Mary McDonald Sr. Director of Regional and National Work

Mary McDonald has worked for CEC since 2005 in supporting comprehensive school improvement and restructuring efforts in several Illinois and Ohio districts.

She also has been instrumental in developing and implementing a curriculum for comprehensive union leadership to assist union leaders in retooling their locals to more successfully address the needs of their members in teaching and learning.

Ms. McDonald has more than 30 years of service in public education. She taught middle and high school students and served as a school improvement coach for Springfield Public Schools, where she developed expertise in helping middle and high school leadership teams and their faculty to analyze and use data for continuous improvement. Ms. McDonald was president of both the Ball-Chatham Education Association, the Springfield Education Association-IEA/NEA and a member of the Illinois Education Association Board of Directors.

Ms. McDonald continues to coach and support school and district leadership teams in their efforts to create and maintain professional learning communities that support a focus on learning, collaboration and accountability for results. Ms. McDonald actively supports schools and districts in the development and implementation of their school improvement and restructuring efforts.

She is active in teacher union reform efforts in Illinois, and serves as the co-chair of the Great Lakes Teacher Union Reform Network (TURN), along with Louise Sundin of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers, and works closely with the national Teacher Union Reform Network, where she serves as the editor of the TURNews and Great Lakes TURN newsletters. Ms. McDonald also provides assistance and support in the development of additional regional TURN networks throughout the United States.

Ms. McDonald also is a member of the Illinois Education Research Council, the NEA Teacher Quality Advisory Group, and the NEA Foundation Project Management Team for the National Institute for Local Innovation in Teaching and Learning.

Ms McDonald received a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Family and Consumer Education from Eastern Illinois University in 1978 and a Masters in Prevention Program Management and Community Health Organizing from the University of Illinois at Springfield in 1992.

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