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Episode 033: Creating Healthy Marriages with Conscious Discipline

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Kim Hughes

In this episode, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor Kim Hughes opens her heart and home to share how Conscious Discipline has improved the health of her marriage. After her children left home, Kim realized that her marriage with her husband Scott had become about the kids. Wanting to recapture their connection and fall in love again, Kim decided to apply the principles of Conscious Discipline to her marriage. Listen in as Kim describes the changes she made and the transformational results.

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Episode 032: Conscious Leadership

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Abbi Kruse

In this episode, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Abbi Kruse shares five powerful ways for administrators to support teachers in working with children of trauma. Abbi is the founder and executive director of The Playing Field in Madison, Wisconsin. The Playing Field serves children 0-4 and aims to level the playing field by working with homeless children, middle-class children, and Head Start students in one classroom. Listen as Abbi shares her wisdom on building a school culture that empowers teachers to tackle this challenging, vitally important work.

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Episode 031: Making a Difference in the Lives of Children in Foster Care

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Amy Speidel

Listen in as Amy Speidel shares her story of parenting both foster children and her own biological children with Conscious Discipline and the generational outcomes each have experienced.

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Episode 030: Coaching Skeptical and Willing Teachers in Conscious Discipline Implementation

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Jill Molli

Join Master Instructor Jill Molli as she shares her expertise on working with both skeptical and willing teachers to implement Conscious Discipline. Jill has been a Conscious Discipline Master Instructor for the last 17 years and directs long-term, large-scale implementation projects. Previously, she was an award-winning teacher and counselor. In this episode, Jill discusses her own experience as a skeptical teacher and how she applies this experience in helping administrators coach teachers.

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Episode 029: Reducing Test Anxiety with Social-Emotional Learning

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Cynthia Robinson-Rivers

In this episode, Cynthia Robinson-Rivers, Head of School at Van Ness Elementary in Washington D.C., shares how Conscious Discipline has helped her staff and students handle the pressure of testing. Cynthia is an award-winning administrator who has been recognized for her social-emotional learning practices and highly effective leadership. Listen as Cynthia gives practical tips for balancing academics, testing, and social-emotional learning.

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Episode 028: Implementing Conscious Discipline with Older Kids

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Kristin Abel

Listen as Kristin Abel, the pioneer of Conscious Discipline implementation with older children, shares her tips for success. Kristin is a National Board Certified teacher with 25 years of experience in education. She has used Conscious Discipline for the majority of her career, mostly with fifth grade students, and has trained both middle and high school teachers. Kristin is currently a dean of students. If you’ve ever wondered how to use Conscious Discipline with older children, this episode has the inspiration and advice you need to get started.

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Episode027: Conscious Discipline and Consequences

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Amy Niemeier

In this episode, Becky Bailey and guest Amy Niemeier discuss the transformational power of Conscious Discipline consequences. Amy has been in education for 18 years and is in her seventh year as the principal of Slate Run Elementary School. She is also a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor. Under Amy’s leadership, Conscious Discipline implementation at Slate Run has resulted in a tremendous culture shift and a 70% decrease in office referrals. Listen as Amy discusses her success with Conscious Discipline consequences, why they’re effective, and how you can achieve similar results.

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Episode026: Implementing Conscious Discipline as a New Principal

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Dr. Heather Finn

Listen as Dr. Heather Finn shares her experiences and insight about introducing and implementing Conscious Discipline as a new principal. For twelve years, Heather was an award-winning teacher. She worked as a college adjunct professor for five years while earning her doctorate. She then became an assistant principal at Green Valley Elementary, a Title I school populated by students who had experienced significant trauma. After experiencing success with Conscious Discipline there, Heather became a principal at Bunker Hill Elementary in Indianapolis. In this episode, she shares tips for new principals on gradually bringing Conscious Discipline to a school.

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Episode025: Using Conscious Discipline with Children Impacted by Domestic Violence and Chronic Stress

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Kelly Frazier-Wawire

In this episode, Kelly Frazier-Wawire shares her experiences working in Chicago’s public schools with children who have been exposed to domestic violence and chronic stress. Kelly has worked in education for 15 years, spending 10 of these years with Chicago Public Schools (CPS). In 2011, she left the classroom to study clinical social work, providing play-based therapy to children on Chicago’s West Side. Now, Kelly is a Social Emotional Learning Specialist for CPS. Listen as she explains how Conscious Discipline has made a powerful, positive difference in the lives of children who have experienced trauma and violence.

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Episode024: Corporal Punishment

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Dr. Barbara Landon

Listen as special guest Dr. Barbara Landon discusses bringing Conscious Discipline to the Caribbean island of Grenada to teach parents alternative ways to discipline children, ultimately building a society of effective problem-solvers. Dr. Landon is a neuropsychologist and professor of bioethics at St. George’s School of Medicine in Grenada. She was drawn to Conscious Discipline because it is “completely consistent with everything [she’s] ever learned about the brain.” In this episode, Dr. Landon describes her innovative approach to helping parents in Grenada shift from physically punishing children to teaching them missing skills.

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Episode023: Dealing with Constant Initiative Changes

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Amanda Spight

Listen as special guest Amanda Spight shares how she has navigated the challenges of implementing Conscious Discipline at her elementary school. Amanda is the principal of Gladden Elementary School in Belton, Missouri. She is also the mother of a two-year-old son and has successfully implemented Conscious Discipline both at school and at home. In today’s episode, Amanda shares her stories of success and provides tips on introducing Conscious Discipline to staff, proactively addressing unwillingness, and staying the course.

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Episode022: How To Coach Your Peers With Less Resistance and More Success

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Alissa McGraw

In this episode, Becky Bailey and special guest Alissa McGraw discuss how to overcome common obstacles to peer coaching. Alissa is a 14-year veteran teacher who started out as the only teacher practicing Conscious Discipline at her elementary school. Now, she hosts twice monthly voluntary meetings attended by administrators, counselors, and 25-30 teachers. Listen as Alissa describes her transformative peer coaching process, including how to build connections and foster collaboration.

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Episode021: End Of The Year Challenges & The Helpful Strategies That Make A Difference

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Vicky Hepler

In this episode, Becky Bailey and special guest Vicky Hepler tackle end of year challenges with rituals that help ease the transition to summer and beyond. Vicky is a Master Instructor and a 36-year veteran of the classroom. Learn from her personal experiences, including the importance of “I will remember” and specific activities to soothe the “what ifs” of anxiety that crop up in the final weeks of school.

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Episode020: 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

Listen as Mindy Becker, Owner of Grow with Us Academy, shares her story of meeting the community’s needs by bringing developmentally appropriate practices back into the preschool classroom through the connection, attachment and social play cultivated with Conscious Discipline.

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Episode019: Navigating Lockdowns from Dr. Becky Bailey’s Perspective

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey

Listen as Dr. Becky Bailey takes on this formidable subject in the fourth and final episode in our School Lockdown series.

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Episode018: Navigating Lockdowns From A Student and Parent Perspective

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Nicole Mercer

Listen as high school student Hannah Mercer and her mother, Nicole Mercer, share their experiences with active shooter situations and lockdown drills.

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Episode017: Navigating Lockdowns From An Educator’s Perspective

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Tiffany Taylor

Listen as Kindergarten teacher Tiffany Taylor and 5th grade teacher Kristin Abel share helpful ways they prepare themselves and their students for active shooter and lockdown drills.

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Episode016: Navigating Lockdowns From An Administrator’s Perspective

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Diane Phelan

Listen in as Diane Phelan, Principal of Keller Middle School, shares how she and her staff prepare for active shooter situations and lockdown drills.

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Episode 015: Building Resiliency for Children Experiencing Homelessness

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Abbi Kruse

In this episode, Abbi Kruse shares her story of creating an early childhood program that builds resilience and School Family-based family privilege for both paying, middle-class families and non-paying families experiencing homelessness. Listen as she describes the impact of her program as it closes the social-emotional gap often embedded in the socio-economic divide. Learn how creating a School Family and shifting your perceptions about challenging children creates an environment of success for all children.

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Episode 014: Why Gangs Are Created And What Can Be Done To Shift The Violence

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest DJ Batiste

In this episode, DJ Batiste shares his experiences from being a teenage gang leader through his current role as a motivational speaker and advocate for creating a healthy School Family “gang” for all children.

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Episode 013: Conscious Discipline Transformational Process

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Jill Molli

Conscious Discipline is a transformational change model that asks administrators and educators to see through a new lens of knowledge. In this episode, Jill Molli, Conscious Discipline Master Instructor, shares challenges and tips for success in transforming school cultures with Conscious Discipline.

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Episode 012: Parenting with Conscious Discipline

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Ginny Luther

Listen as Ginny Luther, owner of Peaceful Parenting and retired Conscious Discipline Master Instructor of 18+ years, shares her story of parenting with Conscious Discipline.

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Special Episode: “How do I…?” with Dr. Becky Bailey

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey

Asking for help is one of the most powerful tools we possess in life. It allows us to learn, think critically and problem solve, and it allows others to do the same while also being of service. “How do I…?” is a special quarterly episode that provides a forum for podcast listeners to reach out for help.

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Episode 011: Managing Anxiety – How to Help Children Name, Claim and Tame Their Distress

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Jill Molli

In this episode, Jill Molli teaches us new skills as she shares her personal journey with her own anxiety and with helping her daughter manage similar feelings. Discover the powerful transformation that occurs as Jill and Meg shift from thinking about anxiety to naming the feeling, taming it and developing healthy strategies for managing it.

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Episode 010: The Most Challenging People At Work And The Opportunity They Offer You

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Ali Oliver

Listen in as Ali Oliver, Director of Professional Development for Conscious Discipline and former transformational Principal, shares strategies for working with the most difficult staff, parents and students in our lives.

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Episode 009: Peeing, Pooping & Spitting – Seeing Extreme Behaviors as a Call for Help

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Kim Jackson

Listen as Kim Jackson, a Demonstration Teacher for the state of North Carolina and a Conscious Discipline Master Instructor, shares strategies for working with children who exhibit extreme behaviors.

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Episode 008: Managing The Stress Of Your Children During The Holidays

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Tiffany Taylor

In this episode, we will learn strategies for reaching and building relationships with children and their families transforming both the home life and the life of the classroom. Listen in as long time Kindergarten teacher and two-time Teacher of the Year Tiffany Taylor shares how to ease the pain of difficult good-byes on Friday afternoons and challenging hellos on Monday mornings.

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Episode 007: Behavior Intervention Plans That Create Success

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Fran Rubio-Katz

In this episode, we will learn how to create positive behavior intervention plans using Conscious Discipline and the RTI process. Listen in as long time teacher and Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor Fran Rubio-Katz shares step by step how to create effective behavior intervention plans for each child’s success.

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Episode 006: How To Deal With Friday Mess and Monday Madness

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Tiffany Taylor

In this episode, we will learn strategies for reaching and building relationships with children and their families transforming both the home life and the life of the classroom.  Listen in as longtime Kindergarten teacher and two-time Teacher of the Year Tiffany Taylor shares how to ease the pain of difficult good-byes on Friday afternoons and challenging hellos on Monday mornings.

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Episode 005: The Power and Potential of Faith

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Amy Speidel

Listen in as guest Amy Speidel shares her story of how faith and Conscious Discipline have intersected in her life.

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Episode 004: Inspiring Others to Create Change Through Conscious Coaching

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Paola Salcedo

Listen in as Paola Salcedo, Conscious Discipline coach at Barry Elementary, shares her success of creating personal change and how she coaches teachers, students, and parents to do the same.

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Episode 003: Resistance to Relationship: Strategies for Reaching the Most Difficult Children

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Vicky Hepler

In this episode, we will learn strategies for reaching and building relationships with these children transforming both their life and the life of the classroom. Listen in and learn how to create a School Family, utilize the skills of active calming, noticing and encouragement to reach even the most disconnected child.

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Episode 002: Implementing Conscious Discipline in Middle School

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Diane Phelan

Listen in as Diane Phelan, Principal of Keller Middle School, shares her story of implementing Conscious Discipline in middle school resulting in decreased referrals, increased academic scores and a shift in the school culture. Learn steps for getting started, overcoming teacher resistance and how to build relationships with students who change classes and have many teachers throughout the day.

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Episode 001: Knox County Head Start is Building Bright Futures for Young Children AND Their Families

Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey and special guest Peg Tazwell

Is it possible for early childhood programs with many federal regulations and initiatives placed on them to create an environment that successfully support both children and their family’s social emotional development? Listen in as Peg Tazwell shares Knox County Head Start’s story of transformation and success with Conscious Discipline.

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