Seema Tejura Ramji has over twelve years of experience leading students, teachers, and leaders towards literacy success, influencing over 220,000 students in 350+ schools.
In her most recent role as chief academic officer for Pittsburgh Public Schools, Seema managed implementation of the district’s academic plan, including the revision of curriculum for all content areas and the adoption of a new K–5 ELA program. In prior roles leading the literacy departments in Dallas (3–12) and the District of Columbia (K–5), Seema worked with teachers to create standards-aligned curriculum and assessments and developed professional development for teachers and school leaders around key instructional shifts in ELA.
Seema’s expertise is in text-dependent, TEKS-aligned instruction and assessment and showing teachers and school/district leaders how close reading and text sets can raise student achievement and motivation. She has structured the inaugural year for two instructional coaching programs and has implemented countless district-wide initiatives. She has experience leading literacy programs for general education, ESL, and special education students. As a literacy consultant, her most recent project included developing a plethora of resources for the Warren Instructional Network’s online resource library so that schools across DFW have access to high-quality professional development.
Seema holds master’s degrees in reading and education leadership and is also a certified reading specialist and Wilson® Dyslexia Practitioner.