Ashlie Denton

(she, her, hers)

Managing Researcher, Equitable Learning Environments

If Ashlie could design a new system of educational opportunity, it would look like this: learners would be deeply engaged through sustained, hands-on, and self-driven activities that encourage collaboration. Learning would be relevant, socially meaningful, authentic, and affirming to the identities, cultures, and lived experiences of learners. Learning would directly address the historical, social, and economic injustices caused by systems of oppression and provide opportunities for deep relationship building and healing.

Prior to joining Education Northwest, Ashlie was a National Science Foundation environmental policy fellow, working on interdisciplinary teams of researchers to look at the causes of and solutions to complex problems across multiple scales. This experience guides the way Ashlie approaches problems in education: she always thinks about the learning environments, systems of policy and practice, and networks of interactions that facilitate learning for students who are furthest from educational opportunity.


  • Ph.D., Public Affairs and Policy, Portland State University
  • M.S.W., University of Arkansas
  • B.A., Psychology, Taylor University

In my next life I will come back as a...

A daisy

Is a hotdog a sandwich? Why?

Of course! Bread, something in bread‚ bread. What else do you need?

The best live music show I ever saw was...

Flaming Lips @ SXSW

Ashlie Denton

Areas of Expertise

  • Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM)
  • Program improvement: theories of change, surveys, interviews, and focus groups
  • Landscape scans/market analysis
  • Social network analysis

Case Briefs & Publications