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News and Opinion Jun 12, 2017

How Turnaround for Children Applies Brain Science to the Classroom on NPR

NPR is out with a new feature on Turnaround for Children’s work bringing brain science from the lab into classrooms that have been impacted by adversity and poverty. Reporter Anya Kamenetz, NPR’s lead education blogger, visited Turnaround partner Fairmont Neighborhood School in the Bronx, NY, on multiple occasions as she researched this story, witnessing first-hand the power of our work on growth mindset and mindfulness.

Kamenetz writes:

“Neuroplasticity! Say it to the light! Say it to the floor! Tell it to your brain!” The children here aren’t just learning this word for a little science enrichment. They’re learning it because their school, and the nonprofit (Instructional Coach Sarah) Wechsler works with, called Turnaround for Children, are trying to put a wave of science experiments into practice. The big mission: empower children growing up in poverty with the research-based tools to transform their own developing brains. And that means, in part, giving them the understanding that brains can indeed grow, change, and heal.”

Read the article here.

The broadcast version of this article is scheduled to air on NPR later in the month of June.