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James Robinson, Tennessee Executive Director

James Robinson is the Tennessee Executive Director and previously was the Director of Schools for Rocketship Public Schools in Tennessee.  Prior to becoming the Director of Schools, James Robinson founded Rocketship United Academy in Nashville in 2015. Under his leadership, Rocketship United consistently made double-digit leaps in proficiency on the Nationally Normed NWEA MAP Assessment. United also became the first new Rocketship region school to join the top quartile of all Rocketship schools in 2018 for its MAP performance. In a short amount of time, United has made double-digit gains in proficiency on TN READY for ELA and scored high on TVAAS, averaging 1.4 years of growth in a single school year.

Prior to serving as a Founding Principal in Nashville, James was an Assistant Principal at Rocketship Mosaic in San Jose, California. While at Mosaic, Robinson managed, coached and led the Special Education team, the Learning Lab and the 2nd and 3rd grade teams. Additionally, Mr. Robinson co-led professional development for guided reading, school culture and reading comprehension.

Before joining Rocketship, Mr. Robinson was selected for the CSP Leadership Fellowship in Minneapolis, MN. As a Leadership Fellow, James designed a school, conducted market research to identify a neighborhood to build a school and also consulted for the Harvest Network of Schools. Prior to being a fellow, James was a founding teacher at Uncommon Schools Rochester Prep.

Mr. Robinson originally is from the Rochester, NY area. He has a wife and two daughters. His oldest is attending college and his youngest is an avid violinist and scholar.