Interim Director of K-12 Research
As interim director of K-12 research, Ashley conducts primary and secondary research to inform decision-makers at the national, state, and local levels and to generate knowledge that can help practitioners raise achievement and close gaps for students of color and low-income students.
Prior to joining Ed Trust, Ashley worked as a research and evaluation analyst on projects to inform program implementation and instruction at the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA). Previously, Ashley served as the director of research and evaluation at Capstone Institute at Howard University. Her work examined engineering education teaching strategies and the intersection of culture, context, motivation, engagement, and cognition for African American students. Ashley has presented numerous papers, both nationally and internationally, on issues surrounding African American achievement for students grades K-16, and serves as a reviewer for The Journal of Negro Education.
A native of Ohio, Ashley holds doctoral and master’s degrees in developmental psychology from Howard University, with a concentration in educational psychology and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University.
Finding the silver lining!
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
My life’s work is dedicated to enhancing educational outcomes and opportunities for kids who look like me. The work I do here at Ed Trust allows me to follow my passion — ensuring equity and equality for black, Hispanic, and low-income kids.