March 2015: In the book, Spotlight on Young Children: Exploring Play, “Research provides evidence of the positive effects that well-developed, adult-supported play has on children’s development. In “Assessing and Scaffolding Make-Believe Play,” Deborah J. Leong and Elena Bodrova provide strategies for assessing the levels of preschool children’s independent play to determine the appropriate level of teacher scaffolding.”
June 20, 2014: The Atlantic published the article, Why Free Play is the Best Summer School, Jessica Lahey, which references the Tools of the Mind curriculum and its emphasis on developing executive functioning.
February 5, 2014: National Public Radio airs a story entitled “Can $10,329 Buy Quality Pre-K?” describing the Tools of the Mind program as it used in a Children’s Aid Society pre-k program in East Harlem.
December, 2012: Deborah Leong and Elena Bodrova are interviewed for Play, Policy, and Practice Connections, a newsletter published by the Play, Policy, and Practice Interest Forum of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The entire issue is devoted to Tools of the Mind and features researchers, teachers, and professional developers sharing their experiences of Tools of the Mind classrooms.
September, 2012: In his book How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, Paul Tough describes his visit to Tools of the Mind classroom in the introduction to his book emphasizing the need for the educators to promote non-cognitive skills such as self-regulation in their students.
September, 2012: Tools of the Mind is included in the 2013 CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs. Developed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), this guide identifies well-designed school-based program for pre-k and school-aged children with potential for broad dissemination.
August 6, 2012: The leading Chilean newspaper El Mercurio publishes an article describing implementation of Tools of the Mind in preschool classrooms in Santiago and the study of the intervention conducted by El Centro de Microdatos at the University of Chile.
December 7, 2011: WNYC, the New York National Public Radio affiliate aired a story about the study taking place in New York Head Start and preschool classrooms. The study looks at the impact Tools of the Mind has on learning and development of young children for whom English is not their first language.
November, 2011: “D.C. school reform targets early lessons” Bill Turque The Washington Post. Describes implementation of Tools of the Mind in DCPS. Features interviews with current and former district leaders who describe the positive changes they see in the classrooms.
September 2011: At the annual meeting of Clinton Global Initiative, Nobel Laureate Jim Heckman and DCPC chancellor Kaya Henderson talk about Tools of the Mind as a promising program that promotes non-cognitive skills in young children.
October 2010: Prominent neuroscientist John Medina, the author of New York Times bestseller “Brain Rules” publishes “Brain Rules for Baby: how to Raise a Smart and Happy Child from Zero to Five”. In the chapter discussing the benefits of mature make-believe play for brain development, the author presents Tools of the Mind as an example of a program that fosters this kind of play in children
September 28, 2009: “What is Mature, Extended, Pretend Play – Exactly?” Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. Bronson and Merryman’s response to the The New York Times Magazine story on Tools of the Mind.
September 25, 2009: “Can the Right Kinds of Play Teach Self-Control?” Paul Tough. The New York Times Magazine. Discusses the successes of Tools of the Mind in developing self-regulation in young children. Drs. Elena Bodrova and Deborah Leong are extensively quoted.
September 2009: Nurture Shock: New Thinking About Children by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman. New York: Twelve, Hatchett Book Group (2009). Chapter 8, “Can Self-Control be Taught?” discusses the effectiveness of the Tools of the Mind program.
April 8, 2009: Tools of the Mind is featured in The Wall Street Journal article “Playing Nice: Teachers Learn to Help Kids Behave in School.”
September 15, 2008: The New York Times publishes an article “Training Young Brains to Behave” on executive function in preschoolers which describes Tools of the Mind success in improving executive function. Dr. Deborah Leong is quoted.
February 28, 2008: National Public Radio airs a story entitled “Creative Play Makes for Kids in Control” describing the Tools of the Mind program as it used in a New Jersey preschool. Preschoolers are asked to make a written plan before they play, making them think in advance about what they are going to do and then follow the plan. Dr. Deborah Leong, one of the originators of Tools of the Mind, is interviewed.
February 21, 2008: National Public Radio airs a story entitled “Old-Fashioned Play Builds Serious Skills” describing the importance of imaginative play in building self-regulation. Dr. Elena Bodrova, one of the originators of Tools of the Mind, is interviewed.
February 2008: Scholastic Parent & Child articles by Dr. Deborah J. Leong and Dr. Elena Bodrova for parents about play. “Building Language & Literacy Through Play”, “Playing to Learn”, and “Staff Workshop Teacher Handout: Self-Regulation in the Early Childhood Classroom”.