February20-212024

$699

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A school’s climate impacts the success of all who learn and work within it. Discover essential practices for shifting from power struggles to cooperation, from blaming to problem-solving and from bullying to healthy relationships. Drawing on 40+ years of classroom experience and the evidence-based, trauma-informed practices of Conscious Discipline, Vicky Hepler will guide you in creating a School Family of your own.

  • Discover why and how a School Family reduces challenging behaviors, increases cooperation, increases wellness and increases achievement for all its members
  • Create organization-wide rituals, routines and structures that build a compassionate culture in which to learn and work
  • Learn how to reach relationship-resistant children, develop students’ intrinsic motivation and self-regulation, and create a learning environment in which all students thrive

$699

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  • Location:
    • Tallahassee, FL
  • Facilitators:
    • Vicky Hepler
    • Nicole Mercer

More Information About This Event

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    Location

    The Creating the School Family 2-Day Workshop will be hosted at the:

    School of Arts and Sciences at The Centre
    2415 N. Monroe St, Suite 2700
    Tallahassee, FL, 32303
    (850) 999-8267

    Hotels

    Aloft Tallahassee Downtown
    200 N Monroe St
    Tallahassee, FL 32301

    Special rate is available until Jan 20, 2024 – limited rooms are available so don’t delay booking!

    Use this link to reserve your room.

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    Holiday Inn Express – University Central
    1308 W Brevard St
    Tallahassee, FL 32304

    Special rate is available until February 6, 2024 – limited rooms are available so don’t delay booking!

    Use this link to reserve your room.

     

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    • Individual Registrations: We will send an email with an order confirmation number when you complete your purchase. If you have not received this confirmation email, please contact our Customer Care team.
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    Walk-ins are not preferred at our events. We will not allow entry if the event is sold out. If space allows, we will accommodate walk-ins as best we can. Full payment is required prior to entry into the event. The registration fee for walk-ins is the standard event registration cost plus a 20% administration fee.

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    • You can place an order without having a PO; however, your order is subject to be CANCELLED if we do not receive your PO within 15 days of placing the order.
    • We require payment to be received no more than 15 days AFTER receiving your purchase order or your registration may be cancelled.
    • For special situations, please contact events.team@consciousdiscipline and/or [email protected]. You must reference your order number when inquiring.

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    • Attendees of Conscious Discipline events may substitute another person for their seat at no extra charge up to 30 days prior to the start of the event.
    • For individual registrations, you will contact our Customer Care team to change the name on your ticket.
    • For team registrations, log into your account to access your team under My Account. This is where you can remove/cancel members and add new members. Substitutions must be made and confirmed prior to onsite arrival.
    • NOTE: Within 30 days of an event, transfer requests are approved on a case by case basis and a $25.00 per substitution administration fee will be incurred and invoiced after the event. You must call or email our Customer Care team to substitute someone within this 30 day timeframe.

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    • All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to events.team@consciousdiscipline. A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be available up to 30 days prior to the event. Refunds are not provided 30 days or closer to the event. No shows to our events are not eligible for a refund.
    • Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event. In the unlikely event an event is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid event tuition only. We will not reimburse registrants for flights or any other travel cost. It is the registrant's responsibility to cancel any and all travel reservations made for the event, including hotel reservations.

    All event tickets are non-transferable.

    • Yes, you will receive a certificate of attendance after attending one of our events. The certificate will include Event Title, Date and Location, Total Contact Hours of Education/Participation, and Course Code. You will receive it by email approximately two weeks after the event concludes. If you have not received your certificate after that timeframe, please contact [email protected] or our Customer Care team.
    • CEU-eligible events are based on the length of training (10 contact/training hours = 1 CEU). 1 CEU costs $99.00 to purchase through Concordia University.

    Helper and scholarship applications are closed by 90 days of an event, with an exception to our Week-long Institutes which will have a separate close date. You will be notified by email 60 - 45 days prior to the event, whether or not you have been selected as a helper or scholarship seat.

    • Scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for the designated workshop. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you register for an event and you are selected to receive a scholarship, we will refund your registration fees.
    • Scholarship selections are non-transferable. If you are selected for one of these seats but are unable to attend the event, you must submit another application for a different event.
    • As a helper, your travel will be covered up to $500. You will be provided free registration, lodging and a daily per diem for meals during the days you are in attendance at the event.
    • Helper selections are non-transferable. If you are selected for one of these seats but are unable to attend the event, you must submit another application for a different event. 

    We do not offer any kind of discounts for our registration fees, but you are welcome to apply for a scholarship or helper seat.

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    Event Confirmation

    Seating is limited. Please make sure the contact information you provide when you register is truly the best way for us to reach you prior to the event. If you have not received your confirmation prior to start date, it is your responsibility to contact Conscious Discipline. We recommend that you do not purchase non-refundable airfare until you receive an email confirmation from Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline assumes no responsibility for travel arrangements made prior to written confirmation of your acceptance as an attendee. Have your order number available and ready for onsite registration. You are required to check in and have a name badge to enter the session.  By registering for a Conscious Discipline event, you are agreeing to the terms and conditions detailed below and includes a publicity photo release.

    Onsite Ticket Purchasing and Walk-Ins

    Walk-ins and onsite ticket purchasing is discouraged at our events.  We will not allow entry to any event that is sold out or has a wait list.  Payment in full is required prior to entry to the event.  The registration fee for walk-ins is the event registration price PLUS a 20% administration fee.

    Cancellations

    All cancellation requests must be received in writing via email to [email protected].  A full refund minus $100 processing fee will be available up to 30 days prior to the event.  Refunds are not provided 30 days or closer to the event. No shows to our events are not eligible for a refund.  Please reach out to [email protected]. for more information. In the unlikely event that one of our events is cancelled, registrants will be refunded paid event tuition only.  We will not reimburse registrants for flights or any other travel cost.  It is the registrants responsibility to cancel any and all travel reservations made for the event, including hotel reservations.  Conscious Discipline reserves the right to substitute speakers at any event.

    Workshop Substitutions

    Attendees of Conscious Discipline events may substitute another person for their seat at no extra charge up to 30 days prior to the start of the event. Substitutions made after that time are subject to a $25 processing fee. For individual registrations, you will contact our Customer Care team to change the name on your ticket For team registrations, log into your account to access the team created for the event under My Account. Once there you can remove/cancel members and add new members. Substitutions must me made and confirmed prior to onsite arrival. PLEASE NOTE: Within 30 days of the event, a $25.00 administration fee will be incurred and invoiced after the event per substitution and you will need to call or email us to be able to substitute someone.

    Liability / Media Release

    I agree that no filming, video or live capture of any kind is allowed at this event. I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless Conscious Discipline, its employees, independent contractors, administrators, agents, assignees and anyone who it may be claimed liable from injury or damage. This is a binding and voluntary release for all injury, accident or death for both person and property. I assume all risk for travel, attendance, and participation in the event. By registering and attending any Conscious Discipline event, I AGREE and indicate that I understand the terms and conditions stated here. I give permission for myself to be videotaped, audiotaped and photographed. I understand that Conscious Discipline (DBA of Loving Guidance, Inc.) of Oviedo, Florida will own the video / audiotapes or photographs (the "media") and any works which may utilize the media, including the irrevocable right to edit, broadcast, print reproduce the works and to offer the works for sale to the public. This also includes the right to copyright and the right to license others to use the Media in connection with the works. I agree that the Content may be combined with other images, text, graphics, film, audio, audiovisual works; and may be cropped, altered or modified. I agree that I have no rights to the Content, and all rights to the Content belong to the Conscious Discipline and Assigns assigned by Conscious Discipline. I acknowledge and agree that I have no further right to additional consideration or accounting, and that I will make no further claim for any reason to Conscious Discipline and Assigns. I acknowledge and agree that this release is binding upon my heirs and assigns. I agree that this release is irrevocable, worldwide and perpetual, and will be governed by the laws (excluding the law of conflicts) of the state of Florida. Because Conscious Discipline is sensitive to the privacy of those appearing in the Media, there will be no credits given to myself in the Media or the works or derivative works utilizing the media in whole or in part. I also agree that I will not receive any payment for appearing in the Media, or the works or derivative works using the Media. I waive, on my own behalf, any rights or interest in and to the Media and any works utilizing the Media, and will have no claim of any kind against Conscious Discipline, it's executors, licensees, successors or assignees based on the exercise of any rights granted here under or for the use of the Media, or works containing it. I further waive, on behalf of myself, the right to inspect and/or approve the products of Conscious Discipline that utilize the Media, including any works and written copy that may be created in connection therewith. I hereby warrant I am of full legal age, have full legal authority and am otherwise competent to sign this Release, and by registering and attending, I further warrant that I have read and understand all of these terms. Conscious Discipline also reserves the right to substitute speaker(s) at any event.

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    Scholarships

    The Conscious Discipline Institute Scholarship covers tuition fees and course materials for one Institute. Travel, accommodations, meals and any special discount packages are not covered. If you have registered for the 2024 Institute and you are selected to receive a scholarship, your registration fees will be refunded. Scholarship recipients may be asked to write a brief article and/or record a video testimony about your experience to be used for informational and promotional purposes. Prior scholarship recipients are not eligible. Scholarships are not transferable.

    Helper Positions

    Helpers are an essential part of our team. They contribute to the success of our workshops by sharing their wonderful gifts. To apply for a helper position, you must be a graduate of the Conscious Discipline Institute. Helpers are typically selected in the following order: Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors, Conscious Discipline Certified Instructors, Advanced Institute Graduates, Institute Graduates. Institutes often sell out before we select our helpers. If you would like to attend the institute at full tuition even if you are not selected as a helper, register separately before helpers are chosen by submitting the standard registration form and payment. If we select you as a helper, we will refund your tuition.
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    Continuing Education Units (CEUs) Attendees of the Conscious Discipline Institute are approved to earn four (4) CEUs through Concordia University Wisconsin (CUW) for full attendance and participation in all aspects of the Institute including small group work and breakout sessions. Attendees who wish to obtain CEUs must apply through CUW at https://continuinged.cuw.edu/conscious-discipline.html. The Institute course code is EDGP 5108.
  • plus minus We Are Family: The Key to Positive Culture and Climate Shifts in 2024

    We Are Family: The Key to Positive Culture and Climate Shifts in 2024

    An interest article by Jenny Shannon

     

    New years are for new beginnings. Returning after a long holiday break is the perfect opportunity for administrators and educators to re-evaluate approaches, strategies and practices with fresh eyes. Conscious Discipline supports this reflection and self-evaluation with implementation tools to help identify areas to support. For many, one of the most impactful ways to create change is to refocus on the School Family. 

    What is the School Family? 

    Research suggests a sustainable, caring school climate increases academic achievement, mental health, graduation rates, school connectedness, teacher retention and risk prevention (Cohen & Geier, 2010). For those who are new to Conscious Discipline, we provide evidence-based practices for self-regulation, wellness, and positive school culture. The School Family is the soil that allows Conscious Discipline implementation to grow. Building a School Family requires investing in healthy relationships and cultivating a compassionate classroom culture by accepting differences, encouraging unity, and answering the questions, “Am I safe” and “Am I loved?” in the affirmative. By establishing safety and trust, School Families create an optimal learning environment. 

    Is It Too Late to Start? 

    January has many of us reflecting on our lives, but instituting change midway through the school year can seem daunting. However, the moment you decide it’s time for a shift in the climate of the school or community is the perfect moment to start. At any time, existing practitioners can declare an OOPS and shift back to the path of implementation, or newcomers can start fresh with Conscious Discipline’s evidence-based, trauma-responsive practices. Identifying whether your current climate within your own classroom or school building is based on control and coercion, or shared power and personal responsibility is an important step. After reflecting on this, begin establishing routines, rituals and learning practices that build authentic connection and leaning into the powers and skills of Conscious Discipline. This can be aided by active calming practices, meaningful rituals and consistent routines that help participants feel safe enough to let their guard down to connect in big and small ways. Self-evaluation can also assist in your growth as a team. Conscious Discipline is a process and a practice, not a destination; choose the elements that are most meaningful for your classroom or school, place your focus there, and then re-evaluate and shift as needed to continue your growth as successes and challenges arise. 

    Building Connections with Meaningful Rituals and Routines 

    Connection is foundational to Conscious Discipline and to the success of any group, school, team or organization. We can create powerful connections through activities that involve eye contact, presence, touch, and playfulness. Connections with early childhood and elementary ages can start with a simple greeting ritual in which the teacher or administrator offers each student choices about how they would like to be greeted as they arrive in the morning, and then offering that authentic greeting. For older grades, our Director of Engagement, Diane Phelan connected with students and staff via fist bumps and high-fives. “Connection invites cooperation, increases mental health, and even impacts teacher retention in a positive way,” Diane said. “Establishing connection is everything!” 

    The compassionate connection and shared responsibility built into the School Family is the bedrock of positive cultural shifts in a school community. Conscious Discipline routines, rituals like the Brain Smart Starts and Wishing Well, and learning structures like the Safe Place and the Kindness Tree create deep inroads toward the felt sense of safety and authentic connections that are the catalysts behind creating an optimal climate for brain development, mental health, resilience, and social-emotional development.  

    Compassion Over Control and Why the Powers Matter 

    As you lean into making meaningful connections through rituals and routines to shift the climate and culture, it’s important to remember that creating social trust requires significant upgrades to our own skill set. Traditional systems that operate out of control and behavior management are commonplace, but can be responsible for a negative learning environment and are rarely (if ever) effective for the long-term. To inspire a life of purpose and agency in both staff and students, a shift from external control and behavior management to self-regulation and internal motivation is needed.  

    In Conscious Discipline, the Seven Powers of Conscious Adults changes our perception of conflict. The corresponding Seven Skills of Discipline change our response to conflict. The School Family provides a safe and connected soil in which staff and students can learn these new Powers and Skills, practice them with each other, and rest in the knowledge that their mistakes will be met with additional opportunities to learn rather than punishment or shame. The School Family, the Powers, and the Skills each build on and strengthen the others.

    The Benefits of Change 

    Still on the fence about whether the halfway point in the school year is the best time to invest your time and energy in building a School Family? An established School Family is shown to: 

    1. Optimize brain development  
    2. Embed resilience into the school culture  
    3. Help heal the cycle leading from loss to violence 
    4. Fosters conflict resolution skills 
    5. Promote the effectiveness of consequences 
    6. Model and teach our highest values  
    7. Model shared power and democracy 
    8.  Reignite the inherent joy of teaching and learning 

    Whether the first half of the year felt like a runaway train or simply fell short of your vision, then the first months of 2024 are the perfect time to get back on course. Unlock the transformative potential of the School Family: New practitioners will start 2024 fresh with a new mindset, new skillset and the power of connection to make it all work, while existing practitioners will be empowered to reflect, redirect their focus and renew their commitment to the specific elements of the School Family needed for growth. Wherever you are in your transformational journey, join us in welcoming the new year with the focus, skills, and actionable steps to create a thriving School Family at our 2-day event February 20th-21, in Tallahassee, FL.  

     

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Here's What You'll Learn:

Big Idea

Increase wellness and achievement for yourself and your students by creating a School Family that shifts from power struggle to cooperation, division to connection, blaming to problem-solving and bullying to healthy relationships.

Who Should Attend

This workshop is designed for teachers, counselors, behavioral specialists and administrators seeking meaningful solutions for managing challenging behaviors.

Your Facilitators

Instructors Vicky Hepler and Nicole Mercer will equip you with tools designed to transform challenging behaviors into academic achievement.

Workshop Materials

All attendees will receive access to training materials to print in advance of the event or download digitally to follow along on a tablet or e-reader.

Increase Achievement, Decrease Discipline Problems

Limited Seats Available!  How would you like to have children choose to cooperate because they care about the relationship they have with others rather than because they want to receive something?  Register to attend this enlightening 2 days with our Conscious Discipline Instructors and bring more joy to your teaching, classroom and school.

Here’s what you will take away:

  • Learn how to replace rewards/punishment behavior management with proven methods of cooperation to build healthy relationships with others at all levels
  • Experience first-hand, the contrast between a classroom focused on external control vs. internal control
  • Engage in activities that give you the tools to implement change in your classroom and school
  • Discover practices to decrease stress, improve problem solving and create a more positive school climate for all who enter the building

After attending this 2-day workshop, you will have practiced the steps to create a healthy, safe learning environment for both children and adults. Join us and be inspired!

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