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We believe the promise of public education can be the best pathway to opportunity for all.

Who We Are

Turnaround for Children translates neuroscientific research into tools and strategies for schools with high concentrations of students impacted by adversity, in order to accelerate healthy development and academic achievement.


The History of Turnaround for Children

Turnaround was founded in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, after a study co-authored by Dr. Pamela Cantor found more New York City school children traumatized by their experience of growing up in poverty than by what they had witnessed on that terrifying September day.

Turnaround believes in a new reality for public education


Engaged Students

Where students are highly engaged in learning, have the skills to regulate their own behavior and can achieve to their full potential.


Equipped Educators

Where teachers are equipped with the practices to cultivate calm, engaging learning environments that foster healthy student development and academic achievement.


Safe, Supportive School Culture

Where schoolwide culture is physically and emotionally safe, and systems exist to provide student support services, manage classroom behavior and implement positive, rather than punitive, disciplinary practices.


Systemic Impact

Where districts and schools across the country acknowledge the effects of adversity on learning, develop policies and use practices designed to address them.