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News and Opinion May 18, 2020

Turnaround Contributes to The State Education Standard from NASBE

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Turnaround for Children Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor, M.D., and Chief of Staff / Vice President of Strategy and Operations, Nora Gomperts, authored an article for the National Association of School Boards of Education (NASBE) publication The State Education Standard.

In their article, “What Learning and Developmental Science Says about Optimal Learning Environments,” Cantor and Gomperts explain how the science of learning and development can be leveraged to help schools nurture the whole child.

They explain how our environments, experiences and relationships (context) shape who we become more than our genetics. They highlight core principles of the science of learning and development, namely: the brain’s malleability and the role of context; the effect of individuality and variability in the way humans learn; and the foundational skills and mindsets all children need for healthy development, as illustrated in Turnaround’s Building Blocks for Learning Framework.

They also discuss five non-negotiables for whole-child design and Turnaround’s Vision for School and Student Success, which articulate the integrated systems, structures, and practices a school must organize to effectively support each child’s learning and development.

The May 2020 edition of The State Education Standard underscores the challenges education leaders and policymakers across the country have faced in building a healthy climate for learning in online settings, as school buildings remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The issue includes contributions from Linda Darling-Hammond of the Learning Policy Institute, David Osher of American Institutes for Research, Randy Ross of the National School Climate Council, Kristen Harper of Child Trends and many important voices..

Read it here.