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Saroja Warner

Saroja Warner is a Senior State Technical Assistance Director in Learning Innovations and Co-Director of the MACC@WestEd, where she helps build the capacity of states and school districts to develop and successfully implement education policy and practices to support equitable and positive outcomes for all learners.

Warner started her career in education as a high school social studies teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools where she taught for 15 years. She earned National Board Certification in 2004 and recertified in 2013. Saroja is a leading expert on the research and evidence base related to school and district improvement, educator diversity and effectiveness, assessment and accountability, early learning and college and career readiness. Prior to joining the WestEd team Saroja was the Director of Teacher Workforce Initiatives at the Council of Chief State School Officers. There she led several national initiatives, including the Network for Transforming Educator Preparation and the Diverse and Learner-Ready Teachers Initiative. Prior to that she served as the Chief for Educator Preparation Program Approval at the Maryland State Department of Education and as Senior Director for Performance, Measurement and Research at the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education.

Although not in the high school classroom anymore, Saroja continues to teach as an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland in the very program that prepared her to be a teacher, and where she earned her doctorate, to support the development of tomorrow’s culturally responsive and diverse teachers.