POSITIVE CULTURE AND CLIMATE
PowerTools collaborates with schools to foster learning environments where all members of the school community feel connected, valued and intellectually stimulated. PowerTools values the school community as the experts in their culture and therefore start by conducting a 360 degree assessment. The collected data is shared with the school , supporting them to prioritize the path of culture transformation. PowerTools uses a strength based approach to enhance positive school culture and climate through:
- PBIS and restorative justice practices and protocols
- School-wide rituals, branding and celebrations
- Structures that enhance youth voice (i.e. advisory councils)
- Teacher effectiveness training and coaching
- Social Emotional Learning structures such as Advisory
- Youth programming that foster a sense of belonging and Social-Emotional skills
- A school-wide approach to infusing Growth Mindset and Trauma Informed Practice
- Leadership coaching
Advisory programs have the capacity to transform a school into a close-knit community where all students are supported. According to Brown University, the effectiveness of an Advisory program is dependent on its purpose, organization, content, leadership, and assessment. PowerTools partners with schools to develop (or restructure) these five dimensions through collaborative program development, customized curriculum design, capacity building for Advisors, youth voice and leadership development, and program assessment. Our consultants are former teachers, advisors, Advisory Coaches and social workers, offering us an expertise in structuring and supporting this important and sometimes challenging program. We love Advisory!
We know what it’s like to teach: the amazing complexities, the joys, the intense accountability and the stress. PowerTools supports teachers to maximize their capacity through professional learning sessions, observations, modeling, coaching and consulting . Using a strength-based, Growth Mindset approach aligned with the Danielson Framework, PowerTools supports teachers to maximize youth voice, engage students in relevant learning, communicate high expectations and support, and infuse social emotional learning into their practice.
YOUTH INITIATIVES, WORKSHOPS AND GROUPS
PowerTools offers research-based programs, workshops, and events for youth that enhance their ability to reduce stress, use a growth mindset, self-advocate, practice empathy, compassion and self-expression, resolve conflict and make healthy choices. Through PowerTools' youth work, high-risk students become change agents, stressed out students become mindfulness practitioners, and introverts become advocates. Check out our youth page for further information about our Active Art Experience program.
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT
PowerTools offers customized workshops for parents, toolkits and training for parent coordinators, and facilitation of family events. We collaborate with schools and families to identify avenues to increase family engagement while fostering a home-school connection based on common language and understanding. Take a look at our families page for more information about our newest workshops.
PowerTools coaches and collaborates with school leaders to maximize their capacity to increase success for youth, staff and their school. Leadership development includes coaching, implementing effective and inclusive assessments, developing action plans, and strengthening sustainable leadership skills. We also serve as thought partners in the areas of change management, co-founder/administrator partnerships, communication, delegation, effective teaming, growth mindset, positive workplace culture and work/life balance for leaders.