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
Learn the key findings and outcomes of Conscious Discipline implementation on discipline referrals, academic achievement, school culture and more.Learn More
In this article, Conscious Discipline founder Dr. Becky Bailey explains the career trajectory and professional growth that led her to develop Conscious Discipline.Learn More
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
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.
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.
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.
Evidence Base for Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline Excels in Harvard Analysis of Top 25 Social Emotional Learning ProgramsKeep Reading
Conscious Discipline Certified by SAMHSA’s National Registry of Evidence Based Programs and PracticesKeep Reading
Conscious Discipline Improves SEL, School Climate, Readiness and Pro-Social BehaviorKeep Reading
Summary of Early Research, Impacts, and Theory Behind Conscious DisciplineKeep Reading
Theoretical and Scientific Basis of Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline Improves SEL, School Climate, Readiness and Pro-Social Behavior
This study examined the impact of Conscious Discipline (CD) on social-emotional behaviors of teachers and children in early childhood programs in three states. Observational, parent and educator survey, and implementation log data were collected, as well as a child-level school readiness assessments. Teachers that received Conscious Discipline training demonstrated improved supports for social-emotional learning, had higher school climate ratings, and reported improved social-emotional skills among students.
Reducing Aggressive Acts of Young Children in Childcare
Training Teachers in Classroom Management: Evidence of Positive Effects on the Behavior of Difficult Children
Conscious Discipline Supports the Emotional Needs of Students with Dyslexia
Improving School Climate: Reducing Reliance on Rewards and Punishment