DR. WANDA COOK-ROBINSON
Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson is currently the Superintendent of Oakland Schools. In this new role she will add her years of educational experience and vast leadership skills, to support the academic achievement of students in Oakland County.
She was most recently the Chief of Staff at Oakland Schools and formerly the superintendent of Southfield Public Schools where she led the district into a new era of increased student achievement, expanded opportunities for students and enhanced professional development.
Under her leadership, Southfield Public Schools became the sixth school district in the state of Michigan to be awarded District Accreditation by AdvancED/NCA. Dr. Cook-Robinson oversaw the opening of the new University High School Academy and MacArthur K-8 University Academy (both in partnership with the University of Michigan-Dearborn); the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Program at Levey Middle School; Vandenberg Elementary School’s transition to Vandenberg World Cultures K-5 Academy and the introduction of Mandarin Chinese language instruction at UHSA and Vandenberg. Dr. Cook-Robinson’s most recent educational initiatives include: Official International Baccalaureate (IB) World School designations at Southfield-Lathrup High School and Thompson K-8 International Academy, establishing the high school Dual Enrollment and Credit Recovery Program and creating Saturday School.
Dr. Cook-Robinson has received a number of accolades, both as a leader in education and as a dedicated community member, including being named 2013 “Michigan State Superintendent of the Year” by the Michigan Association of School Administrators, “National Finalist, Superintendent of the Year” by the American Association of School Administrators, Wayne State University College of Education Alumni Association’s “Distinguished Educator” award and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Southfield Alumnae Chapter’s “Educator of the Year” award. She has received recognition as an honoree by the Women’s Action for New Directions and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc. Highly active in her community, Dr. Cook-Robinson serves on the boards of the Southfield Community Foundation, National Express Corporation, Wayne State University (Board of Visitors ), Oakland University (Department of Educational Leadership) , Zonta Club of Southfield, Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP).
Prior to Southfield Public Schools, Dr. Cook-Robinson was Assistant Superintendent for Student Performance & Human Resources at Oakland Schools. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Grand Valley State University, Marygrove College and Wayne State University. A much sought after speaker, Dr. Cook-Robinson travels extensively to share her wisdom at educational conferences across the nation.
Dr. Cook-Robinson holds a Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Wayne State University, a Master’s Degree in Curriculum Development and Supervision from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts in Special Education from Michigan State University.