Known as an outspoken advocate on equity issues for women and educators of color, Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson will be honored with the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award at The School Superintendents Association’s (AASA) National Conference on Education next week.
“Throughout my career, I have always made it a priority to promote, develop and support women and educators of color. However, to be recognized for my efforts on a national level like this is simply amazing and I am deeply honored,” said Dr. Cook-Robinson.
Dr. Cook-Robinson has acted as superintendent of Oakland Schools since 2015 where she supports the academic achievement of over 200,000 students in Oakland County’s 28 public school districts, public school academies and non-public schools. In 1992, she co-founded, and still continues to serve on the board of, the Minority Women’s Network which supports women and educators of color across the county returning to school to complete their doctoral degrees. She has remained a steadfast member of equity-focused organizations such as the Michigan Education Justice Coalition and the Oakland County Employment Diversity Council.
The Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian award recognizes leaders who exemplify the qualities modeled by the late Effie Hall Jones, a school administrator, teacher, counselor and former AASA associate executive director. These distinctive attributes included her professional and personal commitment to diversifying the field of education with high-quality leaders and ensuring the best education for all students.
Dr. Cook-Robinson will receive the award along with two other honorees: Traci Davis, superintendent of Washoe County School District in Reno, Nev. and Karl V. Hertz, retired superintendent of Mequon-Thiensville School District in Mequon, Wis. The National Conference on Education will take place Feb. 14 in Los Angeles, California.