Personalized Professional Learning 3: Social Construction


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 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.  

The first pathway introduced participants to the core concepts of andragogy and personalized learning and examines voice specifically. The second pathway explored how leaders and facilitators can invite learners into the co-creation process and collaboratively design success criteria and learning activities. In this pathway, participants will take a closer look at social construction and ways we can frame time and space to maximize learner engagement and application. 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.
  • Understand the role social construction plays in adult learning.
  • Utilize professional learning diagnostics to better understand learners’ needs and preferences prior to the learning engagement.
  • Set the “stage” and craft your learning environment to invite learners into the space and amplify their collaboration opportunities.
  • Consider what it means to be an effective host as a professional learning facilitator, including avoiding logistics, protecting your learners, and setting norms for collaboration.
  • Practice selecting and integrating protocols into professional learning to intentionally structure collaboration time and increase application of content and skills.
  • Examine a variety of professional learning structures and activities that enhance facilitation and promote social construction.
  • Harness opportunities to extend the learning loop between sessions by offering learners a variety of options to collaborate and connect in ongoing and meaningful ways.

Additional information


One Year Unlimited Access


Administrators, Instructional Coaches, K-12 Educators, Superintendents, Teacher Leaders


Allison Rodman

Continuing Education Credits

Act 48 (Pennsylvania), CTLE (New York)


3 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.