Research Spotlight: Ashley Pennypacker Hill

Q & A with Ashley Pennypacker Hill, Ed. D., Director of Elementary Programs and Associate Professor at P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School

What research are you currently working on?

Currently, I am working on building student leadership opportunities, increasing positive family engagement, building systems of support for students, co-facilitating teacher learning communities, developing strategies to support school climate, and implementing restorative practices with students, teachers, and families.

What is the broader impact of your research?

I’d like to believe that my research impacts people’s sense of connectedness and belonging to others. There are many opportunities to feel disconnected throughout a K-12 schooling experience, either as a student, a teacher, a staff member, or as a guardian. My hope is that my research and findings bring people together and help make bridges that allow for increased opportunities for connection between various stakeholders, ultimately increasing student achievement.

What other research topics are you interested in?

I am also interested in special education, behavior management, Multi-Tiered System of Supports, leadership, social emotional learning, equity development, mentorship, self-regulated learning, and inquiry/practitioner research.