Megan is a member of NNSTOY, the organization of teacher leaders that seeks to transform teaching by using its credible voice to support policies and practices that advance teacher leadership, educator effectiveness, and the conditions, capacity, and culture necessary to support great teaching and learning for all students.
Megan’s suggestion for making a difference in student outcomes:
Build a supportive and trusting classroom community that fosters collaboration and a shared sense of purpose.
She has found great benefit for her students by establishing her classroom as a family of learners who support each other with feedback, shared purpose, and proactive problem solving. Megan emphasizes the importance of discussing and analyzing with students about what teamwork and collaboration looks like ahead of time. She suggests establishing a routine that includes setting a common purpose, experiencing the activity as a community of learners, and reflecting collaboratively.
Member of NNSTOY
We are a network of State Teachers of the Year and Finalists who use our teacher leadership to ensure that every student receives an outstanding education. We do this through our focus on practice, policy and advocacy.We Believe...
- Every student has a right to a high-quality education, regardless of background, race, gender, disability or socio-economic status.
- To achieve educational excellence for all students, we must transform and support the teaching profession.
- It is imperative that we involve our nation’s expert teachers in conversations about improving education.
- Teacher leaders will transform the teaching profession and create, implement and sustain systems to solve our toughest educational challenges.
- We must prepare our country’s future workforce to be competitive in a global economy and participate in a diverse, democratic country.
- Educators must partner with families and communities on behalf of our nation’s children.