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

As a full-time education consultant, Allison Zmuda works with educators to grow ideas on how to make learning for students challenging, possible and worthy of the attempt. Over the past 20 years, Zmuda has shared curricular, assessment, and instructional ideas, shown illustrative examples, and offered practical strategies of how to get started.

She is the founder and curator of Learning Personalized, has developed a series of virtual learning paths on Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind with Bena Kallick on Eduplanet21, has developed a series of instructional toolkits with Bena Kallick, and is launching asynchronous professional learning courses with Heidi Hayes Jacobs.

Zmuda began as a public high school teacher in Newtown, Connecticut, where her passion for her students and innovative spirit inspired the writing of her first book: The Competent Classroom (2001). She made the transition from classroom to consultant in 2002 with a handful of long-term clients (PK-12) on multi-year projects to support learning as defined by school and community goals.

She continues to create and has gone on to write ten more books, including Students at the Center: Personalizing Learning with Habits of Mind (2017) coauthored with Bena Kallick.

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



January 11, 2017

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.

January 9, 2017

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.

January 18, 2017

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.

January 11, 2017

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.

January 9, 2017

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.

January 9, 2017

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.

January 9, 2017

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!

January 9, 2017

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!

January 9, 2017

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.

January 9, 2017

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.