A necessidade: Qual é o problema que você está tentando resolver?
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.
A Solução: Qual é a sua solução? Seja 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.
O Modelo: Demonstre através de um exemplo específico como sua solução faz a diferença; inclua suas atividades primárias
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."
O Mercado: Quem são os seus pares e concorrentes? Identificar os outros que também estão trabalhando para solucionar as mesmas necessidades que você e o que você faz de diferente em relação a eles. Quais seriam os desafios impostos por esses concorrentes que impactariam no seu sucesso ou crescimento?
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.