English Teacher Named to Emerging Leaders Program

John Meehan

Congratulations to O'Connell English teacher, John Meehan, who is one of 46 educators named to the 2017 Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD) Emerging Leaders program.

"The 2017 class of emerging leaders joins an elite group of educators who are making a meaningful impact on students across the world," said Ronn Nozoe, ASCD Associate Executive Director. "The caliber of this year's group is inspiring, and we look forward to learning from these leaders as they engage with the education community."

In addition to his work in the classroom at O'Connell, Meehan serves as the coordinator of the school's "igKnight" teacher professional development program. His role as an instructional coach has also been recognized at the state and national level--with presentations at the annual conference of the Virginia Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the annual conference of the National Catholic Education Association, a panel presentation at Notre Dame University's Play Like a Champion Today Athletics Leadership Conference, and an appointment to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's 2016-2018 Teacher Advisory Council.

Educators selected for the Emerging Leaders program have been in the education profession for 5–15 years; demonstrate a passion for learning, teaching, and leading; come from a diverse range of positions, locations, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives; hold promise as leaders; and are committed to ASCD's beliefs and to pursuing leadership opportunities.

Following the nomination process, this year's leaders were chosen by an advisory panel composed of ASCD staff, education thought leaders, and emerging leader alumni. The 2017 class of emerging leaders is one of the most geographically diverse cohorts in the history of the program with emerging leaders hailing from 23 states, China, Colombia, Canada, Singapore, Taiwan, and Pakistan. The class includes superintendents, principals and assistant principals, teachers, literacy coaches, professional learning specialists, and a digital learning specialist, among other roles and titles.

While in the program, Meehan and his cohort can take advantage of numerous opportunities such as:

  • Attending the invitation-only Leader to Leader conference in July, where leaders of various ASCD constituent groups convene to learn, share, and lay the groundwork for further collaboration.
  • Presenting at ASCD conferences and events.
  • Writing for ASCD publications, including the Inservice blog, and contributing blogs and articles to other outlets.
  • Hosting episodes of ASCD Learn. Teach. Lead. Radio, a weekly program produced in partnership with BAM! Radio Network.

To view the entire list of the 2017 emerging leaders, visit the Emerging Leaders Directory. For more information on ASCD's Emerging Leaders program, visit www.ascd.org/emergingleaders. To learn more about ASCD's other programs, products, services, and memberships, visit www.ascd.org.