Hermiston School District

Hermiston School District will host a regional Conscious Discipline conference in July.

Hermiston School District and InterMountain Education Service District will host a regional Conscious Discipline conference July 6-10, at Armand Larive Middle School.

According to a news release from the district, Conscious Discipline is an “evidence-based trauma-informed approach to provide behavioral management strategies and classroom structures educators can use to teach students the skills they will need in everyday situations.”

The social learning program, created by author and early childhood education expert Becky Bailey, helps educators teach students “foundational relationship skills,” such as anger management, empathy, cooperation and problem solving.

Attendees will include members of Hermiston, Morrow County, Pendleton, Stanfield, Helix, and La Grande (remotely) school districts; Umatilla-Morrow Head Start, Blue Mountain Early Learning Hub, Eastern Oregon University Head Start, and school resource officers from the Hermiston and Pendleton police departments.

Jake Bacon, Hermiston School District’s new director of human resources and one of the event’s organizers, said in a statement that he was excited for the district to host the conference for a second year.

“This year’s partnership with IMESD allows us to open the conference to our regional school districts,” he said. “I see it as a win-win for all of us. Home and school life are so interconnected, and this program provides powerful techniques that enable adults and children alike the ability to handle life’s difficult situations.”

For more information about Conscious Discipline visit www.consciousdiscipline.com.

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