Evidence Base

Evaluations of Conscious Discipline have shown numerous positive effects related to program implementation.

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Key Outcomes

Learn the key findings and outcomes of Conscious Discipline implementation on discipline referrals, academic achievement, school culture and more.

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Theoretical Foundations

In this article, Conscious Discipline founder Dr. Becky Bailey explains the career trajectory and professional growth that led her to develop Conscious Discipline.

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Independent Studies

Browse a sampling of results from studies other organizations have conducted to assess the impact of Conscious Discipline behavioral strategies in classroom environments.

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Evidence Base for Conscious Discipline

Preliminary Evidence for Conscious Discipline Parenting Education Curriculum

NEW: Conscious Discipline Parent Education Curriculum Yields Positive Outcomes, Designated Research-Based

In a research study by ChildTrends, Conscious Discipline’s parenting education curriculum was found to improve parenting knowledge and skills, increase parents’ ability to manage their own emotions and respond to children’s challenging behaviors, and improve emotional management and behavior in children. As a result of the latest research, Conscious Discipline was designated research-based. This designation means that Conscious Discipline’s Parent Education Curriculum meets the requirements outlined by the Office of Head Start. Notably, parents reported using Conscious Discipline skills and strategies more consistently six to eight weeks after parenting classes than immediately after classes concluded. Parents reported feeling happier, less frustrated and more interested in connecting with their children. Both directors and parents noted a positive change in the school-home connection.

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Key Outcomes

Theoretical and Scientific Basis of Conscious Discipline

Resilience and Conscious Discipline

Research Supporting an Environment that Encourages Resilience Children (and adults!) respond differently to the adversities they face. While some...

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Logic Model and Theory of Change

Logic Model and Theory of Change Together the logic model and theory of  change help you think critically about and describe how Conscious Discipline will...

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Mindfulness in Adults: Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

Research Supporting the Positive Impact of Mindfulness in Adults These articles support the idea that adults who become more...

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Rewards and Punishments: Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

Research that Evaluates the Affect of Various Types of Reward and Punishment Systems These articles present different types of...

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Problem-Solving: Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

Research Supporting an Environment that Encourages Problem-Solving These articles discuss the interconnectedness of students’ problem solving abilities and their...

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Positive School Climate: Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

Research Supporting the Importance of Positive School Climate These articles explore the relationships between school culture and student achievement....

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Connection: Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

Research Supporting the Importance of Connection These articles show the ties between engagement, social development, and academic achievement. These...

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Safety (Self-Regulation): Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

Research Supporting the Effects of Self-Regulation (Safety) These articles explore the relationship between social and emotional learning and academic...

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Brain Research: Papers Supporting Conscious Discipline’s Framework

New Findings on Brain-based Learning Brain-based learning uses research on how students process information differently as they age, grow,...

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Theoretical and Scientific Basis of Conscious Discipline

A Foundation Established on More Than 30 Years of Experience, Research and Learning Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive emotional...

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Independent Studies

Conscious Discipline Linked to Classroom Quality and Executive Function

An independent research study on Ohio Preschool Promise classrooms using Conscious Discipline (CD) shows the potential impact of Conscious Discipline implementation on classroom quality and children’s executive function skills. Researchers utilized CLASS scores, the CD fidelity rubric, the Bracken Basic Concept Scale-Third Edition: Receptive, and the Minnesota Executive Function Scale in 45 classrooms. Results found that higher teacher fidelity to the Conscious Discipline model was associated with higher classroom quality, particularly in the Classroom Organization and Emotional Support domains. Children in classrooms with higher CD implementation fidelity had higher executive function skills in the spring, even after controlling for the overall classroom quality as measured by CLASS scores.

Head Start and Conscious Discipline