David Allen’s research focuses on how groups collaborate and create together, in schools and other settings. He employs qualitative and arts-based research methodologies. Current studies include learning communities of school superintendents within a statewide network and of teachers within a juvenile detention center. He has been a researcher at the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools and Teaching (NCREST), Teachers College, Columbia University; Project Zero, Harvard Graduate School of Education; and the Coalition of Essential Schools, Brown University. He has taught English and ESL at the middle school, secondary, college, and adult education levels. He was a lecturer in English at the University of Warsaw as part of the first Peace Corps mission to Central Europe; later, he received a Fulbright fellowship to study school reform in Poland.


EdD, Teachers  College, Columbia University

M.A.T., Brown University

B.A., Oberlin College

Scholarship / Publications


Allen, D., Blythe, T., Dichter, A., & Lynch, T. (2018). Protocols in the Classroom: Tools to Help Students Read, Write, Think, and Collaborate. New York: Teachers College Press.

Allen, D., & Blythe, T. (2015). Facilitating for Learning: Tools for Teacher Groups of All Kinds. New York: Teachers College Press.

Blythe, T., Allen D., Powell, B.S. (2015). Looking Together at Student Work, Third Edition. Teachers College Press, New York.

Allen, D. (2013). Powerful Teacher Learning: What the Theatre Arts Teach about Collaboration. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Education

Allen, D., with Ort, S., Constantini, A., Reist, J., & Schmidt, J. (2008). Coaching Whole School Change: Lessons in Practice from a Small High School. New York: Teachers College Press.

Allen D. & Blythe, T. (2004). The Facilitator’s Book of Questions: Tools for Looking Together at Student and Teacher Work.  New York: Teachers College Press.

Weinbaum, A., Allen, D., Blythe, T., Simon, K, Seidel, S., & Rubin, C. (2004). Teaching as Inquiry: Asking Hard Questions to Improve Practice and Student Achievement. New York: Teachers College Press.

Allen, D. (Ed.). (1998). Assessing Student Learning: From Grading to Understanding. New York: Teachers College Press.

Selected journal articles:

Allen, D., & Laine, E. (2018). The Integrated Spectator: Theatre audiences and pedagogy, Research in Drama Education

Roegman, R., Allen, D., & Hatch, T. (2017). The Elusiveness of Equity: Evolution of Instructional Rounds in a Superintendents’ Network, American Journal of Education

Allen, D., Roegman, R., & Hatch, T. (2016). Investigating Discourses for Administrators’ Learning within Instructional Rounds. Educational Management Administration & Leadership.

Allen, D. (2016). The Resourceful Facilitator: Teacher Leaders Developing Identities as Facilitators of Teacher Peer Groups. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice.

Allen, D. (2015). Teacher Learning as Collective Creation: Thinking with the Theatre Arts. Teacher Development

Allen, D. (2013). Reconstructing Professional Learning Community as Collective Creation. Improving Schools.

Allen, D., Ort, S., Schmidt, J. (2009). Supporting Classroom Assessment: Lessons from a Small School. Theory into Practice.