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 2014: We are pleased to announce that the City of Berkeley, CA now has Toolbox in all 11 elementary schools and 3 middle schools (6th gr. classes) this fall.

Expansion: Dovetail Learning is now in over 100 schools, bringing The Toolbox Project to 41 school districts in Northern California. more…

Richmond 2014-15: The Toolbox Project is adding a new school 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.

Toolbox Project by Dovetail

Building Resilience, Self-Mastery, & Empathy

Toolbox is a human development project
that transforms what it means
to be an educated person in the 21st century.

“Toolbox is a gift to both children and adults. It helps everyone,
of all ages, to recognize that we really do possess within us
all the Tools we need to express our innate resilience
and to live productive, meaningful and healthy lives
empowered with agency, optimism and hope.”

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