Our methods include a combination of professional development, coaching, and various equity evaluations which identify targeted areas of improvement, aid in goal setting, develop planning for implementation, and create action-based equity initiatives that create equitable, academically, and socially successful environments for every learner.
Founded by Salandra Grice, M.Ed., she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Teacher Certification from the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2006. She received her Masters of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Education from Texas A&M University in 2019. She is currently obtaining a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction in Multicultural Education at Texas A&M. Salandra has a decade of classroom experience and her journey as a student, an educator, and a parent have helped shape her approaches in helping educators create high-quality, caring, positive, and equitable school experiences for EVERY student.
Conscious Education learning experiences focus on helping educators understand that culture is central in creating learning environments that foster the achievement of diverse learners (Gay, 2010). The goal of every workshop is to provide teachers with essential knowledge of the connections between culturally responsive teaching and the academic achievement of diverse students which create pathways that close achievement gaps and enable success for every student, every day. By increasing teacher knowledge and understanding about the histories, perspectives, values, and beliefs of the diverse students in their schools, teachers can begin to create more equitable learning environments and build more authentic and caring relationships with their diverse students. A key component in this accomplishment is the development of equity-minded educators who can identify and address the inequities present within the classroom or school environment. Conscious Education Consulting is dedicated to working together with teachers and schools to address the issues our diverse students face and create more equitable pathways towards increased student success.
“It doesn’t matter how many math, reading, or writing strategies teachers have. If we don’t know who our students are culturally, historically, or individually, we can’t teach them.”
-Salandra Grice, M.Ed.
Salandra Grice, M.Ed. is a teacher-educator, author, and founder of Conscious Education Consulting, LLC.
Meet Our Equity Team
Alexes M. Terry is an educator, author, and founder of TwistED Teaching Educational Consultant company. She specializes in Urban Education and is passionate about supporting and empowering educators, in inner-city schools, creating equitable learning spaces where all students can succeed. She possesses a B.A. in History, an M.A. in History, and M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Urban Education. Using the theories of Culturally Relevant Teaching and Reality Pedagogy, Alexes strives to help all educators “twist” the way they do teaching and learning by creating learning experiences that are engaging, relevant and will empower all students to thrive in the 21st century and beyond.
Taylor A. Gilley comes to Conscious Education Consulting with a background and a passion for providing equitable classroom communities for diverse learners. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Marketing from Texas A & M University in 2001. After her time in the Human Resources sector of corporate America, she returned to school to receive her teaching certification in 2011. Ms. Gilley received her Masters of Education in Teacher Leadership with an emphasis in ESL in 2016. She will complete her Ph.D. in Urban Education from Texas A&M University in December 2020. Ms. Gilley’s personal experiences growing up as a student and the child of an educator in a diverse, rural school district in deep East Texas, and her own experience as a white teacher in an urban district, fueled her desire to provide leadership and direction for teachers new to urban school settings. Currently serving as a Lead Development Specialist for Spring ISD, she provides professional development, mentoring, and coaching to teachers to support their efforts to provide a successful environment for today’s population of diverse learners. “I have always heard it said that a student will do for the teacher long before they will do for the task. By truly understanding the cultural component of today’s learners, teachers can build meaningful relationships with students, parents, and stakeholders empowering them for a successful future.” – Taylor G.
Jo Ann Robisheaux, Ph.D started her career in the Denver Harbor neighborhood of Houston. While working there, she was so amazed by the power of bilingual education, she returned to school to learn Spanish, earned her bilingual education certification, and spent the next forty-plus years specializing in the education of English language learners. Dr. Robisheaux has authored several academic articles, taught university-level classes, and worked as an elementary classroom teacher.
Elissa Frazier is an Education Consultant and specializes in professional & organizational learning in the areas of culturally responsive teaching, technology integration, instructional design, and continuous improvement through coaching. She draws from extensive knowledge as an educator having served in several capacities, as an English teacher, Reading Specialist, Instructional Coach, Edtech Integrationist, Researcher, and Evaluator. Her ability to understand the needs of intersecting communities of practice is an asset as well as her professional and personal knowledge of the challenges teachers face when creating learning environments that are designed for all kids to thrive. Her current research focuses on culturally responsive teaching with technology & digital equity in K12 schools. Elissa lives with her wonderful husband and fantastic kids. She is also a proud Autism advocate.
Maiya Turner is an educator with a background in English Language Arts Instruction. Maiya is passionate about creating equitable learning spaces for all students through accessible and culturally relevant professional development for educators. She is excited to work with educators and guide them towards becoming culturally responsive. Maiya received her M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Urban Education in 2019 from Texas A&M University. Currently, Maiya is a full-time graduate research assistant pursuing a Ph. D in Multicultural Education from Texas A&M University. Maiya also holds an Advancing Educational Leadership (AEL) certification.
Profiles of more fantastic Equity Consultants coming soon!