Dr. Patricia is one of America’s most recognized names synonymous with improving students’ performance and closing achievement gaps. Dr. Patricia has demonstrated her in-depth expertise while serving as a teacher, adjunct professor, principal, superintendent of schools, senior director for the state department of education, and as a consultant.Dr. Patricia knows what it takes to dissolve low performing schools and create schools of excellence; she is nationally known for generating results. She has experienced roller-coaster battles while trying to keep the American Dream
Dr. Patricia is one of America’s most recognized names synonymous with improving students’ performance and closing achievement gaps. Dr. Patricia has demonstrated her in-depth expertise while serving as a teacher, adjunct professor, principal, superintendent of schools, senior director for the state department of education, and as a consultant.
Dr. Patricia knows what it takes to dissolve low performing schools and create schools of excellence; she is nationally known for generating results. She has experienced roller-coaster battles while trying to keep the American Dream alive in public schools. Fighting and advocating for equity, for all students, has been her biggest challenge.
Dr. Patricia is a life-long learner who received her Bachelor’s in English Literature from Barat- College, Masters in Administration from East Texas State University, and a Philosophy of Education, as a reading specialist, from Texas Woman’s University. After receiving her Ph.D., she continued to pursue her passion for educational leadership and training opportunities at some of the most leading and prestigious universities in the world: Harvard in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stanford in California, Oxford in the United Kingdom, Fordham in New York, and University of Texas. In high school, Patricia was told by her counselor that she was not college material. To this day, she remains passionate about advocating for underserved and under challenged students.
Over the years, her experience and expertise has led her to successfully complete projects such as: district-wide strategic plans and action plans, training modules for professional development, update and align curriculum guides; conduct quality program reviews; create enhanced learning environments through construction projects; (K-12) policy development, technology driven assessment programs, design re-organization plans; decentralize site-based budget planning; negotiate teacher-union contracts; oversee high-school reform; create innovative writing and reading programs; lead and implement teachers’ performance-based pay plan; integrate early-childhood programs to serve more indigent children and families; increase funding and support through grants at the local, state and federal levels; and cultivate family and community empowerment through involvement, visibility, and action. She also influenced Senate Bill 1 and the 75% Rule in Texas, and Impact Aid Legislation in Illinois.
She has received a host of awards and resolutions, and has been praised by educational experts as well as communities. For creating innovative writing and reading programs, she has been featured on Cable News Network and in Ebony Magazine. She has shared research based-best practices that work with the US Secretary of Education and the State Superintendent’s Office.
Awards and recognition also include: “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the NAACP; “Outstanding Contributions and Support to the Community” from Boy Scouts of America; “Most Influential African American of Lake County;” the “Most Distinguished Alumnus Award” from the College of Lake County; “Outstanding Success and Achievement” from Barat College; “Outstanding Contributions in Education” by the 100 Black Men of Chicago, Inc.; First Crown Award for “Women Making a Difference” from Top Ladies of Distinction; recognized by the governor of Texas for “Outstanding Service to the Head Start Project;” the Austin Alliance of Black School Educators named her as an “Outstanding Educator;” the Texan Award for “Outstanding Contributions in Education” from the Legislative Black Caucus; recognized by the Illinois House of Representatives for “Equality of Students’ Performance;” and finally, she was featured in the Ivy Leaf, the official publication of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
She is the owner of A+ Standards of Excellence and Equity in Education and she is the author of Are You In A Pickle? Lessons Learned Along the Way: Students’ Performance and Achievement Gaps. Further, she has contributed to journals and publications by Aspen Publishers, and by organizations such as the International Reading Association, American Association of School Administrators, National Association of School Boards, State Commissioner’s Critical Analysis Series, and Exemplary Practices in Education. Dr Pickles is available for select speaking engagements and training for educational leaders and communities.
“I entered the field of education because I was one of those children in an at-risk situation, and I know what it takes to climb from the bottom of the mountain to the top. I know that it can be done, and I want to give back to those who need someone to believe in them, their abilities, and their worth. After all, my career was based on the backs of my ancestors and the shoulders of our democracy.”
Patricia L. Pickles, Ph.D.
Dr. Patricia Pickles opened the school year for the Beaumont Independent School District with a big bang in August of 2012. She captivated an audience of over 1,500 attendees with her expertise and passion for educating all of our students. Dr. Pickles shared strategies that could be utilized by all of us: leaders, teachers and paraprofessionals. She quickly dissolved the blame game and pointing of fingers and helped us focus on the concept that it truly takes a village to achieve outstanding results. Individually and collectively, a spirit of emotion moved throughout the audience. After her dynamic opening speech, the four breakout sessions that followed were overflowing with enthusiasm and eager participants. Dr. Pickles came and delivered exactly what the Beaumont Independent School District needed.
Dr. Patricia has spoken to groups from United Way to Boy Scouts of America, from Girl Scouts of America to Young Women Christian Association, from the Chamber of Commerce to the Rotary Club, and from the National Alliance of Black School Educators to the US Congress.
She has spoken to districts across the country and for national organizations such as the American Association of School Administrators, the National Association of School Boards, the Association of Bilingual Education, and McDougall Littel Leadership Conference.
She has been an expert speaker at the College of Lake County, Barat, and Benedict Colleges, and Oxford, Fordham, and Texas Christian Universities. She has spoken to everyone from veterans to faith-based groups. Dr. Patricia has spoken to business groups, such as Abbott Laboratories and Texas Association of Partners in education.
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