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Rodney A. Robinson Recognized with an Award Named in His Honor

Richmond Public Schools honored Rodney A. Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year, by naming a new district-wide award after him.

The Rodney A. Robinson Equity in Education Award will recognize a Richmond Public Schools’ staff member who exemplifies excellence in equity and who has made extraordinary contributions in ensuring that all RPS students have an equal opportunity to succeed by being provided with the resources, standards, content, and support they need to be prepared for college, career and service. Each recipient will demonstrate a superior understanding of the unique challenges and barriers faced by our students and provide systems and supports in place to help them overcome those barriers.

“RPS is committed to creating a more equitable future for our children,” said School Board Chair Dawn Page. “So, it’s important that we recognize and uplift those individuals who are setting the standard for equity and excellence within our school system.  We are thrilled to recognize Mr. Robinson with this new award bearing his name. He is an inspiration to our students and teachers and his positive impact on RPS will endure for many years to come.”

Surrounded by City leaders, colleagues, and friends, Mr. Robinson received the inaugural award at a celebration in his honor on June 17, 2019.

“It is our hope, that Rodney’s fierce commitment to equity and his love for his students and community will not only inspire us here in Richmond, but that the name, Rodney A. Robinson, becomes synonymous with equity and excellence across our nation,” said Superintendent Jason Kamras.

Robinson will continue to use his platform to advocate for equity in education as he travels across the country to meet with government officials and education leaders during his tenure as National Teacher of the Year.

“I stand here to represent equity in education," said Robinson. “Economic equity, and that is to ensure all students have funding to receive the services they need to be successful. I am also here to represent cultural equity so students have people who like them sound, look like them, and appreciate their culture, and show them they can be whatever they want to be.”

To hear more about Mr. Robinson’s commitment to equity, watch his White House Address to the Nation.