Sharon P. Robinson
Sharon P. Robinson, EdD, has been serving as president and chief executive officer of the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) since 2005. In naming Dr. Robinson to the position, AACTE’s Board of Directors acknowledged her strong commitment to high-quality teaching, rigorous scholarship, and diversity in the nation’s teaching workforce. A lifelong civil rights activist, Dr. Robinson has waged a personal crusade to realize the nation’s moral and professional responsibility to educate and maximize the potential of all students, especially those with disabilities and racial/ethnic minorities.
Dr. Robinson was formerly president of the Educational Policy Leadership Institute of the Educational Testing Service (ETS). She also served as that organization’s senior vice president and chief operating officer, and as vice president for teaching and learning and 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, including director of the National Center for Innovation, NEA’s research and development arm.
Dr. Robinson received her doctorate degree 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, the Learning First Alliance, and Jobs for America’s Graduates. Dr. Robinson is past chair of the Diversity Issues in Measurement Committee of the National Council for Measurement in Education.
Among Dr. Robinson’s 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, and the Bank Street College of Education President’s Medal of Honor.