Description of Project
The Experimental Evaluation of the Tools of the Mind Pre-K Curriculum study was designed to compare the effectiveness of the Tools of the Mind (Tools) curriculum to the curricula the school system was using (when the study began) at enhancing children’s self-regulation skills and their academic preparation for kindergarten. In addition, we tracked and compared the effectiveness of each into first grade. The research plan in 2010-11 (cohort 1) and 2011-12 (cohort 2) involved assessing the consented children in both Tools and Comparison classrooms at the beginning and end of the pre-k and then again at the end of kindergarten and first grade using a variety of self-regulation tasks and child achievement measures. Each classroom was observed three times during the pre-k year using multiple measures designed to capture the differences between classrooms using Tools and those using other curricula.
Four school systems in Tennessee and two in North Carolina agreed to partner with us to conduct this first experimental evaluation of the Tools of the Mind curriculum.
The Experimental Evaluation of the Tools of the Mind Pre-K Curriculum project is fortunate to have participants from Franklin Special School District, Lebanon Special School District, Wilson County School District, and Cannon County School District in Tennessee as well as Guilford County School System and Alamance-Burlington School System in North Carolina.
Cohort 1 (TN and Guilford, SY 2010-11)
- Children were from 60 classrooms (Tools = 32) in 45 schools (Tools = 25).
Cohort 2 (Alamance-Burlington, SY 2011-12)
- Children were from 20 classrooms (Tools = 10) in 12 schools (Tools = 5).
Below is the timeline for the Experimental Evaluation of the Tools of the Mind Pre-K Curriculum project. This timeline shows the assessments, behavioral ratings, and classroom observations that students and teachers participated in for both cohorts 1 & 2.