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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. 

Listen on the Conscious Anti-Racism Podcast
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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. 

Listen on the Exit Interview Podcast
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 - #102 - Lacey Robinson, President/CEO, UnboundEd

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.

Listen on the Square Pizza Podcast
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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.

Listen on the Leading Literacy Podcast
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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.

Listen on the Black Teacher Matters Podcast
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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 Podcast - 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.

Listen on the Brown Ambition Podcast

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.

Listen on the Melissa and Lori Love Literacy Podcast

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.

Read More at EdWeek

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.

Read More at EdWeek
Promoting Change: Reflections from the UnboundEd Five-Day Standards Institute™

At the Standards Institute™, we dug into the standards. We discussed focus, coherence, and rigor and evaluated each by looking at the IM K–12 Math™ curriculum. However, this work was not just focused on standards alignment, there was a deeper “why” to this work. For me, this energy powered me through a week of work and reflection.

Read More at Illustrative Mathematics
Pivot Learning agrees to a merger with plans to grow nationwide

Pivot Learning, an Oakland-based national nonprofit that works with over 100 California districts on improving classroom instruction in literacy and math, announced this week it is merging with UnboundEd, a national nonprofit that does complementary school improvement work.

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

Learning the Right Way to Struggle

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

Read More at The New York Times

WCCUSD educators explore equity-focused instruction at Standards Institute

The national conference brings together hundreds of K-12 educators and instructional leaders to examine how education equity is driven by the delivery of high-quality curriculum and instruction.

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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 - grade-level, engaging, affirming, and meaningful - and ways that educators can feel empowered to lead from their seat.

Listen on the Melissa and Lori Love Literacy Podcast
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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. Robinson opens the podcast by telling her personal story of learning to read, discussing those who influenced her, and sharing how literacy empowered her to pursue education reform.

Listen on Science of Reading: The Podcast
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Citizen Ed - Teacher Development, Curriculum and the Development of Black Students

Brandon White joins Chris and Sharif to discuss his work at UnBoundEd in teacher development, content expertise, and the vital role of great curricula in developing Black students and teachers.

Watch on the Citizen Ed YouTube channel
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Monterey Peninsula Unified School District to address inequities in math

Over the next three years, Monterey Peninsula Unified hopes to create more equitable access to high-quality math curriculum at the middle school level.

Read More at the Monterey Herald
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Melissa and Lori Love Literacy - Ep. 79: What Does Equitable ELA Instruction Require?

In this episode we talked with UnboundED’s Brandon White and Alice Wiggins about the Equitable ELA Instruction Concept Paper.

Listen on the Melissa and Lori Love Literacy Podcast

Twenty years of Open Educational Resources: Building robust networks for innovation

This year marks a milestone for Open Educational Resources (OER)—20 years of investment and commitment to an idea that grew into a field.

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Science of Reading: The Podcast - S3-02. Deconstructing the Rope: Word Recognition with Alice Wiggins

Join Alice Wiggins, Vice President of Instructional Design and Products at UnboundEd, as she unwinds word recognition, a strand of Scarborough’s Reading Rope.

Listen on Science of Reading: The Podcast
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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."

Read More at New Profit

Professional Learning and Free Resources for Disrupting Systemic Racism

UnboundEd, a Carnegie Corporation of New York grantee, works to disrupt systemic racism in school systems...

Read More at Carnegie Corporation of New York
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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. 

Listen on Glean’s Ed Leaders Podcast
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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.

Read More at MDR Education
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PRESS RELEASE: Stockton USD partners with nonprofits, Pivot Learning and UnboundEd

Stockton Unified School District partners with nonprofits, Pivot Learning and UnboundEd, to launch new grant-funded curriculum, instruction, and professional learning improvement project

Read More at Pivot Learning
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Impact in Education with Lacey Robinson

One Sharpens Another’s “Impact in Education” podcast interview with Lacey Robinson.

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IBM Foundation and National Center for Learning Disabilities Release Watson-Enabled Tool for Teachers

Teachers Advisor has been trained in machine learning by math experts at non-profit UnboundEd to better understand math terminology.

Read More at IBM Newsroom

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