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About Dr. Darline P. Robles
Professor of Clinical Education, Rossier School of Education
Darline P. Robles, Ph.D., was appointed County Superintendent of Schools by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in June, 2002. During her inaugural year at the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE), she confronted the immense fiscal challenges caused by the state’s budget crisis, overseeing the effort to maintain quality services to districts, schools, and students during a time of diminishing resources.
To reach out to the diverse school districts and communities that make up Los Angeles County, Robles uses every communication tool at her disposal—personal meetings, visits to districts, and appearances at major events, along with the technological assists of e-mail, videoconferencing, and streaming video. She puts special emphasis on creating collaborative relationships with superintendents and her staff and on finding cooperative solutions to problems.
Before assuming her current post, for seven years Robles was chief of the Salt Lake City School District, where she was successful in closing the achievement gap and significantly reducing the dropout rate. Earlier, the native Californian was superintendent of the Montebello Unified School District in Los Angeles County, where she began as a teacher, then coordinator of bilingual and bicultural education. But, as Robles points out, she actually started her 30-year education career as a teacher intern with LACOE.
Robles received her Bachelor of Arts degree in history at California State University, Los Angeles; her Master’s Degree in education from Claremont Graduate School; and her Doctorate in education policy and administration from the University of Southern California.