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New SoLD Book from Dr. Pam Cantor and David Osher


This week, Routledge, a division of Taylor and Francis, published The Science of Learning and Development: Enhancing the Lives of All Young People. Edited by Turnaround for Children’s Founder and Senior Science Advisor, Pamela Cantor, M.D., and David Osher, Vice President and Institute Fellow at AIR, and featuring contributions from a diverse range of scholars, the book documents what science we should be paying attention to—across all disciplines and practices—that contributes to a young person’s healthy development, learning and thriving. It provides the scientific underpinning for the Essential Guiding Principles for Equitable Whole-Child Design and, in turn, Turnaround’s Whole-Child Design Blueprint and Toolbox.


The book has its origins in the work of the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance—Cantor and Osher are two of the alliance’s governing partners—whose members sought to answer the question: “Exactly what science should we pay attention to in order to design an equitable education system to develop the whole child, and what are the implications for practice?” The resulting synthesis, which was published in the journal of Applied Development Science, forms the core of this new publication.


The Science of Learning and Development unpacks major transformations in the study of learning and human development and provides evidence for how science can inform innovation in the design of systems, settings, policies, practice, and research to enhance the life path, opportunity and prosperity of every child.

The ideas presented provide researchers and educators with a rationale for focusing on the specific pathways and developmental patterns that may lead a specific child, with a specific family, school, and community, to prosper in school and in life.


The book brings together scholars and practitioners from the biological/medical sciences, the social and behavioral sciences, educational science, and fields of law and social and educational policy:


Brigid Barron

Juliette Berg

Marc H. Bornstein

Edmond P. Bowers

Channa Cook-Harvey

James P. Comer

Linda Darling-Hammond

Camille A. Farrington

Lisa Flook

John Geldhof

Zaretta Hammond

Carol D. Lee

Richard M. Lerner

John R. Nesselroade

James W. Pellegrino

Todd Rose

James Shelton

Jack P. Shonkoff

Lily Steyer

Na’ilah Suad Nasir

Melina R. Uncapher


Expanding and updating key published articles and expert commentary to reflect the current moment, the book explores a profound evolution in thinking that integrates findings from psychology with biology through sociology, education, law, and history with an emphasis on institutionalized inequities and disparate outcomes and how to address them. It points toward possible solutions through an understanding of the dynamic relations between a child and the contexts within which they live, offering all researchers of human development and education a new way to understand and promote healthy development and learning.


Purchase the new publication in paperback, hardcover, or eBook editions here and request it through your local library. Until September 30, save 20% by using code SMA05.


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