Skills and talents exist in a potential state in all children, and can be revealed and developed in the many environments in which children grow and learn - environments in which all children can become successful, no matter their individual starting points or what happens along the way.
Sharing this knowledge was a big part of the reason that Pamela Cantor, M.D., Founder and Senior Science Advisor of Turnaround for Children, helped to establish the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Initiative in 2017, a learning and action partnership among organizations committed to expanding the reach of 21st-century knowledge.
This session explored the national ecosystem that is being created to ensure this knowledge increasingly supports innovations in practice and policy across the settings in which children grow and learn. Organizations including Turnaround for Children, American Institutes for Research, Learning Policy Institute, Populace, and Education Counsel, and now the Forum for Youth Investment, have joined forces in this effort.
This thought leader session explored Dr. Cantor's life and work, the Science of Learning and Development Initiative, and a new partnership between Turnaround for Children and the Forum to support children's development and learning both inside and outside of school.