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Andrea Pickens & Associates, LLC.

The APAC Experience

Andrea Pickens & Associates, LLC is an educational consulting company that provides a variety of consulting services and professional development trainings to K-12 schools, businesses, & nonprofit organizations.

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K–12 Consulting Services

APAC provides consulting services in MTSS/RTI, asset-based view of learning, transformative learning, and differentiated instruction. We are an approved Texas Education Agency CPE provider.

APAC uses two main theories, educational equity theory and culturally relevant pedagogy, as the theoretical framework and guide for developing resources and research-based strategies.

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Andrea S. Pickens, M.Ed

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About me

Education Professional

Ten plus combined years of experience in K–12 education, nonprofit youth development, and customer service industry.


  • Leadership
  • Program Management
  • Learning & Development
  • Instructional Design

  • Curriculum Development
  • Collaboration
  • Research & Development
  • Facilitation


Doctor of Education in Learning & Organizational Change

Baylor University, 2024 (Doctoral Student)

Master of Education in Curriculum & Instruction

Texas A&M University-Commerce, 2018

Bachelor of Science in Biology

Jackson State University, 2013


  • Texas 4-8 Science Teaching Certificate
  • Texas Special Education Supplemental Certificate
  • Texas Education Agency Approved CPE Provider

Educational Focus

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We focus our professional learning on three areas of equitable practices to support all learners: shifting academic achievement, culturally responsive teaching, and implementing

Multi-tiered Systems of Support(MTSS).

Shifting Academic Achievement

Culturally Responsive Teaching

Implement MTSS/RTI

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Building Relationships with Learners



Differentiated Instruction

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Recognize Cultural & Linguistic Capital

Asset vs. Deficit View of Learning

Inclusive Classroom Practices

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Deepen teachers' understanding of Tier 1–3 interventions

Ongoing PD on

Implementing MTSS/RTI

Increase teacher autonomy

Business Consulting Services

The APAC Experience

APAC offers customized consulting services to nonprofit organizations, EdTech companies, and business owners from service industries. We specialize in learning and organizational change.

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Professional Development

We look forward to a collaborative experience

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Instructional Design 101

The Need to Know for Creating a Course

Learning Objectives

In this training, participants will:

  1. Develop their understanding of instructional designing
  2. Learn how to effectively use a researched based learning model (the KEMP model) to design their instructional course by participating in two breakout sessions.

What to expect?

This session is hands-on! You will leave with a design project to prepare you for your class/course revamp or launch.

This is a simplified and novice designer friendly session. All levels of expertise are welcome.

What’s included?

  • Instructional design template (digital/print) that can be reused for future projects
  • Step by step guidance to create a skeleton for your course
  • Design your skeleton for your course/workshop/training in real-time
  • Real-time coaching and feedback
  • Light refreshments

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Starting a Business or Program

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You need a Logic Model

Learning Objectives

In this training, participants will:

  1. Understand the components of a logic model
  2. Discover the benefits of having a logic model
  3. Develop a logic model to fit the needs of their business/program

What to expect?

This training will answer the following questions:

What is a logic model?

What are the components of a logic model?

How and why do we use logic models?

Hands on learning, small group breakouts, whole group discussion

What’s included?

  • Research driven training and strategies to support the use of logic models
  • Logic Model Template (digital and print)
  • Resources to support the development of your logic model
  • Coaching and feedback

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What am I Forgetting?

Learning Objectives

In this training, participants will:

  1. Recognize the importance of strategic planning
  2. Practice breaking business goals into SMART phases
  3. Develop a quarterly plan of action

What to expect?

This training will answer the following questions:

  • What is strategic planning?
  • Why should we set quarterly goals vs annual goals?
  • How can a plan of action support my business goals?

Whole group discussion, guided and independent learning.

What’s included?

  • Research-based strategies for strategic planning.
  • Business starter checklist (digital and print)
  • Plan of Action template (digital and print)
  • Strategic planning resources
  • Light Refreshments

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Brunch & Learn Series

This series is for you if:

  • Your work as an educator is grounded in educational equity, culturally responsive teaching.
  • You understand the importance of advocating for marginalized populations of learners.
  • You are ready to reinterpret the collective work we do as educators.

Expect podcast style conversations, opportunities to connect and collab with other educators, brunch and mockmosa's.

Summer Sessions

Session 1

Pull Up a Seat to the Equity Table

Navigating the Achievement Lens

Carrying Capacity (Stewarding Educational Vision & Missions)

I'm Too Disruptive

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Brunch & Learn Series

Dallas, TX

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Pull Up A seat to the equity Table

June 24, 2023


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Navigating the Achievement Lens

July 30, 2023


Men Carrying Heavy Burden Up to Hill

Carrying Capacity

August 6, 2023


Human Intervention

I'm Too Disruptive

August 20, 2023


3 CPE Hours