We’re delighted to have been in partnership with the United Way of Metro Nashville as a Read to Succeed site for over a decade. One of the newer aspects of the historically successful program is its social-emotional component using the model of Conscious Discipline.

Here’s a brief summary of the methodology, from the Conscious Discipline:

Conscious Discipline Brain State Model

The Conscious Discipline Brain State Model recognizes three basic brain / body / mind states likely to produce certain behaviors. Intentional, state-specific responses enable access to advanced skills.

Seven Powers for Conscious Adults

The seven powers create a shift in the way adults see conflict so we can maintain composure and consciously respond to difficult situations. Adults’ ability to self-regulate is the precursor to teaching children social-emotional skills.

Every caretaker is important for the child and we work with our families to help them fully realize the importance of the behavior they model for their children. Every morning, our families are invited to begin a dialogue with their children about what they will commit to today… listening ears, a loving heart, walking feet, etc. Together with her adult, each child in our preschool and pre-K programs moves her name clip to the behavior she wants to model that day.

Creating the School Family

Children can wear necklaces with images reminding them of the behavior they choose to model.

The School Family increases connections between adults and children at all levels, ensuring optimal development for all. A School Family culture is built through consistent modeling of routines, rituals and structures.

Seven Skills of Discipline

These seven skills transform everyday discipline issues into teachable moments, equipping children with the social-emotional and communication skills needed to manage themselves, resolve conflict and develop healthy behavior.

A child making a daily commitment with the help of an adult.

Our staff is trained in implementing and modeling the skills and powers to help guide our children as they learn the skills of self-control, self-regulation, and interacting with peers and adults.

To read more about Conscious Discipline and why education thought leaders across the nation are hailing it, please check out this link: https://consciousdiscipline.com/conscious-discipline-excels-in-analysis-of-top-25-social-emotional-learning-programs/#_ftn1

“[The article linked to above] lists the points setting Conscious Discipline apart and why our program is set up for success because we’ve chosen a stellar program to support the social-emotional development of not only our students but the adults in their lives.  We recognize that only by modeling the behaviors we wish to see, do we effectively set our little ones on a path of success.”  –Annie Paraison, Education Coach, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville


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