“Whole-child design”: The 5 step process to unlock kids’ potential

The biggest myth in education is that some kids are destined for greatness and others aren’t. Without a basic understanding of gene expression, education systems risk not helping students realize their full potential.

“So much of who we become is because of the environments, experiences, and relationships that we are exposed to,” says Dr. Pam Cantor, founder and senior science advisor for Turnaround for Children. “Gene expression is our potential — this is what we could be if the context of our lives supported that expression to reveal itself.”

Turnaround For Children, a nonprofit that equips educators with science-backed tools and strategies, is focused on using insights from epigenetics research to design educational environments in which young people can develop their full potential.