Ellen Eisenberg

Ellen Eisenberg has spent her entire professional career in the field of public education teaching English and reading in grades 7th through 12th, all levels from At-risk to Advanced Placement. As a Department Head of English in the School District of Philadelphia, she was responsible for monitoring and supervising curriculum and instruction. She chaired several Middle States committees and was a member of the School District of Philadelphia’s curriculum writing team. Her experience covers a thirty-five-year career in one school district.

From 2000 to 2005, Eisenberg worked with Talent Development High School, a whole school reform model designed by Johns Hopkins University. In Philadelphia, she worked as the lead literacy curriculum coach and subsequently became the Director of the high school program in seven Philadelphia high schools.

She has also served as Instructional Facilitator for the Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University facilitating professional development workshops on curriculum and instruction in Philadelphia, Baltimore, St. Louis, New Orleans and Hawaii and has also presented at several Talent Development High School national conferences in Baltimore.

Eisenberg was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania High School Coaching Initiative (PAHSCI) from 2005-2009. Funded by the Annenberg Foundation, it was the nation’s only multi-tiered teacher coaching initiative — providing trained teacher-leaders, called coaches, to high schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

From 2009 – 2018, Eisenberg was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC). Supported by the Annenberg Foundation and working in partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Education, PIIC built on the work of PAHSCI as a statewide resource for developing and supporting the delivery of consistent, high-quality professional development around instructional coaching and mentoring in Pennsylvania schools as well as districts in Ohio, New Jersey, Minnesota, Michigan, and international work consulting with the Bermuda Ministry of Education and in South Africa where she worked with the South African Ministry of Education to plan an instructional coaching model designed for TVET colleges, a post high school program of instruction.

She is currently the Executive Director of The Professional Institute for Instructional Coaching (TPIIC), a nonprofit established to continue her work with instructional coaches and instructional mentors nationally and internationally. Her work involves helping school districts plan an effective instructional coaching model built on the before, during, and after (BDA) cycle of consultation and the 4-quadrant framework of effective core coaching elements. Eisenberg believes that she can make a difference in the lives of our youth and help all students and staff become members in a community of learning and practice.


• Ongoing: www.cultureofcoaching.blogspot.com (Ellen Eisenberg’s blogs)

• October 2018: TeachBoost blog: ABCs of BDA: The Before, During, and After Coaching Cycle

• August 2018: TeachBoost blog: Questions: The Currency of Coaching

• June 2018: ASCD Express: “The Coach Antidote to Burnout,” Vol 13, issue 20

• May 2017: Instructional Coaching in Action: An Integrated Approach That Transforms Thinking, Practice, and Schools (ASCD: Eisenberg, Eisenberg, Medrich, and Charner)

• May 2017: TeachBoost blog: Mentors: the “Coach’s Coach”

• August 2016: TeachBoost blog: 10-Step Program for Impactful Instructional Coaching

• February 2016: TeachBoost blog: 6 Must-Dos for Effective Teacher/Coach Communications

• July/August 2016: International Literacy Association, Literacy Today, “The Path to Progress,” pg. 10-11

• March 2015: International Literacy Association, Literacy DAILY, “The Coaching Cycle: Before, During, and After,” Teaching Tips

• 2013 – present: Culture of Coaching blog, online www.cultureofcoaching.blogspot.com

• 2010 – present: Coaching tips of the month, online www.pacoaching.org

• October 2013: Eisenberg, E. and Medrich, E: “Make the Case for Coaching with Policymakers” Journal of Staff Development, Vol. 34, No. 5.

• March 2011: “4 Pillars Support Coaching,” Teachers Teaching Teachers, Vol. 6, No. 6, www.learningforward.org

• May 2010: Personalizing Professional Development: Why Instructional Coaches Make a Difference,” www.edweek.org (online commentary)

• 2009: Bean, R. and Eisenberg, E: “Literacy Coaching in Middle and High Schools,” Ch. 6, Literacy Instruction for Adolescents, The Guilford Press

• June 2007: “Helping Teachers Help Students,” PSBA Bulletin, bimonthly magazine, Pennsylvania School Boards Association


  • ASCD Empower 18 and Empower 19 presenter
  • ILA Conference 2017 and 2018 presenter
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • PA High School Coaching Initiative (PAHSCI)
  • Pennsylvania Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (PASCD)
  • Pennsylvania Association of School Administrators (PASA)
  • Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA)
  • Pennsylvania Standards Aligned Systems Conference
  • Pennsylvania Rigor and Relevance Conferences
  • Pennsylvania School Improvement Grant Conferences
  • The South Africa Ministry of Education Professional Development Conference
  • PA Institute for Instructional Coaching (PIIC) multi-day Professional Learning Conferences