SCHOOLS

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 or town hall meetings

  • Youth programming that fosters a sense of belonging and Social-Emotional skills

  • A school-wide approach to infusing Growth Mindset and Trauma Informed Practice

  • Culturally responsive teaching training that includes a look at unconscious bias and it's impact in the school setting.

  • Leadership coaching

ADVISORY/ SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

 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 has a passion for Advisory, and our consultants are former Advisory coaches, Advisors, social workers, and youth development experts who have an expertise in supporting this important and sometimes challenging program. We offer:

PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

CUSTOMIZED CONTENT DEVELOPMENT

ON-SITE PROGRAM SUPPORT

PROGRAM ASSESSMENT

CREATE CONNECTION TO LARGER SCHOOL CULTURE

RAISE YOUTH VOICE THROUGH ADVISORY YOUTH COUNCIL PROGRAM

Check out our SEL PowerTools Toolkits!

Are you looking for high quality, engaging SEL/ mental health 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. We also offer Toolkit-related training for educators.

  • Anxiety and 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

TEACHER EFFECTIVENESS

We know what it’s like to teach: the amazing complexities, the joys, the intense accountability and the stress. PowerTools offers coaching and Professional Learning Sessions (PDs) to help teachers 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.

LEADERSHIP COACHING 

PowerTools provides individual and team coaching for school leaders. We use a strength-based approach to support effective teaming, “managerial skills”, constructive communication and conflict resolution, systems thinking, and self-care. Our process is evidence-based and driven by the objectives of the team and school leaders.

FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT

PowerTools offers customized workshops for parents/caregivers, 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.

YOUTH INITIATIVES, WORKSHOPS AND GROUPS

PowerTools offers research-based programs, workshops, and events  for youth that enhance their ability to build self-awareness, social awareness, leadership skills, self-care, self-and collective advocacy, positive sense of identity, healthy decision making skills, sense of personal power, self-expression, and collaborative problem solving (yes, all that!). We can customize our programs to fit the needs of your school. Programs include Young Women’s Leadership Program, Art for Youth Activists, Active Art Experience, and our Change Agent Group, Our workshops include