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Conscious Discipline at East Hill


This year, the East Hill Elementary School began using “Conscious Discipline,” a social-emotional skills and character education program.

The new program focuses on helping students develop seven essential skills to deal with conflict. They are:

  • composure

  • empathy

  • integrity

  • assertiveness

  • responsibility

  • the ability to make good


  • the ability to see the best in others

The program encourages teachers, staff, students and parents to embrace the idea of the “school family,” which is based on safety, connection and problem solving. Each member of the

school family needs the proper skills to successfully manage life’s tasks such as learning, forming healthy relationships, communicating, being sensitive to others’ needs and getting

along with others.

Some questions you might have regarding Conscious Discipline and the school family…


Why is this being done at East Hill?

To create a sense of family/community by providing a place where each child feels safe and welcome.

How will you accomplish this with the students?

By working with students to build on their seven basic social skills: anger management, helpfulness, assertiveness, impulse control, cooperation, empathy, and problem solving. We will accomplish this through communicating effectively through times of conflict, and by taking responsibility for our actions.

How will you accomplish this with the teachers?

Through intense training with certified trainers from the Conscious Discipline school.

What makes this program so different?

Rather than use a traditional system that focuses on negative behavior by providing only punishment or negative levels of color coded good or bad, situations here at East Hill involving discipline are used as teachable moments.

So are there consequences?

Yes…we recognize that every child has different social and behavioral needs and each of these needs will be met on a more individual basis. We view mistakes as opportunities to teach and therefore learn a new skill that is missing.


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More Info

School Family Facilitator

Mrs. Michele Nare


Phone: (518) 673-6310

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