Jéri L. Ogden is an educator, writer, and facilitator with a passion for and emphasis on equitable practices and cultural competence. Jéri graduated from Howard University with a B.A. in Communication and Culture and from American University with an M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy. Upon her undergraduate graduation, she spent one year working at DC’s first all-boys public charter school as a substitute teacher and assistant director of the after-school program before her training as a Summer 2010 DC Teaching Fellow. Jéri has taught at both public and charter schools in DC and Houston, as well as an international school in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
With over 14 years of progressive teacher leadership, Jéri most recently served as the Director of the Professional Learning Community at ASCD. In addition, she is the founder of P.U.R.P.L.E., a consulting firm that provides purposeful, uplifting, and restorative professional learning experiences to organizations and communities. Jéri is currently pursuing her Ed.D in Educational Leadership and Organizational Innovation at Marymount University. She is a former member of the adjunct staff at Trinity Washington University, where her courses focus on restorative practices, relationship building in school systems, and empathy. Her work is rooted in the philosophy that equity is not a buzzword.