How Learning Happens: Video Series

Edutopia, Turnaround for Children, and early childhood learning

Edutopia (the George Lucas Educational Foundation) has released How Learning Happens, a series of more than 20 videos showcasing teaching practices, grounded in the science of learning and development, that educators can use in their classrooms right away.

The series was produced in collaboration with the National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development and with support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Turnaround for Children, The Science of Learning and Development Initiative, Learning Policy InstituteAmerican Institutes for Research and EducationCounsel collaborated closely with Edutopia to develop the content.

As Edutopia writes: “How can schools better align their practices with what the science says about human learning? Our new video series, featuring Linda Darling-Hammond, president and CEO of Learning Policy Institute, and Pamela Cantor, MD, founder and senior science advisor of Turnaround for Children, pairs research insights with a variety of illustrative strategies from schools, all grounded in the science of human learning and development.”

The post continues: “We think these techniques will resonate with educators 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 student 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 the classroom, 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.”

For more from Turnaround for Children and Dr. Pamela Cantor:

Here is the complete video series:


Cultivating a Belonging Mindset

Fostering Positive Relationships

Building Academic Confidence

Developing Foundational Skills

Establishing Positive Conditions for Learning

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