Oakland Schools’ Superintendent to serve as president of AESA
Oakland Schools’ Superintendent Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson has been elected to serve as president of the Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA). AESA is a national professional organization that supports and strengthens 553 regional service agencies across 45 states.
“I am honored to be able serve the education community at the national level as president of this amazing organization,” said Dr. Cook-Robinson. “My priorities as president of AESA are to effectively ensure this organization provides easily-accessible support to local educational agencies, adds value to the schools and communities we serve, helps increase student achievement by serving the diverse needs of schools and decreases costs for local districts while increasing efficiencies.”
Dr. Cook-Robinson is the first black president of AESA. She has been a member of AESA since 2015 and has played an active role in its mission. She will bring renewed focus on advocacy for educational issues especially as they relate to equity, and will provide increased support for networking and professional growth for AESA members.
“AESA is honored to have Dr. Cook-Robinson serve as the president of the Executive Council,” said Dr. Joan Wade, executive director of AESA. “Her experience as an educational leader for Oakland Schools and in the state of Michigan is exactly the type of leadership we need for AESA. She is an inspirational leader for AESA members and is willing to provide the courageous leadership needed to implement our bold steps toward equity and opportunity for all. Wanda is the right leader at the right time.”
Dr. Cook Robinson has been the superintendent of Oakland Schools since July 2015. In this role, she has added her years of educational experience and vast leadership skills to support local students’ academic achievement in Oakland County’s 28 public school districts, public school academies and non-public schools.
In October 2020, Dr. Cook-Robinson was also elected to serve as president of the Urban Superintendents Association of America (USAA), a national organization that assists public school superintendents who oversee small- and medium-size urban school districts. Dr. Cook-Robinson has received a number of accolades, both as a leader in education and as a dedicated community member, including 2019 Crain’s Detroit Business Notable Women in Education Leadership, 2019 AASA Women in School Leadership Award and the 2018 Dr. Effie Jones Humanitarian Award.
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’s degree in Special Education from Michigan State University.