We started this movement with a commitment to helping leaders and learners reimagine education

Hello, we’re Allison Zmuda and Bena Kallick.

We joined forces in 2014 when Allison saw how Habits of Mind grows a learning culture that values the humanizing aspect of personalized learning.

At the same time, Bena noticed how a focus on personalized learning generates more urgency for self-directed learning that grows healthy, collaborative education communities.

Our collaboration resulted not only in deep friendship but also rich learning with educators from around the world.

Today, our mission is to use what we’re learning to help educators navigate the often messy, challenging, and — at times — discouraging transition from an outdated learning process to one that’s relevant to the teacher and student.

Through our Consulting Services and Processes & Practices Toolkits, we map out a transformative model of personalization that puts students at the center.

✔️ Highlights habits that empower students to pursue aspirations, investigate problems, design solutions, chase curiosities, and create performances

✔️ Provides tools and recommendations for adjusting classroom practices to facilitate learning that is self-directed, dynamic, and meaningful

Our publications and communities are committed to providing cost-effective thought partnership and building learning networks.


Allison Zmuda

Allison has spent nearly two decades as a full-time education consultant specializing in curriculum, assessment, and instruction.


She works with her clients to imagine learning experiences worthy of the pursuit for both students and educators, designing work that’s relevant, meaningful, challenging, and appropriate. 


Since 2001, Allison has co-authored 11 books, including:

In addition to her consulting work, Allison curates, a website community where she shares her writing and that of colleagues and other educators. She has also developed a series of online personalized learning courses with Bena Kallick, available on Eduplanet21.


Allison lives in Virginia Beach, VA with her husband and two teenage children.


Bena Kallick

Bena is a consultant providing direction to school districts, State Departments of Education, professional organizations, and public agencies throughout the United States and internationally. 


Her practice focuses on group dynamics, creative and critical thinking, and alternative assessment strategies in the classroom. 


Kallick has taught at Yale University of Organization and Management, University of Massachusetts Center for Creative and Critical Thinking, and Union Graduate School. She served on the board of Jobs for the Future.


Bena is the author of many books and articles, co-founder of the Institute for Habits of Mind, and co-recipient of the Malcolm Knowles Award for Self-Directed Learning from the International Society for Self-Directed Learning.


Bena lives in Westport, CT with her husband and the visiting clan of 3 children and 4 grandchildren.

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