Megan Harding, M.S.W.

Senior Lecturer, Chair of Policy Sequence

Megan Harding Headshot

Contact Information

Lilly Hall 305



B.A., Boston College School of Education

M.S.W., Smith College


Harding’s work has focused on policy, program design and practice within the K-12 public school setting, with a particular focus on equity and reducing the opportunity gap in Massachusetts. Harding served as the former Director of Social Emotional Learning for Holyoke Public Schools as well as the coordinator of the Holyoke Early Literacy Initiative and a Full Service Community Schools leader in Holyoke.  

Harding has focused on strategic efforts to strengthen the “conditions for learning” in public schools. This work has included practice and advocacy to promote the Full Service Community School strategy, utilization of a Multi-tiered System of Supports design, integration of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) into core instruction, promotion of School-Based Health Centers, as well as school climate initiatives to address trauma-sensitivity and mitigate disparities in discipline policies.

Currently, Harding provides planning support, professional learning and technical assistance through the BRYT Network for schools in Massachusetts interested in developing “Bridge Programs” for students returning to school after extended absence from psychiatric hospitalization. Harding’s work includes a focus on strengthening family partnership and collaboration within the programs.

At Smith, Harding coordinates the Community Practice Experience as well as the first year Agency & Community Practice course and teaches social work policy classes and a School Social Work course.

Harding received her bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Philosophy from Boston College and her M.S.W. from the Smith School for Social Work.

Selected Presentations

Harding, M., Hyry-Dermith, P., Houle, K. & White, H. (2017) Supporting Students Returning to School After Mental Health and Medical Crises. Presentation at Third Annual Teen Mental Health Summit, MA School Administrators Association, Westborough, MA.

Harding, M., Hyry-Dermith, P., Houle, K. (2016) BRYT: Supporting Students Returning to School after a Crisis, Presentation at Massachusetts School Counselors Association (MASCA) Conference, Boxborough, MA.

Harding, M. (2016) Experiential Education Studies: Integrating Liberal Arts as a Platform for Thought in Education Policy, Amherst Careers in Education Professions Program, Amherst College.

Harding, M. (2015) 2015 Moving the Needle on Student Performance: The Wraparound Zone Story, Curriculum & Instruction Annual Fall Convening, MA Department of Elementary & Secondary Education, Malden, MA.

Harding, M. (2014) Developing Strategic Pathways to College and Career Success, Strategies for Children Birth to Grade Three Policy Forum, Worcester MA.