The 4th Superintendents Roundtable

Topic: From Charter Schools to Turnaround Academies: Triumphs and Turmoil in Education Reform.

The 4th Superintendent’s Roundtable to be held on the campus of Teachers College Columbia University on Thursday, September 20 (6-7:30pm). This roundtable is a monthly professional development think-tank with provocative guests who challenge participants to re-consider innovation and creativity in education.

This month’s guest is Marcus Robinson, Chancellor and CEO of EdPower in Indianapolis, IN. As CEO of EdPower, Marcus Robinson is responsible for guiding its many school-based initiatives. EdPower launched in 2002 as the Charter for Accelerated Learning, Inc. In 2004, we launched Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School in one of Indianapolis’ most impoverished neighborhoods. In six short years, the Tindley School established itself as a model for urban schooling in Indiana, winning the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award in 2010. Now, EdPower is focused on giving students throughout urban Indianapolis access to opportunities for strong educations. Marcus will talk to us about how his vision for one charter school took root and developed into a nationally recognized Charter Management Organization.

Cost – $30.00 (Dinner Provided)

All checks must be received by noon on 9/17/12.

Send checks payable to: Superintendents Work Conference
Attn: Dr. Brian K. Perkins
Teachers College Columbia University
Department of Organization and Leadership
525 West 120th Street; Box 67
New York, NY 10027

Space is limited and this event will book to capacity soon.

If you have any questions about the events, please call at 212.678.7449 or email at swc@tc.columbia.edu.

Mr. Marcus Robinson’s Bio

Mr. Robinson is the Chancellor and Chief Executive Officer of EdPower, a non-profit
organization that operates the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated School. The Tindley School
serves students in grades 6-12 as Indianapolis’ first Early College High School. Tindley
students take college courses starting in 11th grade, and by the time they graduate they will have completed 1 to 2 years of completely transferable college credit.

Mr. Robinson’s professional experiences have made him uniquely qualified to head this
particular educational program. He spent several years in college admissions, first assisting
then leading campus-wide efforts to diversify two selective liberal arts colleges in the Midwest. Realizing that he was often meeting students too late to help them prepare and get accepted to college, Mr. Robinson returned to the classroom as a teacher at the middle and high school levels in both public and private institutions. Marcus has written curriculum, piloted innovative instructional programs, and worked diligently to improve the academic progress of students. In his desire to broaden his professional influence, Marcus completed the Experiential Program for Preparing School Principals at Butler University. As a product of both inner-city and suburban schools, Mr. Robinson has a deep sense of the wide chasm of educational opportunity that separates students in at-risk communities from their wealthier peers. He is committed to making strides to close that gap and ensure that all students have access to an environment that allows them to excel. In 2008, the Tindley School (in competition with 100 charter schools across the country) won the Effective Practices Incentive Community (EPIC) award sponsored by the United States Department of Education for the demonstrated growth of its students. Additionally, Tindley was inducted into Schools That Can, a network of high performing urban schools that serve a majority of students who live in poverty. In addition to these honors, the Tindley School was recognized as a high performing Title I school by the Indiana Department of Education in the area of closing the achievement gap, selected as a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education, and won the National Blue Ribbon Schools Award from the United States Department of Education. With a high-poverty, inner-city populations, Tindley outperforms the state average on the ISTEP+ test, and outperforms the state and national averages on the SAT.

He now leads EdPower, an organization that is working to expand the Accelerated Schools model from one school to a network of schools in Central Indiana. EdPower was selected by the Indiana Board of Education to turnaround Arlington High School, Indianapolis’ lowest performing secondary school, with a legacy of persistent violence. EdPower will open Indiana’s first all-boys, college preparatory middle school, Tindley Preparatory Academy in the Fall of 2012. In 2013, two more Accelerated Schools will open under the Tindley banner (Tindley Collegiate and Tindley Renaissance). In addition to his work at EdPower, Mr. Robinson is a consultant on issues concerning school reform and school administration.

Mr. Robinson is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, and he holds degrees from both DePauw
University (Greencastle, Indiana) and Butler University (Indianapolis, Indiana). He is a member of the Urban Education Leaders Program at Teacher’s College, Columbia University (New York, New York) where he is working toward his doctoral degree. Mr. Robinson and his wife Daphne’ live in McCordsville, Indiana with their children, Morgan and Maxwell.