Sound Discipline Programs
Train and support schools to build respectful communities that support academic excellence
We do this by:
- training teachers to improve classroom climate by teaching socio-emotional skills to students and by empowering teachers to be stronger leaders;
- using data teams for feedback to reduce discipline incidents and identify patterns of "hot spots" to implement and follow systemic changes;
- offering school communities information and tools to improve support for students exposed to trauma;
- enhancing parent engagement and parenting skills.
Train and support parenting educators Access to culturally appropriate and non-judgmental parenting support is increasing in the Puget Sound community due to our efforts. Regular parenting groups are now offered in Spanish and English. We are in the process of training and mentoring Somali and African American facilitators. Data from the project shows that parents enjoy the groups and are able to develop more positive relationships with their children while setting clear limits.
Support schools in offering parenting information to parents
Weekly "practical parenting pointers" are sent to principals for inclusion in school newsletters. Pointers are also posted at www.SoundDiscipline.wordpress.com Response from school principals has been enthusiastic.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Schools using the program for three years have shown up to a 40% reduction in the numbers of office referrals for inappropriate behavior and up to 70% reduction in the number of students with six or more referrals. Adults are increasingly aware of situations that invite inappropriate behavior and are taking responsibility to empower students to live up to their potential.
This year we have collaborated with Casey Family Programs, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Washington Mentors to increase awareness of the challenges faced by students exposed to trauma. Participants in the workshops have found the information and new skills extremely helpful and are using their new tools to forge more effective relationships with students.
The demand for our services continues to grow and it is time for us to grow too! Sound Discipline is seeking funds to hire an executive director and to create the infrastructure to have a more powerful impact in our community.