Turnaround for Children Imagines What’s Possible Under a New Administration

The BELE Network
2 min readJan 29, 2021

By The BELE Network

“Imagine a world where every child’s life is a succession of opportunities — opportunities where children come to know who they are and discover who they could become. Imagine learning settings of all kinds where those kinds of opportunities are not only possible, they are intentionally built and optimized, regardless of where a child lives or begins school. Imagine too that educators could identify each child’s abilities, interests, and aspirations and align them with the contexts that promote them. Finally, imagine a world that removes the constraints of racism, poverty, disparities, and injustices and provides each child with the specific relationships and supports to thrive.”

– Pamela Cantor M.D., Turnaround for Children

Turnaround for Children recently published an opinion piece from Founder and Senior Science Advisor Pamela Cantor analyzing how the Biden Administration can leverage new knowledge about healthy learning and development to create better learning environments for our students.

This piece dives into the conditions, investments, and measurements that could guide the new administration in their work while reinforcing their commitment to equity. The education system we have was never built to serve everyone, but we now have the knowledge necessary to transform our current system into one that equitably serves all students.

Read the full piece here.

Turnaround distills scientific knowledge about how children develop and learn into integrated tools, resources and strategies for educators, school and system leaders — all designed to establish the conditions and adult practices that drive learning and growth. Learn more at https://turnaroundusa.org/

The BELE Network is dedicated to reimagining our inequitable school system that has failed too many for too long, and is committed to transforming our classrooms into learning environments that nurture the intellectual, emotional and cultural growth of all students — especially students of color.

Learn more about BELE on our website, and access our resource library to get the best and most up-to-date thinking on how to make learning environments more equitable.



The BELE Network

We are committed to creating learning environments that equitably support every student — especially students of color and low-income students. belenetwork.org