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Edtech Advocacy &
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The Antiracist Technology Leader

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Dr. Henry Turner  
Once an edtech leader asked, "Why does this matter to me?" Antiracism is a lens that all of us need to use in order to dismantle racism in our schools. Explore how edtech leaders can incorporate antiracist practices and help students develop antiracist skills.

Audience: Chief technology officers/superintendents/school board members, Principals/head teachers, Curriculum/district specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Topic: Equity & inclusion
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Support educators in using technology to advance learning that meets the diverse learning, cultural, and social-emotional needs of individual students.
Equity and Citizenship Advocate
  • Ensure all students have skilled teachers who actively use technology to meet student learning needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Purpose: To help educators understand what it means to be an antiracist educator and how it relates to education technology leadership.


Participants will walk away with:

Understanding of the antiracist educator diagram and why education technology leadership also needs to be antiracist

Examine innovative and sustainable ways empower edtech leaders as Culturally Responsive Leaders.

Develop an action plan for implementing professional learning strategies that empowers educators to dismantle racism in their own school and practice.

Knowledge of Antiracist actions that can be used when education leaders go back to school


I. What is an antiracist educator (10 minutes)
A. Definition of an antiracist educator
B. The Antiracist Educator Diagram

II. Racism vs. Antiracism in Education Technology Leadership (10 minutes)
A. Technology Gap
B.Colorblind Technology Leadership
C. Culturally Responsive Leadership

III. The Antiracist Tech Leader (10 minutes)
A. Tech Leadership
B. Instructional Technology Leadership
C. Modeling for other Educators

IV. Participation-- Developing students antiracist education technology skills (20 minutes
A. Identifying Antiracist Skills
B. Connections to technology skills

Supporting research

Zaretta Hammond and Yvette Jackson. Culturally Responsive Teaching and the Brain: Promoting Authentic Engagement and Rigor Among Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Students.

Sarah Becker and Crystal Paul. "It Didn't Seem Like Race Mattered": Exploring the Implications of Service-learning Pedagogy for Reproducing or Challenging Color-blind Racism

R. Richard Banks, Jennifer L. Eberhardt and Lee Ross. "Discrimination and Implicit Bias in a Racially Unequal Society"

Eduardo Bonilla-Silva. Racism WIthout Racists: Color-Blind Racism and the Persistence of Racial Inequality in America

Watters, A. "To have and to have not: When it comes to the latest technology,
some schools are more equal than others."

Ibram Kendi. How to Be and Antiracist.

Sánchez, P. & Salazar, M. "Transnational computer use in urban Latino
immigrant communities: Implications for schooling".

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Dr. Henry Turner, Newton North High School

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.

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