Dovetail Learning, The Toolbox Project
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Activating Empathy: Transforming Schools To Teach What Matters .
Dovetail Learning's Toolbox Project is a new way forward in education - building children & their family's resilience, self-mastery & empathy for others.
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Estados Unidos, CA, Sebastopol , Sonoma County
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Estados Unidos, CA, Multiple cities through out California, Sonoma County
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La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
The prevailing educational system has produced devastating results for US students: clinical depression in over 8%, at least 14% have had suicidal ideation, 1 in 4 teens binge drink, 25% of high school students drop out, and there has been 130% increase in homicide among youth in the past ten years (National Institute of Health, 2010). The additional downstream social costs include billions of dollars in medicine, law enforcement and loss of potential. Our education system is facing the dangers of eroding home life, violence, learning difficulties, classrooms in chaos and teachers’ loss of hope.
More importantly, the present systemic norms do not cultivate children's innate emotional capacity for empathy to self and others. This untapped treasure exists within all children.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
Dovetail Learning directly addresses these avoidable and disastrous consequences by bringing out the multiple resilience assets innate within all children worldwide.
Dovetail Learning and The Toolbox Project's comprehensive K-6 curriculum provides children the opportunity to tap into their (heretofore unattended) inherent capacity to go inside themselves to find solutions to social and emotional challenges. Teaching the 12 tools, i.e., life skills, (Breathing Tool, Quiet/Safe Place Tool, Listening Tool, Empathy Tool, Personal Space Tool, Using our Words Tool, Garbage Can Tool, Taking Time Tool, Please & Thank You Tool, Apology and Forgiveness Tool, Patience & Courage Tool) creates a school-wide easily accessible "common language".
Toolbox is an upstream investment empowering each child toward self-mastery accessing their inner strengths, increasing self-awareness, self-regulation and empathy which naturally leads to decisions that will positively impact their entire life.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
This solution makes a difference to children, parents and teachers:
The 12 Tools are taught in class using hands-on Tool/Toolbox cut-outs, literature, puppets, role-plays, journaling, art work, pair-shares, circles and council. These tools build a "common language" used in the classroom, across the school community, and at home.
The following quote from a parent of a second grader exemplifies how this work makes a difference:
“I can see Sally using her Toolbox at home when we are having a conflict, when she feels too hassled or upset. I have seen her breathing and counting, using her garbage can, (though she’s learned not to put moms advice there, ha,ha,) and asking for “personal space”. Empathy is probably most important to her. She has reminded me many times to “have empathy”, or, “ Where’s your empathy?” when I’m pushing too hard. She’s good at forgiveness and apology and the toolbox supports those as well as “Please and thank you”
“I’m sure teaching these concepts early on has resulted in prevention or lessening of all types of conflict at this school, making it a safer environment. If these children can carry these tools with them all their lives and perhaps teach them to others, the world should improve. thanks for your work.” ~ parent
The impact on teaching is exemplified in this quote from a major district superintendent:
"I believe these tools not only make a difference in the classroom but contribute to children in the whole of their lives. The toolbox makes social-emotional strategies of great teachers available to all teachers."
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
There are many national Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs (Second Step, Responsive Classroom, etc.) teaching character and values education from the outside in (adults learning what kids need to thrive). Bonnie Benard, National Resilience expert says, "The Toolbox Project is the only program that teaches children about their own resilient nature."
Toolbox is unique because it redirects children back to what they already know, inviting them to discover what “Tools” they have inside themselves. When this “missing piece” is in place, children are naturally accountable and responsible from an inner felt-sense of autonomy. This is a paradigm shift.
The Toolbox skills "Dovetail" beautifully with the work of our peers. What we do adds and contributes to the field of SEL.
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Dovetail Learning's Toolbox Project provides a new way forward in building children's resilience, self-mastery and empathy for others.
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Toolbox provides a common language that transforms our assumptions about what it means to be an educated person in the 21st century.
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¿Cuál ha sido el impacto de la solución hasta la fecha?
Formative research on The Toolbox Project, was conducted by WestEd measuring teacher perceptions of changes within a 14 week period. The study employed multiple, pre-post measures showed significant, positive change in the following resiliency skills and assets.
Interpersonal Strength Scale (Apologizing; Using anger management skills; Accepting criticism; Admitting mistakes; Showing remorse; sharing; and Reacting to disappointments calmly).
Intra-personal Strength Scale (Identifying feelings, personal strengths, enthusiastic attitudes about life; and self–confidence) .
Affective Strength Scale (Accepts closeness and intimacy; Acknowledges painful feelings; Asks for help; and Discusses problems).
Improved School Climate/Connectedness (teacher support of student resilience; school supports students’ social and behavioral growth; and Improved quality of student and teacher learning supports provided by the school.
We are in 60 schools serving 10,000 children.
¿Cuál es tu impacto proyectado para los próximos 1-3 años?
In 2012 we will expand to 76 schools, increasing to 110 schools in 2013.
Our primary target audience is low-income disadvantaged children. We are working to build fidelity and sustainability within our current user-group. We are expanding our work within the Richmond, CA WCCUSD school system, one of the most traumatized/marginalized populations in CA from 2 to six schools.
We have a request from Kaiser Hospital to train staff in Toolbox skills and through collaborations with CBO's we are building a community wellness model that impacts, children, schools, and the entire community.
This year we are building a train-the-trainer program to expand to a national and international audience. We have had requests for our work from as far as Saudi Arabia and the Republic of Georgia.
¿Qué barreras pueden dificultar el éxito de tu proyecto? ¿Cómo planean superarlas?
System wide education funding continues to decline, though many schools are purchasing our work. Dovetail Learning is currently dependent on philanthropic support to serve schools with financial need. Patrons who experience the Toolbox story of our work find it deeply compelling; an upstream investment that relieves incalculable downstream human costs.
In scaling to a national model we need more financial support. We are currently focused on fund development and receiving guidance from many directions. WCCUSD is sponsoring a convening of 45 individuals representing funding organizations. We are working closely with the Stuart Foundation of San Francisco to meet with mid to large size foundations. We are seeking corporate giving (current funders include AutoDesk, Tibco, Wells Fargo).
Las iniciativas ganadoras presentan un plan fuerte de cómo van a alcanzar y realizar un seguimiento del crecimiento. Identifica tus metas a seis meses para el crecimiento de tu impacto
Dovetail Learning Blueprint: Funding and program Fidelity
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a las metas de seis meses.
Hire Fund Development director to lead Implementation activities
Realize Annual Campaign goal of $230,000 ($49,000 raised in just 1.5 months.) in order to fund core staff.
Create the Toolbox Community of Schools rubric for multi-year teaching practices including fidelity & sustainability criteria
¡Ahora piensa en grande! Identifica tu meta de impacto a 12 meses.
Dovetail Learning Blueprint: Scaling program, model and research
Identifica tres grandes tareas que tendrás que completar para llegar a tu meta de impacto a 12 meses
Create a Train the Trainer Program.
Develop a Community Wellness Model to include Community Based Organizations, Hospitals and corporations.
Begin a efficacy study using a pre-post experimental research design, and publish results.
Historia de la fundación: Queremos saber acerca del momento en el que hiciste "¡Ajá!". Comparte la historia de dónde y cuándo el/los fundador(es) vio (vieron) el potencial de esta solución para cambiar el mundo.
One morning a truck driver dad came into his daughter’s kindergarten class. Billy, the single father of five-year-old Cindy, had a story to tell me. He asked sternly, “What is this thing called the Empathy Tool?” I replied “What do you mean?” He continued, “We were driving home late last night when Cindy called out from the back seat and said, ‘Dad, I am still hungry and I need to have something to eat when we get home.’ I told her that it was too late and she needed to go right to bed because she had school the next day. Then she softly said, ‘But dad, you are not using your Empathy Tool, you are not thinking about how I am feeling.’” I explained the Empathy Tool further and in that moment, Billy understood his daughter in a new way. When these innate skills come from within the children to their parents, the impact is life changing. I knew in that moment that teaching these tools to the world would result in a major paradigm shift for children, their families and communities!
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The Stuart Foundation of San Francisco is a long-term mentor and fiscal partner helping us to scale to a national audience.
The 60 Toolbox Project Community of Schools in N. CA. are partners in building and refining our program model.
WestEd Health & Human Dev. Dept. is a primary partner in publishing, evaluation and research.
California Parenting Institute is a primary partner in delivering our programs in multiple schools. CalServes is partnering with us to use Toolbox in after-school programs.
Seyfarth Shaw LLP national law firm providing all legal services pro-bono.
¿Qué tipo de equipo (personal, voluntarios, etc.) te asegurará que logres las metas de crecimiento identificadas en la sección de Impacto social/i>?
- 6 Staff includes the Founder/Executive Dir., Training/Program Dir., Dir. of Operations, Dir. of Development, Finance Dir. and admin. assistant.
- A strong 6 member local Board of Directors is the foundation of our fund development efforts.
- 14 Member Advisory Board is a core resource to achieve our mission: Angeles Arrien, PhD; Glen Price, GPG; Sam Kimbels, Jungian, PhD; Graciela Italiano-Thomas, EdD, Consultant; Marilyn Schlitz, PhD President, IONS; Carol Wilkins, Consultant; Dan Millman, Lecturer, Author; Phyllis Goldsmith , UC Berkeley
- Committed Community volunteers
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After 18 years of development, our primary need is access to funders who can help us build capacity to "scale" what we have found within all children - benefiting families, schools and communities. We invite funders to make this work their legacy.
We want to collaborate with kindred others, thought leaders and programs that share our mission for community wellness and global partnership.