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A Morning with Rodney Robinson 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Tuesday, February 25, 202011:00AM - Tuesday, February 25, 202012:15PM
At Bedford 111
Organized by College of Education and Human Services, Graduate Student Association and the Mathematics and Computer Science Colloquium

Over a 19-year teaching career, Mr. Robinson has taught in several middle and high schools in Richmond City. Since 2015 Robinson has taught social studies at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Detention Center. Robinson's work at Virgie Binford has provided him the opportunity to learn more about the school-to-prison pipeline, and to commit his efforts toward expanding the horizons of his students. He describes his teaching as a whole-child approach that helps his students gain both the academic and socio-emotional skills that will allow them to move beyond past mistakes and pursue their dreams for a better future.  

The National Teacher of the Year is awarded by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO), which wrote in their award announcement that Mr. Robinson “creates a positive school culture by empowering his students – many of whom have experienced trauma – to become civically-minded social advocates who use their skills and voices to affect physical and policy changes at their school and in their communities.”  

“[The award] means my students have an advocate who is going to tell their stories and fight for the resources they need to be successful,” said Robinson after the award was announced last April. “I didn't get into [teaching] for this. I just got into it to help students and fight for them. ”


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