AACTE President and CEO named Learning First Alliance Chair

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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Learning First Alliance (LFA), a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools, has named Sharon Robinson, Ed.D, the president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE), as the 2013-14 chair of LFA’s Board of Directors. Long committed to high-quality teaching, rigorous scholarship and diversity in the nation’s teaching workforce, Dr. Robinson has served in her current position at AACTE since 2005.

“Dr. Sharon Robinson’s wealth of educational knowledge, experience and leadership – in addition to her commitment to improved teaching and learning outcomes – will be a major asset to the LFA as we continue our work for the advancement of public education,” said Cheryl S. Williams, executive director of the Learning First Alliance. “As the chair of LFA’s Board of Directors, Dr. Robinson’s expertise will help us promote the collective goals of our members, which include sharing the successes of our nation’s public schools and focusing on areas of improvement.”

As the president and chief executive officer of AACTE, Dr. Robinson is dedicated to the highest quality professional preparation of teachers and school leaders to improve PreK-12 student learning. As a lifelong civil rights activist, she has also waged a personal crusade to realize the nation’s moral and professional responsibility to educate and maximize the potential of minority and disabled students.

Prior to joining AACTE, Dr. Robinson was president of the Educational Testing Service's (ETS) Educational Policy Leadership Institute. While at ETS, she also served as senior vice president and chief operating officer, vice president for teaching and learning, and vice president for state and federal relations. Before joining ETS, Dr. Robinson was assistant secretary of education with the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Educational Research and Improvement (now the Institute of Education Sciences). She also held a variety of leadership positions at the National Education Association (NEA), including director of the National Center for Innovation, NEA's research and development arm.

Dr. Robinson received her doctorate in educational administration and supervision from the University of Kentucky, where she also earned her bachelor's and master's degrees. In 2002, she completed the renowned Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program. She serves on the board of directors for the Center for Teaching Quality, the Phi Delta Kappa Educational Foundation, and Jobs for America's Graduates. She is past chair of the Diversity Issues in Measurement Committee, National Council for Measurement in Education.

Among her many awards are an honorary doctorate from the University of Louisville, the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Kentucky, the Award of Appreciation from the National Head Start Association, the Founders Award from the National Commission for African American Education, the Teacher for America Award from the Rockefeller Foundation-supported Recruiting New Teachers Inc., and the Woman of Distinction Award from the Girl Scouts of the USA.

To learn more about the LFA, visit www.learningfirst.org.

About The Learning First Alliance

The Learning First Alliance is a partnership of 16 leading education associations with more than 10 million members dedicated to improving student learning in America's public schools. Alliance members include: the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, American Association of School Administrators, American Association of School Personnel Administrators, American Federation of Teachers, American School Counselor Association, Association for Middle Level Education , International Society for Technology in Education, Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council), National Association of Elementary School Principals, National Association of Secondary School Principals, National Association of State Boards of Education, National Education Association, National School Public Relations Association, National PTA, National School Boards Association and Phi Delta Kappa International. The Alliance maintains www.learningfirst.org, a website that features what’s working in public schools and districts across the country.