Dr. Henry Turner, Newton North High School
ISTE affiliate: MassCUE
Henry J. Turner Ed.D., is the principal at Newton North High School in Newton, Massachusetts, who says he’s most proud of the collaborative environment he works to establish to empower students to fight hate and bigotry within their school community. Committed to preparing his students to flourish in an increasingly digital future, Turner has led two successful 1:1 laptop programs based on the premise that technology is a means to solve real-world problems, create equitable opportunities for all, and narrow economic and racial gaps. He’s dedicated to amplifying the culture and interests of North’s diverse community, one of the nation’s top large comprehensive high schools. Turner has helped Newton North continue its focus on social justice by creating new courses, including Sustainability and Action through Literature and Seals of Biliteracy, Civic Action and Social Justice, which students can earn and have placed on their transcripts. Turner and North’s educators have worked to develop anti-racist learning skills, incorporate culturally responsive instructional practices, and change structures and systems in the school to dismantle systemic racism. Pointing to this collaborative work as an exemplar of leadership, Turner was named 2020 K-12 Principal of the Year by Education Dive. As a speaker, Turner shares his experience as an innovative instructional leader, passionate advocate and committed anti-racist. He also advises school districts, organizations and educators in this work. Turner has a bachelor’s from UMass Amherst and a doctorate in education leadership from Boston College. He currently teaches aspiring principals at the Education Leadership Institute. Prior to being a school administrator, Turner was a high school history teacher.
Sessions:Evolving for Equity: Honest Reflection that Fosters Culturally Responsive Professional Learning Incorporating Antibias and Antiracist Practices Into Digital Citizenship Curriculum The Antiracist Technology Leader