Real Talk for Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey, Julie Ruffo and special guests Aida Adnan & Tania Al Jaroudy

Episode Summary

Social and emotional learning (SEL) includes relationship-based skills like conflict resolution, empathy and the ability to assertively set limits and boundaries. Because social norms and practices differ across cultures, experts emphasize the importance of culturally responsive SEL, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Students may feel excluded or even criticized if the social practices of their culture are far different from the social practices recommended by an SEL curriculum. In addition, those who do not find SEL instruction relevant to their realities are unlikely to apply these skills to their lives outside the classroom.

Culturally responsive SEL celebrates all cultures and situates learning within the cultural contexts of students. This is one reason that Conscious Discipline does not impose a one-size-fits-all curriculum. Instead, adults are the curriculum. They internalize the Powers and Skills, then share them with children through relationships, modeling and daily interactions. Adults have the flexibility to customize and adapt Conscious Discipline to fit their unique environment and the cultures represented in their learning community. In Conscious Discipline schools, teachers and students co-create the school climate, and teachers gain tools to examine implicit bias and foster unity and belonging.

In this episode, mother-daughter duo Aida Adnan and Tania Al Jaroudy talk with Dr. Bailey about implementing Conscious Discipline at My Little School, a multicultural school in Saudi Arabia. They also share their experience with paying it forward to two refugee schools in Lebanon after the tragic explosion in August 2020. Listen in to hear Aida and Tania’s story of culturally responsive SEL and being of service.

Essential Takeaways

  • When implementing Conscious Discipline, it’s helpful to share it with families so there is more cohesiveness and connection between home and school. At My Little School, they trained both parents and children’s nannies.
  • Conscious Discipline helps children learn that there is much more that unites us than sets us apart.
  • Being of service is powerful for both the giver and receiver. What we offer to others, we strengthen in ourselves.
  • Conscious Discipline isn’t something you can simply hand over to others; it starts with you. It’s an ongoing practice, and you always continue learning. It impacts all relationships and trickles into every aspect of life.
  • The adult-first approach makes Conscious Discipline customizable and adaptable to any environment or culture. It is practiced in over 100 countries around the world.

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Show Outline

  • :40 What is Conscious Discipline?
  • 1:02 Introduction of topic and guest
  • 1:51 Join Dr. Bailey in conversation with guests Aida Adnan & Tania
  • Al Jaroudy
  • 2:10 My Little School’s introduction to Conscious Discipline
  • 3:48 Is Conscious Discipline culturally responsive SEL?
  • 9:00 Being of service to educators and schools in Lebanon
  • 13:01 What you offer to others you strengthen in yourself
  • 14:16 Using Conscious Discipline during global pandemic
  • 17:38 Conscious Discipline’s impact in all areas of life
  • 20:07 Recap
  • 21:56 What’s Becky up to?
  • 22:09 What’s Becky celebrating?

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