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!

Check out our SEL PowerTools Toolkits!

Are you looking for high quality, engaging sessions that require no preparation? Our Toolkits are  "ready-to-go" units in a box that include teacher-created lesson plans and ALL the materials you need! Check out our store for the following Toolkits.

  • Stress Management Toolkit
  • Growth Mindset Toolkit
  • Slow Marble Race: A Growth Mindset Challenge
  • Gratitude Toolkit
  • The Student-Led Meeting Toolkit
  • Community Building I Toolkit (for newly formed groups)
  • Community Building II Toolkit (for already formed groups)
  Middle school students prepare for student-led conferences during an advisory session.

Middle school students prepare for student-led conferences during an advisory session.

  At a culture and climate retreat, a principal explores ways to make her school's mission come alive.

At a culture and climate retreat, a principal explores ways to make her school's mission come alive.

  Experiential learning at a PowerTools’ professional learning session

Experiential learning at a PowerTools’ professional learning session

“Staff reported on how the professional development offered from Power Tools improved their communication skills with students and provided them with strategies for building community in the classroom and throughout the school. This training also helped them to better understand and empathize with students, thereby, helping them to avoid emotional reactions to student behavior. They felt that the alternative strategies they were learning were effective in keeping students engaged and on-task.”
— New York State Education Department Site Visit Report, Nov 2015 Site: East Fordham Academy For the Arts


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.


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.


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.