Margaret Riordan
Margaret RiordanOnline Education Faculty
PhD, New York University
MA, DePaul University
BA, Marquette University

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Meg Riordan is the Director of External Research at EL Education (formerly Expeditionary Learning), a K-12 education organization that partners with districts and schools across the country. Meg is the co-author of Going to Scale with New School Designs: reinventing high school (Teachers College Press, 2009) and numerous journal articles and blog posts that focus on teachers’ professional learning, deeper learning equity, and assessment practices to support all learners. She is a former middle school and high school ELA teacher.

In her spare time, she enjoys running in ultra-marathons: Mountain Madness 50K Trail Run,Can Lake 50K, and Stone Cat 50 Mile Run.


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Association for Experiential Education


McDonald, J.P., Klein, E.J., Riordan, M. (2009). “Going to Scale with New School Designs: reinventing high school.” Teachers College Press.

Riordan, M. & Sewall, A. (4.11.2016). “Response to Assessing Students on What Really Counts, Larry Ferlazzo Q & A.” Retrieved from (invited blog post).

Riordan, M. & Smith, G. (10.2.2015). “Students As Leaders of Their Learning. Retrieved from Edutopia”

Klein, E. J. & Riordan, M. (6.03.15). “Participation penalizes quiet Learners: Making the case for standards-based grading to support all students.” Retrieved from (invited blog post).

Klein, E. J., Jaffe-Walter, R., & Riordan, M. (2015). “Scaling up teacher professional learning: how to grow teacher knowledge while growing school networks.” Current Issues in Education, 18 (2).

Klein, E. J. & Riordan, M. (2011). “Wearing the ‘student hat’: Experiential professional development in Expeditionary Learning Outward Bound Schools.” Journal of Experiential Education, 34(1), 35-54.

Riordan, M. & Klein, E. J. (2010). “Environmental Education in Action: how expeditionary learning schools support teachers in tackling issues of sustainability.” Teacher Education Quarterly, 37(4), 119-137. (Invited and peer reviewed)

Klein, E. J. & Riordan, M. (2009). “Putting Professional Development into Practice: a framework for how teachers in expeditionary learning schools implement professional development.” Teacher Education Quarterly, 36(4), 61-80.