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The science is optimistic: By working together, we can design our schools and learning settings to be places where each and every student can thrive.

Explore the New Turnaround for Children Toolbox

Design Principles for Schools and Community Settings

A collaborative project led by the Forum for Youth Investment, Learning Policy Institute, and Turnaround, in association with the SoLD Alliance and 100+ leaders from across the fields of education and youth development.

Turnaround for Children works with educators to embed an equitable whole-child purpose into our education system.


Create Safe, Supportive Environments

that are culturally-sustaining, predictable, and consistent, and that cultivate a sense of belonging. These environments are critical for all students, but especially those who face trauma, adversity, and oppression.


Cultivate Developmental Relationships

among teachers, students, leaders, and families, because these relationships are a prerequisite for managing student stress and igniting learning.

Build Students’ Knowledge, Skills and Mindsets

by creating rich learning experiences that simultaneously develop academic, cognitive, social, and emotional skills and mindsets, including through personalized and integrated supports.

Science explains the connection between context and learning. The environments, relationships and experiences in children's lives drive their development.

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Tools for Educators

Our tools, resources, strategies and insights are in service of equity, rooted in the science of learning and development, practice-tested in schools and transferable to any classroom or learning environment.