Doctor of Education

Dr. Crystal A. Kuykendall is currently President and General Counsel of her own firm, K.I.R.K., Inc. A firm established to provide Kreative and Innovative Resources for Kids. K.LR.K. produces superior quality audio and video tapes, products, publications, workbooks and learning/teaching tools which can be used by educators, counselors, administrators, parents, students and concerned citizens to enhance student motivation, discipline, achievement, self-image, teacher expectations, school climate and parenting skills.

A human relations and education expert, Dr. Kuykendall has gained national recognition for her extensive talents and expertise in promoting problem resolution. Former Executive Director of the National Alliance of Black School Educators, she has provided leadership and services for a growing national and international constituency.

Dr. Kuykendall has served as Director of Marketing for Roy Littlejohn Associates, Inc., Director of the Educational Development Institute of PSI Associates, Director of the Urban and Minority Relations Department of the National School Boards Association, and Director of the Citizens Training Institute of the National Committee for Citizens in Education. She has received numerous awards and commendations for her efficacy and success in coordinating services, programs and strategies to facilitate the efforts of school board members, administrators, teachers, parents, students and concerned others to address sensitive school problems especially those related to human relations, human development, student achievement, classroom management and diversity.

Born in Chicago, Illinois, she received her B.A. from Southern Illinois University, her M.A from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey and her Doctorate in Educational Administration from Atlanta University as a result of a Ford Fellowship. She also received her J.D. (law degree) from Georgetown University Law Center in 1981. In June 1988 she was admitted to the Bar of the District of Columbia after passing the Bar Exam on her first attempt.

A former school teacher, Upward Bound Instructor and Trainer for the Community Action Training Institute of Jersey City, New Jersey, she has also been a guidance counselor for minority undergraduates and potential high school dropouts. In addition, she has been a University Instructor in the Black Studies and Sociology Departments of Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey and the Education Department of Montclair State University, also in New Jersey. She served as Administrative Intern in the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation in the D. C. Public Schools in 1974-75 while completing her training as one of 20 Washington Interns in Education.

A prolific writer and dynamic speaker, Dr. Kuykendall has either been keynote, General Session speaker, workshop presenter or panelist at over 1,000 national and international conferences sponsored by such organizations as the NAACP, the National Urban League, the American Association of School Administrators, the National Alliance of Black School Educators, the National Urban Coalition, the National School Boards Association, NEA, Blacks in Government, the Association of Black Psychologists, the Education Commission of the States, the National Wellness Institute, the National Council of University Research Administrators, The American Association for Counseling Development, the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, the Association for Gifted and Talented Education, Parents Without Partners, the Association for the Education of Gifted Underachievers, the National Association of Elementary School Principals, the National Association of State Directors of Special Education and many, many more. She has also been a guest lecturer at several universities and has been a consultant to city and/or school officials, parents and civic/community groups in over 40 states. ln addition, she has been a consultant for the U.S. Department of Defense Overseas Schools and the Bermuda Middle Schools Association. In 1990, she was asked by the Minister of Sport and Recreation of West Australia to launch their Wellness Program through a series of speeches and public appearances.

Dr. Kuykendall is author of two books, Improving Black Student Achievement Through Enhancing Self-image and Developing Leadership for Parent/Citizen Groups, as well as a motivational self-image boosting 1989 calendar for parents, entitled You and Yours: Making the Most of This School Year.

Another book, From Rage to Hope: Strategies for Reclaiming Black & Hispanic Students was published in 1992. Dr. Kuykendall has also been featured in newspaper articles and on radio or television programs in over two dozen cities.

A member of numerous civic and social organizations, including Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., Dr. Kuykendall also serves on the Board of Trustees for Health Power, Inc. and the Advisory Board of the Congressional National Youth Leadership Conference. In addition she has also served on the Educational Task Force of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Center for Social Change and the Board of the Institute of the Black World. Selected in 1978 as one of the "50 Leaders of the Future" by the editors of EBONY magazine, Dr. Kuykendall was appointed by the US. President to the National Advisory Council on Continuing Education and served as Council Chairperson from 1979 to 1981. A recipient of numerous plaques, awards and citations, Dr. Kuykendall has two daughters and a son and resides in Washington, DC.


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