Robin LeClaire, Chief Academic Officer at the Indiana Department of Education has been working in public education for over a quarter of a century. As a classroom teacher for 14 years, she taught grades 1, 2, 4, and 5 in a diverse urban setting. She moved into administration and served as a Dean of Students for two years and principal for eight years. She has been with Department for two years. During her tenure in schools, she helped turn a failing school around and helped to close the achievement gap among underperforming student groups. In her current role she oversees Curriculum and Instruction, Social Emotional Behavioral Wellness, School Improvement, Leadership and Innovation, Special Education, School Safety, and Title Grants. Robin has presented nationally on improving school culture in order to raise student achievement and presents across the state on topics such as MTSS, Pushing for Proficiency and Bullying. Her goal as CAO for the Department is to provide educators with the high quality resources, guidance, professional development, and supports they need to be successful to serve the 1.2 million students in Indiana.