ASHLEY WILLIAMS is a senior consultant with Public Impact, focused primarily on assisting districts and schools in Opportunity Culture implementation to extend the reach of excellent teachers and their teams. Before joining Public Impact, Ms. Williams served as a data specialist for the accountability office within Charlotte-Mecklenburg schools. Prior to that, she served as one of the first Opportunity Culture multi-classroom leaders in the country, leading a team of English language arts teachers through intensive coaching and feedback, modeling instruction, co-teaching, data analysis, and co-planning, with formal accountability for the learning outcomes of all 370 students served by the team. Under her leadership, the team’s students dramatically increased their end-of-grade reading scores, which contributed to the school achieving the fourth-highest reading growth index out of more than 160 schools in 2014–15. Ms. Williams also previously worked for the Piedmont Triad region of Teach For America as the director of teacher leadership continuum. She holds an M.A. in educational leadership from Queens University of Charlotte, and a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Kentucky.
Example Projects: Ms. Williams’ recent work includes leading Opportunity Culture design in Wilson County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Chicago Public Schools. In addition, Ms. Williams has facilitated professional development based on instructional coaching with the School District of Palm Beach County and led professional development for turnaround school leaders with the Tennessee Department of Education.
Why I Do This Work: “Having seen the impact of Opportunity Culture firsthand as a multi-classroom leader motivates me to support others to design Opportunity Culture for their students and teachers. Every child deserves an excellent teacher, and excellent teachers deserve to be compensated for their extended impact.”