Growing the confidence and capacity of learners
through relevance, authenticity, and challenge.

Allison Zmuda is going on 17 years as a full-time education consultant specializing in curriculum, assessment, and instruction.

She works with her clients to imagine learning experiences that are worthy of the pursuit for both students and educators, designing work that is relevant, meaningful, challenging, and appropriate. Since 2001, she has co-authored 10 books, her most recent being The Quest for Learning (Solution Tree), co-authored with Marie Alcock and Michael Fisher and released October 2017, and Students at the Center: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind (ASCD) co-authored with Bena Kallick, which was released January 2017.

In addition to her consulting work, Allison curates, a website community comprised of her writing and that of colleagues and other educators. She has also developed a series of online personalized learning courses with Bena Kallick, available on Eduplanet21.

Allison lives in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and two teenage children. You can follow Allison on Twitter (@allison_zmuda), Facebook, LinkedIn, or reach her via e-mail at

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Learning Personalized

Personalized learning is an important piece of Allison’s consulting practice, which is why she founded and developed the curated website,

Learning Personalized brings together leading minds in personalized learning, including:

  • Teacher accounts of integrating personalized learning into the classroom
  • Expert opinions around making learning experiences relevant, meaningful, challenging, and appropriate
  • Professional insights from Allison herself
  • One-on-one written and video interviews



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My work with Allison as the Assistant Principal and then later as the Principal was invaluable to our school community and to my profession. There was nothing Allison wouldn’t do when it came to helping teachers improve their practice.

In my last year working with her as the Principal of the Henry Street School for International Studies, our school moved from priority status to good standing in State Accountability. I am certain that our success was due to the work of a strong leadership team, dedicated teachers, and Allison Zmuda.

It has been a honor and a privilege to know Allison. In August 2015, I moved on from position of Principal, and in my new role as Field Support Liaison, I support 70 schools. The knowledge and experience I gained from working with Allison has served me very well in my new position. I am forever grateful for my time as a principal and for learning from Allison.

Christine Loughlin Field Support Liaison D31, NYC Department of Education January 11, 2017

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I have had the privilege of working with Allison Zmuda as a thought partner as we have rolled out Personalized Learning. She is always pushing the envelope on what education should look like. She is a pleasure to work with because of her energy and talent.

Jill Thompson Personalized Learning Program Manager - Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools January 9, 2017

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In working with Allison over the years, the Consortium has benefited from both her visionary thinking and her real-world strategies, examples and advice. From the first conversation on, we learned that Allison is passionate about kids, their learning and their achievement and will work tirelessly to support their success.

Mary Kay Babyak Executive Director Consortium for Public Education, McKeesport, PA January 18, 2017

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REIMAGINE is my new favorite word. Allison has taught my World Language teachers and I the power of reimagining our units into more authentic and engaging experiences for our students.

Reimagining curriculum is not easy work, but once you try you will never go back to your textbook.

Kristin Mancini K-12 World Language Curriculum Lead/Program Coordinator, Madison Public Schools January 11, 2017

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Over the last decade, I have had the privilege of working with Allison in two different districts and in varying capacities. In that time I have stood in awe of her and her accomplishments. Allison has evolved with field and offers a skill set that few possess. She truly is a one-of-a-kind education consultant.

There are many capabilities that she possesses that truly set her apart from the rest. More than anything, Allison is a brilliant thought-partner in an era that requires intelligent, innovative thinking. When working with me and my team she finds ways to push our work forward in our district’s unique context. There is no pre-packaging, no cookie cutter approach. Allison personalizes every aspect of her consultancy and the results are magical. As an educational leader working in districts of means, I have the luxury of selecting from the best outside consultants with whom to work. Allison Zmuda is the top 1%. Her expertise, zeal for the work, and unrelenting professionalism are unparalleled. I recommend Allison with great enthusiasm.

Kimberly Beck Assistant Superintendent in Ridgefield Public Schools, Ridgefield, CT January 9, 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 has the rare blend of attributes that make for a fantastic consultant: deep big-picture thinking and practical implementation strategies. I have felt fortunate to learn and grow with and from Allison!

Mike Anderson teacher, author, consultant January 9, 2017

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Working with Allison is invigorating, intellectually stimulating, and fun! She is an extremely talented educator who can think as comfortably from a systems perspective as she can from educators and students. What I find most enjoyable about working collaboratively with her is the amazing critical eye that she puts to our work as well as her open minded consideration about any feedback I might offer. Together with Allison, our work continuously gets better!

Dr. Bena Kallick Education Consultant, Co-Director of Institute for Habits of Mind, and Program Director of Eduplanet21 January 9, 2017

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Allison Zmuda is equal parts collaborator, mentor, confidant, friend, and lifelong learning trailblazer. I very much value and am deeply proud of our cooperative partnership and accomplishments.

Michael Fisher Author, Consultant & Contemporary Curriculum Designer January 9, 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