Welcome to Dovetail Learning

Home of The Toolbox Project, our award-winning human development project, that transforms teaching to focus on the heart of what matters: the child’s self-development as the key to learning.

Our work dovetails perfectly with all efforts to foster healthy development and well-being for the “whole child” and the entire school community.


New Toolbox Schools in CA for 2014: We are pleased to announce that the City of Berkeley, CA will have Toolbox in all 9 elementary schools and 3 middle schools (6th gr. classes) this fall.

Expansion: Dovetail Learning is now in over 94 schools, bringing The Toolbox Project to 41 school districts in Northern California. more…

Richmond 2013-15: The Toolbox Project is embedded in six schools in the inner city of Richmond, West Contra Costa County, California. more…

Teacher PLCs (Professional Learning Community) Models:  This year we are continuing to build our teacher cohort, Professional Learning Communities. more…

Calls for Toolbox: It seems that everyone who learns about Toolbox wants Toolbox.

The Toolbox Project

The Toolbox Project is a research-based, community-tested, social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum that fosters the development of resilience, self-mastery, and empathy in K–6 students and beyond.
Experience the collective and personal impact of using the 12 Tools on the lives of children by watching the brief introductory film to the right.

Tools for Learning – Tools for Life

Toolbox is a human development project
that transforms what it means
to be an educated person.

“Of all the programs on the Federal lists, Toolbox is the only one that teaches children about their own resilience.”

— Bonnie Benard, author of
Resiliency: What We Have Learned