What is Toolbox?

TOOLBOX™ is a simple and practical metaphor directing children to the experience and awareness of 12 innate "Tools" that already exist inside them. Opening the door to authentic relationship to self and others, TOOLBOX naturally encourages social equity through empathy, understanding, and 12 skills or practices to navigate the complexities of everyday life.

It’s a research-based, community-tested Kindergarten through sixth grade social and emotional learning (SEL) program that builds and strengthens children’s inherent capacity for resilience, self-mastery and empathy for self and others through its curricula, methods, and strategies.

The power of TOOLBOX resides in the moment-to-moment invitation to the “common language'' and "practices" of TOOLBOX. A strength/asset-based vocabulary shared among children, educators, and parents that gives children their own solutions using the 12 strategies and practices of TOOLBOX.

Resources and information for Families:

Introducing Toolbox K-6 EN-SP



Parent Handout


Folleto Padres


Toolbox Literature Connections:

The books in the chart below help reinforce the 12 Tools for students young and old. Our very own Denise Novak has graciously recorded these videos for you and your children to enjoy.

Breathing Tool:

Personal Space Tool

Using Our Words Tool

Garbage Can Tool

Taking Time Tool

Please and Thank You Tool

Apology and Forgiveness Tool

Patience Tool

Courage Tool