Lacey Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd, sets the vision for equity-driven national change as she carries generations of pride and tears of her enslaved ancestors along with the native sons and daughters of this sacred land. While keeping an eye on the design, delivery, and quality of all the organization’s antiracist work, she ensures UnboundEd’s health, sustainability, and future-driven vision for what teaching and learning can be in the 21st century. From the organization’s infancy, in the role of Chief of Program and Engagement, Robinson engaged with industry partners to support standards-aligned, content-focused, equity-driven adult professional learning and development. While supporting vital design and execution elements for UnboundEd’s signature professional learning opportunity, the industry-leading Standards Institute, Robinson contributed to the rapid growth of an organization respected for its national programs and customized professional learning for K-12 educators, work that pivoted online during the pandemic to meet the specific needs of educators. As a teacher, principal, and staff development specialist, Robinson maintained a focus on literacy, equity, and school leadership for more than two decades. Her life’s work aims to help educators in school systems disrupt systemic racism and all of its legacies in classrooms. Inspired by Langston Hughes, her path is to build temples for tomorrow, strong and brave as she knows how, and to ensure that future generations can stand free within themselves to be whomever they choose to be. As CEO, she pursues this passion by leading an organization known for the highest integrity in professional development experiences; experiences that honor us all as professionals in educating our nation’s children, and in leading the schools that serve them.
Keynote Session Description
Justice is in the Details of Teaching and Learning
(Equity & Inclusion, ELL, Leadership)
When we bring our whole selves as educators to our work, we provide opportunities for students to bring their whole selves as they develop their academic identities. Ms. Robinson’s keynote shares how vital it is to provide all students with GLEAM™ (Grade-Level, Engaging, Affirming, and Meaningful) instruction to help students realize their infinite possibilities. We have the opportunity to use acceleration and scaffolding to support unfinished learning and unfinished teaching. During this keynote, we gather as a collective educator community, learning and leading together in service of support of students’ academic, ethnic, racial, and linguistic identities.
Concurrent Session Description
Fireside Chat with Lacey Robinson
(Equity & Inclusion, ELL, Coaching/Instructional Support, Leadership)
Lacey will be available for Q&A to discuss the intersection of equity, curriculum, instruction, and standards. She will also discuss the importance of teachers providing GLEAM™ (Grade-Level, Engaging, Affirming, and Meaningful) instruction to help students excel.
Target Audience: Early Childhood (Birth – 4 years), Elementary, Middle/Jr. High, High School
Education Track(s): New to the Science of Reading, Advanced Science of Reading, Equity & Inclusion, Leadership