Gayle Allen at SRK Headshot Day

Gayle Allen is an experienced educator, researcher and entrepreneur who helps educational leaders drive transformative change. Her unique blend of theory and practice challenges teams to become collaborative, research-driven and digitally connected.

Gayle was the founder of two professional learning institutes for K-12 educators, before becoming the Chief Learning Officer for BrightBytes, the world’s leader in research and data for schools. She has been a teacher and administrator, while simultaneously serving as an adjunct professor at Teachers College, Columbia University. Her articles on learning and leadership have appeared in countless publications, such as MindShift, EdSurge, Edutopia, and Getting Smart.

Gayle earned her Ed.D. and M.Ed. from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her MBA in innovation and global leadership from MIT.


  1. Joel Gelburd on September 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Hi Gayle,
    How are you? I’d like to touch base and catch up. Do you have a new email address that I may write to?

  2. Gayle on September 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

    Hi Joel, I just sent you an email. Can’t wait to hear what you’re up to!


  3. Colleen on August 9, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Hi Gayle!

    I just noticed a retweet by Will Richardson and it led me here to you. Great to find you! I am working in Philadelphia at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School (a Jesuit highschool for boys) as the Instructional Technology Specialist. I will be following you on Twitter and looking forward to learning from/with you.
    All the best
    Colleen (Conmy) McManus

  4. Gayle on August 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

    Hi Colleen,

    Great to hear from you! I’d heard that you were in Phil. Hope you’re doing well. I have some friends who attended St. Joe’s growing up – loved it!

    Thanks for following me and for reaching out. So good to hear from you! I’ll look for you on Twitter and follow you, as well.

    : )


  5. Erica on April 15, 2014 at 10:35 am

    Hi Ms. Allen,

    I saw you this past weekend at TC’s “Women in Leadership” panel discussion and really enjoyed the perspectives you shared. I was in the first morning session and asked you afterwards about if/how you dealt with peer/societal pressure to be in a relationship when you just want to focus on personal growth (ie: education, career). Your response really put me at ease about my goals and I just had to look you up via Google since you stood out so much to me during the panel.

    The past few days I’ve been reading your blog and also came across your profile on LinkedIn. I saw that you were previously an adjunct professor at TC and was wondering if you’d possibly be teaching anything at TC again. (I plan to attend starting in Sept.) I understand you’re probably firmly rooted in CA now but if you do plan to be at TC again, please let me know as I would be really interested in hearing more from you firsthand! You’re such an impressive person and I would love to learn more from you.


    Erica L.

    P.S. Apologies for contacting you via the About section on your blog; I wasn’t sure how/where else to do so but I knew that I definitely wanted to!

  6. Gayle on April 15, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Erica, great to hear from you! Thank you for your kind words. I just sent you an email. Excited to hear you’ll be starting at TC this fall. : )

  7. Deb Wexler on September 28, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    Hi Gayle,
    We have known each other for many years through my sister Sue C, of Kent Place. She has been telling me of the work you are doing and as an educator I am interested in learning more! I will checking out a demo of Bright Bytes and share with my colleagues.
    Deb W

  8. Gayle on September 28, 2014 at 7:16 pm

    Deb, it’s great to meet you through my blog! As you well know, your sister is amazing – I am fortunate to know her. I’m excited to hear you’ll be checking out BrightBytes. Let me know if you need anything!

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