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News and Opinion Jul 14, 2021

Pamela Cantor, M.D., Discusses Student-Centered Equity-Focused Education on the Getting Smart Podcast

Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor, M.D., was a guest on the Getting Smart podcast with Luvelle Brown, M.D., Superintendent of the Ithaca City School District, and Valerie Truesdale, M.D., Deputy Director of AASA, The School Superintendents Association.

Hosted by Tom Vander Ark, the panel spoke about the report An American Imperative: A New Vision of Public Schools, which was created by Learning 2025: A National Commission on Student-Centered Equity-Focused Education, a group of superintendents and thought leaders launched earlier this year by AASA.

A key takeaway of the report is the idea of co-authorship. The AASA agenda now invites learners into the design process in order to better personalize learning. Dr. Cantor pointed to the bi-directional nature of human development and learning:

“The single most important word in the human development literature is the phrase ‘co,’ the entire development of us as human beings is relational. What I know will get released is the energy that comes out of kids when they feel they own.”

Listen to the full podcast episode.