Margaret MacLean

School Change Coach

Margaret D. MacLean is a school change coach with the Center for Secondary School Redesign (CSSR), as well as an international education consultant. She is a member of the School Reform Initiative, and Director of the Vermont Rural Partnership. Margaret served as a school change coach for two schools in the i3 New England Network for Personalization and Performance; a project lead for the Performance Assessment Working Group; as well as a member of the Performance Assessment Review (PAR) Board. 

Margaret’s thirty-five year career in education is equally divided between teaching and school administration roles. She has taught in seven countries. In 1996, Margaret was named Vermont Principal of the Year. She is particularly interested in developing effective collaborative cultures amongst faculty implementing school change efforts.

For Margaret, the most enduring impact of the i3 New England Network is the increase in student agency including the value schools place on the ability of students to advocate for their own learning needs. As a coach, Margaret more fully understands the power of cross-school networks of practitioners to make change in schools.

Margaret holds a B.A. from the University of Keele, England, and a M.A. from Johnson State College. She lives with her husband on a small farm in Northern Vermont. She enjoys spending time with her family and values the opportunity to travel the world to work with teachers. 

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