Books by Dave Whitaker

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Monday, July 24, 2017

About Toolbox Training

Since its formation in January 1998, Toolbox Training has strongly advocated that proper training of afterschool workers and child care providers must incorporate a wide spectrum of methods including workshops, resources, and consulting.

About Dave Whitaker, the Founder:
  • Entered the child care/afterschool field in 1987
  • Has been a trainer, consultant, author, program coordinator, and lead teacher
  • Has worked with preschoolers, kindergartners, school-agers, and middle schoolers
  • Has worked in school, church, center, and recreation-based facilities
  • Master in Education (Lesley University, Cambridge, MA) with a focus on Creative Arts in Learning and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech Communication
  • Served on the Missouri School-Age Community Coalition and Missouri Accreditation state boards
  • Past faculty for Concordia University (St. Paul, MN) in the School Age Department

  • Delivered hundreds of workshops at the national, state, and local levels
  • Dozens of topics including behavior management, parent communication, and lesson planning
  • Oversaw more than a dozen trainers in developing and delivering more than 200 workshops as the Caring Communities Trainer for the Local Investment Commission
  • Certified Youth Works Methods trainer for the David P. Weikart Center for Youth Program Quality

Click the “Workshops” link or above triangle for a full listing.


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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

100 Activities/Methods to Promote Social & Emotional Learning

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These activities and methods for promoting social & emotional learning (SEL) were put together in support of the Toolbox Training workshop, Promoting Social & Emotional Learning, which you can learn about more here.

The workshop identifies seven SEL skills with which youth should be ARMORED (an acronym formed by the first letters of each of the seven words).

Click on any of the below to go directly to the links for the SEL activities and methods under that category.

Awareness of Self



Others (Awareness of)

Relationship Building

Emotional Intelligence

Decision Making/Problem Solving


Monday, July 17, 2017

Workshop: Leading Successful STEM Activities

This workshop focuses on how to:

  • Understand what STEM means
  • Experiment with different STEM activities
  • Facilitate successful STEM activities

Consider the Toolbox Training book 100 Science Activities for Kids as a complement to this training. Click on the book cover for details.


To have this delivered as an on-site workshop contact Toolbox Training.

Check out the workshops tab for a full list of titles.