Arizona Alliance of Black
Karen Crawford earned a degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University and is the recipient of the 1992 Engineer of the Year award for community service. Years of work with Fortune 500 companies such as Motorola, Corning Glass, General Dynamics and others resulted in her realizing that while her professional needs were being met, her heart was desirous of so much more.
As a senior software engineer she worked on a segment of software for a secure cell phone product and later developed her presentation skills while training members of the United States military to use that product.
While developing her career at Motorola/General Dynamics, Karen spent her summers learning from middle and high school students how to successfully teach them to write computer programs from scratch. As a result of teaching these students she has also flushed out the problem solving process that can be used to help students confidently solve complex problems. In the first unit of her workbook, Solve Every Problem: An Introduction to Computer Programming, the process is explained in detail.
Karen is the founder and CEO of the premiere company for computer-programming instruction, KomputerED Tools, llc.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
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Phoenix, AZ 85048
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AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.