Dr. Anita Turner, ISANA Academies’ Chief Academic Officer, joined a panel of science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) experts to discuss the importance of innovation in the classroom and the role it plays in promoting literacy and academic success.
Dr. Turner explained that multiple factors can affect a child’s language and literacy development, including parent engagement, a child’s social-emotional environment and a child’s English language skills, among others. She stressed that for children to succeed, schools need to take a multidisciplinary approach that focuses on the whole child, not just the curriculum taught in class.
Dr. Turner talked about ISANA’s focus on Project Based Learning, our performing arts program and how we integrate social and emotional development with academic learning.
For the past thirty-five years, Dr. Turner has devoted her career to education and has served the community as a teacher, curriculum specialist, administrator and academic coach. Additionally, she has served as a thought leader and presented at numerous local, state and national conferences.
The panel, moderated by Dr. Jacqueline Sanderlin, included TJ Loftin, a motivational speaker and global business leader; Dee Dee Small-Hayes, Executive Board Member and Scholastic Director, Snoop (Dogg) Youth Football League; Duran Bowie, Founder, I Am A Movement; and Tai Chapman, Scholastic Education.