Technical Assistance Manager
Dalia Zabala is a Senior State Technical Assistance Specialist in the Learning Innovations program at WestEd where she contributes to projects related to educator excellence, equitable access to highly effective teachers and leaders, and the alignment of professional learning and coaching. Zabala also contributes to strategic and conceptual planning of the Mid-Atlantic Comprehensive Center as the Technical Assistance Manager. In this role, she leads and coordinates projects among and across MACC@WestEd staff to provide technical assistance to the Mid-Atlantic states.
Zabala has spent the last seventeen years working in education research, policy and technical assistance and has been located in the Washington DC area for over 12 years. She worked at the Center on Education Policy where focusing on examining state and federal accountability policies with attention to the impact of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB), high school exit exam policies, and the influence of these initiatives on instruction. At the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) her work focused on the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), assessments and resources to support implementation of the standards, and the intersection of the standards with educator effectiveness. Then she took a position at the New Teacher Center (NTC) where she reviewed and advocated for states policies on teacher induction. At the American Institutes for Research she led several tasks and provide support and technical assistance to states, districts, schools and practitioners through a variety of educator quality projects focused on mentoring and induction, educator evaluation and development, teacher leadership, and efforts to ensure equitable access to excellent educators.
Zabala received a BA in Psychology at California State University Northridge and a EdM in Human Development and Psychology at Harvard Graduate School of Education.