Evidence-Based, Research-Backed Social and Emotional Learning
Conscious Discipline is a comprehensive emotional intelligence and classroom management system that integrates all domains of learning (social, emotional, physical, cultural and cognitive) into one seamless curriculum. It evolves from constantly asking, “Is there a better way,” and seeking the most current information provided by varied disciplines from neuroscience to mindfulness research to developmental psychology and beyond. The following papers, articles, research and texts are among the many materials that provide support for the concepts and framework of Conscious Discipline.
Evaluations of Conscious Discipline have shown numerous positive effects related to program implementation.Learn More
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Browse a sampling of results from studies other organizations have conducted to assess the impact of Conscious Discipline behavioral strategies in classroom environments.Learn More
NEWS: Conscious Discipline Achieves CASEL’s SELect Program Designation
Conscious Discipline has achieved CASEL’s SELect Program designation, recognizing Conscious Discipline as a leader in impactful social and emotional learning (SEL). 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. The CASEL Program Guide identifies well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs that offer comprehensive programming, ongoing training and support, and a demonstrated statistically significant positive impact on student behavioral outcomes and/or academic achievement.
Evidence Base for Conscious Discipline
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.
Summary of Early Research, Impacts, and Theory Behind Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline evaluates its effectiveness in many ways. Practitioners, independent researchers, and Loving Guidance, LLC. have conducted many quantitative...
Conscious Discipline Improves SEL, School Climate, Readiness and Pro-Social Behavior
Rain, J. S. (2014). Loving Guidance, LLC. Final report: Conscious Discipline Research Study. Intro brief: This study examined the...
Conscious Discipline Excels in Harvard Analysis of Top 25 SEL Programs
Conscious Discipline Receives High Ratings in 8 out of 10 Categories in Wallace Foundation Study Published by Harvard’s Graduate...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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,...
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.
Articles about Independent Studies:
Ohio Preschool Promise Study: Conscious Discipline Fidelity and Child Outcomes
The Experiences of Teachers and Staff in Schools that Implement Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline Improves SEL, School Climate, Readiness and Pro-Social Behavior
Head Start and Conscious Discipline
Head Start Conscious Discipline Alignment
Conscious Discipline is united in Head Start’s goals to support the development of school readiness skills, including social-emotional learning, for young children. Conscious Discipline is aligned with multiple domains of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, including “Approaches to Learning”, “Social & Emotional Development” and others. Keep reading to learn more about Conscious Discipline’s alignment to the 2010 Head Start Framework and a temporary “Alignment Briefing” for the current Head Start Framework (released in 2015). Our new, comprehensive alignment with the current Head Start Framework will be available in September 2018.
Conscious Discipline research partner Child Trends is also conducting a descriptive study of the Conscious Discipline Parenting Education Curriculum (CD-PEC). Many Head Start programs are selecting the CD-PEC due to its close alignment with the CD general curriculum they are using. This coordinated, aligned approach provides consistency for children between home and the program. It also has the potential to improve parent-child and parent-program relationships, and enhance both child and family members social and emotional skills. Preliminary results will be available in Fall 2018!
Conscious Discipline’s Parent Education Curriculum Designated Research-Based SEL
(FEBRUARY 2020) The Conscious Discipline Parent Education Curriculum (CD PEC) has been designated “research-based” by a team of independent...
Conscious Discipline Parent Education Curriculum Results Published in Peer-Reviewed Journal
The peer-reviewed Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning (JRIT&L) has published a Child Trends study describing changes...
Study Examining SEL, Conscious Discipline Published in Journal of Research in Innovative Teaching & Learning
Spring/Summer 2018 study by Child Trends indicates improvements in parenting skills, child behavior ORLANDO, Fla. (July 23, 2019) Results...