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News and Opinion Jul 20, 2023

Pamela Cantor, M.D. Gives Keynote at Smithsonian National Education Summit

Pamela Cantor M.D., the founder of Turnaround for Children, now known as the Center for Whole-Child Education, gave the keynote address, “A Fierce Sense of Belonging: Fuel for Engagement, Motivation, and Learning” at the 2023 Smithsonian National Education Summit: “Together We Thrive.”

The free three-day convening included virtual and in-person programs including a lineup of nationally recognized experts and Smithsonian educators who are at the forefront of pedagogy and practice. They explored critical issues facing teachers and students today. The summit is designed to celebrate and honor educators while magnifying instructional strategies and resources that will help ensure every learner has the opportunity to thrive. This year’s theme, “Together We Thrive: Fostering a Sense of Belonging,” is based on ongoing interdisciplinary research on improving student outcomes. The research findings emphasize the importance of a sense of belonging as a critical factor for ensuring that students thrive.

Read the news release