Education Major Earns Master's Degree
Kenneth Robinson, a native of Hampton, VA, had a strong desire to work with children. A quote by Nelson Mandela "there can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children," served as a guiding principle when he decided to further his education at Shaw University.
In 2011, Robinson fulfilled one of his life-long goals by earning a Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction in Early Childhood Education from Shaw University's Department of Education. During his time in the program, Robinson was involved in numerous activities, including volunteering as a coach and mentor to young children at the Raleigh Salvation Army and presenting his own research on the involvement of fathers in their children's education to the North Carolina Legislature. He also served as Shaw's representative in the North Carolina Council of Graduate Schools.
Robinson spent the later part of 2011 completing a leadership internship with the North Carolina Head Start Collaboration Office, where he participated in local, state, and national seminars. Impressed with Robinson's scholarship, the NC Head Start Office provided him with an all-expense paid trip to the First National Birth to Five Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Robinson credits the master's program at Shaw with helping him to develop his leadership skills and education philosophy while providing limitless support and guidance for his career after graduation. In addition, he learned the latest education theories and practices, which he believes allowed him to become an innovative and effective leader in the field of elementary education.
Presently, Robinson is an Infant-Toddler Specialist with the Durham, North Carolina Head Start Office and is being considered for a Head Start Fellowship program for the Central North Carolina region, an opportunity that would expand his leadership skills in early childhood statewide. A proud father of a preschooler, Robinson also hopes to launch Men In It Together (M.I.I.T.), a non-profit organization that will promote and foster positive male attitudes toward male involvement in the lives of children through activities, workshops and presentations.