Ryan Kapa

Research Associate




B.A. in Political Science and History; Economics minor: University of Delaware
M.S.Ed in Education – Curriculum and Instruction Supervision: North Carolina State University
Ph.D. in Educational Policy: The Ohio State University


Ryan Kapa is a Research Associate at RFA, where he works on multiple mixed methods projects in the areas of early childhood and K-12 education. Kapa currently directs research examining the effects of arts initiatives in early childhood centers and K-12 schools. He also serves as a co-project director on a five-year Education and Innovation research grant awarded to the Children’s Literacy Initiative to develop and evaluate a preschool curriculum and professional development program for pre-K teachers to improve students’ kindergarten readiness.

His other work involves evaluating instructional coaching and professional development to increase K-2 children’s literacy skills and examining the impact of the Say Yes to Education initiative on students’ postsecondary outcomes. Prior to joining RFA, Kapa was a postdoctoral researcher at The Ohio State University, an instructional coach for novice teachers in North Carolina, and a high school English teacher through the Teach for America program. Kapa received his Ph.D in Education Policy from The Ohio State University and his M.S. in Education, with a specialization in Curriculum and Instruction, from North Carolina State University.