Crayon Box Consulting Provides Cultural Awareness Education

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Crayon Box Consulting Group, a catalyst for social justice, provides consulting services to public and private entities to foster positive intercultural engagement, understanding and competency. Erica Alexander and Dr. Adama Sallu, passionate educators who are on a mission to ensure equity in education and beyond, founded Crayon Box. The pair has over 40 years of combined experience that ranges from teaching and administration for kindergarten through the collegiate levels.

Alexander has been an educator since 1993. Currently, she is an instructional coach and an adjunct faculty member at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. Her previous roles include University Supervisor and Faculty Associate for Arizona State University’s Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College as well as elementary principal.

Crayon Box Consulting Group co-founder Erica Alexander

Crayon Box Consulting Group co-founder Erica Alexander

In 2013, Alexander founded a free summer reading club, Club READ, for students who reside and/or attend school in Chandler. READ is an acronym for Reading Experiences Appreciating Diversity. The purpose of the program is to facilitate opportunities for youth to identify, read, and describe multicultural literature that increases cultural awareness and sensitivity through various activities including, but not limited to; literature circles, spoken word, dramatizations, and attendance at cultural events.

She is a co-founder of the annual Multicultural Education Conference, which has been held since 2011. In additional to her consulting work, she has presented for the Healing Racism Series; Mesa Community College Educators Academy; Scottsdale’s Cross Cultural Communication Series; The Arizona Department of Education’s Discipline Initiative Institute; and the Seventh Annual Future Educator’s Conference. Alexander has been recognized for her commitment to education receiving the 2015 East Valley NAACP Educator Award and the Outstanding Adjunct Award from Chandler-Gilbert Community College.

Dr. Sallu is a passionate educator and skilled administrator with a career in education spanning two decades. She has extensive experience providing equity and diversity leadership and is instrumental in executing equity and diversity work in her school district. A certified principal, she is experienced in supervising teachers as well as monitoring and evaluating their performance.

Crayon Box Consulting Group co-founder Dr. Adama Sallu.

Crayon Box Consulting Group co-founder Dr. Adama Sallu.

Over the years, she has demonstrated leadership by advising, mentoring and supporting educators. She has established a track record of designing, planning, and implementing high-quality educational programs. Dr. Sallu’s work focuses on areas of diversity, culturally relevant teaching and equity in schools. She is committed to ensuring educational opportunities and success for all students.

Dr. Sallu is national and statewide presenter on educational equity. She presented at the National Summit on Courageous Conversation in October 2015 and is scheduled to present at the same conference in September 2016. She is also a sought after presenter with the Arizona Department of Education (ADE), she has presented at various conferences across the state, notably at the Office English Language Acquisition Service (OELAS) conference in December 2015 and the ADE Leading Change Conference in June 2016. Dr. Sallu currently serves on the ADE Culturally Inclusive Practice Committee a group that is working to create a guide for Arizona schools to implement and sustain cultural embedded practices. She was the 2016 City of Tempe Arizona, Martin Luther King Jr. Education Award.

For more information, visit their website at crayonboxconsulting.com or contact them at info@crayonboxconsulting.com.

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