Ashley Harris is the Georgia Department of Education’s Director of Whole Child Supports and Strategic Partnerships, a role created to cement the Department’s shift toward a common framework of improvement with the whole child at the center. Harris leads the Department’s efforts to address students’ wellbeing in the learning process, address the non-academic factors that impact student achievement, and maximize educational opportunities for students. Prior to her current role, Harris served as Director of Partnerships and Community Education for Georgia’s Chief Turnaround Office, and as an Accountability Specialist for the Technical College System of Georgia, overseeing program evaluation for twenty-two state technical colleges. She has more than a decade of experience in education administration, beginning in higher education and progressing to her current work in K-12.
Harris has presented to audiences across Georgia and the nation on a variety of topics including wraparound/nonacademic supports, community schools, and the high school to college transition. She holds a master’s degree in human development and leadership from Murray State University and a bachelor’s degree in communication from the University of Cincinnati.
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