Personalized Professional Learning 1: Adult Learning and Voice


In a time when our lives continue to become more personalized - through custom ads, personal shoppers, and movie and book recommendations - our professional learning experiences for educators have not kept pace. In too many districts and schools, teachers continue to participate in one size fits all “sit and get” professional development sessions. Join me as we explore innovative practices in professional learning to design a more personalized experience that empowers educators to take a standing role in their own growth.  Together, we will develop an understanding of the current state of professional development, explore key principles of adult learning (andragogy) and how it differs from pedagogy, and apply Bena Kallick and Allison Zmuda’s personalized learning attributes of voice, co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery to design a personalized professional learning model for your district or school.  This first pathway will introduce you to the core concepts of andragogy and personalized learning and examine voice specifically. The second pathway focuses on co-creation. The third and fourth pathways in this series will take a closer look at social construction and self-discovery as well as explore innovative practices for designing and facilitating professional learning. Planning tools, models, and collaboration opportunities will be provided to leave you feeling empowered to put your plan into action.

  • Review research to understand the current state of teacher professional development and the resources allocated to this component of teaching of learning.
  • Develop a foundational knowledge of andragogy, or adult learning principles, to guide the design and facilitation of effective professional learning experiences.
  • Explore strategies to integrate teacher "voice" early in the professional learning planning process to build involvement and engagement.

Additional information


One Year Unlimited Access


Administrators, Educational Specialists, Instructional Coaches, Superintendents, Teacher Leaders


Allison Rodman

Continuing Education Credits

Act 48 (Pennsylvania), CTLE (New York)


2 hours

Allison Rodman, Founder, The Learning Loop

Founder of The Learning Loop, Allison provides a variety of professional learning services to public, private, charter, parochial, and independent schools as well as businesses and nonprofit organizations in the United States and internationally. 

Allison is an ASCD Faculty Member and Author and works with the ASCD professional learning services team to help schools and districts find on-site, virtual, and blended-model consulting solutions to build and sustain local capacity. She is also a Trusted Contributor for MyEd Expert.

Prior to consulting, Allison was an Assistant Principal and Director of Professional Development for Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School, a grades K-12 Title I school in Philadelphia, PA.  There she supported over 800 students in grades 7-12 as well as designed a personalized professional learning program for all K-12 teachers.