Connects with who each and every child really is
Together We Can Make Education Whole
Each and every young person learns and develops in settings intentionally designed for them to thrive.
Puts them at the center of their learning experience
Integrates their social, emotional, cognitive, and academic development
Develops learners as full people
THIS ISN’T JUST A LOFTY DREAM
THE SCIENCE BACKS IT UP
Research from the science of learning and development is optimistic about what we can accomplish when we integrate whole-child design into practice in ways that are personalized, culturally-affirming and transformative.
Guiding Principles for Equitable Whole-Child Design
Positive relationships enable young people to manage stress, ignite their motivation, and fuel the connections that support the development of the complex skills necessary for learning success and engagement. Strong relationships simultaneously promote well-being, positive identity development, and students’ belief in their own abilities.
Supportive school environments seek to address the distinctive strengths, needs, and interests of students as they engage in learning. By promoting a sense of belonging and physical, emotional, and identity safety, safe environments buffer students from stress and adversity and provide consistency, so they can take risks and explore new experiences.
Students’ beliefs and attitudes have a powerful effect on their learning and achievement. Motivation can be nurtured by skillful instruction that provides meaningful and challenging work, within and across disciplines, that builds on students’ culture, prior knowledge, and experience, and that helps students discover what they can do.
Research confirms that social, emotional, and cognitive skills, along with mindsets that support growth, belonging, and purpose, are critical for success in school and beyond. For students to become engaged, effective learners, educators must embed these skills into academically rigorous curricula and empower students to practice them with growing independence.
All children experience challenges that need to be addressed to propel their development and well-being. Schools with supports and protective factors intentionally woven into the fabric of the community can nurture well-being and enable agency resilience, and academic recovery for all students.
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.
Research and Development Grounded in Science
We create tools and resources so educators can implement whole-child design right now.
Building Educator Capacity
We work with educators to help them create equitable learning environments.
Mobilizing the Educational Ecosystem
We collaborate to build the foundation for a whole-child future, everywhere kids learn.
WHOLE-CHILD DESIGN IS MORE THAN A MOMENT
IT’S A MOVEMENT
Together we can make education whole. There are many ways to get started on whole-child design. How will you begin?