David Allen’s research has focused on collaborative teacher inquiry, facilitation of teacher learning groups, and authentic assessment of student learning. He is currently studying professional learning practices in schools and school districts. He also studies collective creation processes in the theater arts, and looks for ways to connect these to collaborative teacher learning practices. 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. Professor Allen has taught English and ESL at the middle school, secondary, college, and adult education levels. 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. (forthcoming, 2016). The Resourceful Facilitator: Teacher Leaders Constructing Identities as Facilitators of Teacher Peer Groups. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 18:2.

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

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

Allen, D. (2013). Reconstructing Professional Learning Community as Collective Creation. Improving Schools, 16:3.

Allen, D., Ort, S., Schmidt, J. (2009). Supporting Classroom Assessment: Lessons from a Small School. Theory into Practice, 48:1.

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.

Blythe, T., Allen D., Powell, B.S. (2007).  Looking Together at Student Work, Second Edition. Teachers College Press, New York.

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

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