Applications open for KBE’s Robinson Award for Diversity and Equity in Public Education


The Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) is accepting nominations for the Robinson Award for Diversity and Equity in Public Education. The award will be presented in February.

Each year, KBE gives this award to a Kentuckian or a Kentucky organization demonstrating extraordinary efforts and contributions in the area of educational diversity and equity. The criteria for receiving this award includes, but is not limited to:

  • Successful efforts in closing socioeconomic and/or racial achievement gaps; and,
  • Significantly improving student learning, student achievement or other measured outcomes among students of color or economically disadvantaged students.

The award honors Samuel Robinson, a former KBE member who made diversity and equity in public education his life’s work. A noted educator and civil rights leader, Robinson began his career in Kentucky in Louisville in 1960. His diverse background in public education included serving as principal at Shawnee High School (Jefferson County) and president of the Lincoln Foundation. He also was a well-known community figure as Louisville navigated the civil rights era.

The nomination deadline is Nov. 29. Use this Google form to nominate someone for the award.