Megin Charner-Laird


Professional Details

Title Assistant Professor
Department Childhood Education and Care
Office Sullivan Building 303F
Phone 978.542.2547
Email megin.charnerlaird@salemstate.edu

Recent and Upcoming Courses

AGS 735 Data-informed Educational Leadership
EDC 401 Introduction to Lesson Planning
EDS 825 Connecting, Research, Policy & Practice in Education
EDS 835 Data-driven Instruction

Professional Biography

Megin Charner-Laird received her doctorate from Harvard University. During her time at Harvard, she was the director of the school's undergraduate teacher education program. Megin's research looks at teachers' experiences of policy enactment; teachers' experiences of school-based professional learning; and how teacher leadership is enacted in school settings. At Salem State, Megin serves as the lead faculty for assessment and will teach EDG999 Elementary Education Capstone: Action Research II in the spring of 2015.

Professional Interests

School reform, urban schools, teacher education, teacher learning and support, teacher leadership, school turnaround.

Selected Publications

Johnson, S. M., Reinhorn, S. K., Charner-Laird, M., Kraft, M. A., Ng, M., & Papay, J. P. (2014). Ready to lead, but how? Teachers’ experiences in high-poverty urban schools. Teachers College Record.

Ippolito, J., Dobbs, C., & Charner-Laird, M. (2014). Supporting professional learning means relying on teacher leadership. JSD.

Watson, D., Charner-Laird, M., Kirkpatrick, C. L., Szczesiul, S. A., & Gordon, P. (2006). Effective teaching/Effective urban teaching: Grappling with definitions, grappling with difference. Journal of Teacher Education, 57(4), 395-409.

Charner-Laird, M., Donaldson, M. L., & Hong, S. (Eds.). (2005). Education past and present: Reflections on research, policy, and practice. Cambridge, MA: Harvard Education Press.

Selected Presentations

“Possibility or peril? A discourse analysis of school turnaround.” Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2014.

“Learners as leaders: Teacher leadership as an essential component of team-based professional development” (with J. Ippolito & C. Dobbs). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Philadelphia, PA, April, 2014.

“Coming together around instructional practice: The use of teacher teams in high-poverty, urban schools” (with M. Ng, S. M. Johnson, M. A. Kraft, J. P. Papay, & S. Reinhorn). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, April, 2012.

“Committed to their students but in need of support: How students and working conditions influence teachers’ careers in high-poverty, urban schools” (with M. A. Kraft, J. P. Papay, S. M. Johnson, M. Ng, & S. Reinhorn). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, April, 2012.

“Ready to lead: Teachers and principals working to improve high-poverty, urban schools” (with S. M. Johnson, S. Reinhorn, M. A. Kraft, M. Ng, & J. P. Papay). Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association, Vancouver, BC, April, 2012.