The JPS staff are embarking on a journey, using the program Conscious Discipline®. Created by Dr. Becky Bailey in 1996, Conscious Discipline® is a comprehensive classroom management program and a social-emotional curriculum. It is based on current brain research, child development, and developmentally appropriate practices. What I love most about Conscious Discipline is that it is specifically designed to make changes in the lives of adults first. The adults, in turn, change the lives of children.
The focus inward is crucial and the only way to truly cause change.
Beginning this February, our staff are participating in a book study, accompanied by workshops and meetings to learn and discuss internalizing Conscious Discipline and implementing it in our classrooms.
There are so many benefits Conscious Discipline will add to our program; it will validate and add depth to the methods which are currently in use and are compatible with CD, teaching the research behind these methods and why they are effective. It will further develop teachers’ realm of solutions for children’s challenging behaviors and offer a solution-oriented approach. In the long term, once our staff have fully been educated and are implementing the program, we hope to involve our parent body as well, offering education and inviting them to join us on this journey.
We are so excited about this program and will continue to share as we go along. If you don’t already, I encourage you to follow @conciousdiscipline on Instagram for daily reminders and weekly tips; it’s an incredible resource for both parents and educators. Wishing you well!