Three Essential Ingredients for School Success

  • Willingness to Learn

    Without willingness, each interaction becomes a power struggle instead of a learning opportunity. The School Family brings all children, especially the most difficult, to a place of willingness through a sense of belonging.

  • Impulse Control

    Connection with others is the construct that literally wires the brain for impulse control. Disconnected children are disruptive and prone to aggressive or bullying behaviors. The School Family uses connection to encourage impulse control while teaching self-regulation skills in context.

  • Attention

    Our attentional system is sensitive to stress and becomes engaged with positive emotions. The School Family reduces stress while creating an atmosphere of caring, encouragement and meaningful contributions.

FEATURED RESOURCE: Creating the School Family By Dr. Becky Bailey

Discover how to bully-proof your classroom through emotional intelligence. Creating the School family will help you systematically create the positive school climate that is integral to academic success. Administrators and teachers alike will learn how to transform school culture using twelve classroom structures essential for creating inclusive, compassionate, bully-free learning environments. This fundamental shift in education and classroom management will help you step into a world where intrinsic motivation, helpfulness and connection govern your classroom.

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School Climate Impacts All Achievement

Ask yourself, “Would I rather have children say, ‘What do I get if I’m good?’ or ‘How do I give of my goodness?’” How you answer this question will determine the school climate and culture you want to create. School climate impacts all achievement. The culture of a school can foster bullying, blame and cliques, or it can build cooperation, willingness and responsibility.


The School Family builds connections between families and schools, teachers and teachers, teachers and students, and students and students to ensure the optimal development of all.


Historically, we have unconsciously used the metaphor of a factory when creating our classrooms and schools. The goal of a factory is to create standardized products through a rewards and punishment paradigm. Research and experience prove that we need a new metaphor if we wish to build successful and safe educational institutions. The School Family, built on a healthy family model, is this new metaphor. The goal of a healthy family is the optimal development of all members.

The School Family is created through routines, rituals and structures.

The School Family creates a fundamental shift in education and classroom management. Leave coercion, fear and external rewards behind, and step into a world where intrinsic motivation, helpfulness, problem-solving and connection govern your classroom.

More Conscious Discipline Methodology

  • Brain State Model

    The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model recognizes three basic brain / body / mind states that each carry a specific internal skill set.

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  • Seven Powers

    Conscious Discipline is based on mindfulness research, and consists of Seven Powers for Conscious adults that empower self-regulation.

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  • Seven Skills

    The Seven Skills of Discipline transform everyday discipline issues into teachable moments that develop social-emotional and communication skills.

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  • Research

    Learn more about the statistical findings, papers, assessments and research that support our evidence-based programs, structures and skills.

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