For the 2019–20 school year, the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) has identified Conscious Discipline as the primary focus for professional development for the Pre-K community. Conscious Discipline is an evidence-based approach for creating compassionate classroom cultures. It promotes a shift in adult understanding of behavior that focuses on the science of brain development. Conscious Discipline promotes the idea that adults’ role is to support the development of self-discipline in children rather than applying discipline to children. It teaches specific brain-friendly strategies for responding to each child’s individual needs with wisdom. Research has shown that this highly effective approach increases self-regulation, sense of safety, connection, empathy, and intrinsic motivation in both children and adults.

Learn more about Conscious Discipline.

All Pre-K staff will participate in monthly training sessions focused on deepening their understanding and practice of Conscious Discipline. See the schedule for both teachers and education coordinators here.

In addition to the Conscious Discipline trainings, Pre-K staff may also participate in other professional development opportunities throughout the 2019–2020 school year. Currently on the schedule:

  • New Education Coordinators Group
  • Teaching Strategies Gold: New Users Sessions
  • Boston Public Schools Curriculum Group

For more information or to suggest additional PD topics, please talk with your TA provider.

Clare CrawfordRIDE Pre-K PD