Dana Chambers is a Senior TA Consultant with AIR and Deputy Director of the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, bringing with her more than a decade of experience as a teacher, researcher, and project leader, with specific expertise in educator quality. Through her role with the Center on Great Teachers and Leaders, Ms. Chambers manages a collaborative effort with the Northeast Comprehensive Center and other regional partners to support northeast states in implementing their Equitable Access to Excellent Educators plans. Ms Chambers also leads the GTL Center team’s contribution to the Talent for Turnaround initiative, a collaborative effort across the comprehensive center network supporting state alignment of equitable access and school improvement efforts to attract, support, and retain excellent educators in the lowest performing schools. In addition to her GTL Center role, Ms. Chambers directs several studies and technical assistance projects at AIR, including the Maine Schools for Excellence TIF-4 project, providing technical assistance to four Maine school districts as they develop and implement a comprehensive educator talent management system. Ms. Chambers leads a project for the Texas Education Agency, overseeing development of a toolkit to support districts in developing local equitable access plans. Ms. Chambers also directs a study for the George W. Bush Institute (GWBI) on principal talent management policies and practices, and manages a related GWBI study evaluating the impact of selected principal preparation programs.
Ms. Chambers began her career as a New York City Teaching Fellow, spending three years as an elementary and middle school teacher in high needs classrooms, and went on to be the Dean of Students in a top performing urban charter middle school in Brooklyn, playing a central role in school operations and managing school culture and the student discipline system. Ms. Chambers has also spent time as a legislative aide in a congressional office, and a research fellow during her graduate studies at New York University. Ms. Chambers earned an M.A. in the Sociology of Education from New York University, an M.S. in Teaching from Pace University, and a B.A. in Journalism from New York University, and has permanent teaching certification from New York State.