School Administrators of Iowa

Session 1: Learning Personalized— The Next Chapter of Teaching and Learning

Handout: Zmuda Session 1 – Personalized Learning Elements

Slides: SAI PL Elements



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

Blog post: Katrina Schwartz, “Four Meaningful Ways Students Can Contribute

Blog post: Rebecca Alber, “Five Ways to Give Your Students More Voice and Choice

Teacher Website: Middle School Global Challenge

Teacher Wesbsite: Click here for 1st-2nd Grade example of playlist from Granby Public Schools

Teacher Website: Reinventing 3rd Grade; Douglas County, Colorado

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

Click here for guest post from high school English teacher Brian Durst

Click here for guest post from high school Biology teacher Craig Gastauer


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.


Session 2: Creating a Culture of Innovation

Handout: Zmuda Session 2- Creating a Culture of Innovation

Slides: SAI Creating a Culture




Article: “Six Hats a Personalized Learning Leader Needs to Wear”

Article: “What Schools Can Learn from the Unschooling Movement”

Article: “Paying Attention to What Matters Most for Lifelong Learning

Article: “3 Step Method to Increase Teacher Voice”


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?

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