Robert Jackson began his teaching career almost 25 years ago in Indianapolis Public Schools with a no excuses teaching approach with all of his students. As an educator he didn’t allow his students to feel sorry for themselves or let their circumstances define their futures. He set high expectations for his students and expected them to do well. As a coach, he led with the same principles. Several of his students went from being low performing to successful pastors, lawyers, school administrators, teachers, sales reps, business owners, pro athletes, entertainers and more.
He has become one of the most sought after speakers in the country, delivering keynote addresses and workshops to educators, administrators, parents and students. He has delivered 100’s of presentations and has become an expert in teaching cultural diversity, restorative practices, socio emotional learning and how to retain troubled students in school. His goal is to teach educators and administrators how to use their power more effectively to Educate, Activate and Motivate all students to be successes. He challenges parents to take a more active role in their children’s education. Robert also works with students to overcome pain and hardships through discipline and accountability.
Mr. Jackson has written and published 6 books and has written articles for ASCD EL Leadership Magazine. His new book, “Becoming the Educator They Need: Strategies, Mindsets and Beliefs for Supporting Male Black and Latino Students” was just released in August of 2019 by ASCD. His No More Excuses Curriculum has been featured in publications nationally and is utilized in K-12 Schools and Colleges/Universities. His books include, Black Men Stand Up, A Boys Guide to Manhood, A Young Woman’s Guide to Womanhood, Put a Stop to Bullying and Solutions to Educating Black and Latino Males.
He attended Western Kentucky University where he received his BS Degree in Industrial Technology while lettering 4 years in both Football and Track. After being cut from the NFL Minnesota Vikings he began his teaching career. Instead of focusing on the problem, he decided to focus on solutions by training students to cope with their inner pain and navigate more effectively through the school system.
He has remained deeply rooted in his commitment to serve his community as a speaker and mentor. Robert has spoken at national conferences including ASCD, SDE, CAAASA, NABSE, HSTW, School Discipline National Conference and SAAB National Conference.
Mr. Jackson is a Life Member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc., and the NFL Players Association. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the 2019 Motivational Educator of the Year Award and the Key to the City of Miami. He has spoken at Harvard University, Nova Scotia, Canada and Hilo, Hawaii just to name a few. 1000s of youth and adults nationally are being transformed through his speeches and presentations.
Robert is married to Essence Best Selling Author, Tajuana “TJ” Butler-Jackson and they have 3 children.
His motto is, “For Every Problem, there is a Solution”