Trauma-Responsive Social and Emotional Learning Provider Meets CASEL’s Highest Designation for Evidence-Based Programs

ORLANDO, Fla. (June 17, 2020)

Conscious Discipline, a trauma-responsive, comprehensive social and emotional learning (SEL) provider that combines evidence-based practices in SEL, school climate, classroom management and self-regulation, has been selected for inclusion in the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs.

CASEL has reviewed evidence-based SEL programs since 2003. Conscious Discipline meets CASEL’s SELect Program designation, the highest designation for evidence-based programs, in the CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs. This designation indicates that Conscious Discipline can play a central role in a school’s approach to promoting student social and emotional learning.

“We are delighted to earn CASEL’s SELect Program designation, which affirms that Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive, systemic and sustainable approach to SEL that positively impacts student development, behavior and achievement,” said Dr. Becky Bailey, Creator of Conscious Discipline.

“Now more than ever, we are committed to providing adults and children with the tools needed to connect, communicate, self-regulate, problem-solve and succeed in school and in life.”

CASEL was founded in 1994 to establish SEL as an essential component of preschool through high school education. Over two decades later, CASEL continues to facilitate and promote the implementation of “systemic, high-quality, integrated social, emotional and academic learning.” CASEL drives research, guides practice, informs policy and produces resources to advance and implement SEL best practices.

The CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs identifies well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs. These programs have potential for “broad dissemination to schools across the United States.” Qualifying programs must be well-designed, classroom-based programs to be implemented with students within a grade range that spans from pre-K through 12th. They must utilize comprehensive approaches for systematically promoting students’ development across five SEL competencies (self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, responsible decision-making and relationship skills), have the capacity to provide high-quality training and ongoing support to ensure sound implementation, and have at least one evaluation demonstrating a statistically significant positive impact on student behavioral outcomes and/or academic performance.

Findings from 213 studies indicate that SEL programming improves academic achievement and positive social behavior while reducing emotional distress and conduct problems. Since 2003, CASEL has developed a better understanding of factors that make SEL programs more impactful, what it takes to achieve effective implementation and which program approaches are the most successful.

CASEL states, “If your district or school is just beginning to explore SEL, the Guide will help in your planning and selection of strong, evidence-based programs that serve your students’ needs. If you are seeking to deepen SEL practice you have already begun, the Guide will help you reflect on and augment your efforts.”

Read Conscious Discipline’s full listing in the CASEL Guide to Effective Social and Emotional Learning Programs.

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