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In the News: Jeri Robinson

In the News: Jeri Robinson
Jeri Robinson is appointed to the Boston School Committee, the governing body of the Boston Public Schools.

Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced the appointment of Jeri Robinson to the Boston School Committee, the governing body of the Boston Public Schools. Robinson is currently the Vice President of Early Learning Initiatives at the Boston Children’s Museum, and brings decades of early education program development to the group. The 7-member Boston School Committee is responsible for defining the vision, mission and goals of the Boston Public Schools; establishing and monitoring the annual operating budget; hiring, managing and evaluating the Superintendent; and setting and reviewing district policies and practices to support student achievement.

Robinson started her career in 1971 as a Pre-K teacher at the Highland Park Free School in Roxbury. In 1973 she began working at the Children’s Museum, and has held several positions at the influential institution during her more than 40-year career. From 1981 to 2013 Robinson was the Director of Early Childhood Programs at the museum, where she developed the first of its kind PlaySpace exhibit, designed to spark creativity in children up to age 3, and other programs, activities, workshops, and courses for preschool children, their parents and caregivers. Robinson has worked with museums, schools, prisons, libraries, and other organizations across the country, interested in developing PlaySpace-type programs.

Robinson has held positions on a variety of boards and committees related to education, childhood development, and the arts. Robinson currently resides in Upham’s Corner, Dorchester.

Robinson will fill the spot on the Boston School Committee left vacant by the resignation of Margaret McKenna, who resigned.