Profile: Jessica G. Rigby
I have taught in urban schools from the time I was 16 years old--I am passionate about disrupting the historical cycles of inequitable learning opportunities for children of color. To do so, I attend to schools and school districts as organizations, using sociological organizational theories to understand when and under what conditions students are (and are not) given opportunities to engage in learning in meaningful ways. Specifically, I look at the role and learning needs of leaders (both in the district and in schools) in instructional improvement processes.
I earned my Ph.D. in education policy, organizations, measurement, and evaluation from UC Berkeley, spent two years as a postdoctoral fellow at Vanderbilt University on the MIST project, and am currently an associate professor in Educational Leadership, Policy, and Organizations at the University of Washington in Seattle.