Our Signature Clients Include:


We are excited for 2019!

Who are we?

Our Mission & Vision

 The quality of a community’s education system directly impacts the economic, political, and social well-being of a community.  Research confirms that the most important factor contributing to a student’s success is the quality of teaching, and as a firm, we believe that the most important factor contributing to a teacher’s success is the quality of their preparation and on-going professional development. 

Having served over 134 schools nation-wide and impacted over 60,000 children across the United States, K. Allen Consulting is a national education consulting firm that specializes in providing high-quality, culturally relevant professional development services to K-12 school districts, universities, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses.  At K. Allen Consulting, we believe in adult learning experiences that are personalized to our clients' unique contexts and organizational goals. Our supports for teachers, principals, district leaders, and more encompass, but are not limited to professional development workshops, leadership coaching, motivational speaking, strategic planning, staff retreats, and guided off-site field experiences. 

We equip educators with the knowledge, skills, and practice necessary to lead culturally responsive classrooms and schools, dramatically increase and strengthen parental involvement and family engagement, increase and maintain student investment and staff morale, strengthen teacher and leader effectiveness, and SO MUCH MORE!

We work EVERYDAY to ensure that our children get access to a great education by way of ensuring that the adults that stand before them are well supported, developed, and equipped to best their best selves and do their very best work.

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MEET OUR TEAM (We are excited to welcome 3 new staff members - an Operations Manager, a Director of Strategy, and an additional Associate Consultant - in January 2019!)

Krystal Hardy Allen is the Founder & CEO of K. Allen Consulting™. She is also a former Clinical Faculty member of Columbia University (NYC), and a former elementary & middle school administrator (Principal & Asst. Principal).  As a Consultant, she supports K-12 teachers, principals, and district leaders within traditional public, private, and charter schools by: a) providing individualized leadership coaching and b) designing - as well as delivering - customized professional development workshops and a host of various adult learning experiences. As a Clinical Faculty member of Columbia University (NYC), she advised M.Ed. students within Columbia's Summer Principals Academy during their 1st year of studies, and designed and launched its first educational leadership seminar for women, particularly women of color in such roles. Prior to launching K. Allen Consulting, LLC, Krystal spent 10 years in the field of education teaching, leading, and foremost, learning. She began her career teaching elementary school in rural South Louisiana, serving as an instructional coach for new teachers, leading as an elementary school Assistant Principal, and then as an elementary & middle school Principal. Krystal's work and passion for culturally relevant practices, coaching & professional development, social justice, and experiential learning are the driving forces and pillars within her leadership journey and personal story.

She frequently engages in public speaking engagements, particularly within university settings, middle & high schools, and legislative settings. She has been a guest of the White House within President Obama's administration in attendance of ESSA Policy formulation; shadowed and featured by national media, such as Yahoo News, The Hechinger Report, Education Weekly, The Christian Science Monitor, as well as local news media. Krystal is a 2014 Deloitte Principal Fellow (Deloitte's 100 Courageous Principals Program), a 2015 Nexus City Fellow,  a 2015 Urban League ULEAD fellow, the 2016 Teach for America-Greater New Orleans Catalyst Award winner on behalf of her leadership and activism with youth & families; the 2016 Urban League of Louisiana ULEAD Activist Award, a TFA-GNO Collective Board Member,  and Board Co-Chair of Playworks-Louisiana.

As a first generation college graduate, Krystal earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), her Master of Education in Educational Leadership from NLU (Chicago, IL), and is also currently pursuing her Doctorate in Urban Educational Leadership from Columbia University (NYC). 

 Juan Serrano is an incredible Associate Consultant at K. Allen Consulting, LLC, a Guest Blogger for Education Post, and an award-winning Louisiana high school teacher and leader at Abramson Sci Academy, a high performing High School Charter operating in New Orleans, Louisiana. Juan's life motto, "a life in service is a life fulfilled", captures not only his dedication to being a servant leader, but it speaks to his passion to fight injustice and inequities, particularly through student empowerment.  As a teacher and leader, Juan nurtures student activism, particularly through his senior level course "Seminar in Social Justice", which is an engine for civic engagement and social responsibility.   Juan's vision through this course and other initiatives he enacts is to position students to shape public policy through research and investigation of a particular topic or problem they want to solve, and by working in partnership with lawmakers to refine their ideas. Students receive feedback and suggestions for advancing their efforts from local leaders to include members of the school board, local district judges, members of city council, the superintendent, and even the Mayor herself.  This past year, Juan’s students successfully registered 100% of the eligible voters at Abramson and arranged travel for them to early vote. His students have written for Nola.com (a major New Orleans media source) and have organized walks to end human trafficking. Many also participated in youth council task forces across the city. 

 As a proud New Orleanian, Juan is passionate about inspiring activism in his students on behalf of their communities.  Juan began his work teaching Math and Science in Hawaii, and consistently provides teacher training to beginning teachers each summer via Teach for America's Summer Institute.  

Juan holds a B.A. in Political Science from Dillard University, and an MS. from Johns Hopkins University's School of Education. 

Check Out This Cool Feature Blog about Our Founder/CEO!


Founder & CEO, Krystal Hardy Allen

Omaha Public Schools (Nebraska)

True School (LA)

The United Negro College Fund (Washington, DC)

Ed Fuel (Washington, DC)

Ed Navigator (MA + LA) 

Horizon Science Academy - Belmont (IL) 

Resurrection Catholic School (AL) 

The Urban League (LA)

Kid smART (LA)

Alliance for Diversity & Excellence/ InspireNola Schools (LA)

Common's The Common Ground Foundation (WI, IL)

Mountain Brook Elementary School (AL)

Relay Graduate School of Education (NY, LA)

University of Notre Dame (IN)

Chicago Public Schools (IL)

Bhoomi Cane Water (TX, LA)

Navigate Her/Navigate Nola (LA)

The New Orleans Infant Mental Health Project (LA)

Durham Public Schools (Urban Education Leadership Collaborative) - (NC)

The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce (AL)

Kenilworth Science & Technology School (LA)

Propeller (LA)

Firstline Schools (Special Education Leadership Fellowship) - (LA)

Selma City Schools (AL)

Summer Principals Academy (NY, LA)

KIPP Foundation (Miles Fellowship Program) - (NV, IL)

KIPP Booker T. Washington High School (LA)

Valiant Cross Academy (AL)

Louisiana Public Health Institute (LA)

Concepts Schools (IN, IL, OH) 

Hammonds Transportation (LA)

Southside High School (AL)

Teach for America (GNO)

...and growing!

Client Testimonials

CONTENT: The Intersection of Special Education & Social Justice

LOCATION: Firstline Schools (New Orleans, LA)

CONTENT: "The Art of Managing and Supporting Adults"

CLIENT: The Urban League of Louisiana

CONTENT: K-6 Writing Alignment & Norming PD

LOCATION: Mountain Brook Elementary School (Mountain Brook, AL)

CONTENT: "Organizational Reflection: The Pursuit of Racial Equity"

LOCATION: Ed Navigator (New Orleans, LA/ Boston, MA)

Frequently Asked Questions

1) What services do you provide?

K. Allen Consulting, LLC offers the following services to K-12 schools, school districts at large, colleges/universities, nonprofits, and small businesses:

  • Leadership Development Coaching
  • Design & Execution of Professional Development Workshops
  • Strategic Planning
  • Design of Programs and Special Events
  • Design & Execution of Team Retreats
  • Project Management
  • Performance Management
  • School Site Reviews
  • Guided Off-Site Field Visits
  • Organizational Document Creation & Review
  • Public Speaking

2) Where are you located, and do you travel? 3) How are you staffed?

K. Allen Consulting, LLC is a national education consultancy based in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Our Founder & CEO Krystal Allen, as well as a team of Associate Consultants and Administration (Operations Manager, Director of Strategy), provide the services listed above to clients anywhere in the United States, as well as anywhere globally. We currently support clients in cities and states across the country.

Moreover, student interns also provide technical assistance during facilitation.

 In 2018, K. Allen Consulting began our Invest In Youth initiative, which provides both rural and urban high school juniors & seniors the opportunity to support our firm in the preparation and facilitation of professional development workshops, as well as accompany us within select speaking engagements and public policy advocacy opportunities. Through this initiative, youth are exposed to the field of education, explore varying topics that impact students, teachers, families, and communities; and consider the profession of teaching as a potential career pathway.

3) Are your services affordable?

Absolutely! While some services have flat fees and costs (such as the national mileage reimbursement rate), we customize our invoices to meet the: a) projected number of participants that will be present, b) the client organization's budget, and c) the amount of preparation and labor that the client's desired experience will require.

Reach out to us today at either info@kallenconsulting.org or 504-264-1912 to move forward in securing your free 30-minute consultation!

Free Downloads

Below, you'll find teacher and leader resources spanning the following areas: a) ELA instructional coaching & lesson planning, b) Mathematics coaching & lesson planning, and c) building Culturally Responsive classrooms and school spaces. 

Planning for a Text Analysis Lesson (pdf)


Achieve The Core_Coaching ELA Guide_3rd-12th grade (pdf)


Achieve the Core_Coaching MATH Guide_K to 8th Grade (pdf)


Standards for Mathematical Practice_ELEM Student Version (pdf)


Gloria Ladson Billings_The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy (pdf)


Becoming Culturally Responsive Educators: Rethinking Teacher Education (pdf)


K-12 Anti Bias Framework (pdf)


Critical Practices for Anti-Bias Education (pdf)


Schedule Your Consultation Today!

At K. Allen Consulting, we pride oursleves in offering 30 minute consultations free of charge to prospective clients.

Email us to learn more about the various personalized services we provide!

We look forward to being in touch with you, and welcoming you to our client portfolio and KAC team! 

K. Allen Consulting, LLC

Servicing Traditional Public, Charter, & Private Schools | Colleges & Universities | Education Non-Profits

Office: 504.264.1912

Business Hours

Monday - Friday: 9am - 5pm

Saturday: By appointment

Sunday: Closed