Beth Tarasawa, PhD

Director of Collaborative for Student Growth

Dr. Beth Tarasawa is the Director of Collaborative for Student Growth at NWEA where she collaborates with universities, foundations, and school districts to produce rigorous and accessible educational policy research. Her scholarship focuses on issues related to educational equity, particularly those concerning social class, race, and linguistic diversity. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, American Sociological Association, Spencer Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation, and she has published in a variety of journals including the Journal of Children and Poverty, Education and Urban Society, Journal of Latinos and Education, Contemporary Sociology, Journal of At-Risk Issues, and Bilingual Research Journal. Dr. Tarasawa also teaches in the Department of Educational Leadership & Policy in the Graduate School of Education at Portland State University. Prior to NWEA, she was a faculty member at Washington State University and St. Norbert College. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology of Education from Emory University.