“Thank you for your words of wisdom. We’re working on three months now and the change is amazing.
We’re still working out the bumps, but the kids have decided to do one meeting per week during our 30
minute Friday lesson. They have done a wonderful job of dealing with a huge race issue that has been
brewing on our campus and have received wonderful compliments from administration for their willingness
to work and find positive solutions. Also, as a result, the administration has agreed to finance a Peer
Mentoring class and most of my students are working on getting the training. Thanks again.”
– Rachel Morris, elementary school teacher
As an educator, do you:
- Ever wish that students would take more initiative in being helpful and interested in developing leadership skills?
- Look for a social emotional learning program that offers skills and tools as well as consistency with your discipline program?
- Wish to build a structure of trust and respect among school staff?
Positive Discipline in the classroom is a process involving teachers and students in true dialogue and problem-solving on issues that are of real and practical concern to them. As an example, by implementing class meetings, students look for win/win solutions and move toward developing competency, accountability and self worth through responsible decision-making while helping each other. Through Positive Discipline in the Classroom, schools can empower young people with courage, confidence, and life skills.
There is plenty of research and studies that have shown…
In schools, learning social and emotional skills results in:
– academic success, health and well-being, while
– reducing and preventing problems like bullying and truancy.
1. the belief behind the behavior
2. my response influence my child’s response
3. to calm down before problem solving
4. mistakes are opportunities to learn
PDCR has seen a huge increase in interest in Positive Discipline in the Classroom (PDC) and Whole School this year. We are now implementing PDC school-wide at Monarch Community School, Alianza Charter School as well as Rio del Mar, Valencia, and Calabasas Elementary Schools and Costanoa High School. Many more are considering applying for this program, and we are offering parenting classes to introduce the approach to the school communities. This program effectively addresses the stresses felt by teachers, parents and administrators in schools to achieve high test scores, implement new curriculum and tackle problems associated with bullying and unsafe school climate. At one school, there has been a reduction in the referrals to the Principals office of 80% in 3 years. Students feel more confident and have clear communication tools and an infrastructure for problem solving. Conflicts are solved before they effect the learning environment and there is student pride, empowerment and engagement in their schools. With PDC in the school, classroom and parent partnership is strengthened. Parenting classes being offered in dozens of preschools and schools reaching thousands of families who will now be better equipped to encourage their students for success.