From the age of 8 when she asked for a chalkboard for her birthday, Elisa knew she wanted to be a teacher.  That calling manifested into a career spanning three decades of teaching, leading and consulting.

Best-selling Corwin Press author, Elisa B. MacDonald currently consults with school districts and organizations helping to advance teacher, school, and district-level teams so that they achieve the best learning outcomes for all educators and students.

Recent consulting highlights include:

* New Bedford Public Schools. Led Turnaround Team to write and receive a $900,000 DESE School Redesign Grant.

* Newton Public Schools. Built from the ground up middle school teacher vertical team leadership program. Led K-8 district coordinators in writing their Teaching and Learning vision, mission and guiding principles. Led administrative retreats at both high schools.
* TNTP.  Provided
virtual coaching to English language arts teachers with evidence-based, actionable feedback aligned to Common Core standards using the TNTP Core Rubric.
*Presented at Corwin Author Retreats and multiple Learning Forward

She has published The Skillful Team Leader (2013) and Intentional Moves: How skillful team leaders impact learning (2022) and numerous articles for education journals. Prior to her consulting work, she has proudly held the roles of middle and high school performing arts and english teacher, lead mentor, literacy coach and assistant principal of instruction in the Boston Public Schools; adjunct professor for teacher action research at Boston College; and national director of teacher leader development at Teach Plus where she built-up and oversaw a teacher team-leadership program in six cities aimed to achieve rapid gains for students in chronically underperforming schools.


When Elisa isn’t championing students and teacher team leadership, she is on stage acting, driving her twins to soccer and theater, or experimenting in the kitchen, pretending she’s on the Food Network.  Contact Elisa if you want to learn more about Skillful Intentional Leadership, or if you just want a delicious fudge recipe. :-)

Elisa MacDonald is a registered DESE PD provider in MA.

PD provider # F20180019