Susan MacDonald provides educational directors and leaders with individualized coaching, creating opportunities for them to overcome challenges and develop an empowering vision for their work. These coaching services are designed to cultivate the skills needed to improve program quality, increase positive energy, establish a growth culture, enhance professional working relationships, and support inspirational leadership. Coaching programs are tailored to the time leaders have available to commit. 

Director Coaching and Leadership Development

This unique program is designed to develop and enhance the professional strengths of leaders of early childhood programs. Clear goals for the coaching program will be determined through an in-depth assessment, and monthly coaching sessions will focus on supporting the early childhood leader in reaching their goals. Ongoing contact through video calls and emails provides additional support and accountability.

Key coaching goals

This coaching program is designed to provide leaders of early childhood programs with the professional development and support they need to:

  • Improve the quality of their programs.
  • Increase the positive energy they bring to their daily work.
  • Improve their overall job satisfaction.
  • Enhance relationships with staff and create the systems they need to observe, provide constructive feedback, mentor, and evaluate teachers.
  • Move from administrators/managers to true inspirational leaders of their program!

Contract Options

School year support model

  • In-depth assessment and goal-setting meeting.
  • Ten monthly meetings
  • Bi-weekly check-in phone calls or emails

Six-month option

  • In-depth assessment and goal-setting meeting
  • Five monthly meetings
  • Bi-weekly check-in phone calls or emails

Additional Services

These services will be tailored to meet your program’s specific needs and billed at an hourly rate:

  • Short-term issue-specific coaching.
  • Design and facilitation of parent meetings, team meetings, and/or staff meetings.

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Susan MacDonald is a certified professional coach known for her work on empowering educational leaders who want to enhance their programs. Susan holds a Master’s degree in Instructional Design, and professional coach certifications through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, IPEC, the Center for School Transformation, Evocative Coaching, and the Minds at Work, Immunity to Change programs.

A firm believer in strength-based leadership, a deep knowledge of early childhood quality standards and her unique professional background help Susan successfully guide leaders through the coaching process, actualizing their vision in concrete ways.

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