An Interview with Steve Robinson
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Posted by: Christina Mimms
After eight years as president of SAIS, in July 2015 Dr. Steve Robinson took on a new role as the canon for education for the Episcopal Diocese of Honduras. In this position, he supports and assists the Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Lloyd Allen, with education programs, strategic planning, system development, and leadership development with the seven bilingual schools of the diocese, which serve 1,650 students.
The Schools of the Episcopal Church of Honduras are serving a mission to bring positive change to the nation, inspiring students to become intelligent, articulate, and compassionate people of faith that possess a global perspective and the skills necessary to make a positive impact on their world. In spite of limited resources, the dedicated educators of these schools are committed to providing every educational opportunity possible to all students in science, math, reading, technology, religion, and other core subjects, as well as extracurricular programs in sports and fine arts. With the help of external sources and endeavors led by Steve, the Episcopal Schools of Honduras will implement a 21st Century model of education that will take advantage of the latest technologies and pedagogical approaches to education to take the schools and their students into the future.
We caught up with Steve at the 2015 SAIS Annual Conference in October.
How is your current work progressing?
Things are going very well, with a lot of progress relative to Honduras. I’ve learned not to expect everything to get done on my timeline. I’m just trying to be an influence in positive change and play my part in that. It will take three to five years in Honduras to restructure and set up systems we need. The passion that is driving me is the need for collaboration around the world. If we get kids networking and interacting around the world, it will make a safer world.
This was the first year of the newly established Stephen P. Robinson Collaboration Grants Program. What are your thoughts about it?
Of anything that could have carried my name, I don’t think there could have been anything more representative that I believe needs to happen in schools and in the world. Interdependence is a higher state of being and collaboration will help schools to achieve a higher order of being.
Reflecting back on your experience with SAIS, what are you most proud of?
We were able to put together such an amazing staff. I’m able to take credit that I let them do their jobs. I know that schools and leaders felt like we really care about their work. Independent schools are strong and will continue to be, though the criteria we use for “strong” may change. We have to be anticipatory of the future, but [independent schools] are here to stay.
There are many opportunities for U.S. schools and leaders to support the efforts in Honduras. Read more here.