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An Evening with Rodney Robinson 2019 National Teacher of the Year

Monday, February 24, 20207:30PM - Monday, February 24, 20209:00PM
At Blackwell Ballroom in the Maugans Alumni Center
Organized by College of Education and Human Services, Graduate Student Association, and 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 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 schools and in their communities."

After the award was announced, Robinson said, "[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. I didn't get into [teaching] for this. I just got into it to help students and fight for them."

In addition to the free and public "Evening with Rodney Robinson" event, he is scheduled to meet with teacher education students and provide an inspirational address to students at Prince Edward County High School on February 25.

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