As a Research Associate with the Center for the Future of Teacher and Learning, Pamela Fong provides education leaders, practitioners, and policymakers with access to evidence-based information and research-based practices to inform decision-making toward creating equitable systems in K–12 and postsecondary education. As an experienced researcher, Fong collects, analyzes, and synthesizes qualitative data and produces user-friendly reports, briefs, and publications on issues of postsecondary transition, college and career readiness, career technical education, workforce development, teacher leadership, professional learning, and school reform. As a skilled communicator, Fong captures stakeholder perspectives on issues and makes meaning of educational experiences through an equity-focused lens.
Previously, Fong developed and provided professional learning and materials with WestEd’s Strategic Literacy Initiative to improve the teaching effectiveness of content-area teachers, and for Pepper, a national digital professional learning service. For a national foundation and for the Institute of Education Sciences’ Regional Educational Laboratory West (REL West), Fong has prepared research digests and quick-response memos supporting educational decision-making. Prior to joining WestEd, Fong taught graduate courses in curriculum and instruction at the University of San Francisco, undergraduate writing courses at the University of California, Berkeley, and high school English in the San Francisco area.
Fong has authored WestEd’s CenterView publications on teacher and district leader practices, a series on postsecondary reform for a California community college region, REL West blogs on research partnerships, and an evaluation for the California State University expository reading and writing course.
Fong earned an MA in Education of Language, Literacy, and Culture at the University of California, Berkeley.