Saturday, April 28, 2012

Tools of the Mind Curriculum Implementation - Imholz and Petrosino (2012)

Space Shuttle Enterprise flies over Hoboken 4/27/12
The following is a publication in Creative Education. Recall that I was the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Hoboken, NJ during all or part of the 2007-08, 2008-09, and the 2009-10 school years.

While in the district, one of my personal highlights was bringing the preschool program known as Tools of the Mind to the Hoboken Public Schools. This was done with a great deal of help from Ms. Jessica Peters (then Early Childhood Director) Ms. Amy Hornbeck (from Tools of the Mind) and Superintendent Jack Raslowsky. The program is entering its fourth successful year of operation in the district.

There has been a great deal of research on student learning and Tools of the Mind. The following is research that was conducted concerning the teachers who implement the program and I believe makes a nice contribution to the literature. I conducted this work along with my colleague, Dr. Susan Imholz. -Dr. Petrosino

Abstract: The following pilot study reports on teacher observations and reflections of implementing the Tools of the Mind curriculum in pre-k and kindergarten classrooms in an east coast urban school district in the US. The study followed five teachers over the course of a school year. Structured interviews were conducted with each teacher individually shortly after Tools of the Mind teacher training sessions took place. The analysis reports on themes that emerged in these conversations. Findings address; challenges the teachers faced in implementing the program, training issues, and the effectiveness of the program in supporting children’s intellectual and social skills.


Reference: Imholz, S. & Petrosino, A. (2012). Teacher Observations on the Implementation of the Tools of the Mind Curriculum in the Classroom: Analysis of Interviews Conducted over a One-Year Period. Creative Education, 3,185-192.