Tammie Causey-Konaté
Project Director

Photo of Tammie  Causey-KonatéTammie Causey-Konaté is a Project Director with SEDL's Education Systems Support (ESS) program. Dr. Causey-Konaté’s work as deputy director of the Southeast Comprehensive Center (SECC) supports state departments of education and program associates in the design and implementation of technical assistance for states in the Southeast.

Contact Information
You may contact Tammie Causey-Konaté at 800-644-8671

or by using SEDL's contact form.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Causey-Konaté’s areas of interest include leadership, knowledge translation, and educational equity and social justice.

  • Leadership: Dr. Causey-Konaté formerly served as assistant dean of education at Dillard University and associate professor and doctoral program coordinator for educational administration at The University of New Orleans. In these roles, she provided leadership, instruction, professional development, and mentoring for educational leaders at the state, national, and international level.
  • Knowledge Translation: Dr. Causey-Konaté worked with K-12 educators and education leaders in Guinea, West Africa, using their own perspectives together with their critical examination of the country's existing K–12 pedagogy as a starting point for reconceptualizing the overarching goals and expectations of Guinean education to better address issues of educational equity and competence. She participated in developing and facilitating the professional learning activities related to informing curricular and instructional changes and their processes, and mapping the timeline and benchmarks for realizing and assessing knowledge translation outcomes over a 3-year period.
  • Educational Equity and Social Justice: Dr. Causey-Konaté has provided professional development and technical assistance to educators in the areas of educational equity and social justice. More recently, her work has concentrated on issues relevant to educational equity and social justice in post-Katrina New Orleans.


Dr. Causey-Konaté has been a professional educator for 27 years. Her previous experience at SEDL includes serving as a research alliance liaison with the Regional Educational Laboratories Southwest and Southeast—supporting the efforts of educator effectiveness and charter school research alliances.

Prior to joining SEDL in 2013, Dr. Causey-Konaté worked at the University of New Orleans as a tenured associate professor in educational leadership and as the coordinator of the PhD program in educational administration. She was awarded the Milton Ferguson faculty award for outstanding teaching in 2010. From 2000 to 2005 she served as assistant professor, assistant dean, and NCATE coordinator in the Division of Educational and Psychological Studies at Dillard University in New Orleans. In 2005, she was awarded both the Distinguished Faculty Award for exemplary teaching and the Provost Extra Mile Award for her leadership. Prior to this, she taught English/language arts at the middle and high school level and supported novice teachers as a support director with Teach for America and as the director of clinical and field experiences at the University of New Orleans.


Dr. Causey-Konaté holds a BA in secondary English education, an MEd in curriculum and instruction, and a PhD in education administration fromThe University of New Orleans.

SEDL Publications

Selected External Publications

Causey-Konaté, T. M. (2011). Implications of changing demographics for schooling in Louisiana. In M. Richardson, K. E. Lane, & N.  Roberts (Eds.). Education in Louisiana. New York, NY: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Company.

Strong, D. E., Causey-Konate, T. M., & Burrell, B. (2010). Black women in the professoriate: Enlightened, emancipated, and empowered. In J. Jackson & R. G. Johnson III (Eds.). The Black Professorate: Negotiating a Habitable Space in the Academy.(page numbers forthcoming). NY, NY: Peter Lang Publishing.

Cambre, B., Causey-Konaté, T. M., & Warner, T. (2013). It’s good enough for me: The role of religion in school choice in Post-Katrina New Orleans. Religion & Education, 40, 155-172.

Causey-Konaté, T. M. (Spring 2011). A theoretical framework for examining the experiences and needs of leaders in crisis: Enabling leadership in a troubled state. Illinois Committee on Black Concerns in Higher Education (ICBCHE).

Causey-Konaté, T. M., & Cambre, B. (Fall 2010). Networking for excellence: How partners in a professionally-managed, public charter school network support the development of school school leaders. Southern Regional Council on Educational Administration (SRCEA) 2010 Yearbook, 75-84.

Selected Presentations

Cambre, B.M, Causey-Konaté, T.M., Warner, T. B. (2011, November 2-4). Examining the role of religion in parental choice in post-Katrina New Orleans. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association. Oxford, Mississippi.

Beabout, B. R., Chiasson, M. S., Cambre, B. M., Causey-Konate, T., & Porter, B. (2011, November 17-20). Measuring success by being there: Case studies of site visitation for school improvement and accountability. Paper presented at the University Council on Educational Administration. Pitsburgh, PA.

Bickmore, D. L., Cambre, B. M., Causey-Konaté, T. M., Sulentic Dowel, M. (September 2010). All that jazz: Concerns of charter principals in storm impacted communities. Paper presented at the Five Years of Post Katrina Educational Reform Research Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Del Favero, M., Causey-Konaté, T. M., Reneau, F., Dellinger, A. (September 2010). University faculty perceptions of their post-Katrina involvement in the community. Paper presented at the Five Years of Post Katrina Educational Reform Research Conference. New Orleans, LA.

Causey, T.M. (Fall 2004). Drawing Well Water: Developing a Competency-Based Curriculum for k-12 Students in Guinea West Africa. Textbooks for a Global Society (T.A.G.S.), a George W. Bush Presidential Initiative. Guinea West Africa.