professor + teacher development specialist

I teach educators how to thrive in urban schools by grounding your practice in an ethic of love, toward justice, with joy.


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Hi! I’m Crystal, but educators call me Dr. Laura.

I provide trainings to meet the specific professional development needs of conscientious teachers in urban settings, where issues of race, class, gender, language, sexuality, and culture are encountered daily. To put it simply, I teach educators how to do equity work. A dynamic approach paired with expert knowledge of urban education enable me to design teacher learning experiences that are relatable, context-specific, and packed with use-tomorrow strategies for immediate impact.

Ready to work with me? Get in touch.

+ Learn More

As an Educational Leadership professor for the past 8 years, I've had the pleasure of training 5000+ teachers, administrators, and school support staff in urban cities across the country. I have a Ph.D. in Urban Education, a former life as a high school history teacher in Chicago, and a deep-seated belief that teaching is a highly intellectual profession and a means for promoting educational equity and social justice.

Download my CV here.

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author + Speaker

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For colleges of education, school districts, and professional organizations looking to support the success of their pre-service and practicing teachers in urban settings, I provide a series of site-based trainings on a variety of topics.

The Workshop Series—Teaching for Love, Toward Justice, With Joy—addresses 10 core skills that urban educators must develop in order to create equitable and culturally responsive spaces for students to learn.

+ Workshop formats

Full Day (6 Hours)

Half-Day (3 Hours)

Keynote Address (1.5 Hours)

Download the Brochure to learn more and book a training.

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 Want my support 1:1?

Inspired, equity-focused classroom instruction is teachable. My personalized, site-specific coaching can help you learn to do the work you’re called to do.

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Recently, I worked with educators at the University of San Francisco, the University of Minnesota, the Chicago Freedom School, the Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline, the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and the University of Auckland-New Zealand. Next up are St. Louis, Missouri and Toronto, Canada.

developing an online program.

For the past several years, participants in my presentations have asked for post-workshop resources and greater access to my knowledge base throughout the school year. I am developing an online program to fulfill the growing need! Coming Fall 2019. Join my email list for updates.

doing yoga.

And yes, lots of yoga. Teaching is hard, and no teacher can do well if she doesn’t feel well. Yoga keeps me grounded and balanced, providing the tools I need to work from the heart and experience each day mindfully. I want the same for you! Check out my Instagram for inspiration.

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Ready to teach for love, toward justice, with joy? Complete the form below and I’ll connect with you shortly.

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