- EdD, Florida Gulf Coast University
- MPA, Florida Gulf Coast University
- BS, Barry University
Areas of Specialty
- Early Childhood
- Play-based learning
- Student voice/choice
- EDI 411 Early Childhood Development and Learning
- EDI 601 Diversity in Education
- Playful learning
- Project based learning
- Social Justice in Education
- Antiracism in Education
- DEI Topics
- Liberatory Learning
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
Turcotte, N., McElfresh, K. Rodriguez-Meehan, M (March, 2023). “It’s about the journey, not the destination”. Graduate students’ perceptions of upgrading. Journal of Applied Instructional Design. https://doi.org/10.51869/121/ntkmmrm
Rodriguez-Meehan, M., Brown, K., & Turcotte, N. (September, 2022). “A win-win for all”: Supporting literacy in early childhood and bringing awareness to shelter dogs. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-022-01389-0
Stork, M., Rodriguez-Meehan, M., Martelli, C. D., Martin, H., Turcotte, N., Molloy, A., & Wang, C. X.(August, 2022). Designing an innovation school: Perspectives from a school-university partnership.PDS Partners, 17(2), 18-33.
Turcotte, N., Rodriguez-Meehan, M. & Stork, M.G (June, 2022). This school is made for students: Students’ perspectives on PBL. J Form Des Learn 6, 53–62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41686-022-00066-0
Stork, M., Turcotte, N., Rizzuto, M., Wang, C., & Rodriguez-Meehan, M. (April, 2022). Prepare for success: Designing a digital badge program with a school-university partnership. Journal of Formative Design inLearning. https://doi.org/10.1007/s41686-022-00065-1
Rodriguez-Meehan, M. (September 2021) “Could that be play?”: Exploring pre-service teachers’ perceptions of play in kindergarten. Early Childhood Education Journal, 1-14. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-021-01257-3
Rodriguez-Meehan, M. & Halpern, C. (April, 2023). Returning to in-person school during COVID: Perspectives from kindergarten classrooms. In E.Fonsen, R. Ahtiainen, K.M. Heikkinen, & L. heikonen (Eds.) Early Childhood Education Leadership in Times of Crisis: International Studies During the COVID-19 Pandemic (119-134). Verlag.
Szecsi, T., & Meehan, M. (2018). “Dogs are great listeners”: A university course project leads to youngchildren’s reading to shelter dogs. In M.R. Jalongo (Ed.). Children, Dogs and Education: Caring for, learning alongside, and gaining support from canine companions (299-320). Springer.
PEER REVIEWED CONFERENCE PAPERS AND PRESENTATIONS
Rodriguez-Meehan, M. Chorbda, T., Haughton, V. & Franz, M. (February 9-10, 2023). “You get to pick”: A case study of choice and play in pedagogy in kindergarten. Paper Presentation at Eastern Educational
Research Association (EERA), Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Rodriguez-Meehan, M., Brown, K. & Turcotte, N. (February 9-10, 2023). “A win-win for all”. Supporting literacy in early childhood and bringing awareness to shelter dogs. Paper Presentation at Eastern Educational Research Association, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Turcotte, N. & Rodriguez-Meehan, M. (February 2-3, 2023). Centering Relationships In Our Teaching & Learning Practices. Virtual Presentation at Fifth Annual Symposium on Teaching and Learning, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers.
Turcotte, N., McElfresh, K., & Rodriguez-Meehan, M. (2022). Transforming Assessment Practices: Making Our Students’ Learning a Priority. Paper Presentation for Teacher Education Division at Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), Las Vegas, NV.
Rodriguez-Meehan, M., Chorbrda, T., Haughton, V., & Franz, Madison. (November 16-18, 2022). Moving towards more choice in kindergarten. Round Table Presentation at Florida Educational Research Association (FERA), Daytona Beach, FL. United States
Rodriguez-Meehan, M., Brown, K., Turcotte, N. (February 3-4, 2022). Young children reading with dogs: Community partnerships, informal learning environments, and social-emotional skills. Poster Presentation at Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA), Clearwater, FL.
Rodriguez-Meehan, M. (February, 2022). “Could that be play?”: Pre-service teachers’ perceptions of play in kindergarten.Paper Presentation at Eastern Educational Research Association Conference (EERA), Clearwater, FL.
Rodriguez-Meehan, M. & Houghton, V. (February 23-25, 2022). Reflections on PBL work in a hybrid undergraduate social studies methods class. Poster Presentation at SOTL Commons Conference. Savannah, GA.
Turcotte, N., Rodriguez-Meehan, M., & Stork, M. (2021). Student-centered, student-driven; An ethnographic exploration of students’ learning experiences at a project-based learning school. Paper presentation at Association for Educational Communications & Technology (AECT), International Convention. Chicago, Illinois.
Brown, K. Rodriguez-Meehan, M., & Turcotte, N. (2021). Children and Adolescents Reading to Shelter Dogs. COE Annual Research Day. Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL.
Turcotte, N. & Meehan, M.R. (2021, February). Fostering Community in Online Courses through Instructor Presence. Virtual Presentation in Southwest Florida Symposium on Teaching and Learning: Building Connections in Virtual Environments. Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, FL.
Meehan, M.R. (2020, November). Safety, Flexibility, and Choices: Reflections of Educational Environments inPK-20 Settings in Southwest, FL. Virtual Presentation in Jornada Internacional. Universidad Camilo Jose Cela, Madrid, Spain.
Meehan, M.R. (2020. March). Pre-service Teachers’ Perceptions of Play in Kindergarten. Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education Symposium on Scholarly Engagement, Fort Myers, Florida.
Meehan, M.R. & T. Szecsi (2018, April). Dogs are Great Listeners: A University Course Project Leads to Young Children’s Reading to Shelter Dogs. Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education Symposium on Scholarly Engagement, Fort Myers, Florida.
Video interview for WINK News. “Inside an FGCU education classroom: Teachers in training ready to step in.” March 20, 2023.
Video interview for WINK News. “Making the Grade: Back to school special”. August 5, 2022.
Video interview ABC7 News. Program allows kids to read to shelter dogs. March 11, 2019.