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Method + Research

Learn more about the four essential components that form the foundation of Conscious Discipline and the research that supports our powers, structures and strategies.

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About our Company

Discover how Conscious Discipline began in 1996 as the “brain-child” of Dr. Becky Bailey and Kate O’Neil. Gain an insightful and exciting view of our remarkable growth and transformational results.

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About Dr. Becky Bailey

Learn more about Dr. Becky Bailey, a remarkable educator, author and speaker, and the creator of Conscious Discipline. Browse her experience, education, publications and awards.

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20th Anniversary

We’re celebrating – and hope you’ll join the party! Discover interactive fun facts about the Conscious Discipline organization and the impact we’ve had on children and adults in our 20+ years.

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Press Releases

Conscious Discipline Partners with Child Trends for Enhanced Research Support

AUGUST 2017 – Conscious Discipline, a leader in social-emotional learning and classroom management best practices, has engaged Child Trends as a research partner. Child Trends will collaborate with Conscious Discipline to develop a coordinated approach to research, identify funding and expand Conscious Discipline’s representation on evidence-based registries.

News Coverage

Preschool handshake ritual is everything right in the world

Preschool handshake ritual is everything right in the world

OCTOBER 2018 – At Greensboro Elementary School in Greensboro, Alabama, 54 preschoolers start the day with a hug, handshake, fist bump, or smile. Each child has a job, and one of these jobs is being the class greeter. The greeter wears an apron featuring the four greeting choices. This ritual is part of the school’s Conscious Discipline initiative. Preschool teacher Sara Collins told Good Morning America, “[The students] are more loving and kind to each other when they start the day off with that kind of connection. Instead of throwing backpacks around, they make eye contact with each other.” With Conscious Discipline, Collins explained, students build valuable skills and feel safe and loved at school.

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Washington schools maximize student learning with social emotional focus

Washington schools maximize student learning with social emotional focus

OCTOBER 2018 – Just three years ago, Kessler Elementary School in Longview, Washington was known for both academic and behavioral struggles. Teacher turnover was high, with roughly half of teachers leaving at the end of each year. School leaders understood that a change was needed. With the help of Conscious Discipline, Kessler’s referrals have been cut in half, and test scores are on the rise. Library Specialist Brenda Winters says, “I feel like we are teaching the whole child now. We aren’t just teaching the academics; we’re teaching a life skill.”

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Langley Elementary: Vanessa Drumm Canepa

Good things are happening at Langley Elementary

WASHINGTON POST – At Langley Elementary in Washington, D.C., Principal Vanessa Drumm-Canepa personally greets all 291 students at the front door. Students choose to be greeted with a fist bump, high five, bear hug or butterfly. Drumm-Canepa introduced Conscious Discipline at Langley, a Title I school, when she became principal in 2015. Each classroom has a Safe Place, and Drumm-Canepa says, “I’m looking for teachers who care about the whole child, who care about their emotional development just as much as the academic piece.” Referrals are down 50 percent since 2015, and learning comes more easily in this comfortable, safe and connected environment.

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InFluential Magazine

People You Should Know: Dr. Becky Bailey

JULY/AUGUST 2018 – Dr. Becky Bailey was selected as a “Person You Should Know” for the Fall Preview edition of InFluential Magazine. The issue honors thought leaders in a variety of areas, including psychology, technology and education. Dr. Bailey was selected for her passion and commitment to creating positive, brain-smart environments for children, families and schools.

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Douglas County

Douglas County teachers learn Conscious Discipline program at seminar

JUNE 2018 – After several groups of Douglas County teachers attended a Conscious Discipline Summer Institute (CD1), the district was impressed and inspired by what they learned. See how district leaders and educators rallied to bring CD1 to the small town of Roseburg, Oregon, where about 200 Douglas County teachers immersed themselves in Conscious Discipline.

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Madison Child Care Center

Madison child care center uses an unconventional way of teaching that teachers say works

SEPTEMBER 2017 – Take a peek inside a Madison, WI school that brings children from diverse backgrounds together to receive the best academic and social-emotional education possible. “If you want children who can work together and solve problems, then we need to start actually having children work together and solve problems… with Conscious Discipline.”

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Separation Anxiety

A Simple Solution to End Separation Anxiety

MAMA IN THE NOW – A parenting class with Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Ginny Luther helped one Mom understand her son’s separation anxiety, approach it differently and provide the predictability he needed to manage it. See the practical tool she and her son’s preschool used to encourage his safety and independence while at school.

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Mom's Everyday

Mom’s Everyday Conscious Discipline

AUGUST 2017 – The Playing Field crosses the socio-economic divide to meet all children’s needs with quality early childhood education as a Conscious Discipline School Family. Learn more about this unique program in Madison, WI and an upcoming event.

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Conscious Discipline Instructor Wins Prestigious Kennedy Center Award

CBS EVENING NEWS – Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, Donna Porter from Picayune, MS, won the National 2012 Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award. Only 10 teachers were chosen from around the country for this prestigious honor. Watch the interview.

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Web MD

WebMD: Why Kids Whine and How To Stop Them

WEBMD – Educator and developmental psychologist Dr. Becky Bailey offers insights and strategies for whining on WebMD. When whining occurs, take a deep breath and remember the goal behind the behavior: Whining isn’t just to irritate you: it’s actually a call for help. Respond with “I” statements and address the core issues behind the whining.

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Kindness counts

Scholastic Parent & Child: Kindness Counts

SCHOLASTIC – Recent research shows that kindness counts in more ways than the obvious growth of morality. We are not meant to be completely independent nor dependent, but to give and receive in mutual interdependence. Read more in a comprehensive Scholastic article based on Conscious Discipline.

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Web MD

Gentle Discipline Tips

WEB MD – Dr. Becky Bailey, Martha Heineman Pieper, and Jane Nelsen are leaders in the positive discipline movement. Together, they share eight quick, gentle and easy tips to help with parenting young children through the challenging toddler years.

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Teachers Learn

Teachers Learn Why Students Do What They Do

REGION 8, JONESBORO, AR (ABC) – Teachers at Greene County Tech Preschool are learning why kids do the things they do. Teachers are now applying the Conscious Discipline Program into their classrooms with about 240 children.

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Conscious Discipline Creator

Conscious Discipline Creator Dr. Becky Bailey Sees Philosophy in Action

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – Schools across the world use Conscious Discipline in their classrooms. Today, the creator of that philosophy came to North Bay Elementary in Biloxi to see her program in action.

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Conscious Discipline Creator

Creator of Conscious Discipline Pays First Visit to South Mississippi School

BILOXI, MIS (WLOX) – The founder of a popular program that’s being used in classrooms across the country made her first visit to a South Mississippi school Friday. Dr. Becky Bailey is the creator of Conscious Discipline. She is also an award-winning author and early childhood education expert who just wants to turn schools into a safe, positive environment for children.

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Alternatives in Discipline

Alternatives in Discipline

PARENT MAP – Dr. Becky Bailey, Alfie Kohn and other leaders in childhood behavior weigh in on effective new approaches to common discipline practices like punishment, spanking and time out.

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Conscious Discipline for Teens

Your Teen: Interview with Dr. Becky Bailey

YOUR TEEN: FOR PARENTS – It’s normal to struggle with disciplining a teenager. Conscious Discipline is based on the idea that parents can develop discipline within their teenagers rather than impose discipline on them. Intrigued? We certainly were.

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