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News and Opinion Oct 4, 2019

Pamela Cantor, M.D. Lectures at Columbia University SIPA

Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor Pamela Cantor, M.D. returned as a guest lecturer to Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). Dr. Cantor was invited to speak at a course taught by adjunct professor Lisa Belzberg, Ph.D.

During her lecture, Dr. Cantor discussed the importance of understanding the science of learning and development when educating the whole student. She also touched on how the 20th century education system was not designed with the knowledge of human development, the developing brain or learning science.

“Our current system was not designed to develop the learner, not designed for equity and not designed to reveal and build the talent and skills that many children have. But what if we did design a new system based on the knowledge we have today. What would have to be true in that design? From all we have been speaking out, I think you can see that we have at least two non-negotiables in our new 21st century system. We would be putting strong relationships at the center of learning and commit to the intentional development of the learner through the development of the skills, mindsets and habits that all successful learners have.”

Dr. Cantor’s presentation was followed by a lively Q&A session with Dr. Belzberg and her students.