Dr. Sledge is a life-long Detroiter! He has years of teaching and leadership experience serving in K-12 and post secondary education. He holds a Doctorate degree from Wayne State University in Curriculum & Instruction and Organizational Leadership. As a leader, JR has a strong commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) as evidenced by his Certification from the University of Michigan in DEI Organizational Leadership.
Dr. Sledge has authored and co-authored over 25 peer reviewed international and national articles and presentations in the areas of social justice, cultural competence, and teacher leadership.
Currently, Dr. Sledge oversees all staff, instructional, and program services for the Per Scholas Detroit Campus. He is also responsible the for oversight of all local partner and fundraising initiatives for Detroit. Additionally, he serves as Chair of the Structure and Operations Committee for Detroit Connect 313, Advisory Board Member of Center of Employment Opportunities Detroit, and Member of the Guiding Committee for DEIB for Per Scholas.