More than 200 educators and community members gathered at Wea Ridge Middle School to begin a weeklong workshop focusing on Conscious Discipline—a comprehensive framework centered around three foundational pillars: safety, connection and problem-solving.
The workshop has been made possible by the North Central Health Services (NCHS) Resilient Youth Initiative (RYI) grant. The grant provides evidence-based support for brain-aligned tools and strategies and substance abuse prevention for students in grades K-12. The implementation of the Conscious Discipline framework in TSC will not only allow staff members to support students, but it also provides support to staff members through workshops, virtual and in-person coaching sessions, and through the work of Building Champions. The Building Champions are staff members in each TSC building who serve as the point of contact for Conscious Discipline.
“Having the opportunity to collaborate with so many like-minded educators and community partners is key in this work,” says TSC Director of Student Services Dr. BeAnn Younker. “Ultimately, we want to empower our staff members with the tools that they need to cultivate relationships with students and create safe spaces for them to learn and grow.”
The Conscious Discipline Academy, the first of its kind offered in the Lafayette area, brings in coaches and presenters from around the country to engage with participants. Lunch and Learn sessions, led by TSC staff members, are also offered to attendees to provide specialized professional development opportunities on a wide array of topics including conflict resolution, creating a school family and understanding the structure and science of the brain.