Basic Organization Information
Turnaround for Children Inc.
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New York, NY
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- NTEE Category:
F Mental Health, Crisis Intervention
F99 Other Mental Health, Crisis Intervention N.E.C.
B Educational Institutions
B90 Educational Services and Schools - Other
O Youth Development
O01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
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Turnaround closes the achievement gap by bringing about breakthrough improvements in publicly-funded schools serving high-poverty communities.
Children living in poverty encounter barriers to learning and disruptions to healthy development arising from the adversity they face in their homes and communities. For five-to-ten percent of children, the result is anti-social behavior that disrupts learning for all students and consumes considerable teacher and administrator time.
Accordingly, high poverty schools that lack the knowledge, skills and systems to address these barriers are generally characterized by frequent disruptions, ineffective teaching and low student achievement.
Schools that learn how to systematically address these barriers undergo a profound transformation in their culture, unlocking the potential of both teachers and children to learn and excel.
The Turnaround Intervention helps educators to transform their schools by building systems, creating effective linkages to services, and embedding the knowledge and skills that are essential for school staff to create optimal conditions for teaching, learning and healthy youth development.
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Dr. Pamela Cantor
Dr. Pamela Cantor is Founder, President and CEO of Turnaround. For many years, she has worked to support the healthy social/emotional development of children and has been a practicing child psychiatrist for seventeen years. She was Co-Director of the Eastern European Child Abuse and Child Mental Health Project, a venture initiated/funded by George Soros and the Open Society Institute, and is a member of the faculty of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence.
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- Population Served:
Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)
The Turnaround Intervention is a whole-school transformation process, carried out in partnership with the principal, that re-designs the school to enable the building of the culture and systems necessary to support effective teaching, successful learning and sustainable improvement.
Over a two-to-three-year period, a team of senior educators and social workers from Turnaround provides extensive training and coaching for school staff and models how to operate effective problem solving teams within the school.
The intervention begins by targeting services to the highest-need, hardest-to-reach students, signaling a profound change in the school and a dedication to helping all students succeed.
Linkages are created between these teams and child-serving agencies in the community.
The new systems and skills become embedded in the schools and Turnaround is ultimately able to withdraw, leaving behind a transformed environment.
Program Long-Term Success:
In the 2007-2008 school year, Turnaround collaborated with 31 schools serving approximately 26,650 students.
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Impact Summary from the Nonprofit
Turnaround's work results in dramatic improvements in academic achievement and youth development outcomes.
Schools create and sustain the conditions for effective teaching, successful learning and healthy youth development.
Child serving systems outside the school are effectively integrated with school operations.
All students - including those most at-risk - are connected to effective services that address obstacles to their success in school.
Turnaround's Intervention creates measurable impact. With the help of the Intervention, some of the highest-poverty schools in New York City have transformed into successful learning environments with academic gains that have outpaced city averages.
Turnaround's Intervention is directly aligned with the national education reform agenda, bringing a solution to problems that can derail any high-poverty school.
Most significantly, Turnaround provides a scalable strategy for transformation of existing schools without the disruption and cost of wholesale closures and staff replacement.