Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind are not new ideas, yet many schools around the world struggle with how to do “it.”

HABITS OF MIND are a set of thinking dispositions at the core of social, emotional, and cognitive behaviors.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING is a progressively learner-driven model where learners deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, and rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes.


Together, Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind provide a framework for growing and sustaining a relevant, rigorous, and reflective learning culture.


Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick

 

Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick joined forces in 2014 when they saw power in the union of Habits of Mind and personalized learning. 

The collaboration resulted in deep friendship as well as deep learning with educators from around the world.

Our Consulting Services

Our consulting services are tailored to your school community’s inspirations and challenges in navigating this change. 

Questions you and your colleagues may be asking yourself:

  • What is the role of leadership in examining and making decisions about existing policiesstructures and practices to further transformative growth?
  • How do we humanize our technology-driven solutions to promote the relationships fundamental to learning?
  • How can we connect this work with other key initiatives or programs we already focus on?
  • In what ways might we design celebrations of learning to archive growth and aspire to future learning?

If any of those questions sound familiar, consider one of our coaching packages built around your vision and schedule.


Which package is right for you?

Choose between our VIRTUAL coaching model (100% online)
and our BLENDED coaching model (online and in person).

Virtual Coaching Model

 

Deliverables:

  • Development of an action plan
  • Identification and/or process and protocol moves that can be used to facilitate thinking with students, colleagues, and other stakeholders
  • Refinement of student outcomes, key artifact(s) or learning design

Terms: 12 months from the date of purchase

  • BASIC: $3,000
    • 4 one-hour virtual problem solving and design sessions (scheduled based on client needs and time frame)
    • 1 editing/feedback opportunity to review student outcomes, key artifact(s) or learning design
    • Discount on online professional development opportunities from Eduplanet21: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind
  • PLUS: $8,000
    • 12 one-hour virtual problem solving and design sessions (scheduled based on client needs and time frame)
    • 2 editing/feedback opportunity to review student outcomes, key artifact(s) or learning design
    • Discount on online professional development opportunities from Eduplanet21: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind

Blended Onsite and Virtual Coaching Model

Deliverables:

  • Identification and/or process and protocol moves that can be used to facilitate thinking with students, colleagues, and other stakeholders
  • Refinement of student outcomes, key artifact(s) or learning design Hav
  • Documentation of learning and possible next steps based on onsite visit(s)

Terms: 18 months from date of purchase

  • BASIC: $8,000
    • 1 on-site visit that focuses on a problem of practice, growing an idea, or developing capacity in Personalizing Learning and Habits of Mind (Additional on-site visits can be arranged for a discounted fee)
    • 6 one-hour virtual planning, problem solving, or design sessions
    • Editing/feedback on learning artifacts or designs (scheduled based on client needs and time frame)
    • Discount on online professional development opportunities from Eduplanet21: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind
  • PLUS: $14,000
    • 2 on-site visits that could include a keynote, work session, and/or learning walk (Additional on-site visits can be arranged for a discounted fee)
    • 6 one-hour virtual planning, problem solving, design sessions
    • Editing/feedback on learning artifacts, or designs (scheduled based on client needs and time frame) (Additional on-site visits can be arranged for a discounted fee)
    • Discount on online professional development opportunities from Eduplanet21: Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind

Resources

Our publications and communities are committed to growing practice with Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind.

Testimonials

Region One teachers have experienced remarkable growth as a result of working with Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda. Because Bena and Allison are able to immediately enhance teacher capacity in the area of Personalized Learning and Habits of Mind through the recognition and leveraging of strengths in current practice, teachers are energized and positive as they engage in this work and students are more engaged and empowered as they develop stronger dispositions for learning. While working with teachers, Bena and Allison expertly model the concepts of voice, co-creation, social construction and self-discovery and their approach is highly personalized to the needs of each teacher. Changes in instruction, culture and climate have surpassed everyone’s expectations and the impact on students’ love of learning is evident in student achievement across all grade levels.

Lisa Carter, Assistant Superintendent
Region One Schools, CT

As an educator who thrives on proliferating engagement, excitement, and equitable learning on a consistent basis, I owe it all to two concepts within my teaching: Habits of Mind & Personalized Learning. I have learned that when students develop and display productive behaviors while blending together responsibility for their own learning and discovery of knowledge, powerful outcomes begin to emerge. First and foremost, the building of relationships with their peers. At the beginning of this school year, I designed an English curriculum around voice, co-creation, and self-discovery within reading and writing. It is fantastic to work “with” my students and observe them thinking interdependently while designing meaningful and relevant themes and concepts that interest them. What I find most valuable is each student’s discovery and revelation of who they are as learners – it’s amazing!

Daniel Vollrath, English and Special Education Teacher
Hunterdon Central Regional High School, NJ

The North Salem Central School District has been fortunate to receive the expertise of Allison Zmuda for three years and in this last year we have happily welcomed the support of Bena Kallick. Allison and Bena have been instrumental in guiding us to align our K-12 instructional practices, in the teaching of critical thinking, as well as helping us to purposefully embed the Habits of Mind. Allison and Bena have provided us with a cost-effective and high quality professional development model that combines on-site sessions with virtual meetings. This learning model is building the capacity of our faculty and administration so that we are able to achieve the goals of the North Salem Profile of a Graduate and consequently our District’s Mission.

Julio Vazquez, Director of Instruction and Human Services
North Salem Central School District, NY

Adult learning theory tells us that topics should be of interest, timely, and built upon past experiences. Experts also recommend flexibility in space and time, yet as a learning profession, we hold onto dates on a calendar to “turn on, or off adult learning”. Allison and Bena offer distance learning that is flexible and personalized to group and district needs. We have benefited from more continuous contact, and personalized sessions. Our Professional Development budget is now expended over a series of appointments tailored to our needs. As a result, our faculty feels personally supported and connected to global expertise, bringing their learning into their next level of work.

Gail Dahling-Hench, Assistant Superintendent
Madison Public Schools, CT

Allison and Bena have been integral success partners on our personalized learning journey. They go above and beyond the role of a typical consultancy to truly personalize the work to our unique needs. By giving us timely and consistent feedback and critical nudges at every level, they supported our continued growth through both on-site and virtual professional learning opportunities. Allison and Bena truly embody the spirit of the work, seamlessly incorporating habits of mind, voice, social construction, co-creation, and self-discovery into the development of a responsive partnership that has allowed our district vision for personalized learning to take flight.

Shanna Bummiller, 7-12 Learning Experience Supervisor
Krissy Hufnagel, K-6 Learning Experience Supervisor
Mason City Schools, Ohio

Working with Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda has been transformational for our school district. Their expansive knowledge and expertise as innovators of more engaging learning environments has led to a genuine movement among our teachers and administrators towards a learner-centered mind-set. Our collective work as educators is more coherent, more relevant and more personal.

Matt Doyle, Superintendent of Schools
Vista Unified School District, CA

Our work with Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick has been profoundly impactful, inspiring creativity and authentic learner-driven transformation to our approach to teaching and learning. Built on a foundation of listening and learning, Allison and Bena’s approach to professional learning has been refreshing and inspiring to our administrators and teachers. Each professional learning experience has been rooted in a trusted relationship built from ongoing conversations, constant co-creation, and agile decision making. Allison and Bena are truly invested in working alongside instructional leaders to design learning experiences that honor the person in personalized learning.

Jonathan Cooper, Superintendent
Mason City Schools

Allison and Bena are trusted partners in Mason City Schools’s personalized learning journey, providing invaluable support to our teachers and administrators each step of the way. Whether co-creating innovative professional learning with our team, setting up a videoconference to respond to teacher questions, or facilitating honest reflection after a learning experience, working with Allison and Bena has provided an opportunity to live out personalized learning mindsets throughout our organization. Grounded in a deep respect for our educators’ expertise and insights, their investment in our work has been an essential part of our learning and growth.

Amy Brennan, Deputy Superintendent
Mason City Schools