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Wanda Cook-Robinson - Member

Dr. Wanda Cook-Robinson was the Superintendent of Southfield Public Schools from July 2006 to March 2014. She is currently a member of the executive cabinet of the Superintendent of Oakland (MI) Intermediate School District.  Using her years of educational experience and vast leadership skills, Dr. Cook-Robinson led Southfield Public Schools into a new era of increased student achievement, expanded opportunities for students and enhanced professional development.

Under her leadership, Southfield Public Schools became the sixth school district in the state of Michigan to be awarded District Accreditation by AdvancED/NCA. Dr. Cook-Robinson’s most recent educational initiatives include: official International Baccalaureate (IB) World School designations at Southfield-Lathrup High School and Thompson K-8 International Academy, establishing the high school Dual Enrollment and Credit Recovery Program and creating Saturday School.

Dr. Cook-Robinson established a four-year partnership with the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development to identify strategies that would help to operationalize SPS’s goals for all students by closing the achievement gap in reading proficiency.

Dr. Cook-Robinson has received a number of accolades, both as a leader in education and as a dedicated community member, including being named 2013 “Michigan State Superintendent of the Year” by the Michigan Association of School Administrators, “National Finalist, Superintendent of the Year” by the American Association of School Administrators, Wayne State University College of Education Alumni Association’s “Distinguished Educator” award and the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Southfield Alumnae Chapter’s “Educator of the Year” award. She has received recognition as an honoree by the Women’s Action for New Directions and the International Institute of Metropolitan Detroit, Inc. Highly active in her community, Dr. Cook-Robinson serves on the boards of the Southfield Community Foundation, National Express Corporation, Wayne State University (Board of Visitors ), Oakland University (Department of Educational Leadership) , Zonta Club of Southfield, Southfield Area Chamber of Commerce and Detroit Area Pre-College Engineering Program (DAPCEP).

Prior to coming to Southfield Public Schools, Dr. Cook-Robinson was Assistant Superintendent for Student Performance & Human Resources at Oakland Intermediate School District. She has also taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Grand Valley State University, Marygrove College and Wayne State University.   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 of Arts in Special Education from Michigan State University.

Background

Organization

Oakland Schools

Title

Office of the Chief of Staff