Dr Erin Robinson examined the relationship between teacher cultural competency and student engagement in her doctoral dissertation. Here she shares some of her research as well as how it connects with a UWC education.
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Dr Erin Robinson joined UWCSEA East as Middle School Principal in August 2015 after moving from Tokyo, Japan. Erin holds a Masters and Doctoral degree in Education from the University of Denver with a focus on curriculum, educational leadership, and cultural competency. In her doctoral dissertation, she examined the relationship between teacher cultural competency and student engagement.
Erin grew up in a family of educators. Her parents, brother, grandparents, and a number of aunts, uncles, cousins are all proud to be working within schools in the USA and abroad. In fact, Erin grew up as a Third Culture Kid (TCK) and international school communities have the familiarity of “home”. She has had the privilege of working in a variety of school settings both as a school leader and as a teacher. This includes primary, middle and high school, urban, progressive, and international schools in the USA, Hong Kong, and Tokyo.
Erin enjoys consulting and leading workshops around assessment, standards-based reporting, and culturally competent practices. She has been involved in school accreditation visits in the EARCOS region as both a visiting team member and a chair. Erin is passionate about student learning, a values-based approach to education, and thoroughly enjoys working with young adolescents. More recently, she’s developed a strong interest in supporting students to become change makers through social entrepreneurship.