Color Posed.jpg
ASCD PLS.jpg
Eduplanet21.png
CatalystEd.png
EdTech Trendsetter Finalist 2019 B.png
LEE 2.png

PROFILE

My Mission

  Allison Rodman is the Founder and Chief Learning Officer of The Learning Loop, an educational consulting organization that provides professional learning services to districts, schools, nonprofit organizations, and businesses internationally. This includes work with public, charter, and independent schools, over 20 archdioceses, and over 60 sites across the Americas, Europe, and the Pacific for the  Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA).

 

The Learning Loop designs, facilitates, and coaches professional learning that is personalized, purposeful, and paradigm-shifting. Allison is deeply committed to connecting learners together and sharing resources to personalize the learning process at every level of the system. 

 

The goal of her work is to support the whole learner to view learning as an ongoing experience and not an endpoint. This process includes learner voice, co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

My Work

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 an Eduplanet21 PLUS Author and provides learning paths to guide system, school, and teacher leaders with their planning, design, and facilitation of professional learning experiences. Allison is also an Innovative Learning Expert for Catalyst:Ed.

Prior to consulting, Allison was an Assistant Principal and Director of Professional Development for Mariana Bracetti Academy Charter School, a grades K-12 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. 

 

Allison worked with middle and high school teachers as Mariana Bracetti Academy's Director of Teaching and Learning, coaching teachers and designing and facilitating various professional development sessions.  Allison was an Instructional Coach from and a Lead Teacher, providing her with unique perspectives on coaching and teacher leadership in addition to school leadership.  During her time at Mariana Bracetti, Allison played a key role in the school's curriculum and teacher evaluation design, acted as the school's Community Building Coordinator, and served on numerous committees, including literacy, student engagement, technology, and staff communication.

Allison worked with Teach For America and assisted with the opening of their Philadelphia site.  As the Director of Special Projects, Allison supported teacher professional development, spear-headed corps member matriculation and certification, and assisted with regional fundraising efforts. 

Before working in Philadelphia, Allison was a Social Studies and Alternative Education Teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School in Richmond, Virginia.

ADDITIONAL EDUCATION WORK
Building Others' Capacity

In addition to this work, Allison is deeply committed to her local community and improving the quality of education for her own children in Haddon Township, NJ.  Allison is a proud Board of Education Member, Policy and Personnel Committee Chair, and former Vice President for the Haddon Township School District. She serves as the board's representative on the district's Vision and Mission and Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) Committees and acted as a board delegate to the Camden County Educational Services Commission, Camden County School Boards Association, and New Jersey School Boards Association.  

 

Allison is a Member of Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a nonpartisan, nonprofit leadership development organization working to end the injustice of educational inequity by inspiring and supporting a diverse set of leaders with classroom experience to engage civically and politically.

Allison collaborated with Pennsylvania ASCD to develop ASCD's first state affiliate Emerging Leaders Program.  The program prepares younger educators from across the state for leadership positions and strengthens PASCD’s voice for influencing policy and practice. Allison was a Member of Pennsylvania ASCD's Whole Child Committee and designed meaningful professional learning experiences for superintendents and principals to ensure all students are healthy, safe, engaged, supported, and challenged.

Allison served as an ASCD Influence Leader, a select cohort of ASCD educator advocates who work with the organization's government relations team to influence education policy at a local, state, and national level.

Allison also volunteers as a Girl Scout Leader and is a Certified Troop Camper.

 

AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS
Points of Pride

Allison was selected as one of 25 educators internationally to the ASCD Emerging Leaders Class of 2013.  The Emerging Leaders program recognizes and prepares young, promising educators to influence education programs, policies, and practice on both the local and national levels.  

 

Allison has presented nationally and internationally for:

  • ASCD

  • National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP)

  • National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP)

  • National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)

  • National Catholic Education Association (NCEA)

  • Catapult Learning

  • Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA)

  • Education Elements

  • Sibme 

She has presented regionally for:

  • Pennsylvania ASCD

  • New Jersey ASCD

  • Virginia ASCD

  • Washington State ASCD

  • New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA)

  • New Jersey School Boards Association

  • Penn Excellence and Equity Consortia 

  • PLearn Mid-Atlantic

  • PLearn Southeast

  • Indiana Youth Institute

Allison's work as a Startup Founder was recognized by EdTech Digest, and she was named a 2018 Leadership Finalist. The following year, Allison was named a 2019 Education Trendsetter Finalist. The EdTech Awards celebrate innovators, leaders, and trendsetters in the field of education. 

​See Allison's Conferences and Events page for a listing of past and upcoming events, including samples of her work.​

PUBLICATIONS

Sharing My Voice

Allison's book Personalized Professional Learning: A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice was published in May 2019 as the ASCD Premium Member Book. She is currently drafting a second book for ASCD focused on building educator social emotional capacity.

 

Her work has been featured in:

  • Educational Leadership

  • Education Update

  • ASCD InService

  • Scholastic's Down the Hall 

  • Education Week's Classroom Q&A

See Allison's Publications and Interviews page for more information.

EDUCATION​
Learning Roots

Allison received a B.A. from the University of Richmond where she majored in Political Science and Secondary Education and an M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania with a concentration in Educational Leadership

 

Allison is a certified secondary social studies teacher, K-12 principal, school board member, and master board member.