Ada Muoneke is a senior technical assistant consultant at AIR. She has over 30 years of experience in the field of education. Dr. Muoneke currently serves as the research alliance manager for the Regional Educational Laboratory Southwest, directing the work of eight research alliances in the five states served by REL Southwest. Also, she is the principal investigator and senior management advisor for the study, Section 503 Rehabilitation Act Amendments: Impact on Increasing Employment Opportunities for People with Disabilities. This study examines the implementation of the Section 503 amendments by federal contractors and subcontractors and their projected impact on increasing employment opportunities for people with disabilities.
Dr. Muoneke oversees and contributes to client focused consultation/TA and program design, domestically and internationally. She led the design, development, and implementation of technical assistance and professional development for the USAID Quality Reading Project, Kyrgyzstan. This project builds the capacity of educators to improve reading outcomes and literacy for elementary students with blindness and visual impairments in Kyrgyzstan. For the Texas and Southeast Comprehensive Centers at SEDL, she led technical assistance and professional development to build the capacity of state departments of education staff and intermediary agencies to meet the goals and provisions of the Every Student Succeeds Act and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. Dr. Muoneke assisted state and local education agencies in Texas and five states in the southeastern region with Response to Intervention, special education, and accountability system for educator preparation programs. She served as the Texas Comprehensive Center liaison for the Assessment and Accountability Comprehensive Center.
In previous work, Dr. Muoneke managed a federally funded project designed to infuse scientifically based research in reading instruction for higher education faculty in 40 institutions; served as an associate and consultant on research projects on reading; and was an adjunct assistant professor in the Colleges of Education at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas State University, and Southwestern University. At the school and district level, Dr. Muoneke held several positions as a general and special educator, including classroom teacher, reading program supervisor, curriculum specialist, and admission, review, & dismissal (ARD) coordinator; and worked with a school district to restructure and turnaround a failing middle school. Through her work, she also has co-authored reports, professional development manuals, and publications in reading and mathematics for educators who teach students with learning problems.