WHAT IS THE TOOLBOX PROJECT?
TOOLBOX is a Kindergarten through 6th grade program that supports children in understanding and managing their own emotional, social, and academic success. The foundation of TOOLBOX is 12 human capacities that reside within all of us. Through its simple and profound metaphor of Tools, TOOLBOX brings forward a set of skills and practices that help students access their own inner resilience at any time, in any context.
Children learn 12 simple yet powerful Tools. With practice, these Tools become valuable personal skills and strategies for self-awareness, self-management, and relationship-building, which, in turn, foster responsible decision-making. Because the techniques are simple and the language is shared, children adopt the Tools and master them quickly.
TOOLBOX begins with a teacher providing instruction on how to use the Tools. Through modeling and daily classroom practices, the teacher supports children in using their Tools to build self-knowledge and self-trust. Schools note rapid improvements in communication, civility, and conflict resolution in the classroom, on the playground, and across the entire school community. Providing parents and caregivers with the Tools and information on how to incorporate the practices into the home setting allows for continuity and reinforcement of skills for students.
TOOLBOX empowers children, teachers, parents, and their communities with a common language and skills that form a cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring community, which leads to hope for a meaningful, positive, and lasting future.
Find more about Toolbox Tools on the Dovetail Learning website, HERE.