Press Release

WASHINGTON (January 7, 2014) —- The Education Trust is proud to welcome Ashley Griffin as its Senior Research Associate. Ashley comes to Ed Trust with many years of education research experience, most recently at the Department of Defense Education Activity where she was a research and evaluation analyst.

Previously, Ashley was director of research and evaluation at the Capstone Institute at Howard University. There she pursued research examining the instructional practices of urban elementary and secondary school teachers and the instructional preferences of students. In collaboration with Howard’s engineering department, Ashley also conducted extensive work in STEM education, writing and managing a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the persistence of African American male engineering students at historically black colleges and universities.

““We are excited to have Ashley join our research team,”” said Sonja Brookins Santelises, vice president for K-12 policy and practice at The Education Trust. “”Her deep knowledge of and experience in education research and evaluation will be a valuable asset as we continue to use data as a driver to advance the educational outcomes of our nation’s most vulnerable children.””

Ashley has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses at Howard University, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Community College of Baltimore County, and Prince George’s Community College. She has also been a research fellow at ASCD, formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, where she studied K-12 instructional and leadership practices that impact student learning.

Ashley completed her undergraduate studies in psychology at Georgetown University and received her master’s degree and Ph.D. in developmental psychology from Howard University, where she studied under Wade Boykin, Ph.D.

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