How can educators and providers in youth-serving settings better align their practices with what the science says about human learning? Our popular video series, featuring Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of the Learning Policy Institute; Pamela Cantor, MD, founder and senior science advisor of Turnaround for Children; and Karen Pittman, founder and CEO of the Forum for Youth Investment, pairs research insights with a variety of illustrative strategies from schools and youth development programs around the country, all grounded in the science of human learning and development.
We think these techniques will resonate with practitioners everywhere: They are focused on taking advantage of the incredible opportunity to help children reach their full potential by creating positive relationships, experiences, and environments in which every young person can thrive. In fact, the science is beginning to hint at even more dramatic outcomes. Practices explicitly designed to integrate social, emotional, and cognitive skills in all the places and spaces where young people learn, the research suggests, can reverse the damages wrought by childhood trauma and stress—while serving the needs of all students and moving them onto a positive developmental and academic path.