About Us

A Brief Overview

Jelani Jabari, Ph.D., is president of Pedagogical Solutions, LLC, and author of Expecting Excellence in Urban Schools: 7 Steps to an Engaging Practice. Since 2004, Pedagogical Solutions has partnered with learning communities throughout the United States and abroad to both enhance pedagogical practice and improve academic achievement. His research interests include engaging pedagogy, effective classroom discourse, and utilizing assessment as an instructional tool. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics, Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction and Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Evaluation and Research.

Jelani has had a stellar career in the educational field which spans more than twenty years. He thoroughly enjoyed serving more than ten years as a school teacher and three years as a school administrator. He has also served as university instructor and has consulted with the State of Michigan Department of Education.

Jelani wholeheartedly believes the capacities for all children to excel are unearthed when educators expect exemplary performance, position them in situations of success, and inspire them to maximize their potential. Touching lives, positively impacting educators, and enhancing educational experiences for all students lies at the heart of the mission of a team of highly competent and wholeheartedly committed educators. He currently resides in Southeastern Michigan with his wife and children.

Shomari Jabulani, Ph.D., has a keen ability for designing mathematics and science lessons which greatly enhance content mastery. He contributed greatly as a chemical process engineer in the semi-conductor electronics field. Shomari has earned notoriety for the following:

  • Contributing author to Linking Science & Literacy in the K-8 Classroom
  • Strategically enhancing students' scientific literacy
  • Facilitating highly-competitive student robotics team
  • Enhancing teachers' pedagogical practices as math and science instructional coach

Paula S. Duren, Ph.D., has over 25 years of extensive experience in all aspects of human resources and organizational consultation with expertise in executive coaching, directing organizational change initiatives, team development, multicultural leadership development, and strategic planning. She is a certified facilitator of the following programs:

  • Seven Habits Training
  • True Colors Assessments
  • Framework for Poverty

Paula has teamed with manufacturing, health care, utilities, food services, airports and other industries to coach executive teams, designed employee surveys and developed and implemented training programs. Other client organizations have utilized Duren’s consultative expertise in crisis situations as well as in long-term leadership, and organizational performance planning.


Peggy Thomas, M.Ed., has enjoyed an exemplary career in education for more than 30 years. For more than 21 years, she was a high school teacher and department head. She was Social Studies Supervisor at the central office level for ten years. Peggy has extensive experience in the following:

  • Development of curriculum (middle and high school social studies)
  • Evaluating/monitoring effective teaching performance
  • Development of professional development for teachers and administrators
  • Evaluation of instructional materials and resources.
  • Data analysis (of MEAP/MME)

Her professional contributions include:

  • Member of the state of Michigan MEAP/HST Range-finding Committee and the GLCE (Grade Level Content Expectations) Committee.
  • Development of the MEAP/HST Scoring for Persuasive Essay Writing
  • Development of a Social Studies High School Exit Exam

Judith Ableser, Ph.D., has greater than 30 years of exceptional experience in education. She is a university researcher, accomplished author, and expert in designing and implementing sound educational pedagogy. She has a stellar teaching record given the dozens of undergraduate and graduate courses taught in the college of education.

  • Integrating Developmentally Appropriate Authentic Literacy Experiences to Teach and Support Young Children During Times of Violence and Stress
  • Life Beyond Multiple Choice Tests: Alternative and Authentic Assessment

Judy's areas of expertise include:

  • Differentiating instructional practices
  • Adapting educational settings, inclusion, I.E.P.
  • Early and emergent literacy
  • Curriculum mapping and design

Tony Ingram, Ph.D., has more than 30 years of excellence in education. He has extensive experience in the following:

  • Supervisory and Leadership Training
  • Diversity
  • Human resource development

Tony is completing his 15th year as Dean of Academic & Student Services at Oakland Community College Farmington Hills, Michigan. He has previously served as adjunct Graduate Professor at Lawrence Technological University, Assistant Professor at the University of Detroit-Mercy, and taught courses at Eastern Michigan University.