Conscious Discipline: Our New Approach to Social-Emotional Development

At Creative Minds International Public Charter School we’re excited to announce the implementation of Conscious Discipline, our new approach to social-emotional development.

What Is Conscious Discipline?

Conscious Discipline was created by Dr. Becky Bailey, an internationally recognized expert in childhood education and developmental psychology. The Conscious Discipline approach is evidence based and trauma informed, and it’s recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

Fundamental to Conscious Discipline is the concept that “discipline is not something we do to children but something we develop within them”—a concept that aligns with Creative Minds’ inclusive and child-centered approach to education and our philosophy of preparing students for both success and emotional well-being in a globalized world.

Four Essential Components of Conscious Discipline

Brain State Model recognizes three basic brain / body / mind states likely to produce certain behaviors. Learn more

Seven Powers for Conscious Adults create a shift in the way adults see conflict so they can maintain composure and consciously respond to difficult situations. Learn more

Creating the School Family increases connections between adults and children at all levels, ensuring optimal development and learning for all. Learn more

Seven Skills of Discipline transform everyday discipline issues into teachable moments. Learn more

How Conscious Discipline Supports All of Us—Families, Too!

Conscious Discipline is designed to support everyone in a school community: not only staff, educators, and students but also parents and other caregivers.

It helps all community members

  • set and achieve goals together, despite obstacles;
  • manage emotions instead of acting out;
  • set personal boundaries to encourage mutual respect; and
  • resolve conflict in a way that creates closer relationships.

Conscious Discipline and Professional Development

On December 13, 2019, a Conscious Discipline trainer joined Creative Minds staff and teachers for a day of professional development—and here’s what we’re excited about after exploring our new approach:

  • “A school-wide understanding that the teacher’s internal state drives how they respond to children, and the children’s state.”
  • “It’s philosophically aligned with the traditions of our school.”
  • “That we can build some consistency.”
  • “A whole-school, positive behavioral approach and making connections with kids!”
  • “Community involvement.”
  • “School-wide language.”