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Our Work in Schools

We work directly with high-poverty public schools to establish environments, based on a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS), that accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement. We translate the science that explains the impact of stress on learning and behavior for teachers and administrators into tools and strategies that cultivate a safe environment, reduce stress and increase engagement in learning.

“One of Turnaround’s central philosophies is the idea that whatever the struggles are, whatever the obstacles are, there’s a system that you can put in place. There are moves that you can make that are going to make things better.”

– Scott Cartland, Principal, Wheatley Education Campus, Washington, D.C.

Student Support

We help partner schools build a student support system that provides timely, effective services for the highest-need students.  A Student Support Team – frequently made up of teachers, administrators and social workers—organizes individualized plans for students and tracks their behavioral, emotional and academic progress.

Teacher Training

We provide professional development and coaching for teachers and school staff in strategies that ensure safe, engaging, productive classrooms and drive critical areas of student development, such as self-regulation, that are most impacted by adversity. In our schools, teachers who received inconsistent professional development prior to partnering with Turnaround now receive it on a weekly basis.

Leadership Engagement

We partner with school leaders to support the development and enhancement of essential schoolwide systems that put positive disciplinary practices in place and foster a culture of strong attachment and high expectations for student growth and achievement.