Designing all of our learning settings with relationships at the core could not be more important than it is today — for reducing stress for both children and adults, for addressing trauma, and especially for re-engaging young people and bolstering their belief in themselves and their futures.

Research shows that…


We know that learning never stopped for students even as many schools were closed. Throughout the pandemic, students have mastered new technologies, taken on new challenges, and practiced managing stress and expressing their feelings.

How can we build from what students bring?

Instead of just thinking about loss of learning…


Creating a strong sense of belonging and safety in the school community is deeper than just acknowledging diversity. It’s about seeing each student for who they are. It’s about affirming students’ unique identities and celebrating cultural knowledge.

We’re in the middle of Latinx Heritage Month (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), when we…


Jeff Duncan-Andrade on Turnaround’s The 180 Podcast

Listen to the episode on Turnaround for Children’s website. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Podbean.

Dr. Jeff Duncan-Andrade has a way of asking questions about the American public school system that are as precise as they are provocative. One of his questions: “Why do we take children…


By Pamela Cantor, M.D.

We’ve heard a lot about instructional loss, but what if I told you there’s an even greater risk to children? A risk at the level of their biology, their well-being, and their learning.

And what if I told you there’s also a medicine for this that…


Educators are thinking a lot right now about what they want their school environments to feel like after so much disruption. The way our education system was designed has never met the needs of all students, and the pandemic and its effects have only exacerbated the inequities. …


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The start of this school year isn’t what anyone hoped it would be. ​Concerns about perceived learning loss and students’ and teachers’ physical safety in light of the Delta variant, as well as arguments over such issues as masking and teaching anti-racism, have clouded our excitement about returning to school…


What would it mean if all of the places where children are growing and learning were designed to meet each child, the whole child, where they are and help each and every one develop to their fullest potential?

The Essential Guiding Principles for Equitable Whole-Child Design outlined by the Design…


Researchers know so much more about the brain and development than they did when the 20th-century U.S. education system was designed. And we can now use this knowledge to design a system in which all young people have access to high-quality opportunities for transformative learning and development.

The Design Principles


Listen to the episode on Turnaround for Children’s website. Also available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher and Podbean.

Today, we continue our conversation with Zaretta Hammond.

Listen to part one here.

In part one, Zaretta explained what it means to be a culturally responsive teacher — and why it’s necessary…

Turnaround for Children

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