Students at the Center: Personalized Learning with Habits of Mind

Work With Allison


  • Strategy Call

    Strategy calls are a way for Allison and your team to have a one-time, hour-long conversation around a topic of your choosing. Your team will walk away with insight, validation, and next steps.

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  • Consulting

    Allison will tap into her vast set of tools based on more than 17 years of experience as an educational consultant and teacher to engage in rich problems that require inquiry, analysis, and inventive solutions.

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  • Keynote

    Allison provides a blend of practical, passionate, and powerful explanations on a range of topics. Here is a sample range that can be customized for your context, audience, and purpose.

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    What Others Have to Say


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    Allison Zmuda is extremely dedicated to helping teachers create learning environments that engage and motivate learners of all ages. Allison makes a difference by engaging teachers to think deeply about strategies that support personalized learning environments. She is a professional developer who understands the needs of educators then works side-by-side with teachers on practical strategies that put students at the center of learning.

    Mary Murphy Innovation and Personalized Learning Specialist, Douglas County School District, CO January 12, 2017

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    Allison has challenged me to think about my teaching and curriculum from the perspective of my students, their interests and their goals. Change is not easy, but Allison has helped me through the process with questions, laughter and support.

    Laura Stott Social Studies Teacher, Daniel Hand High School, Madison, CT January 9, 2017

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    Allison’s knowledge of curriculum and instruction is notable, however, I am most impressed by her ability to collaboratively lead teachers and administrators. Allison is an educator extraordinaire and an asset to our profession.

    Anthony G. Buono, PhD Assistant Superintendent, Branford Public Schools, Branford CT January 12, 2017

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    Allison has helped educators in our district think deeply about personalized learning for both children and adults. She has been a true partner in helping us think through the culture shift necessary to make learning that supports and engages the interests and passions of all learners come to life in our district in an authentic way. Allison’s ability to push educators outside their comfort zones is a result of her thoughtful planning, energetic style, respect for the teaching profession, and sincere desire to make learning a more positive, engaging experience for us all.

    Matt Geary Superintendent, Manchester Public Schools, Manchester, CT January 9, 2017

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    Allison Zmuda is a stand out educational consultant. Fueled by a genuine desire to impact the lives of students and teachers, Allison has an uncanny ability to inspire through engaging conversation, a listening ear, and practical and strategic solutions and strategies. When working with Allison, you leave the table with a vast array of implementable ideas and a support system that continues to live as you take new learning into an everyday practice. Allison walks the walk in the personalized learning space and makes an impact.

    Mary Lisa Harper Professional Learning Strategist, Think Space, CO January 12, 2017

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    Allison has been helping my high school and district become more innovative, purposeful, and focused since the day she joined us ten years ago. No one is more creative in her thinking, articulate in her communication, and supportive in her commitment to us than Allison.

    Chris Winters Headmaster Greenwich High School, Greenwich, CT January 9, 2017

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    Allison is a gifted educator, resourceful consultant, and expert facilitator who is masterful in guiding differing groups to consensus.  She is very responsive to the groups she is facilitating, works quickly, and has the ability to validate the work while stretching everyone’s thinking and encouraging new ways of doing things, which results in a high quality product by the end of the day.   Allison’s tremendous wealth of knowledge, direct approach to problem solving, along with her desire to support the on-going curriculum work in our district, make her a true asset.

    Dr. Donna Nestler-Rusack Assistant Superintendent for Teaching and Learning, Avon, CT January 14, 2017

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    If you have a chance to work with Allison Zmuda even for a minute … take it!  The lightening speed at which she processes information and delivers a student-centered plan is a wondrous experience. Just strap in for the journey and learn from the most student first educator I have ever met.

    Kate Bean Executive Director/Founder, Aveson Charter Schools, Altadena, CA January 12, 2017

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