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Listen in to this new bi-monthly podcast from Conscious Discipline creator, Dr. Becky Bailey. Together with Conscious Discipline Master and Certified Instructors and special guests, Becky explores trends in social-emotional learning and classroom management.

Real Talk For Real Teachers with Dr. Becky Bailey Dr. Becky Bailey

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 172 Ratings

Listen in to this new bi-monthly podcast from Conscious Discipline creator, Dr. Becky Bailey. Together with Conscious Discipline Master and Certified Instructors and special guests, Becky explores trends in social-emotional learning and classroom management.

    See, Guide, Trust

    See, Guide, Trust

    In this episode, Dr. Bailey is joined by Chazz “Mr. Chazz” Lewis, a former Montessori teacher turned educational specialist with a fast-growing presence on social media. Mr. Chazz applies his brand of charisma, humor and insight to important topics in both education and parenting. His philosophy closely align with Conscious Discipline, which led to Mr. Chazz attending and presenting a keynote at a 2021 Conscious Discipline Institute.

    Dr. Bailey and Mr. Chazz discuss their similar viewpoints on parenting and education, including Mr. Chazz’s vision to help adults “See, Guide, and Trust” children. Mr. Chazz also shares the inspiration behind his work, including a truly impactful educator in his life. Plus, he offers inspirational takeaways like, “Don’t be a perfectionist; be an ‘improvenist.’”

    Essential Takeaways
    • Mr. Chazz’s career in education began as a Montessori teacher. As his skills grew, other teachers began asking him for suggestions, ideas, and advice. He realized that he could make an even greater impact by supporting teachers, so he became an educational specialist.
    • During the pandemic, Mr. Chazz saw the challenges families and parents were facing, so he turned to social media to offer his support. Today, he has more than 150,000 followers on multiple platforms.
    • Mr. Chazz describes his vision for the world in three words: “See, Guide, and Trust.” He wants to empower adults to truly see children, more effectively guide them, and trust that children are doing the best they can with the skills they have in the moment.
    • “Don’t be a perfectionist; be an ‘improvenist’,” is Mr. Chazz’s most important piece of advice. Perfectionism often becomes the anchor of our progress. Focus instead on improving each day, living authentically, and embracing mistakes as opportunities to learn. When we become improvenists, we teach children the same mindset through modeling and direct interactions.

    Important Links
    • ConsciousDiscipline.com (https://consciousdiscipline.com/)
    • Conscious Discipline Events ( https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Mr. Chazz’s Leadership, Parenting and Teaching Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/mr-chazzs-leadership-parenting-and-teaching-podcast/id1525418064)
    • Mr. Chazz on TikTok (https://www.tiktok.com/@mrchazzmrchazz?lang=en)
    • Mr. Chazz on Instagram (Mr. Chazz on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/mrchazz/?hl=en)
    • Mr. Chazz on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/mrchazz.chazz.1)

    Product Mentions
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    • Powers of Resilience: SEL for Adults E-Course (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/powers-of-resilience-sel-for-adults/)
    • Seven Skills Poster Set (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/seven-skills-poster-set/)
    • I Love You Rituals Deluxe Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/i-love-you-rituals-deluxe-pack-digital/)

    Show Outline
    0:34 What is Conscious Discipline?
    1:11 Introduction of special guest Mr. Chazz
    2:07 Join Dr. Becky Bailey in conversation with Mr. Chazz
    2:59 Mr. Chazz’s background in education
    6:15 Alignment of Conscious Discipline and Mr. Chazz’s philosophy
    7:13 See, Guide, and Trust
    9:24 Next steps for Mr. Chazz
    11:00 Inspiration behind Mr. Chazz’s work
    13:08 Story of an impactful teacher
    18:20 “Don’t be a perfectionist; be an ‘improvenist’”
    22:36 How to follow Mr. Chazz’s podcast and social media
    23:30 Recap
    24:33 What’s Becky up to?

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    • 26 min
    An Innovative Approach to Conflict Resolution

    An Innovative Approach to Conflict Resolution

    Conscious Discipline is not a boxed curriculum; it’s a foundation on which you build your interactions, relationships, school culture and approach to discipline. It equips you with an internal system of wise choices and creative problem solving. The Powers of Conscious Discipline make it possible to tap into this internal system and access your brilliance.

    In this episode, you’ll hear from Luke Jankee, principal of Verrado Elementary School in Arizona, on how he creatively applied the principles of Conscious Discipline to manage bullying and drama. Luke built an innovative process for conflict resolution on the foundation of a unified School Family. He implemented a proactive, peer-mediated approach and saw tremendous results. Join Dr. Becky Bailey in conversation with Luke Jankee to learn more about his approach to conflict resolution, his insight on Conscious Discipline implementation and the School Family, and more.

    Essential Takeaways
    • Verrado Elementary was a great school prior to implementation, but they wanted to continue growing and improving. Luke believed that Conscious Discipline improved upon what they were already doing and was best for kids, so they had an obligation to implement it for their students. He later discovered Conscious Discipline was extremely helpful for adults too.
    • There was initial resistance from some staff members, but people got on board once they observed that Conscious Discipline worked.
    • Having a School Family gives Verrado Elementary a connected culture with a positive, welcoming atmosphere. It has carried the school through tragedy and difficult situations, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
    • Luke’s peer mediation process involves meeting with students who are in conflict once a week. Each week, he gives them an assignment: “Next week, I need you to tell me one positive, kind, or helpful thing that you see in the other person.” Throughout this process, some students previously in conflict have become friends.
    • This approach to conflict resolution is a creative hybrid of the Conflict Resolution Time Machine, P.E.A.C.E Process, and Kindness Recorder. It has saved time and brought the students, families and community closer together.

    Important Links
    • ConsciousDiscipline.com (https://consciousdiscipline.com/)
    • Conscious Discipline Events ( https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Seven Powers (https://consciousdiscipline.com/methodology/seven-powers/)

    Product Mentions
    • Event: Conscious Discipline for Administrators (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/event/conscious-discipline-for-administrators/)
    • Conflict Resolution Time Machine (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/conflict-resolution-time-machine/)
    • Kindness Tree (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/kindness-tree/)
    • Creating the School Family (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/creating-the-school-family/)
    • Building Resiliency: Returning to School in Uncertain Times (Ages PreK-5th+) (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/building-resiliency-in-uncertain-times/)

    Show Outline
    0:38 What is Conscious Discipline?
    1:05 Introduction of topic and guest
    1:55 Join Dr. Bailey in conversation with guest Luke Jankee
    2:42 Luke’s introduction to Conscious Discipline
    3:56 Why men are sometimes hesitant about Conscious Discipline
    6:12 Introducing Conscious Discipline to staff
    7:04 Results of Conscious Discipline implementation and the School Family
    8:01 Innovative conflict resolution process to address drama and bullying
    13:28 Impact on parents and community
    16:33 Recap
    18:53 What’s Becky up to?
    19:32 What’s Becky celebrating?

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    • 20 min
    Culturally Responsive SEL and Being of Service

    Culturally Responsive SEL and Being of Service

    Social and emotional learning (SEL)includes relationship-based skills like conflict resolution, empathy and the ability to assertively set limits and boundaries. Because social norms and practices differ across cultures, experts emphasize the importance of culturally responsive SEL, rather than a one-size-fits-all approach. Students may feel excluded or even criticized if the social practices of their culture are far different from the social practices recommended by an SEL curriculum. In addition, those who do not find SEL instruction relevant to their realities are unlikely to apply these skills to their lives outside the classroom.

    Culturally responsive SEL celebrates all cultures and situates learning within the cultural contexts of students. This is one reason that Conscious Discipline does not impose a one-size-fits-all curriculum. Instead, adults are the curriculum. They internalize the Powers and Skills, then share them with children through relationships, modeling and daily interactions. Adults have the flexibility to customize and adapt Conscious Discipline to fit their unique environment and the cultures represented in their learning community. In Conscious Discipline schools, teachers and students co-create the school climate, and teachers gain tools to examine implicit bias and foster unity and belonging.

    In this episode, mother-daughter duo Aida Adnan and Tania Al Jaroudy talk with Dr. Bailey about implementing Conscious Discipline at My Little School, a multicultural school in Saudi Arabia. They also share their experience with paying it forward to two refugee schools in Lebanon after the tragic explosion in August 2020. Listen in to hear Aida and Tania’s story of culturally responsive SEL and being of service.

    Essential Takeaways
    •Conscious Discipline helps children learn that there is much more that unites us than sets us apart.
    •Being of service is powerful for both the giver and receiver. What we offer to others, we strengthen in ourselves.
    •Conscious Discipline isn’t something you can simply hand over to others; it starts with you. It’s an ongoing practice, and you always continue learning. It impacts all relationships and trickles into every aspect of life.
    •The adult-first approach makes Conscious Discipline customizable and adaptable to any environment or culture. It is practiced in over 100 countries around the world.Important

    Links
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Podcast: Will Conscious Discipline Work in My Country? (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/podcasts/podcast-episode039/)
    • Seven Powers: Power of Unity (https://consciousdiscipline.com/seven-powers-power-of-unity/)

    Product Mentions
    •Conflict Resolution Time Machine(https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/conflict-resolution-time-machine/)
    • Wish Well Board(https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/wish-well-board/)
    • Understanding Trauma Webinar Series (https://consciousdiscipline.com/webinar-series-understanding-trauma/)

    Show Outline
    0:40 What is Conscious Discipline?
    1:02 Introduction of topic and guest
    1:51 Join Dr. Bailey in conversation with guests Aida Adnan & Tania Al Jaroudy
    2:10 My Little School’s introduction to Conscious Discipline
    3:48 Is Conscious Discipline culturally responsive SEL?
    9:00 Being of service to educators and schools in Lebanon
    13:01 What you offer to others you strengthen in yourself
    14:16 Using Conscious Discipline during global pandemic
    17:38 Conscious Discipline’s impact in all areas of life
    20:07 Recap
    21:56 What’s Becky up to?
    22:09 What’s Becky celebrating?

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    • 25 min
    Shifting from Controlling Behavior to Teaching Skills

    Shifting from Controlling Behavior to Teaching Skills

    Many classrooms and schools rely on systems of punishments and rewards, and these systems can be especially common for children with special needs. Punishment and reward systems provide external motivation to behave appropriately. They don’t teach social and emotional skills or problem solving, and they rely on judgment rather than personal responsibility. They foster separation instead of inspiring unity and connection. With Conscious Discipline, the focus is on blending effective SEL, school culture and classroom management to educate the whole child and teach new skills. This approach leads to increased connection, collaboration and compassion—and to lasting behavioral changes.

    Of course, making this shift often feels scary or overwhelming at first. In this episode, Melissa McComb, the Director of Special Education in the Litchfield Elementary School District, talks about her district’s experience with moving from a points system to skills tracking. Despite initial doubt, Melissa and her district stayed the course and experienced phenomenal results. Listen in to learn more about Melissa’s journey and hear her top tips for other school districts.

    Essential Takeaways
    • One strategy to increase both teacher understanding and teacher buy-in of new systems is to involve teachers in their creation and development. In Melissa’s district, a group of teachers helped build the new skill tracking system.
    • It’s important to check in with teachers throughout the process: How did that feel? How’s it going for you? What’s holding you back from doing it this way?
    • Since shifting to teaching skills, Melissa’s district has experienced an 87% decrease in CPI holds and restraints. Students and staff feel calmer, secondary trauma is down, and a compassionate family culture is emerging.
    • As the district’s understanding of Conscious Discipline expanded, they revisited and revised their new processes again and again. This is why we often call Conscious Discipline a journey: It is an ongoing cycle of personal growth, reflection, adjustment and action.

    Important Links
    • ConsciousDiscipline.com (https://consciousdiscipline.com/)
    • Conscious Discipline Events ( https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Webinar: Proven Success Strategies for Children with Special Needs (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/webinars/proven-success-strategies-for-children-with-special-needs/)

    Product Mentions
    • Understanding Trauma Webinar Series (https://consciousdiscipline.com/webinar-series-understanding-trauma/)
    • Powers of Resilience: SEL for Adults Online Course (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/powers-of-resilience-sel-for-adults/)
    • Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms (Expanded & Updated) (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)

    Show Outline
    0:40 What is Conscious Discipline?
    0:57 Introduction of topic and guest
    1:51 Join Dr. Bailey in conversation with guest Melissa McComb
    2:40 Litchfield Elementary School District’s journey with Conscious Discipline
    5:38 Teacher skepticism and buy-in
    7:15 Results and success stories
    9:54 Melissa’s tips for implementing Conscious Discipline
    15:29 What’s Becky up to?

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    • 17 min
    Keys to Connecting with Relationship-Resistant Children

    Keys to Connecting with Relationship-Resistant Children

    Research shows that positive student-teacher relationships result in a more productive learning environment, improved peer relationships and increased academic achievement. However, the children most in need of connection are often the most relationship-resistant. Conscious Discipline gives educators the tools to see these children in a positive light, be present with them, find common ground and ultimately build a relationship that jumpstarts learning both academic and social-emotional skills.

    Listen in on a conversation between Dr. Becky Bailey and educational consultant Brooke Haberle to learn how Brooke has successfully put these concepts into practice. Brooke shares inspiration, success
    stories and key tips for connecting with challenging and relationship-resistant children.

    Essential Takeaways
    • Children with challenging behaviors need someone to see them differently. They want to feel seen, heard and understood. Making the conscious choice to see every child as capable and precious is an essential first step.

    • At first, Brooke doubted that Conscious Discipline would work with challenging children. Still, she began celebrating small successes, providing encouragement and affirmation, and finding common ground to build connections. She was amazed and overjoyed with the relationships she built and the transformation she saw.

    • Brooke recommends starting by noticing relationship-resistant children. Notice the child themselves, and notice all successes.

    • Next, find their interests and meet them there. As the child begins to open up, you can gradually build a relationship and open the door to learning.

    • When learning Conscious Discipline, approach new concepts with curiosity and playfulness.

    • Study the concepts, internalize them, and play with them in ways suited to particular children and situations.

    Important Links
    • ConsciousDiscipline.com (https://consciousdiscipline.com/)
    • Conscious Discipline Events (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-development/events/)
    • Webinar: Guiding the Most Challenging Children with Master Instructor Jill Molli
    (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/webinars/guiding-the-most-challenging-children/)
    • Article: Creating the Habit of Noticing by Certified Instructor Jenny Spencer
    (https://consciousdiscipline.com/creating-the-habit-of-noticing/)

    Product Mentions
    • Powers of Resilience: SEL for Adults Online Course (https://consciousdiscipline.com/e-learning/powers-of-resilience-sel-for-adults/)

    • Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms (Expanded & Updated)
    (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)

    • I Love You Rituals Value Pack (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/i-love-you-rituals-digital-
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    Show Outline
    0:52 What is Conscious Discipline?
    1:12 Introduction of topic and guest
    1:53 Importance of student-teacher relationships
    2:25 Join Dr. Bailey in conversation with guest Brooke Haberle
    2:42 Brooke explains her role
    3:12 Brooke’s introduction to Conscious Discipline
    4:41 Example of using Conscious Discipline with relationship-resistant child (middle school)
    8:47 Keys to building connection
    9:18 Example of using Conscious Discipline with relationship-resistant child (younger)
    12:28 Key Tip #1: Noticing
    13:43 Key Tip #2: Find their interests
    15:09 Approaching Conscious Discipline with curiosity and playfulness
    16:57 What’s Becky up to?
    17:34 What’s Becky celebrating?

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    • 18 min
    Conscious Discipline in After School Programs

    Conscious Discipline in After School Programs

    10.2 million children in the United States participate in after school programs. The best after school programs are comprehensive, fostering the self-worth of each child, developing social skills, and promoting respect for cultural diversity. They also provide learning activities, quiet time, recreation, and
    developmentally appropriate activities that inspire problem-solving. These qualities closely align with Conscious Discipline, which can be implemented both during and after school.

    Listen in as Dr. Becky Bailey discusses Conscious Discipline in after school programs with guest Cassie Gerst, who oversees after school programming in the Burlington Community School District. After implementing Conscious Discipline, Cassie’s after school programs saw an 89.5% reduction in office
    referrals, a dramatic decrease in suspensions and removals, and an increase in staff retention. Cassie explains her implementation process and offers tips for others who want to embed Conscious Discipline in their after school programs.

    Essential Takeaways
    • The best after school programs are comprehensive and foster self-worth, develop social skills, promote respect for cultural diversity, and provide a combination of homework help/tutoring, quiet time, and physical activity. They also offer developmentally appropriate activities that inspire problem-solving.
    • Conscious Discipline states that all behavior is communication. Children are communicating to us that they are missing a skill.
    • Since Cassie oversees programs in several different buildings, she picked staff members from each building to attend the Conscious Discipline Summer Institute and form her Conscious Discipline Action Team (CDAT). In addition to developing training and professional development, the CDAT planned which rituals and structures they would implement in Year 1.
    • The after school programs that implemented Conscious Discipline saw an 89.5% reduction in office referrals. Suspensions and dismissals from the program decreased, while staff retention increased.
    • Cassie encourages other after school programs hoping to implement Conscious Discipline to create a plan for training and onboarding new staff, including shadowing and mentoring.
    • Cassie also recommends that you look at staff strengths and weaknesses and create professional development to meet their needs. How are they feeling? Where are they in their journey? What is needed in order for staff to be successful?

    Important Links
    • ConsciousDiscipline.com (https://consciousdiscipline.com/)
    • Conscious Discipline Professional Development (https://consciousdiscipline.com/professional-
    development/virtual-professional-development-solutions/)
    • Progress Assessment Rubrics (https://consciousdiscipline.com/free-resources/type/progress-assessment-rubrics/)

    Product Mentions

    • Conscious Discipline: Building Resilient Classrooms
    (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/the-new-conscious-discipline-book-expanded-updated/)
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    course-individual-registration-1-year/)
    • Conflict Resolution Time Machine (https://consciousdiscipline.com/product/conflict-resolution-
    time-machine/)

    Show Outline
    0:20 What is Conscious Discipline?
    1:09 Introduction of topic: After school programs
    1:30 Qualities of the best after school programs
    2:55 Introduction of guest Cassie Gerst and her role
    6:01 Cassie’s introduction to Conscious Discipline
    7:55 Embedding Conscious Discipline into after school programs
    9:52 Data and outcomes
    13:05 Tips for other after school programs hoping to implement Conscious Discipline
    16:36 What’s Becky up to?
    17:02 What’s Becky celebrating?

    THANK YOU FOR LISTENING
    There are many ways you could have spent this time today, but you chose to spend it with me and I am grateful. If you enjoyed toda

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
172 Ratings

172 Ratings

J.L Larkin ,

Excellent

One of the best podcasts I’ve subscribed to! Dr. Bailey and the CD team always inspire me to reflect and grow as a primary teacher.

TeachCasie ,

Wishing You Well

I absolutely love this podcast...it helps me to center myself and a great refresher! I love the ideas shared and that I always feel amazing after listening. I only wish there were a million more episodes!

Mrs. A. Mann ,

School Social Worker

I absolutely love listening to these podcasts! I always feel grounded when I listen to a new episode. Dr. Bailey is fabulous and has such a great way of sharing her knowledge!

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