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Researcher, Center for Education Policy
Naa Ammah-Tagoe is involved in projects focused on K-16 education reform and teacher development, including teacher preparation, teacher professional development, and secondary and postsecondary partnerships.
Ammah-Tagoe is the project director for an evaluation of a National Writing Project (NWP) program funded by the Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant. The formative evaluation of NWP’s SEED Science Writing Inquiry investigates whether middle school science teachers sustain a focus on evidence-based science writing and support their colleagues’ professional learning after participating in a 2-year professional development. She serves on the management team for the Evaluation of the New Generation of Educators Initiative, examining efforts to transform teacher preparation in the California State University (CSU) system and providing technical assistance to individual CSU campuses. Ammah-Tagoe is also participating in an evaluation of NWP’s College Ready Writers Program analyzing teachers’ uptake of professional development on argument writing in a district-level cluster-randomized controlled trial.
Prior projects include the Evaluation of the California Academic Partnership Program’s Demonstration Project, the Evaluation of the California Subject Matter Project, and the Evaluation of the California Linked Learning District Initiative. For these and other studies, her responsibilities include developing data collection instruments, managing data collection, leading site visits, collecting and analyzing qualitative and quantitative data, and contributing to reports for clients.
Before joining SRI, Ammah-Tagoe worked in development and external relations for a Boston-based school turnaround organization. Her past research experiences include contributing to policy analysis and writing for various projects, including work for the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study and the World Bank. She began her career in education as a middle school English teacher in the Boston Public Schools.
Ammah-Tagoe earned her master’s degree in education policy and management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She holds a bachelor’s degree in economics with a minor in English from Harvard University.