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Elevate Breakout: Weaving Rituals Throughout the Fabric of the Day (Pre-K-Grade 2)

2018 Breakout Session: Weaving Rituals Throughout the Fabric of the Day (Pre-K-Grade 2)

Sprinkle connection-building rituals including I Love You Rituals, the Safekeeper/Commitments Ritual, Wish Well Ritual, and Greetings/Goodbye Rituals throughout your day with Pre-K-Grade 2 children. Session Facilitators Master Instructor Kim Hughes and Certified Instructor Jen Arndt Age Adults Helps With Developing rituals that foster safety and connection Use Resource for teachers and administrators Format Video session […]

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Elevate Breakout: Weaving Rituals Throughout the Fabric of the Day (Grades 3-5)

2018 Breakout Session: Weaving Rituals Throughout the Fabric of the Day (Grades 3-5)

Create implementation plans for the Safekeeper Ritual, Wish Well Ritual, Greetings and/or Goodbye Rituals, and I Love You Rituals. Session Facilitator Alissa McGraw Age Adults Helps With Developing rituals that foster safety and connection Use Resource for teachers and administrators Format Video session Accompanying PDF Materials Video Printed copy of PDF Pen or pencil for […]

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Elevate Breakout Session: Creating a Safe Place - Teaching Self-Regulation

2019 Breakout Session: Creating a Safe Place – Teaching Self-Regulation

Research proves that self-regulation is an essential skill for creating safe, effective learning environments. In Conscious Discipline, the Safe Place is the centerpiece of your self-regulation program. It is a place where children (and adults) can change their inner state from upset to calm. Once calm, they are ready to learn and problem-solve. In this […]

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Safekeeper Ritual Plan

Safekeeper Ritual Plan

Plan your classroom Safekeeper Ritual with this helpful guide to spur your thinking. This download includes one worksheet-style printable. Age All ages Helps with Safety job description School Family Connection Cooperation Commitment Composure Brain Smart Start Use Classroom Staff training Format One letter-sized, single-sided, color printout Materials Color printout Related Free Resources Classroom Behavior Chart […]

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Greeter Board & Safekeeper

Greeter Board & Safekeeper

Our fun, colorful Greeter Board helps you set the tone for a cooperative day of learning and connection. The accompanying Safekeeper Box labels reinforce your job as the Safekeeper of your classroom, giving the children in your care a felt sense of safety. Age 2 (with help) and up Helps with Establishing a Felt Sense […]

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Choices Board for Greetings

Choices Board for Greetings

Set the tone for a fun, cooperative day of learning with our choice board for greetings. Children can choose how they would like to be greeted from a variety of options, including Smile, Handshake, Peek-A-Boo, and Happy Dance. Use the blank cards to create playful greetings of your own! Age 2 (with help) and up […]

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Conscious Discipline Songs Album: Kindness Counts

Conscious Discipline Songs Album: Kindness Counts

Science tells us the brain is governed by the heart. These songs are about more than teaching children social skills and manners. They’re aimed at helping adults and children feel safe, connected and valued. These feelings are the building blocks of all learning. With this foundation in place, children can thrive academically and socially. Songs […]

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Classroom Behavior Chart

Classroom Behavior Chart

The School Family Classroom Behavior Chart encourages lasting behavioral change by helping children choose acceptable behaviors instead of relying on a progression of prescriptive consequences. This download includes a full-color behavior chart and brief instructions for using it. Age All ages Helps with Classroom management Safekeeper job description Self-regulation Intrinsic motivation emotional intelligence Social-emotional learning […]

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My Family Safekeeper Ritual Plan

My Family Safekeeper Ritual Plan

Safety is a fundamental need. Without safety, we can’t reach the optimal brain state for learning and problem-solving. In Conscious Discipline, we say that adults are Safekeepers. Our job is to keep the home or classroom safe. But what does it mean to be a Safekeeper during these challenging times? This printable resource from Master […]

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How to be a Safekeeper: Emotional Safety for Adults

How to be a Safekeeper: Emotional Safety for Adults

“Safekeeper” is the term Conscious Discipline uses to describe the adult’s role in the home or school. Our primary job is to keep children physically and emotionally safe. The children’s job is to help keep themselves and each other safe. We are the Safekeepers and they are the helpers.   Most of us are doing […]

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Students smiling and engaging with a teacher in the classroom as the teacher presents

How to Adapt Conscious Discipline for Older Kids

Conscious Discipline for Older Kids: How to Adapt Rituals and Structures We’re often asked: Is Conscious Discipline for older kids? The answer is that Conscious Discipline is for everyone! The Powers and Skills help us connect with others, manage our feelings, set and reach goals, resolve conflicts, and more—all essential abilities with no age limit. […]

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Seven Powers: Power of Free Will

Power of Free Will Big Idea: The only person you can make change is you. Goal: Learning to connect and guide instead of force and coerce.  Skill: Choices Structures: Visual Rules with Two Positive Choices Join me for a life-changing journey through all Seven Powers, including the Power of Free Will, in the new online […]

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Seven Powers: Power of Perception

Power of Perception Big Idea: No one can make you angry without your permission. Goal: To teach adults and children to take responsibility for their own upset. Skill: Composure Structures: Friends and Family Board, Safe Place, Brain Smart Start, Safekeeper Ritual, Greeting Rituals, Goodbye Rituals Join me for a life-changing journey through all Seven Powers, […]

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Reconnecting Through Conflict

Reconnecting Through Conflict

Many of us feel emotionally worn down by the stressors of COVID-19. We may vacillate between optimism and pessimism, contentedness and grumpiness, faith and fear. These feelings often show up as greater irritation, less patience, and increased conflicts and power struggles with loved ones. But there is some good news to be found in all […]

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Responding to Difficult Questions

Responding to Difficult Questions

Children, especially young children, are notorious for asking a myriad of questions. Who, what, where, when, why, why, why, WHY, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYY? Those questions aren’t going to go away because we find the topic difficult or uncomfortable, or we don’t know how to answer. Children are excellent at reading nonverbal behavior. They sense our stress and […]

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Elementary Special Education Teacher and CD Practitioner Baxter O’Brien Honored

(November 2019) Baxter O’Brien of Langley Elementary School Awarded the Rubenstein Award for Highly Effective Teaching Baxter O’Brien, a 3rd-5th grade special education teacher at Langley Elementary School in Washington, D.C., faces high levels of upset and conflict in his classroom daily. Langley is a Title I school that serves many students who have experienced […]

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Navigating Lockdowns 5 Key Takeaways for Teachers

Navigating Lockdowns: 5 Key Takeaways for Teachers

This article was adapted from the podcast episode Navigating Lockdowns from an Educator’s Perspective with Dr. Becky Bailey, preschool teacher Tiffany Taylor, and fifth grade teacher Kristin Abel. Read more about how to manage lockdowns in Dr. Becky Bailey’s article, Navigating Lockdowns: How to Reduce Anxiety and Restore Safety.  Teachers are accustomed to students asking […]

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Navigating Lockdowns 4 Key Takeaways for Administrators

Navigating Lockdowns: 4 Key Takeaways for Administrators

This article was adapted from the podcast episode Navigating Lockdowns from an Administrator’s Perspective with Dr. Becky Bailey and Certified Instructor Diane Phelan, a middle school administrator. Read more about how to manage lockdowns in Dr. Becky Bailey’s article, Navigating Lockdowns: How to Reduce Anxiety and Restore Safety.  Today, school violence leaves administrators with unique […]

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Healing After a Natural Disaster with Conscious Discipline

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guests April Carr and Hillary Spratlin Episode Summary Conscious Discipline is both trauma-based and trauma-informed. It emphasizes optimal brain development for all children and adults, regardless of life experiences like chronic stress and trauma. There are three types of trauma: acute, chronic and complex. […]

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Build School-Home Connections with a Traveling Shubert

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Celeste Finnegan Episode Summary When Conscious Discipline is practiced both at school and at home, it becomes even more effective. Of course, limited time and busy schedules make it difficult to teach the principles, powers, and structures of Conscious Discipline to all families. […]

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Dealing with Constant Initiative Changes

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Amanda Spight Episode Summary Teachers are exposed to many new initiatives that are asked of them on a daily basis, some they agree with and some they don’t. Some of these initiatives are viewed as meaningful, while others are considered inconvenient. For administrators […]

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Impacting Early Childhood Education by Becoming the Change You Want to See

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Mindy Becker Episode Summary Research confirms the early years (ages 0-5) are a time for rapid brain growth and development. Research also indicates that stimulation and interaction with loving, caring adults – not toys, screens or academics – are critical to early brain […]

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Providing Safety with Safekeeper Rituals and Agreements

Providing Safety with Safekeeper Rituals and Agreements

Providing Safety with Safekeeper Rituals and Agreements As we transition to home learning, it’s crucial to remember: If children don’t feel safe and don’t feel loved, they cannot learn. Of course, you might wonder how to meet the developmental need for safety in these admittedly scary times. If children don’t feel safe and don’t feel […]

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Helping Children Manage Anxiety

Answering Children’s Difficult Questions

Answering Children’s Difficult Questions It’s natural for children to have many questions about COVID-19, the life changes it has brought, and when life will return to normal. Responding to these questions can be challenging, especially when we have few answers ourselves. Questions seeking understanding are typically rooted in anxiety and big feelings. These questions must […]

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Focusing on the Positive While Sheltering in Place

Focusing on the Positive While Sheltering in Place

Amy Speidel on Co-Existing in Close Quarters – An Interview with Susan Borison from Your Teen, For Parents As most families look ahead to several more weeks of sheltering in place, conversations are shifting. In this helpful interview with Susan Borison from Your Teen Media, For Parents, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Amy Speidel offers advice […]

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When Parents Are Away: Supporting Children of Emergency Personnel

When Parents Are Away: Supporting Children of Emergency Personnel

When Parents Are Away: Supporting Children of Emergency Personnel When parents are called to their workplaces during an emergency, they often entrust their children to family members, friends or childcare professionals. Learn how basic strategies from Conscious Discipline can help these caregivers provide essential safety and comfort during this difficult experience. Healthy attachment can make […]

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Home Learning and Brain Smart Starts

Home Learning and Brain Smart Starts

Home Learning and Brain Smart Starts Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Mara Spencer and her family start every morning with a Brain Smart Start before school. Now that the family is schooling from home, they engage in multiple Brain Smart Starts throughout the day. In this webinar, Mara explains how to optimize home learning by leading […]

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Creating a School Family Through Connection

Creating a School Family Through Connection

East Hill Elementary in Canajoharie, New York Featuring Michele Nare, Family Facilitator For optimal learning to take place, children must first feel safe and connected. In this video, Family Facilitator Michele Nare explains how East Hill Elementary in Canajoharie, New York has used Conscious Discipline to build this essential foundation. See how East Hill Elementary […]

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Tracy Skripka

Tracy Skripka

Tracy Skripka is a Public School Counselor and a Licensed Professional Counselor. She has been instrumental in the implementation of Conscious Discipline school and district-wide. Tracy uses Conscious Discipline as the foundation of her school counseling program and her private counseling practice.

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Dining Room: Safekeeper Ritual

Safekeeper Ritual

How to Use a Safekeeper Ritual in the Dining Room The brain functions optimally when a person feels safe. In Conscious Discipline, the most basic job description for a parent is “My job is to keep you safe.” The children’s job is “To help keep it safe.” Safekeeper Rituals look different in different homes, and you’ll...

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Shuberts Classroom Safekeeper Ritual

Safekeeper Ritual

How to Use Safekeeper Rituals in Shubert’s Classroom The brain functions optimally when a person feels safe. The basic job description for a teacher in a Conscious Discipline classroom is “My job is to keep the class safe.” The children’s job is “To help keep the class safe.” The principal is the Safekeeper of the...

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Principal & Clinic: Safekeeper Ritual

Safekeeper Ritual

How to Use Safekeeper Rituals in the Principal’s Office The brain functions optimally when a person feels safe. The basic job description for a teacher in a Conscious Discipline classroom is “My job is to keep you safe.” The children’s job is “To help keep it safe.” The principal is the Safekeeper of the school,...

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Sophie's Classroom: Safekeeper Ritual

Safekeeper Ritual

How to Use Safekeeper Rituals in Sophie’s Classroom The brain functions optimally when a person feels safe. The basic job description for a teacher in a Conscious Discipline classroom is “My job is to keep the class safe.” The children’s job is “To help keep the class safe.” Safekeeper Rituals look different in different classrooms....

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Cafeteria: Safekeeper Ritual

Safekeeper Ritual

How to Use Safekeeper Rituals in the Cafeteria The brain functions optimally when a person feels safe, therefore the basic job description for adults in a Conscious Discipline school is “My job is to keep you safe.” The children’s job is “To help keep it safe.” This commitment holds true for the cafeteria staff and...

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Entrance: Safekeeper Ritual

Safekeeper Ritual

How to Use Safekeeper Rituals in Your School Entrance   The brain functions optimally when a person feels safe, therefore the basic job description for all staff members in School Family is “My job is to keep you safe.” The children’s job is “To help keep it safe.” Make a clear statement of the school-wide commitment...

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Dining Room

Dining Room

The dining room is an important family gathering place for connecting over shared meals. Studies show that family meals are linked to increased self-esteem, resilience and academic achievement, as well as lower rates of depression and risk-taking behaviors. Maximize these powerful benefits using the Conscious Discipline rituals, routines and structures highlighted below. Ways To Be […]

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Principal & Clinic

Principal & Clinic

Traditionally, visits to the Clinic and Principal’s Office carry a certain gravity to them. Conscious Discipline-based structures and practices extend the School Family values of empathy, encouragement, connection and safety to these key locations, transforming them into places of refuge, problem solving and progress. 365 Days of Conscious Discipline Testimonials Brain State Poster Set Safekeeper […]

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Sophie's Classroom

Sophie’s Classroom

Little Sophie feels right at home with her School Family in the infant/toddler classroom! Take a peek at the rituals, structures and routines (including essential drop off strategies!) that help Sophie and her friends feel safe enough and connected enough to accomplish the monumental task of learning social-emotional and school readiness skills at the early […]

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