Founder of 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 personalized, purposeful, and paradigm-shifting.Allison Rodman is the
Allison is deeply committed to connecting educators together and sharing resources to personalize the learning process for all (both students and the educators who support them - at every level of the system).
The goal of her work is 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 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. A client list is available upon request.
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.
From 2011-2014, 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 2009-2011 and a Lead Teacher from 2006-2009, 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 from 2003-2006 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 and Vice President for the Haddon Township School District. She also serves as the board's Chair of the Instruction and Program Committee and the district's Alternate Delegate to the New Jersey School Boards Association and Camden County Educational Services Commission.
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 in 2014. 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.
From 2016-2018 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.
In spring 2017, Allison collaborated with the Future Ready Schools - New Jersey Education and Classroom Practice Task Force to design a certification program to promote digital learning readiness in schools throughout New Jersey by providing guidance, support, direction, and resources to schools and districts. The program, a partnership of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE), the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), helps schools promote the skills, abilities, and capacities essential for success in college, career, and citizenship in a digital age.
As part of this task force, Allison served as the Chair of the Personalized Professional Learning Committee and worked with leaders from across the state to ensure teacher professional learning includes the following key elements:
Shared Ownership and Responsibility for Professional Growth
21st Century Skill Set
Diverse Opportunities for Professional Learning Through Technology
Broad-Based, Participative Evaluation
Allison was a Member of PhillyCORE Leaders, a diverse coalition of education leaders whose mission is to build a more positive and collaborative education community by connecting leaders who are making an impact on Philadelphia education. From 2013-2016, she was also part of the Executive Committee and the organization's Director of Communications.
AWARDS AND PRESENTATIONS
In May 2013, 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 for ASCD at their Empower Conference, Conference for Teaching Excellence, Leader to Leader Conference, and Conference for Educational Leadership as well as the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) at their National Principals Conference.
She has presented at the state level for Pennsylvania ASCD (PASCD), New Jersey ASCD (NJASCD), and the New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association (NJPSA) and the local level for the Penn Excellence and Equity Consortia, including the New Jersey Network for Closing the Achievement Gaps (NJNCAG) and South Central Pennsylvania Consortium for Excellence and Equity, and Philadelphia School Leader Events (PSLE).
In Spring 2018, 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 Presentations page for a listing of past and upcoming conference presentations, including samples of her work.
Allison's work has been featured in Educational Leadership, ASCD's Education Update, ASCD InService, Scholastic's Down the Hall, and Education Week's Classroom Q&A.
Her book Personalized Professional Learning: A Job-Embedded Pathway for Elevating Teacher Voice will be published in May 2019 as the ASCD Premium Member Book.
See Allison's Publications and Interviews page for more information.
My 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 certified as a secondary social studies teacher and K-12 principal.