Have you ever been involved with a professional development session and thought, “I don’t want to be here.” But you are there.  You’re there because your state requires you to earn so many professional development credits in order to retain your license. So you slog through the PD half engaged (at best) with one watchful eye on the clock all the while dreaming of something better—something more fruitful.

What if I told you there is something more fruitful out there? It is professional learning. It’s learning tailored to your needs as an educator. Thankfully, Allison Rodman just published her book Personalized Professional Learning: A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice. And let me tell you, this is a book worth owning and reading. It is also one of the few books I recommend getting a highlighter for because you’ll be wanting to refer back to this book as you transform traditional PD into engaging PL.

To help us out, Allie joins Anchored in Education this week to talk more about her book. This book is not only jam packed with ideas, it can also serve as a guidebook with the blueprints needed to make this transition.

Allison Rodman

Photo Credit: Allison Rodman

Allison Rodman has been Anchored in Education in a wide-variety of roles throughout education.  She has served as a teacher, Director of Teaching and Learning, instructional coach, a high school social studies and alternative education teacher, assistant principal, and Director of Professional Development. Most recently, Allison has founded The Learning Loop, an educational consulting organization that provides professional learning services to districts, schools, and educational nonprofit organizations. The Learning Loop designs, facilitates, and coaches professional learning that is personal, purposeful, and paradigm-shifting. In case that isn’t enough, she also serves as the Vice-President to the Haddon Township School District in Haddon Township, New Jersey. Allison makes the goal of her work to support the whole child and whole educator to view learning as an ongoing experience and not an endpoint. This process includes learner voice, co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery. Allison received a B.A. from the University of Richmond and an MS.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. She resides in Haddon Township, NJ with her husband, Doug, and three children, Cameron, Aislinn, and Lola.​ You can find Allie on Twitter: @thelearningloop

Resources from this episode:

  • Make sure to check out Allison’s website, The Learning Loop. You will not be sorry to see all she has to offer.
  • You need to have the book Personalized Professional Learning. It’s a must to see how outdated PD and be transformed to meaningful PL. Find it on Amazon or in the ASCD Store.