Services for every need.
Offering engaging in-person and virtual professional learning opportunities.
Author-led Courses and Self-paced Book Study Groups
Grab your copy of Intentional Moves or The Skillful Team Leader and connect with team leaders from across schools in a highly interactive live virtual course led by the author. (Live courses also available upon request.) Looking to do a book study at your own pace? Sign up for an On demand course with videos and questions to prompt your thinking. (Graduate credit, not associated with a degree program, is available for some courses for an additional fee through Framingham State University. Elisa is an official Massachusetts PDP provider. Please note, based on IRS guidelines, Elisa MacDonald does not issue 1098-T, Tuition Statements.)
"Elisa is an excellent instructor. She is knowledgeable, articulate, organized and that's in regard to what she teaches. She listens with purpose to what we say in class and then adapts her teaching to meet the needs of the group."
-Len S., K-12 Professional Development Coordinator
Live Workshop Series & Virtual Workshops
New and experienced leaders! Sign up for a virtual workshop - a short focused and powerful session on a small specific leadership topic. Or design a workshop series just right for your district/school or organization. (Full and half day in-person workshops also available.)
Elisa is a terrifically talented and knowledgeable leader of professional development for teachers, teacher leaders, and school administrators. She is detail-oriented and highly skilled in structuring adult learning to engage educators and help them reflect upon and change their practice. Elisa is the most skilled professional developer that I have worked with in my 20+ educational career.
-Toby Romer, Assistant Superintendent for Secondary Education and Special Programs
Are you looking for personalized support? Connect with Elisa or a coach trained in Skillful Team Leadership to plan with you, observe or co-facilitate your meeting, provide invaluable feedback, and implementation support. Live or virtual coaching available.
"Thank you for helping me truly hear what's hard, for supporting my learning as an evidence-based decision maker, and for pushing my practice as both a coach and a facilitator of adult learners. You nudged me beyond my comfort zone to improve my leadership and I am forever grateful."
Daryl C., Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Leadership Team Retreats
District and school leadership teams set the tone and expectations for teacher-led teams in the building. Strengthen the function and impact of your leadership team with a personalized retreat. Because each retreat is customized, Elisa will invest time interviewing and surveying you and your team members, observing a meeting, and working with a retreat planning subcommittee. In the retreat your team will engage in meaningful honest conversations and leave with a plan forward that builds off of your team strengths and targets an area for growth.
Elisa, you did a phenomenal job! You purposefully and skillfully brought in a diverse group of stakeholders to develop a day of intentionally crafted activities that led our group of department chairs to a productive and realistic outcome. Thank you. I feel more hopeful now about our team than I have in a long while.
-S.F., Department Chair Team Leader
Ignite the desire for learning and action in your leaders with a passionate, engaging keynote. Elisa's stories and message will make you think, laugh, (maybe even tear-up a little) and leave hopeful and eager to move forward.
"Elisa's keynote was thought-provoking and inspirational with the right touch of humor. My team of teacher leaders and I left feeling ready to tackle our daily challenges with renewed energy.
-Sarah D., Turnaround Teacher Team Leadership Coach