Robert B Turner Elementary Named International Model School

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One Anderson County school was recently recognized internationally as a model school for others to follow.  Four teachers from Robert B Turner Elementary traveled to Orlando, Florida, at the end of June for the International Center for Leadership in Education’s Model School Conference.  The conference recognizes the most innovative schools from around the country and world that have successfully increased student achievement.

Mackenzie Austin, a fourth grade reading teacher at Turner, attended the conference last year for the first time and thought that wouldn’t it be great to present there.  Together with fourth grade teacher Mary Ann Adams and fifth grade math teacher Shannon Wells, they created a video and submitted their school to be judged as part of the model program.  It was later announced that they were selected as one of sixteen model schools to present at the conference.

The three, along with fourth and fifth grade special needs teacher, Jason Alexander, traveled to Orlando to present just how Turner has created an incredibly positive culture school-wide for learning.  The programs at the school including their center-based classrooms, technology integration, creating 21st century classrooms, and more were presented three times to hundreds of attendees. “We were super fortunate to showcase our school,” Mary Ann said.

But it was more than just presenting for the teachers.  They got to attend other sessions highlighting other schools and talked with them to learn more. “It was a total learning environment for us too,” Shannon said.  In addition, several other teachers from around the country have indicated they want to tour Turner just to see how their programs work.

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