Episode 70: Rodney Robinson

Equality vs. Equity

hosted by: Jessica Pfeiffer & Steve Graner

About our guest:

Hello Everyone! Thank you for your patience as we make some changes to our episode releasing schedule. We are back with such a good interview! In today’s episode we sit down with Rodney Robinson, the 2019 National Teacher of the Year. This interview is so motivating! Rodney shares his story with us and teaches us about the difference between equality and equity.

Rodney has over 20 years experience as an educator with Richmond Public Schools. He taught secondary social studies in middle and high school for 20 years. He spent 5 years of that time at Virgie Binford Education Center, a school inside the Richmond Juvenile Jail. Rodney’s accomplishments in education vary from his professional growth to his students’ personal growth. He was named the 2019 National Teacher of the Year and used his time as national teacher of the year to advocate for economic equity and cultural equity to make sure students have teachers and administrators who look like them and value their culture. Rodney is currently a Senior Advisor with Richmond Public Schools in charge of Teacher and Leader Pathways. He has started the RVA Men Teach Program to recruit and retain male minority teachers in Richmond Public Schools. In 2022, he partnered RVA Men Teach with the Virginia State University School of Education to launch the first Paid HBCU Teacher residency in America. His passion is helping the underprivileged and underrepresented populations in America.