Taishya Adams is a Senior Technical Consultant at the American Institutes for Research. Adams 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. The Alliance is also working towards establishing a continuous improvement model focused on rapid data collection, analysis, and response. Adams also 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 works with the National Charter School Resource Center which serves as a national center to provide resources, information, and technical assistance to support the successful planning, authorizing, implementation, and sustainability of high-quality charter schools; to share evaluations on the effects of charter schools; and to disseminate information about successful practices in charter schools. Adams has extensive history in project management, new charter school development, governance and oversight. 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 aimed to strengthen support services offered to charter schools through intensive trainings and coaching in the areas of new school development, governance, school leadership, finance and operations. Prior to joining the NAPCS, she served as a performance officer with the D.C. Public Charter School Board. In this capacity, she provided oversight and guidance on accountability practices for a portfolio of over 15 charter schools in the areas of academic, non-academic and organizational performance. She also participated on the performance management framework (PMF) team, which resulted in the development of a more rigorous and equitable system for evaluating the academic and non-academic performance of all charter schools in Washington, DC. She earned her master’s 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.