Before effective instructional reform can begin, teachers must be
able to work in an environment in which they feel safe to perform
their jobs and students feel secure in their learning environment.
Tools for Schools concentrates initially on classroom and behavior
With an increasing number of new and inexperienced
teachers in our schools, we have many teachers who are unprepared
for the difficult task of planning lessons, engaging students, involving
parents, and building respect and connections with their students.
Schools also have experienced teachers who can benefit from additional
training and support in the areas of classroom/behavior management
and motivating students to succeed.
An overwhelmed teaching staff leads to behavior
problems in the classroom and dramatically increased student referrals
to the administrative office. Administrators end up spending much
of their time handling discipline issues instead of tending to the
instructional leadership necessary to improve classroom instruction
and overall school performance.
Many students miss valuable instructional time
in the classroom on disciplinary referrals, detention, suspension
and even expulsion. There is also a significant increase in absenteeism
and tardiness. It is not surprising that schools are struggling
to raise test scores.
Tools for Schools helps teachers, administrators
and support personnel to create and implement a school-wide behavior
management plan that reduces disruptions and keeps students in the
classroom where they belong. We can help schools lower their office
referral rate and behavior problems by 85% within the first 2-3
weeks. For every 200 students in any school, there should only be
one office referral per week.
Teachers can be empowered to manage their classrooms
and concentrate on the curriculum. Administrators can then focus
on being instructional and transformational leaders rather than
We encourage teachers to take control of their
own classrooms and manage the behavior of their students so that
both teachers and students can maximize the educational time they
spend together. We instruct teachers on the techniques and mechanics
of classroom management in order to empower them to solve the problems
they encounter every day. Teachers will be empowered by learning
techniques from our on-site consultants which they can use every
day in their classrooms. Not only do students profit from a stable
classroom environment, teachers will benefit from feeling empowered
by their jobs. Teachers can return to the reward of teaching that
brought them to the profession in the first place.
Because parents and guardians are children's first
teachers and the most important people in their lives, all of our
programs highlight the importance of parent involvement.