Welcome to my landing page for Create Something Great!

four filters of personalized learning

The common thread of each conversation is the graphic that you see to the left. This was created with Bena Kallick to illustrate the power of a personalized learning environment — one where students and teachers believe the work that is being done is challenging, possible, and worthy of the attempt.





PowerPT Slides from two presentations:

CSG Presentation on Pedagogy

CSG Culture of Innovation

Design Challenges

  1. Take us on a tour of what a typical classroom/school day looks like five years from now. Draw, film, write and if you are interested send it via email to allison@allisonzmuda.com to publish illustrative examples.

  2. Listen, watch, and/or view resources below. Then post an idea or question using the Google Form below.

Click here to view the responses of other participants in the room.

3. Take action on the aspiration word or words. Take a look at this example: Just One Word. Send this via email to allison@allisonzmuda.com and will publish illustrative examples.

Playlist to help envision what Personalized Learning Looks Like, Feels Like, Sounds Like

Handout on key elements for pedagogy of personalization:  PL Elements

Click here to see my blog post response with Bena to Annie Murphy Paul’s “Against Personalized Learning.”

Article from MindShift Feb 2015: What do we really mean when we say personalized learning?

7th Grade teacher Pernille Ripp posts her student blogs

Take a look at the magic of Jessica Craig’s 3rd Grade classroom. Click here for my take on it. Click here to see how she continues to includes students into the daily decisions of what, when, and how to learn. Click this link to see her classroom website: Reinventing 3rd Grade

Click here to check out personalized mastery learning at Aveson Charter School in California

Search on Learning Personalized for High School Biology teacher Craig Gastauer to see his personalized learning journey. Here is his first post to get you started.

Click here for a guest post from 6th grade teacher Noelle Johnson on what personalized learning is and is not in her classroom.

Look at how a curriculum was redesigned in a New Jersey middle school classroom: World Geography Challenge in New Jersey

Video: Excerpt from Pay It Forward

Video: The Skills of a 21st Century Mind in Action

STEM teachers Brian Walach (math) and Dr. Sarah Goldin (science) highlight Greenwich High School’s Innovation Lab, currently wrapping up its inaugural year. The personalized learning program combines classroom lessons with hands-on projects to elevate student learning in English, math, science, and social studies.



Dr. Eric Chagala of VIDA (Vista, Ca.) and Meghan Ofer of Roxborough (Littleton, Co.) chat with Allison Zmuda about what personalized learning looks like in their schools and what they’ve learned as building principals.

Q1: What does personalized learning look like in your school?

Q2: Is personalized learning appropriate for all students?

Q3: How do you work to grow professional practice?

Q4: As a building principal, what is one lesson you learned the hard way?

Q5: What is one thing you can suggest to a building principal to get started with personalized learning?