ORLANDO, Fla. (May 22, 2019)

Dr. Becky Bailey delivered a keynote address, led two breakout sessions and hosted a book signing at the 2019 South African Principals Association (SAPA) Western Cape Conference. The event was held in Cape Town, South Africa from May 17-18. This year’s theme was “Classroom Discipline: The New Wild, Wild West.” Dr. Bailey is the founder of Conscious Discipline, a comprehensive, integrated social emotional learning program that combines SEL, school culture and discipline to create safe and connected schools and homes where children can learn the skills needed for healthy development.

Dr. Bailey’s keynote address was titled “Safe Classrooms and Safe Schools: Know When to Hold ‘Em, Know When to Teach ‘Em, and Know When to Walk Away.” She discussed the seven powers and seven skills of Conscious Discipline, which enable adults to regulate themselves enough to choose a healthy and helpful response to children’s behavior. Participants then learned about the effects of safe caregiving vs. frightening caregiving and traditional discipline vs. Conscious Discipline. Dr. Bailey also shared information about the Brain Smart Start, a series of activities that primes the brain for optimal learning.

In a breakout session titled “From Control to Connection: I Want to Hold Your Hand,” Dr. Bailey focused on the creation of a School Family, a connected school environment modeled after healthy families. She explained that caring relationships create an optimal environment for willingness, cooperation, learning, motivation, problem-solving and more. The session also explored visual routines, rituals and structures that support the creation of a safe and connected School Family.

A second breakout session on problem-solving skills emphasized that all behavior is a form of communication and indicates that a skill is missing. Dr. Bailey outlined the differences between consequences and punishments before discussing the three types of effective consequences and how and when to use each type to motivate lasting behavior change.

The SAPA conference was the start of a packed summer schedule for Dr. Bailey, who will host a series of immersive week-long Summer Institutes across the United States in June and July, closely followed by the two-day Elevate Social Emotional Learning Conference in Orlando, Florida in August.

To learn more about Conscious Discipline, visit ConsciousDiscipline.com.

About Conscious Discipline

Conscious Discipline provides a comprehensive, trauma-informed social-emotional program that is based on current brain research, child development information and developmentally appropriate practices. All aspects of Conscious Discipline focus on creating a safe, connected environment for children to learn and practice the skills needed for healthy social, emotional and academic development. Conscious Discipline methodology is recognized by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP), and it was named as a national model for character education by the Florida State Legislature. Research shows that Conscious Discipline decreases aggression, impulsivity and hyperactivity while creating a positive environment in the school or home. In schools, Conscious Discipline has been shown to decrease discipline referrals while increasing teaching time and academic achievement. Learn more at www.consciousdiscipline.com.

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