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One day all children in the United States will attend schools that prepare them for the lives they choose.

The Problem We're Trying to Solve

Too many students are behind in school and too many schools don’t know what to do about it. Today in America, there are tens of thousands of students attending schools that are not preparing them with the skills they need to graduate, go to college, get a job and live the lives they choose. Most of these schools are in high-poverty communities.

Instead of asking children to beat the odds, let’s use science to change the odds.


Tools and Design

Develop tools based on research and practice that can be implemented in schools and school districts.


Proof and Practice

Partner with high-poverty public schools to produce environments that accelerate healthy student development and academic achievement.


Systemic Impact

Share insights and resources to help others understand and adopt practices to address the impact of adversity on learning.

Why Turnaround for Children?

We're all looking at the same problem; Turnaround just sees it differently. We've been asking why so many schools are stuck in failure. What is it about the connection between poverty and poor performance that we still haven’t figured out?

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Science explains the connection between poverty and performance – it is key to understanding the problem and also key to the solution.

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Where We Work

We work in 13 schools in New York City, Newark, New Jersey and Washington, D.C., serving more than 5,000 students and nearly 600 educators. We pair each school with a community mental health provider to expedite care for the highest-need students.


Tools for Educators

Our tools and insights are in service of equity, rooted in science, tested in schools and transferable to any classroom facing adversity.

There has not been a moment when the work of an organization could be more relevant to the challenge facing America's schools.

Michele CahillNational Center for Civic Innovation