Virginia Juvenile Detention Educator Named National Teacher of the Year

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Rodney Robinson (Richmond Public Schools).

A teacher at a juvenile detention center in Richmond, Virginia was given the honor of National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO).

The council announced in a press release on April 24 that Rodney Robinson, a social studies teacher at Virgie Binford Education Center was given this year’s honorific. CCSSO said Robinson created “a positive school culture by empowering his students.” The social studies teacher was also named the 2019 Virginia Teacher of the Year in October.

“Every student in this country deserves access to a teacher who is committed to their success,” said CCSSO Executive Director Carissa Moffat Miller. “I congratulate Rodney Robinson on this outstanding recognition and look forward to him engaging in conversations across the country about ways to address the school-to-prison pipeline and improve educational equity for all students.”

Robinson, who has…

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