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Siettah Parks

Research Associate

Pronouns: She/Her


  • MA in Sociology & Education: Teachers College, Columbia University
  • BA in Sociology: University of Wisconsin
Siettah Parks

About Siettah Parks

Prior to joining RFA, Siettah served as a Project Manager and Research Associate at Teachers College, where she is currently conducting her dissertation research. Siettah also has several years of experience in providing racial-equity focused, evidence-based professional development to educators through a national and global summer institute at Teachers College called Reimagining Education. In addition, Siettah has mentored and instructed MA students in sociological qualitative research methods. She has previously worked in schools in Newark, NJ and New York City.

Siettah is intentional about engaging in research that centers marginalized people and considers how to involve participants in the process. She is passionate about conducting research on topics related to racial equity in education, especially as it relates to antiracist and culturally sustaining education, teacher education and professional development, and teacher-student relationships. As a sociologist, she is concerned about the role of systems and institutions in creating and reproducing inequality, and she hopes her work will contribute to addressing systemic issues and removing barriers to educational opportunity for marginalized students.

  • A fun fact about me is...

    In undergrad, I spent a term studying abroad with Semester at Sea – we visited 13 different countries while living on a ship for 2 and a half months!

  • I can’t stop listening to...

    Afrobeats (especially Burna Boy and Tems)

  • If I could have any superpower, it would be...

    Teleportation – I love traveling and exploring new places but I don’t love the process of getting there!

Key Projects by Siettah Parks

Value-Added Models in Teacher Evaluation and Development

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Allegheny County Educator Diversity Project

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Recent Publications by Siettah Parks