Alfatah (pronounced Alpha-Tah) is an education leader who is passionate about helping children who experience difficulty with reading. He has both directly taught students as a reading clinician and has led LEA and district-wide initiatives to deliver interventions at scale. As a Ph.D. Candidate at Harvard University, his research focuses on the science of reading, the design of effective reading interventions for K-12 students, and instructional and pedagogical guidance for teachers. Alfatah formerly served as Executive Director for Johns Hopkins University’s Talent Development Secondary, improving education for students in high-need schools by using research-based reforms to address systemic challenges to student success. Alfatah managed Talent’s programs and operations in the Boston region, including city-wide implementation of Diplomas Now, a $30 million DOE study.
Alfatah is a Harvard Presidential Fellow and has earned distinctions such as The 40 Under 40 Award for Extraordinary Philanthropic Work and the Harvard Graduate School Leadership Institute fellowship. Alfatah holds a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and obtained his undergraduate degree, as well as a Master of Science degree, from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C.