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News and Opinion Apr 22, 2019

Pamela Cantor, M.D. and Michael Lamb Speak at ASU GSV Summit X

Pamela Cantor, M.D. and Michael Lamb of Turnaround for Children joined leaders across the fields of education, policy and technology at ASU GSV X Summit, held at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, CA.

Dr. Cantor was a featured panelist for “Revealing the Foundations of Learning: Executive Functions,” presented by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation on the second morning of the summit, April 9. She was joined on the panel by Dr. Todd Rose, Director of the Mind, Brain, and Education program, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and co-founder, Populace; and Dr. Debbra Lindo, Superintendent Emeritus, Emery Unified School District. Dr. Melina Uncapher, of the UCSF Department of Neurology, Institute for Applied Neuroscience, was the moderator.

Pamela Cantor, M.D., Todd Rose and Melina Uncapher at ASU GSV X

During the conversation, Dr. Cantor explained the essential elements for a “vaccine” against adversity in schools: “The vaccine against adversity should have four ingredients: 1) relationships filled with trust, 2) skills that correlate with success in school and beyond, 3) beliefs about what is possible for children, and 4) growth mindset.”


Immediately following Dr. Cantor’s panel, Turnaround Executive Director, Washington, D.C, Michael Lamb, moderated the K12 Program panel “Translation Please? How the Science of Learning Can Drive Impact in School, in Tech, and at Scale.” Lamb facilitated a fascinating conversation with Melissa Kim, Deputy Chancellor of Social, Emotional, and Academic Development, District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS); Stephen Merrill, Chief Content Officer, Edutopia (George Lucas Education Foundation); Dr. Matthew Peterson, Co-Founder and Chief R&D Officer, MIND Research Institute; and Chris Liang-Vergara, Chief of Learning Innovation, LEAP Innovations

Michael Lamb moderates a panel at ASU GSV X

Dr. Kim, who works closely with Turnaround through the organization’s partnership with DCPS, remarked: “Turnaround for Children has demystified the magic of what comes first, second and third to transform a school. With the SEAT (Turnaround’s schoolwide environmental assessment tool–Ed.), they can really drill down to what is working and what is not.”


On April 10, Dr. Cantor was a featured speaker on ASU GSV’s center stage with Phyllis Lockett, CEO and Founder, LEAP Innovations, for a call to action: “We are Calling for a Transformation of the 21st Century Education System Using 21st Century Science.” During the conversation, the pair discussed the gap that exists between learning science principles and high-quality teaching and learning. 

Pamela Cantor, M.D. and Phyllis Lockett at ASU GSV X

Dr. Cantor remarked:

“Schools need to be designed to be positive developmental forces in every child’s life. There is a new science which compels us to transform the education system to see talent and potential everywhere.”

“What would school look like if relationships were at the center, if everyone saw themselves as a brain builder? We have to nurture and discover what each child is capable of. That isn’t choosing touchy-feely over rigor.”