Director of Organizational Learning
Isobel joined the organization in 2013. Prior to coming to Connecticut, Isobel was Chief Academic Officer for a Denver metro area district, where she supervised the instructional program for the district. Before moving to a central office position, Isobel was a principal; a curriculum coordinator, and taught high school special education and social studies. She also served on the AP Committee of the College Board for AP Geography and was a consultant for National Geographic. Isobel has taught in three different principal preparation programs: University of Denver, San Jose State University, and UConn. Isobel holds an undergraduate degree from Oxford University, a Masters in Special Education from the University of Texas at Austin, where she also obtained her principal’s license. She has a PhD in human and organizational systems from Fielding Graduate University, and is a Professional Certified Coach. Isobel’s work at the organization includes equity, leadership coaching and training coaches; strategic planning and improvement; and supporting instructional improvement. Isobel is the co-author of several books including: The Strategy Playbook for Educational Leaders: Principles and Process (Routledge, 2021), Making Coaching Matter: Leading Continuous Improvement in Schools (Teachers College Press, 2023), and Equitable School Improvement: The Critical Need for the Human Side of Change (Teachers College Press, 2024), and several articles on leadership and coaching which you can find on our Publications page. Isobel also writes a newsletter for educational leaders and coaches, The Coaching Letter, which you can sign up to receive in your inbox.