As a Research Associate with Innovation Studies at WestEd, Pamela Fong focuses on issues related to literacy, school reform, college readiness, and Common Core State Standards.
Fong designs and conducts qualitative research, and develops evidence-based reports for educators, policymakers, and foundation executives to support education decision making.
Her work has contributed to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Knowledge Center, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Completion by Design, Reading Apprenticeship at WestEd, U. S. Department of Education’s Magnet Schools Assistance Program, and California Office to Reform Education.
Fong was principal investigator on the Expository Literacy Grant Evaluation and co-authored the final report for California Academic Partnership Program.
Fong returned to WestEd in 2007, having first joined in 1999 as a Professional Developer and Research Associate for the Strategic Literacy Initiative.
Previously, she was an adjunct faculty member of the School of Education at the University of San Francisco, teaching curriculum and instruction in academic literacy to pre-service teachers and graduate students.
Fong also taught academic reading and writing at University of California, Berkeley’s College Writing Program and high school English in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She received a BA in English and single-subject teaching credential from San Francisco State University and an MA in education of language, literacy, and culture from the University of California, Berkeley, where she was awarded the Evelyn Lois Corey Graduate Fellowship.