Dr. Tammie Causey-Konaté

Senior Technical Assistance Consultant

Company: American Institutes for Research (AIR)
Role: Session Presenter

Tammie Causey-Konaté, PhD, is a senior technical assistance consultant at American Institutes for Research (AIR). She has more than 25 years of experience as a professional educator, with her years in K–12 and higher education divided equally. She has international and regional experience in diversity and equity, cultural and linguistic competence, cross-education system partnerships, and the postsecondary development of school leaders for urban and rural education contexts. Co-editor of the books “Called to Sankofa: Leading in Through,” and “Beyond Disaster: A Narrative Account of African Americans Leading Education in Post-Katrina New Orleans” (2018), she also has extensive experience in trauma-informed practices.

Much of Tammie’s current work focuses on educational equity, including equity leadership, whole child equity, equitable access, diversification of the educator workforce, culturally responsive hiring practices, and social emotional learning. She presently leads projects to diversify the educator workforce in Wisconsin through the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, and she supports the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Region 9 Comprehensive Center, and the Gates Foundation’s COVID-19 Longitudinal Deep Dive Study as a subject matter expert on equity.

Additionally, Tammie was instrumental in helping to develop AIR’s Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Standards for Projects, Research, and Operations (CLAS PRO) and in supporting staff implementation efforts to advance equity. From 2015 to 2019, she served as deputy director of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) — supporting state education agencies in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Through her work with SECC, she was integrally involved in equity-focused partnerships with state and local education agencies, which culminated in a multi-state equity summit and Equity in Action webinar series.

Dr. Causey-Konaté holds a PhD in educational administration and an MEd in curriculum and instruction, both from the University of New Orleans.

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