A Detroit educator known for his leadership in implementing an African-centered curriculum designed to help African-American students understand their heritage and how they can incorporate it into their lives for future success has been honored with an Excellence in Education award from the Michigan Lottery.
The winner, Dr. Jeffery D. Robinson, is the principal of the Paul Robeson/Malcolm X Academy in Detroit. The pre-kindergarten through eighth grade academy, which is the first public school program in the nation to offer students an African-centered curriculum.
The Michigan Lottery established the Excellence in Education awards in 2014 to recognize outstanding public school educators across the state during the school year.
Winners of the weekly award receive a plaque, a $500 cash prize, and a $500 grant to their classroom, school or school district. One of the weekly winners will be selected as the Educator of the Year and will receive a $10,000 cash prize.