Lacey Robinson

President and Chief Executive Officer

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Justice Seekers:

Pursuing Equity in the Details of Teaching and Learning

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The GLEAM™ of it all

When we bring our whole selves to our work as educators, we provide opportunities for students to bring their whole selves as they develop academic identities in multiple languages. Lacey Robinson’s keynote address will share how vital it is to provide all students with grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful (GLEAM™) instruction in order to help scholars realize their infinite possibilities. We have the opportunity to use acceleration and scaffolding to support unfinished learning and unfinished teaching. We will do this as a collective educator community, learning and leading together in the service of all students.

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Lacey offers a 30‑45 minute keynote address with an up to 15 minute live question‑and‑answer period. Keynote addresses can be live and virtual, live and in‑person (when safe to do so), or pre‑recorded. 

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About Lacey


Lacey Robinson is the president and CEO of UnboundEd, and the chair of the Board of CORE Learning. As CEO, Robinson sets the organization’s vision for transforming instruction for students at the margins. She is a former teacher, principal, and professional development specialist who has focused on literacy, equity, and school leadership for more than 25 years. Her life’s work aims to enable educators to disrupt systemic inequities in their school districts and classrooms. 

As CEO of UnboundEd, Robinson is responsible for overseeing UnboundEd’s health, sustainability, and vision for how engaging, affirming and meaningful grade-level teaching can transform teachers’ experiences and student learning. In 2022, she also led the merger of UnboundEd, Pivot Learning, and CORE Learning under the UnboundEd banner — creating the nation’s largest K–12 educator development organization focused on improving teaching and learning for underserved students.

Robison is a leading national voice on disrupting the predictability of students’ educational outcomes, and was named to 2023’s Forbes 50 Over 50 list in recognition of her innovative leadership. Her new book, Justice Seekers: Pursuing Equity in the Details of Teaching and Learning, released in July 2023, is a love letter to teachers inspiring us all to recognize that “justice is found in the details of teaching and learning®.” She frequently serves as a keynote speaker and is featured on Emily Hanford’s 2022 “Sold a Story” podcast.

She is a proud graduate of Florida A&M University and Teachers College, Columbia University.

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Conscious Anti-Racism Podcast - Episode 90: Lacey Robinson

In this episode, Jill interviews Lacey Robinson, the president and CEO of UnboundEd, and the Chair of the Board of CORE Learning. They discuss some common, well-intended mistakes that educators make when trying to be more equitable. 

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The Exit Interview Podcast - Episode 32: Hope for Our Education System with Lacey Robinson

Lacey Robinson, President and CEO of UnboundEd joins The Exit Interview Podcast to share her journey from a pre-service educator at Marva Collins Prep to her current position in UnboundEd. 

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Lacey Robinson, President and CEO of UnboundEd joins the Square Pizza Podcast to discuss UnboundEd, her book Justice Seekers, and practical advice for education non-profit leaders.

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Leading Literacy Podcast - Lacey Robinson

UnboundEd President and CEO Lacey Robinson joins the Leading Literacy Podcast to discuss her new book Justice Seekers.

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Black Teacher Matters Podcast - Ep 14: Be in the classroom with Lacey Robinson

UnboundEd President and CEO Lacey Robinson joins Black Teacher Matters to talk about her new book Justice Seekers and the historical connection between Black self-determination and literacy.

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Lacey Robinson featured on Forbes 50 Over 50

Lacey Robinson is featured on Forbes 50 Over 50 list that highlights dynamic female leaders and entrepreneurs who have achieved significant success later in life, often overcoming formidable odds or barriers.

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Brown Ambition -  Ep 368: Justice Seekers ft. Lacey Robinson

Tiffany is joined by Lacey Robinson, President and CEO of UnboundEd. She has over 20 years’ experience in education and focuses on helping educators in school systems disrupt systemic racism and its legacies. Tiffany and Lacey discuss Lacey’s book “Justice Seekers” and bond over their passion for education and our children.

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Melissa and Lori Love Literacy - Episode 144: The Science of Reading as More Than a Pendulum Swing

Today’s guests, UnboundEd’s Lacey Robinson and The Right to Read Project’s Margaret Goldberg, both shifted from teaching using balanced literacy (specifically Lucy Calkins’ Workshop Model, also known as Units of Study) to structured literacy and became powerful literacy advocates in the process.

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Sold a Story E4: The Superstar

Episode 4 of Sold a Story features our CEO & President, Lacey Robinson. Teachers sing songs about Teachers College Columbia professor Lucy Calkins. She’s one of the most influential people in American elementary education today. Her admirers call her books bibles. Why didn't she know that scientific research contradicted reading strategies she promoted?

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A Call for Education Companies to ‘Step Up’ in the Wake of Bleak National Test Results

In the wake of new national test scores that show historic declines in math and reading achievement levels, education company leaders are renewing calls for the industry to rise to the challenge and help teachers accelerate student learning.

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High-quality professional development can help keep teachers in the field by allowing them to “imagine where they’re going” in their careers, says UnboundEd CEO Lacey Robinson.

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Debates about reading instruction tend to make headlines, but here’s why journalists shouldn’t overlook math.

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Several common educational strategies lean into the idea that, in the classroom, challenge is something to embrace.

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Melissa and Lori Love Literacy - Ep 97: Going GLEAM with Lacey Robinson and Andrea Hancock

In this episode, we chat with our friends at UnboundEd about Going GLEAM. Lacey Robinson and Andrea Hancock share the GLEAM process.

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Science of Reading: The Podcast -S5-E1: The right to read: Lacey Robinson

In this episode, host Susan Lambert is joined by Lacey Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd.

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My Life, My Purpose: Reimagining Teaching

"Sometimes, you don’t have to search for your purpose because it has always been a part of your life story."

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Ep. 11- How Teaching with an Anti-racist Lens Can Improve Student Outcomes

In this episode, we talk with Lacey Robinson,  and her life’s work aims to eradicate a student provision gap still predictable by race. 

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The Complexion of Teaching and Learning - Episode Three: Separate...But Unequal - Part 2

Episode Three continues exploring the oppression, resilience, and contributions of Black, Asian, and Native American educators during a period of American segregation and expansion, and features a conversation with Lacey Robinson, president and CEO of UnboundEd.

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The Undoing of Systemic Inequities in Instruction

Lacey Robinson, President and Chief Executive Officer of UnboundEd, discusses how COVID-19 has exposed the unhinged, weathered, and tattered door to our school systems’ existing inequities.

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Lacey Robinson's knowledge and expertise will reinforce your organization's equity-focused instructional work.