By CATAdvanced Cash


an SEL program for building children’s resilience, self-mastery and empathy for others

Filling a gap in today’s educational assumptions, Toolbox, by Dovetail Learning, honors children’s capacity for managing their own emotional, social and academic success by giving them tools that empower them.

The Toolbox curriculum teaches 12 simple yet powerful “tools.” With practice, and in a classroom community that shares them, these tools become important personal and social skills: self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills and responsible decision- making. The common language and Toolbox methods help children quickly adopt the tools and use them with autonomy and effectiveness.

Toolbox starts with the individual child, building self-knowledge and self-mastery from within; it quickly creates improvements in communication, civility and conflict resolution in the classroom, on the playground and across the whole school community.

This workshop will give you an experience of living the Tools from within: Tools equally vital for teachers, parents or anyone else to gain balance and inner strength in a chaotic world.

About the Workshop Leaders:

Mark Collin is the founder and president of Dovetail Learning. He has worked in and with schools for 18 years developing and teaching Toolbox. He began the Toolbox Project while serving as a school counselor for disadvantaged children. He has received several awards for this work. In 2007 he received the Sonoma County Community Service Project award given by the California State Legislature Congressional office of Lynn Woolsey and the Board of Supervisors of Sonoma County.  In 2000 The Toolbox Project received the Jack London Award for Educational Excellence from Sonoma State University; and in 1999 it earned the Program of Excellence award from the Sonoma County Office of Education.Mark has been teaching, studying and practicing in the field of humanistic, Jungian and transpersonal psychology for thirty-seven years. He has extensive training in mediation and taught at Kaiser Hospital’s Education, Health and Human Development for ten years. He is in private practice as a marriage and family therapist in Santa Rosa, California.Mark did undergraduate work at Sonoma State in expressive arts therapy. He did graduate work at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto, CA. His background as a master carpenter laid the foundation for using the “tools” metaphor with the Toolbox Project. Mark describes himself as someone who loves the simple things in life: gardening, bike riding, working with wood and teaching children how to be in relationship with themselves. Mark also loves hiking in the high Sierra’s, which he does for 2-weeks every summer with his wife, Debbie, and two daughters Laurel and Makena.

Chuck Fisher manages Dovetail Learning and the training and program development for The Toolbox Project. He brings 30 years of experience as a school counselor/administrator in grades K – 12 and as an adjunct faculty in graduate education. He has developed, taught and directed social emotional learning and has trained teachers and administrators in public and private schools on wellness and child/teen development. He began his professional career as an Outward Bound instructor and course director working with underprivileged youth on academic literacy within the wilderness experience.Dr. Fisher did undergraduate work and graduate work in NH and Vt. He received his PhD from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, in Palo Alto, CA where he is a member of the adjunct research faculty advising PhD students on dissertation research. He is also a professional trainer for the Passageworks Institute in Boulder, CO, which uses the Soul of Education work of Rachael Kessler. Additionally, Chuck brings the science of the Heartmath Institute to Toolbox, where he is a qualified trainer on the neurobiology of learning.Chuck spent the first half of life climbing high peaks and now finds walking beaches equally enriching. He is a practitioner of Aikido, the peaceful martial art, and lives with his wife, Sandy, and their two cats. He has two grown daughters living in the Bay area, one who teaches Toolbox in her 3rd grade classroom.