Robbie Robinson is the Coordinator for History-Social Science, World Languages, and Content Literacy for the Irvine Unified School District. He has a B.A. in History from UC Davis and M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and School Development from Teachers College of San Joaquin. In the 15 years prior to his current role, Robbie has taught history-social science ranging from grades 6-12, in both Northern and Southern California, including intervention, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate. Robbie also spent two years as a teacher on special assignment in the Literacy department supporting HSS, ELA, and World Languages.
It has been my mission and the goal of my work to help students and those of us in the educational sphere to become better human beings. I believe that literacy and the social studies are critical vehicles to move us closer to this goal. By being open, vulnerable, and honest in our work with students and other educators, we improve our collective ability to grow and make connections. Therefore it is paramount that we as educators cultivate community within our classrooms, schools, and districts. Building authentic relationships with our students and providing a safe atmosphere that values and elevates student voice will allow us all to connect through our shared humanity. Understanding the story of others and increasing our capacity for empathy will pave the way for our democracy to flourish and encourage us take action to ensure our world becomes a better place for generations to come.