Dovetail Learning, The Toolbox Project
Our Mission: Building children’s resilience, self-mastery and empathy for others.
Our Vision: Dovetail Learning’s Toolbox Project curriculum, practices, and methods provide a new way forward in our understanding and assumptions about what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century. The Toolbox Project gives children, teachers, parents, and their communities a common language and the Tools necessary to form a cohesive, collaborative, non-violent, and caring community, which leads to hope for a meaningful, positive, and lasting future.
Dovetail Learning is home to The Toolbox Project, an award-winning kindergarten-sixth grade curriculum. The name reflects the strength and quality brought to children, teachers, and parents. The work dovetails perfectly with school efforts to foster healthy development and wellbeing for the “whole child” and the entire school community.
Toolbox, a K-6 Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) curriculum, enhances children’s experience of Self and Other, as well as their ability to learn — by giving them 12 tools (skills) to manage their own resilience, self-mastery and empathy for others.
Children learn 12 simple yet powerful Tools. With practice these tools become valuable personal skills: self-awareness, self-management and relationship skills; these 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 starts with each child, building self-knowledge and self-mastery; it soon improves empathy and communication and helps resolve conflicts in the classroom, playground and whole school community. Children experience their own power and naturally take more responsibility for managing themselves and solving problems.
Toolbox builds a critical foundation for whole child development as well as academic success. Despite growing pressure to improve academic results, decades of research has proven that children cannot learn until they feel safe and are able to understand and manage their emotions and social interactions. It has shown that:
1) social and emotional skills are essential for academic learning,
2) these skills can be taught and learned, and
3) this kind of training has powerful benefits for life success.