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News and Opinion Jan 21, 2020

Building Blocks For Learning Featured in Brooke Stafford-Brizard Opening Keynote at Aurora Institute 2019 Symposium

On October 28, 2019, Dr. Brooke Stafford-Brizard, Director of Whole Child Development at the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, cited Turnaround for Children’s Building Blocks For Learning framework during her keynote address at the Aurora Institute 2019 Symposium.

During her address, she walked the audience through the framework, which she authored in 2016 while working at Turnaround, and explained how each block represents the critical skills and mindsets all students need for success in school and in life. Stafford-Brizard highlighted the block “Resilience” as a set of skills that helps a person persevere through challenging times, and noted that context, such as a person’s community, relationships and culture, can be a driving factor in developing these skills.

The Aurora Institute released a short clip and transcript of this portion of her address.