Sheila B Robinson

I’m a teacher. 

After years in the classroom with my K-12 students, I started designing professional development courses for teachers. And the teachers kept coming. When people started saying, “I’ll take anything you teach,” I designed more and more courses for them. 

Eventually, I earned an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership, became an instructional mentor/coach to new teachers, and adjunct professor teaching graduate courses in program evaluation and designing and evaluating professional development. 

Here’s the thing: I’m also a learner.

I’m a voracious reader who enjoys deepening my current knowledge, exploring new topics, and ultimately synthesizing them to figure out how they relate. And I love nothing more than to share this joy for learning with all types of audiences. 

My courses are energetic, interactive, and filled with opportunities to make new connections and extend your learning. One of the best compliments I’ve received at a workshop was from someone who told me I made him feel relaxed during the learning. I love that.

I have many interests and creative pursuits, and thrive on learning, exploring, acquiring new skills, and bringing diverse ideas together. That makes me a multipotentialite – and is why I love New England, hiking, photography, music, cooking, really pithy quotes, and reruns of The Middle. A staunch advocate of the Oxford comma, I’m also fascinated by 12 Metre Yachts and Mt. Everest, though I have no ambition to sail or climb. Go figure…

Our passion comes from who we are, not what we sell.

-Simon Sinek

Professional Activities

I enjoy collaborating with colleagues and been an active member and conference presenter.  

For the American Evaluation Association I’ve held following leadership roles:

  • Lead Curator, AEA365 Tip-A-Day By and For Evaluators
  • Coordinator, Potent Presentations Initiative (p2i)
  • Chair, Professional Development Working Group
  • Chair, Awards Working Group
  • Past Chair, Topical Interest Group on Educational Evaluation
  • Conference Proposal Reviewer

For Learning Forward, I’ve served as a proposal reviewer and conference presenter.

For the New York State Teacher Centers, I’ve been the Policy Board Chairperson for one center, member of the statewide Data Team, and statewide Programs & Practices Committee, as well as a conference presenter and keynote speaker. 

Publications

Robinson, S.B., & Leonard, K.F. (2018). Designing Quality Survey Questions (working title, in press). SAGE Publications (anticipated publication June 2018).

Deane-Williams, B., Nelms, S. & Robinson, S.B. (2015). Central Office Leaders Walk the Walk to Support Job-Embedded Professional Learning. Journal of Staff Development. (36)1.

Robinson, S.B. (2014). Using a grounded theory approach to evaluate professional development. SAGE Research Methods. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4135/978144627305013509211.

Robinson, S. B., & Dimgba, M.G. (2014). District dives into data to improve feedback. Journal of Staff Development, 35(1), 59-62.

Robinson, S. B. (2013). The New York State reform agenda: Three lanes, one road. NYS ASCD Developments, 56(1), 4.

Robinson, S. B. (2011). Inside, outside, upside down: Challenges and opportunities that frame the future of a novice evaluator. New Directions for Evaluation,  2011(131), 65-75.

St. George, C. A., & Robinson, S. B. (2011). Making mentoring matter: Perspectives from veteran mentor teachers. The Delta Kappa Gamma Bulletin, 78(1), 24-28.

Unpublished Dissertation:

Kohn, Sheila B. (2007). Sowing the Seeds of Change: An Evaluation of the Inquiry Institute: A Professional Development Institute for Mathematics Educators. (Unpublished doctoral dissertation.) Warner School of Education, University of Rochester.

Guest Blog Posts / Online Articles:

Robinson, S.B. (2018). 5 Reasons You Should Be Evaluating Your Professional Development Programs. Frontline Education Blog (April 19, 2018). 

Robinson, S.B. May 11, 2016. 6 Fab Formatting Tips for Surveys (Evergreen Data Blog)

Robinson, S.B. July 15, 2013. Seven Simple Strategies to Engage Any Audience (Presentation Magazine)

(Selected) Guest posts on AEA365 Tip-A-Day By and For Evaluators:

February 11, 2017 Evaluators and Love by Sheila B. Robinson

April 9, 2016 Sheila B. Robinson on Creating a Culture of Evaluation

December 5, 2015 Sheila B. Robinson on the Importance of Saying Thank You

November 14, 2015 #Eval15 Week: Sheila B. Robinson on the Journey from Failure to Exemplar and Back!

July 25, 2015 Sheila B. Robinson on Social Media for Professional Practice: It’s Not What You Might Think!

June 20, 2015 Sheila B. Robinson on Thinking About the Unthinkable – Unanticipated Outcomes

May 30, 2015 Sheila B. Robinson on My 3 Most Remarkable Evaluation Moments

March 14, 2015 Sheila B. Robinson on For the Love (or Hate) of Pi(e)

February 14, 2015 Sheila B. Robinson on Love, Admiration, Passion…and Evaluation

April 12, 2014 Sheila B. Robinson on Delightful Diagrams from Design Diva Duarte

February 8, 2014 Sheila B. Robinson on the Olympics – Visualized!

February 1, 2014 Sheila B. Robinson on Being an “Iconic” Presenter! 😉

January 11, 2014 Sheila B. Robinson in Fulfilling Your New Years Resolution (if it’s Upping Your Evaluation Game, That is) 

December, 22, 2013 Sheila B. Robinson on Great Gifs for Evaluators 

November 30, 2013 Sheila B. Robinson on Theory of Change vs Logic Model – A LinkedIn Discussion

October 26, 2013 Sheila B. Robinson on #eval13 – Learning from Post-Conference Reflections

September 28, 2013 Sheila B. Robinson on Joining the aea365 Author Community

August 31, 2013 Sheila B. Robinson on “Ancora Imparo Valutazione” (I am still learning evaluation)!

April 14, 2013 Sheila B. Robinson on Evaluation Planning and Getting in (Evaluation) Shape for Summer

January 9, 2013 Bloggers Series: Sheila B. Robinson on Evaluspheric Perceptions

October 26, 2012 Sheila Robinson Kohn on Igniting the Morning!

August 23, 2012 PD CoP Week: Marguerite Dimgba and Sheila Robinson Kohn on Evaluating Professional Development: Guskey Level 4 – Participant’s Use Of New Knowledge And Skills

May 6, 2012 EDEval Week: Sheila Robinson Kohn on IES – Institute of Education Sciences

Jan 16, 2012 Sheila Robinson Kohn and Kankana Mukhopadhyay on Student Perspectives on Reading AEA365

May 3, 2011 EdEval Week: Sheila Kohn and Chad Green on Cognitive Coaching

June 14, 2010 Sheila Kohn on Using the AEA365 Blog as a Teaching Tool

 

Conference Presentations and Invited Talks

Robinson, S.B. (2018). AEA Professional Development Strategy Results in Evaluator Education Pathway. Paper session presented at the Working Conference: Charting the Future of Evaluation Education, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN. 

Robinson, S.B. (2017). Not just a pretty face: The WHY and HOW of presentation slide design. Demonstration session presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Washington, DC.

Robinson, S.B. & Leonard, K.F. (2017). Crafting quality questions: The art and science of survey question design. Pre-conference professional development workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Washington, DC.

Robinson, S.B. (2017). Audience engagement strategies for potent presentations. Pre-conference professional development workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Washington, DC.

Robinson, S.B. (2017). Different audiences, different needs: Reporting practices to encourage evaluation use. Talk given at New York State Teacher Centers Fall Focus. Albany, NY.

Robinson, S.B. (2017). Crafting quality questions: The art and science of survey question design. Course presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Summer Evaluation Institute. Atlanta, GA.

Robinson, S.B. (2016). Creating a culture of evaluation. Keynote speech. New York State Teacher Centers Spring Symposium. Albany, NY.

Robinson, S.B. (2016). Framing the big picture: Outcomes, questions, and evaluation tools for effective professional learning evaluation. Workshop presented at New York State Teacher Centers Spring Symposium. Albany, NY.

Robinson, S.B. (2015). Audience engagement strategies for potent presentations. Pre-conference professional development workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Chicago, IL.

Robinson, S.B. & Leonard, K.F. (2015). Crafting quality questions: The art and science of survey question design. Skill-building workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Chicago, IL.

Robinson, S.B. (2015). Data visualization: Strategies for clearly communicating educational data. Closing Address, Western NY Assessment Consortium (WNYAC), The College at Brockport, Brockport, NY.

Robinson, S.B. & Dimgba, M(2015). Data visualization: Clearly communicating your professional learning data. Course presented at New York State Teacher Centers Spring Symposium. Albany, NY.

Robinson, S.B. & Leonard, K.F. (2014). It’s all in how you ask: The nuances of survey question design. Skill-building workshop presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Denver, CO.

Robinson, S.B. (2013). Professional development evaluation: Framing data-driven dialogue with evaluative thinking. Ignite session presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Washington, DC.

Robinson, S.B. (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017). It’s not the plan, it’s the planning: Strategies for evaluation plans and planning. Course presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA) Summer Evaluation Institute. Atlanta, GA.

Robinson, S.B. (2013). Data driven dialogue: Framing the conversation with evaluative thinking. Keynote speech. New York State Teacher Centers Spring Symposium. Albany, NY.

Robinson Kohn, S.B. & Dimgba, M. (2012). Diving into data: A collaborative inquiry approach to evaluating professional development. Ignite session presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Minneapolis, MN.

Robinson Kohn, S.B. & Mukhopadhyay, K. (2011). Valuing evaluation through new media literacy: Using AEA365 blog to prepare next generation evaluators. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), Anaheim, CA.

Kohn, S.B. & Mukhopadhyay, K. (2010). Teaching Program Evaluation with Quality in Mind: Challenges Faced and Lessons Learned in Preparing Next Generation Evaluators. Paper presented at the American Evaluation Association (AEA), San Antonio, TX.

 

 

(Selected) Workshop & Consulting Clients

Oregon Community Foundation

SAGE Publications

North Dakota Head Start Collaboration

New York State Teacher Centers

Brighton Teacher Center

Bronxville Professional Development Center

Genesee Region Teacher Center

Greater Capitol Region Teacher Center

Pittsford Teacher Center

Rush-Henrietta Teacher Center

Tri-County Teacher Resource Center

Webster Professional Learning Center

 

My joy in learning is partly that it enables me to teach.
– Seneca, 1st Century Roman Philosopher