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Christina MacDonald

IDEA Part B 619 Coordinator - Preschool Special Education, New Hampshire Department of Education

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Christina MacDonald is the IDEA Part B 619 Coordinator at the Bureau of Student Support at the New Hampshire Department of Education, where she oversees and supports the implementation of preschool special education throughout New Hampshire. Christina is a key leader in the development of iSocial, a systems-based approach to the implementation of the Pyramid Model. She engages critical state-level collaboration to support integrated systems development and serves as the lead for data and evaluation on this effort. Founded through the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) and State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG), iSocial fosters a strong early childhood workforce and environments that provide young children with disabilities opportunities to successfully interact with peers, navigate group learning experiences, and access regular curriculum and activities that promote creativity and deep learning.

Christina holds a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College at Columbia University as well as Bachelor’s degrees in Early Childhood Education and Interdisciplinary Studies/Cultural Studies. A former early childhood educator, Christina has spent almost fifteen years at the state-level engaging stakeholders, creating infrastructure and policy, and developing data systems designed to support local early childhood programs in their quest for high quality, sustainable learning opportunities that meet the needs of children and families and support the development of life-long learners.