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An Edugeek’s Guide to K-12 Practice and Policy

Megan M. Allen is a National Board-certified teacher, the 2010 Florida Teacher of the Year, an eternal optimist, and an overall edugeek. Allen taught for nine years as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in Tampa, Fla., and now serves as the developer and director of the Master of Arts in Teacher Leadership at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Mass. Follow her on Twitter: @redhdteacher. (An Edugeek’s Guide to K-12 Practice and Policy ceased publishing in August 2017.)

Education Opinion You Might Be in the First Week of School if...
If you just started your school year as a classroom teacher, you might recognize yourself (and get a much-needed chuckle) in this list.
Megan M. Allen, August 28, 2017
3 min read
Education Opinion Food Insecurity: The Hidden Equity Hurdle in Our Schools
Guest blogger Brett Bigham shares how jars of peanut butter can be a tool and safety net for learning.
Megan M. Allen, August 23, 2017
4 min read
Education Opinion How Teacher Professional Development Changed My Teaching (and a Student's Life)
A Montana high school educator discusses how Trump's education cuts will hurt rural students and the teachers who serve them.
Megan M. Allen, August 22, 2017
3 min read
Education Opinion Does Trump's Education Budget Support Our Future Workforce?
How the proposed cuts to career and technical education will impact our students, the working class, and our country.
Megan M. Allen, August 17, 2017
3 min read
Education Opinion What Does Trump's Budget Say About Our Values as a Country?
Trump's proposed budget cuts seem to state that literacy doesn't matter, which is detrimental to our society.
Megan M. Allen, August 15, 2017
2 min read
Education Opinion Winter Is Coming: What Trump's Budget Proposal Means for Public Education
What do Game of Thrones and Trump's proposed education budget have in common?
Megan M. Allen, August 8, 2017
2 min read
Education Opinion Professional Creep: How Work Can Take Over Your Life (and Your Book List)
Do you only read professionally? @Redhdteacher believes it's time to break the habit and read a book for fun.
Megan M. Allen, August 1, 2017
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Education Opinion Implementation Speed: Are You the Snail or the Goldfish?
When implementing something new in your classroom or school, are you a snail or a goldfish?
Megan M. Allen, July 25, 2017
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Education Opinion Fresh From Florida: Anyone Can Challenge What Students Learn in School
Public education faces another blow in Florida
Megan M. Allen, July 5, 2017
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Education Opinion What Doesn't Belong in a Teacher's Desk: A Gun
Holster those guns and take them out of our classrooms (and away from our kids)
Megan M. Allen, June 30, 2017
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Education Opinion The Most Underused Real Estate in Our Schools: Marquees
Could school signs help educators take back the narrative around education reform?
Megan M. Allen, June 13, 2017
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Education Opinion What's the No. 1 Thing That Holds Teacher Leaders Back?
How a self-imposed barrier interferes with a teacher leader's success
Megan M. Allen, June 6, 2017
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Education Opinion Leadership Lessons From Graduation Speakers: Dolores Huerta
From a graduation speech straight to the heart: Creating leaders, the importance of unions, and giving to the world
Megan M. Allen, May 29, 2017
4 min read
Education Opinion Do Teachers Belong in the Schoolhouse or on the School Board?
@Redhdteacher believes that if we had more teachers impacting change at the local level, our classrooms would be in better shape.
Megan M. Allen, May 18, 2017
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