After teaching middle and high school, Allen joined the faculty of the Department of Education in 1994. She chose Trinity because, then and now, the preparation for teaching provided by the MAT program is simply "the best." For 19 years, Allen coordinated the middle grades MAT program and taught courses on curriculum development, pedagogics, adolescent development, and middle level education. Since 2014, she has served as the Director of Certification and Assessment and teaches child and adolesent development.
Allen is the creator and coordinator of the Summer Currciulum Writing Institute (SCWI) begun in 2005 to support the needs of MAT graduates during the induction years. She is also developer of the Understanding by Design curriculum collection, the most popular site in the Digital Commons garnering 40,000 downloads per month and used regularly by organizations such as the US Department of Education.
Allen is the author of 22 journal articles and book chapters and has given more than 50 presentation of her work. She serves on several national and state boards and is a reviewer for a number of referred journals.
She is married to Bruce Allen with whom she has two daughters in middle and high school. she is an active volunteer at her children's schools and with her church. Her family shares their home with two rescue dogs.
Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with Middle Grades Emphasis, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
M.A. in English Education, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
B.S.E. in English and History, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville
Allen, L.V. (2014). Connecting the continuum: A university-based induction program to improve teacher quality. Teacher Development, 18(1), 65-80.
Allen, L.V. (2013). The impact induction support on teacher development, reacher retention, and the teacher quality issue. Teacher Education Quarterly. 24(2), 75-92.
Allen, L.V., & Migliore, E.T. (2010). Supporting students and parents through a school-university partnership (pp. 308-316) in L. Abbeduoto & F. Symons (Eds.) Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Educational Psychology (Sixth Edition): McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series: Dubuque, Iowa.
Allen, L.V., Ruebel, K., McDaniel, J., Greene, M., & Spencer, V. (2009). Putting This We Believe into action in performance-based teacher education. Middle School Journal, 40(3), 38-46.
Allen, L.V., Ruebel, K., McDaniel, J., Greene, M., & Spencer, V. (2009). "Putting This We Believe into action in performance-based teacher education." Middle School Journal, 40(3), 38-46.
Allen, L.V., & Migliore, E.T. (2010). "Supporting students and parents through a school-university partnership" (pp. 308-316) in L. Abbeduoto & F. Symons (Eds.) Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Educational Psychology (Sixth Edition): McGraw-Hill Contemporary Learning Series: Dubuque, Iowa.
"Connecting the Continuum: The Impact of Induction Support on Teacher Development, Teacher Retention, and the Teacher Quality Issue." (2010) Report of the Summer Curriculum Writing Institute at Trinity University.
New Title and Books
Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance (Angela Duckworth)
The Gifts of Imperfection (Brene Brown)
Bringing up Bebe (Pamela Druckerman)
Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children (Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman)
Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Tennage Brain (Daniel Siegel)
Mindset (Carol Dweck)
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (Rebecca Skloot)
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Stephen King)
Traveling Mercies: Some Thoughts on Faith (Anne Lamott)