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News and Opinion Oct 6, 2020

Turnaround Partners with American Federation of Teachers to Offer Professional Development to Members

Turnaround for Children has partnered with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) to provide a professional development training series for its members based on The New Three Rs: Relationships, Routines and Resilience. The training is broken up into a series of four, 2-hour webinars, taking place from September through December 2020 and available subsequently on-demand.

The introductory session, led by Turnaround Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor M.D., examined the science of learning and development, and seeks to answer questions around the capabilities of children, the impact of stress, and the lasting effects of COVID-19 on learning development.

The following three sessions are focused on each component of the New Three Rs: relationships, routines and resilience.

The session on relationships, led by Turnaround Partnership Director Dawn Foreman, M.Ed., focuses on the power of positive developmental relationships. Participants learn about the science behind relationships, how they can impact learning, and practical strategies for building and maintaining student relationships.

The next session is focused on routines. Turnaround Partnership Director, Joel Scott M.S.Ed., explains how routines and order bring calmness to the brain and offers actionable steps for building routines in all learning settings.

The final session is devoted to resilience. Turnaround Vice President of Partner Impact, Gretchen Livesey, centers on the Building Blocks for Learning and how to build on the existing strengths of all students to bolster the skills, mindsets and habits they can use to regulate their emotions, actions and behaviors.

The training is free to all AFT members. Each of the sessions is available to view on demand after the live airing. Turnaround curated a set of coordinating tools and resources for educators to use both during the course and in their practice long after.