Fort Wayne Community Schools
Fort Wayne, IN
Wendy Robinson is Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana. In her 35+ years with Fort Wayne Community Schools, she has served as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, and central office administrator. She was appointed to the position of Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools in July 2003 after an eight-year assignment as Deputy Superintendent.
She was one of the members of the inaugural class of Broad Center Fellows, a program designed to prepare and challenge urban school leaders. Wendy has received numerous awards, including the National Alliance of Black School Educators 2009 Joseph E. Hill Superintendent of the Year Award. Wendy is the 2018 Indiana Superintendent of the Year and was one of four finalists for AASA’s 2018 National Superintendent of the Year.
Wendy is an active member of her community and has formed partnerships with local agencies and businesses to increase educational opportunities. She serves on numerous boards including the Fort Wayne Economic Alliance, Vision 2020, Knight Foundation, Invent Tomorrow Education Consortium, Junior Achievement, and Parkview Hospital and Manchester College. In August of 2005, she was jointly appointed to serve on the Indiana Education Roundtable by Governor Mitch Daniels and then-State Superintendent Dr. Suellen Reed, and in 2010, she joined the State Superintendent Study Council.
She was awarded her undergraduate and advanced degrees from DePauw University in Greencastle, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, and obtained her Ed.D. in educational administration and supervision from Ball State University in Muncie.
Why I Value Learning Forward
As a superintendent, I value the diversity of thought our employees bring to the district. Because our leaders were hired at different times and have varying levels of experience, we need a common set of standards that allows us to use our diverse backgrounds to strengthen the district capacity for change in order to provide the highest quality education to our students. Learning Forward has helped us develop the talent of our staff, defined the work that needs to be done, provided the tools to get us there, and surrounded us with a network of peers from around the world to ensure we get the results we need. Additionally, my position as a member of the board allows me to use my talents to strengthen the Learning Forward organization which is known as the premier advocate for the value of professional learning.— Wendy Robinson
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