Taishya Adams is a senior technical consultant at the American Institutes for Research. Adams serves as Minnesota state manager for the Midwest Comprehensive Center. Adams manages multiple projects and staff working in collaboration with senior leadership of the Minnesota Department of Education to implement key initiatives in a number of areas, including American Indian education, early childhood, educator effectiveness, standards implementation, school climate, and school improvement. Adams also leads the REL Midwest School Turnaround Research Alliance, identifying schools achieving at levels higher than expected and analyzing organizational factors that might be related to those achievement levels. Adams also works with the National Charter School Resource Center which provides resources, information, and technical assistance to support the successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools; shares evaluations on the effects of charter schools; and disseminates information about successful practices in charter schools. Prior to joining AIR, she served as the director of state services for the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools where she lead the NAPCS Master Class Series for over 35 state charter support organizations. Prior to joining the NAPCS, she served as a performance officer with the D.C. Public Charter School Board. She earned her Masters of Arts in International Education from George Washington University where she specialized in program management and educational systems and her Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College in Political Science and Film Production.
State Manager, Minnesota