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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: 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 subsequently supports his/her students to use the 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.

Approved to the Portfolio: April 2017

Target Outcomes

Short Term Outcomes

  • Shared “common language” and values of TB improves school climate
  • Increase in academic engagement
  • Improved emotional regulation
  • Increased safety and belonging of students

Long Term Outcomes

  • Reduction in Violence
  • Resilient workforce
  • Empathic citizenry
  • Self-mastery in personal, family, and work domains
  • Government Policy influenced by aware adults

Target Population

Demographics

  • Kindergarten  - 12th Grade

Service Area

County-wide:

  • Southeast (District 1)
  • Southwest (District 2)
  • Central (District 3)
  • Northeast (District 4)
  • Northwest (District 5)



    Program Implementers

    The following organizations implement this program locally:

    Dovetail

     Dovetail Learning

    Program Funders

    Many thanks to the following funders for making this program possible.

    Local Funders

    • Sonoma Paradiso Foundation

    Other Funders

    • The Franklin and Jean Schaffner Foundation 
    • Human Spirit Foundation
    • Irene S. Scully Foundation
    • Kalliopeia Foundation
    • Morning Glory Foundation
    • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
    • RiskPress Foundation
    • San Francisco Foundation
    • Stuart Foundation