Team member Biography: Lynn Turner Smith, Ph.D.


Lynn Turner Smith, Ph.D.
President and CEO, Bethune Institute and Project Director, Fayette County Public Schools Culturally Responsive Teaching and Leadership Academy

Dr. Lynn Turner Smith received her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology and her MASW and BSW, all from the University of Kentucky. She has taught graduate-level courses in Multicultural Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Smith is a former administrator in the Office of Leadership and School Improvement at the Kentucky Department of Education where she provided oversight of the Commonwealth School Improvement fund and she provided technical assistance and support to low-performing schools in the state. Before that position she was the Branch Manager of the Division of Minority Educator Recruitment. She has served as the Principal Investigator of numerous research projects. Her research interests include equity pedagogy, culturally responsive teaching, culturally responsive learning environments, motivation and achievement among African-American children; and motivation and achievement in middle schools.

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