About Dr. C

Dr. Robb J. Christopherson

The Ideas That Drive Me

For Myself
“Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?’”
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

For My Work
“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.”
Margaret Mead

Dr. Robb J. Christopherson is an experienced educational leader with nearly three decades of experience, deeply committed to transforming education at various levels. His educational journey began in a rural community in California's Central Valley as an ELA/Social Science teacher, where he first dedicated himself to making education inclusive and accessible.

Moving from the classroom to significant administrative roles, Dr. Christopherson's leadership as an elementary school principal, led to substantial growth, achieving a 140-point API increase in five years. His school team received notable awards, including the Title I Academic Achievement Award in 2010 and the California Distinguished School Award in 2011. His approach was marked by creative curriculum development, engaging instructional programs and active community involvement, setting a high standard for academic excellence.

At the district level, Dr. Christopherson led major initiatives in Curriculum & Instruction, overseeing the development of comprehensive curricula and leading tailored professional development. His work went beyond traditional teaching methods, embodying his philosophy of "Professional Learning & Doing" (PL&D). This approach stresses the importance of not just learning but actively applying new knowledge. Dr. Christopherson often states, "New experiences change perceptions and, in turn, those changed perceptions shape new behaviors," emphasizing the power of experiential learning and the requirement of consultants to continuously offer educators these new experiences.

Rejecting the temporary "Blow in. Blow off. Blow out." model often seen in educational consultancy, Dr. Christopherson advocates for a long-term partnership with schools and districts. Consultancy should start with a detailed needs assessment, ensuring that each professional learning session is carefully tailored to meet the specific goals of the district and the unique needs of its students. "Real educational consultancy doesn't just fill a day with learning but plants seeds for lasting growth," Dr. Christopherson often remarks, highlighting his commitment to enduring educational impact.

Dr. Christopherson knows that professional development workshops should be designed to empower educators to not only learn new information but to effectively implement it in their practices. He often says, "We must give commissions to educators at the end of a PL&D session-tasks for them to Learn, Do, and Report back on. This cycle encourages continuous collaboration and professional growth."

His university teaching over 19 years at the University of Phoenix and CSU, Fresno has further allowed him to shape future educators prepared to handle the challenges of modern educational environments. Dr. Christopherson’s teaching and consultancy are grounded in solid research, ensuring his methods are effective and evidence-based.

Recognized with multiple awards for his leadership and innovative approaches, including the Crystal Award for Leadership and Success, Dr. Christopherson is a passionate advocate for equitable education. He champions the idea that "education is not just a path to opportunity but the vehicle by which we ensure all children have the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college or the workforce."

Through his professional consultancy, active blog and contributions to educational forums, Dr. Christopherson continues to share his insights to support the education community in ensuring that ALL students have equitable opportunities.

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