What We Do
Turnaround for Children advances key insights from educator practice, scientific research, and student experience so that together we can create equitable learning environments—settings that affirm the strengths, meet the needs, and fully develop the abilities of each and every young person. The organization was founded in 2002 around the insight that the daily experiences in children’s lives have profound effects on their development and learning.
Turnaround for Children works with educators to embed a whole-child purpose into our education system.
Create Safe, Supportive Environments
that are culturally-sustaining, predictable, and consistent, and that cultivate a sense of belonging. These environments are critical for all students, but especially those who face trauma, adversity, and oppression.
Cultivate Developmental Relationships
among teachers, students, leaders, and families, because these relationships are a prerequisite for managing student stress and igniting learning.
Build Students’ Knowledge, Skills and Mindsets
by creating rich learning experiences that simultaneously develop academic, cognitive, social, and emotional skills and mindsets, including through personalized and integrated supports.
Science explains the connection between context and learning. The environments, relationships and experiences in children's lives drive their development.Learn How
Design Principles for Schools
New playbook created by the Learning Policy Institute and Turnaround for Children in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment and in association with the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance and more than 100 leaders from across the fields of education and youth development.
There has not been a moment when the work of an organization could be more relevant to the challenge facing America's schools.Michele CahillNational Center for Civic Innovation